The Silver Treasure of Panagyurishte Returned Home Thanks to the Support of Assarel-Medet JSC

The Silver Treasure of Panagyurishte from Mramor mound returned home for the first time after 115 years. This was made possible thanks to the financial support of Assarel-Medet JSC. Conservation and restoration of the exhibited items which have not been shown to the public in their entirety so far was performed with the donated funds. Thanks to the donator, the National Institute of Archeology at the Bulgarian Academy of Science also published a luxury catalogue in which the finds are presented. 

The exhibition of the Silver Treasure was arranged in the treasure hall which also hosts the Golden Treasure  at the Museum of History in Panagyurishte. It was officially inaugurated on June 5. The director of the museum Assoc. Prof. Atanas Shopv, PhD  briefly told the story of the treasure and  and thanked  Assarel-Medet JSC for their support. The deputy director of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Science,  Assoc. Prof. Hristo Popov, PhD, also expressed his gratitude  and declared his wish that the partnership between those institutions shall continue. The Mayor of Panagyurishte Municipality manifested his satisfaction that the citizens of Panagyurishte and the guests of the museum will have the opportunity to enjoy the articles of the Thracian craftsmen. He also extended his gratefulness to the entire team who prepared the exhibition.

“In our hectic present, the instants when we are touched by something magnificent and unique are quite a rare occurrence,” Galya Kostova, Management Trustee of  Assarel-Medet JSC and Chairperson of  Assarel Foundation said in her welcoming address. “Right now we are enjoying such a moment and I am pleased that the exquisiteness of the ancient craftsmen, the mystics and  enigmas of gods and heroes from  the antiquity reaches to us, the people of  Panagyurishte. Only a glass case separates us from something  genuinely fabulous which moves us and fills our hearts with joy. A second treasure discovered in Panagyurishte comes home, but this time it is the Silver Treasure. This is another evidence  that our hometown has not only been blessed by God but it is also a favorite of history.  There is no other place in Bulgaria in which talent, drama and  magnificence of all historic eras meet. Therefore, we, the management team of Assarel-Medet JSC did not hesitate at all whether to support the restoration of the exhibited items from this treasure and make them wide known,” Galya Kostova said.

The Silver Treasure of Panagyurishte was discovered in Mramor mould in May 1903. Vatslav Dobruski, then director of the Popular Museum, was commissioned from Sofia. He described in a report that apart from the ruler, his horse was also buried in the mould.  Most probably, the diseased was a wealthy and mighty ruler, representative of one of the predominant dynasties who lived in the first half of 4th century BC when the Odrysia State flourished.   The Silver Treasure of Panagyurishte  encompasses more than 70 exhibits of high artiscit value  made of gold, silver, bronze, iron and clay.

The Museum of History in Panagyurishte will host it by the end of the year.