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Fund Prof. Magdalina Stancheva

Fund Prof. Magdalina Stancheva

Fund №4 Prof. Magdalina Stancheva

She was born in Sofia on September 6, 1924. She graduated from the Classical Department of her High School. In 1948 she graduated in "Classical Philology" and "History" from the Sofia University "St. Kliment of Ohrid". As a student, she joined the rescue archaeological excavations of the Sofia city center, imposed by the new construction after the bombing. In 1952 she was appointed Senior Curator at the newly established Museum of History of Sofia, where she worked until her retirement 32 years later. Since 1953 she has headed the Archaeological Department of the Sofia Archeological Museum. She actively worked not only as an archeologist through her life, but also as a very capable organizer of various public organizations such as the Sofia Society of Historians, the Serdika-Sredets-Sofia Society, the Friends of Sofia Architecture Club, the St. Sofia Civic Association and others.

Magdalina Stancheva regularly published in the periodical magazines Sofia, Museums and Monuments of Culture, Announcements of the Archaeological Institute, Archeology, Announcements of the Bulgarian Historical Society and others. Her bibliography contains over 600 titles, including several monographies.

Since the early 1970s she has been a delegate to the Bulgarian National Committee of the International Council for the Monuments of Culture and Landmarks in Paris. She is a member of the World Heritage Committee and is its Vice President for six years.

She was a lecturer at Sofia University "St. Kliment of Ohrid", the National Academy of Arts and New Bulgarian University, where in 1990 яhe created the Cultural Heritage Program and was regular lecturer until 2004.

Magdalen Stancheva died on October 6, 2014.


The formation of Magdalen Stancheva's personal archive fund at NBU began in 2006, when it was donated be her family. The overwhelming majority of the documents submitted to the University Archive relate to the scientific and social activities of Magdalina Stancheva, and also a considerable part of the her personal correspondence.

Of particular interest are the documents of Magdalina Stancheva's social activities - especially with regard to her work as head of the Archaeological Department of the Museum of History of Sofia, as a representative of the Bulgarian National Committee of ICOMOS and as Vice President of the Committee for a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also documents about her involvement in joint activity of Bulgaria and UNESCO for the preservation of antiquities. There are dossiers of sites envisaged to be included in the UNESCO List of World Cultural and Natural Heritage, reports and reports for completed tasks related to the preservation of cultural monuments in Bulgaria, etc. The teaching activity of Magdalen Stancheva at NBU is "illustrated" by theses of lectures on the course "Cultural Heritage", the development of a program on the history of Bulgarian ceramics, written works by students.