Illegal Art Hunting Problem In Bulgaria

In Bulgaria, a unique exhibition of ancient relics shows the damage of art trafficking in the country


The ancient artifacts being exhibited in Sofia’s archaeological museum provide much more than a glimpse into the region’s cultural heritage and abundant treasure troves. They’re being shown to highlight the problem of illegal antique hunting and trafficking in Bulgaria.

The display at Sofia’s museum features hundreds of rare pieces. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

“We want to show the public a small amount of what we lose each year as a culture, as history and money from unrealized cultural tourism, because unfortunately, treasure hunting in Bulgaria has grown to monstrous dimensions,” Lyudmil Vagalinski, the director of Sofia’s Archaeological Museum said.

According to statistics, up to 30,000 people are involved in trafficking historical artifacts in Bulgaria, and more than 100 pre-trial proceedings are initiated every year in the country.

Source UATV
date 08.11.2018
categories Culture, News releases
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