Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sofia and Plovdiv lock horns over Panagyurishte treasure again

Sofia, Plovdiv and the town of Panagyurishte have been locked in a fierce dispute about the country's most prominent golden treasure for years. Now, however, Plovdiv has threatened the Culture Ministry with court action over ownership rights, Bulgarian National Television reported on May 18 2011.

The archaeological museum in Plovdiv will sue the Culture Ministry it claims it is the only institution in the country with legitimate documentation proving that it is the rightful owner of the treasure.

Plovdiv mayor Slavcho Atanassov and the city's archaeological museum director Kostadin Kisyov have fielded a united front, saying that when the treasure was excavated, it was the "Plovdiv administration that paid 300 000 Bulgarian leva for the hiring of the team which led to the discovery, and the subsequent excavation works", the report said.

More at  The Sofia Echo