‘The Roman villa in Chatalka site: The wealth of a Thracian aristocrat’ at the National Museum of Archaeology, Sofia

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The exhibition “The Roman villa in Chatalka site. The wealth of a Thracian aristocrat” is a result of a successful collaboration between the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum and the Regional Museum of History Stara Zagora. It presents the lifestyle of wealthy Thracian aristocrats, owners of villa rustica, built in the 1st c. AD in Chatalka site, close to the city of Stara Zagora.

'The Roman villa in Chatalka site: The wealth of a Thracian aristocrat' at the National Museum of Archaeology, Sofia

The exhibition includes valuable artifacts found in Roshava Dragana tumulus, where some of the family members who possessed the estate were buried, as well as items from other tumuli of the necropolis of the villa.

Protective and offensive weapons, a rare bronze helmet mask among them, refer the owners to the local military aristocracy. The gold jewellery and breastplates found in graves of a man and a woman, and the gold wreaths confirm their high social status. Luxury items imported from the East and Italy, parts of the furniture, such as candelabrum with an image of herma with faces of two youths, balsam-containers and perfume vessels reflect their exquisite lifestyle.

The implements attest to the main activities of men and women who lived in the villa. Various inquisitive objects, usually neglected and forgotten in the museum depots, are displayed for the first time at one place. Agricultural tools, model mould and pottery indicate the source of the wealth of the owners of this estate. Votive tablets of the Thracian Horseman discovered close to the residential sector of the architectural complex and the mound necropolis of the villa reveal the Thracian origin of the inhabitants.

Group of silver cups of Boscoreale type and rare glass vessels found near the city of Stara Zagora, complete the notion of the rich urban life of the local Thracian aristocracy comparable to the lifestyle of the Roman nobles in Italy.

The opening is on May 22nd 2015 in the National Museum of Archaeology, Sofia. The exhibition will be on display until September 10th, 2015.

Source: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences [June 01, 2015]

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