The Thracian tomb at Sveshtari dated to c. 280 – 270 BC

  In September 1944 Bulgaria was occupied by the Soviet army, and subsequently a Communist dictatorship was established in the country. During the following decades several hundred thousand Bulgarians who were considered enemies of the Communist regime were expelled from their homes and resettled across the country, or sent to labor camps and prisons, and many of them died or were killed. The Communist ideology and total party control ruled not only the everyday life of the Bulgarian people, but also the science and humanities. Many outstanding achievements in  Bulgarian archaeology before World War II were neglected and even forbidden because of the Communist ideological control and censorship and the Soviet domination. The contacts with Western scholars and institutions were restricted and often forbidden, and only a few Bulgarian archaeologists

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Dr. Nikola Theodossiev teaches archaeology at the Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. He widely traveled in Europe and the U.S. and lectured in over a dozen of universities. Dr. Theodossiev is on the editorial board of the academic journal Ancient West & East and the e-journal Fasti Online.