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Appeal to save the Institute for Thracian Studies "Prof. Alexander Fol"

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences wants to close the Institute for Thracian Studies.
Please do not permit this criminal act to happen.

The Institute for Thracian Studies is a multi-disciplinary scientific think-tank, with research and publication across several countries and is supported by the scientific community worldwide. Its research encompasses all the aspects of ancient Thracian history, cultural anthropology and linguistics, spreading on 5 millennia of European history.

All of us, who value science and our common past as Europeans should unite and sign the petition to the Bulgarian Government to preserve the Institute, so it can continue to publish worldwide information, books and scientific articles about the Thracian Civilization. Thank you.

Petition URL: http://www.petitiononline.com/thracian/petition.html
Facebook group URL: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=283236241162&ref=ts
URL of the Institute (English): http://www.thracologia.org/indexe.html

БАН иска да затвори Института по Тракология “Проф. Александър Фол”. Това е провокирано от лобистите на големите предприемачески фирми, които искат сградата на Института, разположена в най-скъпата част на центъра на София.

Моля не допускайте това престъпление срещу българската наука и история да стане.

Института по Тракология “Проф. Александър Фол” е мулти-дисциплинарен център, който изследва и публикува своите трудове в много страни и е уважаван от научната общественност в цял свят. Неговите изследвания обхващат всички аспекти от историята на древните Траки - културология, антропология, етнографиа, лингвистика и се простират върху 5000 години от Европейската история.

Всички от нас, които разбират стойността на научните изследвания и милеят за общото ни минало на Европейци, моля да се обединим и да подпишем петицията, както и да се включим в групата на Фейсбук, която поддържа Института. Това ще помогне на БАН да промени решението си и така Института по Тракология “Проф. Александър Фол” ще продължава да публикува информация, книги и научни статии по всички въпроси на Тракийската Цивилизация.

Благодаря.
Адрес на Петицията: http://www.petitiononline.com/thracian/petition.html
Адрес на групата във Фейсбуук: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=283236241162&ref=ts
Страница на Центъра по Тракология “Проф. Александър Фол”: http://www.thracologia.org/index2.html
The Thracian Civilization Orphaned Again

Dr. Kitov – In Memoriam
He was the king of the Bulgarian archaeology and a slave of it. Trying to save the Thracian Civilization heritage, almost alone against all treasure hunters, against the bureaucracy of the government and the spiteful critiques of his jealous colleagues. He was one of the last remaining believers in the importance of the science of Thracology and the magnitude of the Thracian Orphism. Together with Prof. Alexander Fol, who passed away in 2006, and 2-3 surviving Thracologists, Dr. Kitov was one of the few left defending this great civilization against the intents of the Greek government to melt down the significance of the Thracians’ cultural heritage into a small contribution to Magna Graecia.

With more than 200 publications and books about the Thracian culture, he became famous after discovering the gold mask of Seuth III in 2005, together with a rich burial and cult tomb of the great Thracian King. National Geographic featured him in a sad article about the Bulgarian Gold Rush as the savior of the remaining treasures. Discovery channel filmed him while unearthing the next gold mask in 2007 in a typical Orphic burial. Sites as Alexandrovo Tomb, Kosmatka, Svetitzata, Starosel Cult Complex, and others in the Valley of the Thracian Kings owe him not only the discovery, but also the documentation, publication and preservation of the finds. The Kazanluk Museum of History owes him half of its artifacts, and the most valuable ones.

Because of the immense value of the gold artifacts and the monumental and artistic significance of the discovered Thracian tombs, Dr. Kitov became a star. Everybody from Russia to USA and from Sweden to Spain knows that. Only he didn’t know it. When I asked him for an autograph, he looked at me as if I was crazy and said “I am not a star”. I tried to argue that he is, that Prof. Dr. Marazov. Prof. Dr. Valeria Fol and he, Dr. Kitov are the starts of a science, where few succeed and fewer are left.
All Thracologists in Bulgaria can be fit in less than a 50 seats room – that includes archaeologists, who are specialized in the period, the Institute of Thracology (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), and the ones from the Archaeological Institute of Bulgaria (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences). For these handful of people, Dr. Kitov was the only one with private funding who didn’t totally depend on the miserable support of the Bulgarian government, neither from foreign government funds with their correspondingly attached political agendas.

Who will follow him and who will be next star of the Thracian archaeology? Nobody in the horizon yet. In the meantime, the treasure hunters will have a field day (textually) digging out cultural heritage from this great civilization and exporting it to richer countries. In the meantime, Bulgarian archaeologists paid by foreign governments will try to dismiss the importance of the Thracian Civilization (as they were trying during the communist times) in favor of Magna Graecia (Greek paid), Scythia (paid by Russia) or Anatolian cultures (paid by Turkey).

This way, a civilization surviving 3 millennia will be thrown into oblivion again for who knows how many years. And instead to admire its remnants in the Bulgarian museums, we will have to make the tour of Christies and Sotheby’s or Louvre, the Metropolitan and British Museums.

The Thracian civilization orphaned again today. We, the Bulgarians too – since we are the grandsons and granddaughters of this glorious people, the Thracians, known to the history since the down of times.

© Rossitza Ohridska-Olson

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Envisioning Eden: Mobilizing Imaginaries in Tourism and Beyond

*** Sorry for cross-posting ***

Please circulate this new book announcement. If anybody is interested in purchasing the book, contact the author because he can offer a really great limited-time discount offer.





Envisioning Eden: Mobilizing Imaginaries in Tourism and Beyond

Noel B. Salazar

Berghahn Books, November 2010…

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Posted by Noel B. Salazar on November 2, 2010 at 1:45pm

A Hidden Treasure - The Old Mosque (Eski Djamia) in Stara Zagora

Normally as hidden treasures we understand something small, that was buried and hidden from invaders, thieves etc. In this case, the architectural and artistic treasure of the 600-year old mosque is hidden because of political reasons: the place is not “politically correct”.…



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Posted by Rossitza Ohridska-Olson on August 18, 2009 at 10:30am

The Story of the Mezek Thracian Tomb Boar



In 1902 , when Svilengrad and the village of Mezek were still under the domination of the Turkish Empire, Angel Chobana, a local treasure hunter, was digging next to the Mezek Thracian Tomb (then still an mound looking like from outside as a small hill) with the purpose of searching gold treasures. The only object he found was a life-size bronze figure of a boar. He believed that the boar was hallow and was hiding a lot of gold – so heavy was… Continue

Posted by Rossitza Ohridska-Olson on June 21, 2009 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Image of Russia abroad - how to fight the stereotypes?

A question by Elena Ustimova was posted in a Linkedin.com group about country branding:



How can the image of Russia abroad be improved?



Dear colleagues,



It is widely known that foreign tourists are sometimes afraid of visiting Russia. I think it is all because of the image that the mass media have created about the Russian Federation.



It is so offensive sometimes to hear such questions as:

1. Is it really so cold in Russia? (no, it's not, Russia… Continue

Posted by Rossitza Ohridska-Olson on May 31, 2009 at 6:39pm

Country branding - an answer to a Linkedin.com thread

In general, you should be right about the similarity between country and, as you say, car branding. This is correct for the most known destinations of car brands. Meaning the consumer or the tourist already has a brand “emotion” imbedded in his mind. The brand was created years, even centuries ago and now can be only a question of money and time to make the purchase or enjoy it. That is valid for France (a culture brand), Mexico (cheap beaches, Indian culture), etc., as it is valid for Mercedes… Continue

Posted by Rossitza Ohridska-Olson on October 4, 2008 at 12:50pm

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One year sad anniversary from the death of Dr. Kitov

The Thracian Civilization without Dr. Kitov
Or In Memoriam – One Year Later

One year after the death of Dr. Geogri Kitov, the state of the Bulgarian archaeology is in many cases unchanged and in the same time, transformed. Here is the overview of these events:

What is the same?

The TEMP Expedition (Thracian Expedition for Burial Mounts Research), created and managed in the past by Dr. Kitov, continues to make sensational discoveries. In August 2009, a very rich burial mound with gold wreath and other precious objects were found near Sliven by Diana Dimitrova, the spouse of Dr. Kitov and his colleague in the Temp expedition. Under her management, the expedition continues to perform the best research in the Valley of the Thracian Kings.

Other archeological discoveries of great importance for the research of the Thracian Civilization were made by archeologists in Bulgaria. Dr. Gergana Kabakchieva discovered a unique stelae near Montana with inscriptions revealing vast amount of information about the customs and traditions of the Thracians. Dr. Diana Gergova discovered a spectacular sanctuary of the Thracians in the mountains near Velingrad - a site so big and interesting that is rivaling only Perperikon.

What is different?

The new Bulgarian government appointed an archaeologist and renowned fighter against the illicit trade of antiquities, Dr. Todor Chobanov, as Deputy Minister of Culture. With his help, and the newly changed Law for Cultural Heritage Preservation in Bulgaria, the illicit digging and looting of Thracian archaeological sites will be way more difficult for the treasure hunters than it was before – a cause to which Dr. Kitov was totally dedicated.

Alexandrovo_MuseumInterior The Alexandrovo Tomb (UNESCO Tentative List), discovered by Dr. Georgi Kitov has a new museum and a copy. Thanks to the Bulgarian and Japanese governments, and Haskovo Municipality, another gem of the Thracian civilization is accessible to the public.

A spectacular selection of Thracian treasures from the Bojkov Collection was exhibited with enormous success in the Museum of the East, Moscow, Russia. In the same time, the exhibition of Thracian Gold from the Bulgarian museums, which was visiting Tokyo, Japan, came back to Bulgaria after a year of very successful showing in the country of the rising sun.

Many of these events wouldn’t be possible without Dr. Kitov’s passionate dedication to the Thracian civilization. That is why many of them were dedicated to his memory. Let’s join all organizations and individuals in remembering the achievements of this larger than life man and brilliant archaeologist.

Appeal to save the Insitute of Thracian Studies "Prof. Alexander Fol"

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences wants to close the Institute for Thracian Studies.
Please do not permit this criminal act to happen.

The Institute for Thracian Studies is a multi-disciplinary scientific think-tank, with research and publication across several countries and is supported by the scientific community worldwide. Its research encompasses all the aspects of ancient Thracian history, cultural anthropology and linguistics, spreading on 5 millennia of European history.

All of us, who value science and our common past as Europeans should unite and sign the petition to the Bulgarian Government to preserve the Institute, so it can continue to publish worldwide information, books and scientific articles about the Thracian Civilization.

Thank you.

Petition URL: http://www.petitiononline.com/thracian/petition.html
Facebook group URL: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=283236241162&ref=ts
URL of the Institute (English): http://www.thracologia.org/indexe.html

БАН иска да затвори Института по Тракология “Проф. Александър Фол”. Това е провокирано от лобистите на големите предприемачески фирми, които искат сградата на Института, разположена в най-скъпата част на центъра на София.

Моля не допускайте това престъпление срещу българската наука и история да стане.

Института по Тракология “Проф. Александър Фол” е мулти-дисциплинарен център, който изследва и публикува своите трудове в много страни и е уважаван от научната общественност в цял свят. Неговите изследвания обхващат всички аспекти от историята на древните Траки - културология, антропология, етнографиа, лингвистика и се простират върху 5000 години от Европейската история.

Всички от нас, които разбират стойността на научните изследвания и милеят за общото ни минало на Европейци, моля да се обединим и да подпишем петицията, както и да се включим в групата на Фейсбук, която поддържа Института. Това ще помогне на БАН да промени решението си и така Института по Тракология “Проф. Александър Фол” ще продължава да публикува информация, книги и научни статии по всички въпроси на Тракийската Цивилизация.

Благодаря.
Адрес на Петицията: http://www.petitiononline.com/thracian/petition.html
Адрес на групата във Фейсбуук: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=283236241162&ref=ts
Страница на Центъра по Тракология “Проф. Александър Фол”: http://www.thracologia.org/index2.html
 
 
 

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