Ratiaria - The Lost City - SKAT TV



The Roman town Ratiaria (in today's Archar, Vidin district) is one of the most horrific examples of vandalism of ignorant, greedy and irresponsible people to our age-old cultural and historical heritage ... Krassimira Luka, archaeologist and explorer of the famous ancient city tells its surveys among the oppressive "view" of the treasure-hunter's excavation and destruction, which, nevertheless, provide a new, unexpected information about our past, about the ancient culture in our land. The scale of Ratiaria can be compared with large capital. "Everything lies there, about 40 hectares, but this is only part of the site. The locals showed me many areas. This area was with the most strong romanization. In Vidin region the Roman culture was comparable to that in Rome - this is the reason why was stolen so much here. I've heard about stunning findings, but unfortunately they are now exported to some of the auctions and the collections around the world ... " "My colleagues archaeologists are very aware of the situation." In the summer of 2010 Krassimira Luka works on the field of the fortress Conbustica with students volunteers from Poland, New Zealand, Ukraine and Ireland, who bear the costs themselves. "The method was successful ... They come in Bulgaria, because our practice is very interesting. They work very strictly, wanting to stay or come back. " The team of archaeologist is no longer rely on support from the local institutions. And the last year was even an attempted excavations to be suspended ... As rightly pointed out Krassimira Luka the task now is to save Ratiaria which cannot tolerate any delay more ...