The Archaeological Museum “Mieczysław Domaradzki” in Septemvri and the Balkan Heritage Foundation organized an exhibition to celebrate their collaboration in Balkan Heritage Field School projects Emporion Pistiros (since 2013) and Roman Road Station Bona Mansio (since 2016). The Museum hosted the exhibition in September 2018 as part of the international archaeological symposium “Between the Aegean and the Danube: Thracians, Greeks, and Celts in the Balkans during the Classical and Hellenistic periods” coorganized with the National Archaeological Institute with Museum (NAIM-BAS). The symposium was held from September 19-22, 2018 in the conference Hall at NAIM-BAS in Sofia.
The exhibition marks thirty years of archaeological investigations of the Classical and Hellenistic site Emporion Pistiros near the town of Septemvri in Southern Bulgaria. Polish archaeologist Professor Mieczysław Domaradzki began excavations in 1988 and directed them for the following ten years. Thanks to the continuing research in the past three decades, Emporion Pistiros has become a key source of information on the habitation, inter-regional contacts, trade and metalworking in ancient Thrace and the neighboring regions, during the second half of the First millennium BCE.
The year 2018 sadly also marks two decades since the passing of Prof. Mieczysław Domaradzki (1949-1998). NAIM-BAS and the Archaeological Museum, Septemvri organized the symposium as a tribute to him.