Authors and Books about Bulgarian Megaliths

Lyubomir Tsonev

Lyubomir Tsonev was born in 1954 in Sofia. He graduated from the Faculty of Physics at Sofia University. He works at the Institute of Solid State Physics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He currently holds the position of Assoc. II degree, has the scientific degree of Doctor of Physics. He has worked in the field of integrated optics, diffraction gratings, thermotropic liquid crystals, luminescence.

Since 2003, megalithic monuments in Bulgaria have attracted his attention as a hobby. Since 2009 he has taken the initiative to master and apply in Bulgaria the photoluminescent method for dating in archeology (baked ceramics and megalithic objects) and geology (geological samples). The method was proposed in Great Britain in the 1970s, but is not applied in Bulgaria.

Tsonev is one of the founders of the Balkan Megaliths project, together with Dimitar Kolev from the Institute of Astronomy at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

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Megaliths in Bulgaria (BG)

Megaliths and other antiquities (BG)

Megalithic construction techniques in classical Thracian buildings (ENG)

Archo Astronomical hypothesis for the underground temple well of Sardinian type near the village of Garlo, Breznishko (BG)

Karel Václav Škorpil

Karel Václav Škorpil (Bulgarian: Карел Вацлав Шкорпил; 15 May 1859 – 9 March 1944) was a Czech-Bulgarian archaeologist and museum worker credited along with his brother Hermann with the establishment of those two disciplines in Bulgaria.

Born in the city of Vysoké Mýto (then Hohenmauth in Austria-Hungary, now part of Ústí nad Orlicí District, Pardubice Region of the Czech Republic) on 15 May 1859, he finished high school in Pardubice before graduating from the Charles University and the Technical University in Prague. In 1881, he moved to what was then Eastern Rumelia (since 1885 united with the Principality of Bulgaria) to work as a high-school teacher in the Bulgarian cities of Plovdiv (1882-1886), Sliven (1886-1888), Varna (1888-1890, 1894-1915) and Veliko Tarnovo (1890-1894). Since 1894, Karel settled permanently in the port city of Varna on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, where he founded the Varna Archeological Society in 1901 and the Varna Archaeological Museum in 1906, of which he was the director from 1915 to his death. He was also a teacher and lecturer at the Naval Academy and the trade school.

As a young teacher, Karel Škorpil came to be interested in archeology. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he published around 150 works, whether as the sole author or in collaboration with his brother, including 30 in German, Russian and Czech, primarily devoted to Bulgaria. He discovered and headed the excavations of the medieval Bulgarian castles at Pliska, Preslav and Madara; he also unearthed the prehistoric stilt houses in Lake Varna, among others. A member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Bulgarian Archeological Institute, he died in Varna on 9 March 1944 and was buried among the ruins of the old Bulgarian capital Pliska.

All research by the Škorpil brothers was self-funded, and all unearthed monuments have been preserved in Bulgaria. The street in Varna where their house is located, and the Black Sea village and seaside resort Shkorpilovtsi, were named after the brothers. Škorpil Glacier in Antarctica is named after Karel Škorpil.

 

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Dimitrina Mitova-Djonova

Dimitrina Mitova-Djonova is a Bulgarian historian and archaeologist, professor. She was born in Sofia in 1924, where she completed her primary, secondary and higher education. Her parents are from the village of Beraintsi, Trun Municipality. After graduating from Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski” in 1948, majoring in History and a second major in classical philology and a two-year specialization in ancient history and archeology, he worked at the Vidin and Svishtov Archaeological Museums, and later at the National Institute for Cultural Monuments. Prof. Mitova-Djonova completed her earthly journey on March 19, 2015 in Sofia.
Dimitrina Mitova-Djonova actively worked in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s in the Pernik and Pleven districts. She is the discoverer of the cult temple-well near the village of Garlo in 1972, which according to her is the oldest known building in Bulgaria.
Her work Proto-Sardinian Nuraghi Culture. Jahavism and Christianity “affects a wide range of problems of Nurology and goes beyond the problems of Paleo-Balkanism and Thracology. The analysis of the rich scientific documentation and her knowledge in the autopsy of the Nuraghi culture Prof. Djonova makes a qualitatively new interpretation of many of the monuments and phenomena of this Proto-Sardinian culture and for the first time explains many of its myths through the prism of the Old Testament.

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Valeria Fol

Prof. Ph.D. Valeria Fol is a thracologist, lecturer at UniBIT and head of the Institute for Research in the field of organization, management and protection of cultural and historical heritage.

Valeria Fol graduated from the Faculty of History at Sofia University with a degree in Ancient and Medieval History and a second degree in Philosophy in 1976. She received a doctorate in art history from the Institute of Art History of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (1986). He became a senior research associate II degree in the “History” section of the Institute of Thracology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 1994. Former lecturer in the Department of Eastern and Mediterranean Studies at NBU.

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