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Norway funded Bulgarian St. John the Baptist excavations. Remains of St. John the Baptist on St. Ivan Island in Bulgaria have been discovered thanks to Norway. The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Sofia says about 90 percent of the money needed for the excavations in the Sozopol area by the Black Sea, as well as the restoration monastery, came from the Norwegian Government through the EEA agreement. “We are pleased that the Norwegian money funded important archaeological projects, thus helping Bulgaria to preserve its rich heritage. Of course, we must first wait for the results of the analysis undertaken of the findings,” said Tove Skarstein, the Norwegian Ambassador to Bulgaria, who’s visiting the site today.

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Norway funded Bulgarian St. John the Baptist excavations

Published on Tuesday, 10th August, 2010 at 10:01 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

Remains of St. John the Baptist on St. Ivan Island in Bulgaria have been discovered thanks to Norway.

St. Ivan Island, Sozopol, Bulgaria
St. Ivan Island, Sozopol, Bulgaria
Photo: Izvora/Wikimedia Commons


The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Sofia says about 90 percent of the money needed for the excavations in the Sozopol area by the Black Sea, as well as the restoration monastery, came from the Norwegian Government through the EEA agreement.

“We are pleased that the Norwegian money funded important archaeological projects, thus helping Bulgaria to preserve its rich heritage. Of course, we must first wait for the results of the analysis undertaken of the findings,” said Tove Skarstein, the Norwegian Ambassador to Bulgaria, who’s visiting the site today.

The relics of St. John the Baptist, parts of a hand, face and part of a tooth, were found at the Sozopol site at the end of July, in a carefully crafted stone casket, according to the National Commission for UNESCO – Bulgaria.

These funds were just the first phase. Between 2009 and 2014, Bulgaria will receive a total of 126.6 million euro in Norwegian grants towards projects relating to heritage conservation, green energy and energy efficiency, health, research, education, civil society and justice, as well as projects aimed at developing the labor market.

“It will be great news if it turns out that these finds are of great historical value,” Skarstein told the Sofia News Agency Novinite.




Published on Tuesday, 10th August, 2010 at 10:01 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

This post has the following tags: st, john, baptist, sozopol, bulgaria, black, sea, excavations, remains, archeologists, norwegian, embassy, sofia, tove, skarstein, unesco, eea.





  
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