The largest specialized exhibition related to the Bronze Age in the Balkans ever organized and presented in Bulgaria. Continuation of the exhibition “The First Gold. Ada Tepe: Europe’s Oldest Gold Mine”, presented in 2017 at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and dedicated to the Bulgarian and Austrian presidency of the EU Council in 2018.
It includes 600 objects that reveal the role of the eastern parts of the Balkan Peninsula as a crossroads for the exchange of ideas, technologies and raw materials where the main cultures of the ancient world met. The role of the Bulgarian lands as an important source of raw materials during the Bronze Age is examined. It combines representative finds of precious metals (Valchitran and Barzitsa), objects made of gold, bronze and ceramics (the necropolis at Dabene, etc.), with finds giving valuable information on the technology, technical achievements, cultural exchange and long-distance trade presented by the collective finds from Pobit Kamak and Mogilitsa. The emphasis in the exhibition is the finds from the Ada Tepe gold mine – Europe’s oldest gold mine studied so far.
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