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Plovdiv's Small Basilica was discovered and surveyed by archaeologist Mina Bospachieva in 1988-1989. You can read more on the Small Basilica, in English, in Bospachieva, Mina. A small early-Christian basilica with mosaics at Philippopolis (Plovdiv). In: Archaeologia Bulgarica, VI, 2002, 2, 55–76.

The Small Basilica mosaics were cleaned, conserved, restored and brought back in situ in 2010-2013 by a team lead by Elena Kantareva-Decheva. She graduated in conservation and restoration from the National Academy of Arts in 1989 and has been actively restoring ancient mosaics ever since. In 1997 she specialised in conservation and restoration in The Williamstown Art Conservation Center, the US, and has been participating in joint projects of studying the technology and technique and the conservation of ancient mosaics in Plovdiv. In 2003-2004 she led the team who conserved and restored the mosaics at the Eirene Mansion.

You can read an evaluation of the condition of ancient mosaics found in Plovdiv in Bospachieva, Mina, and Elena Kantareva-Decheva, Cynthia Luk. Archaeological sites with mosaic floors from ancient Philippopolis, Plovdiv, Bulgaria: Problems and condition. Proceedings of the Regional Conference of ICOM – SEE held in Kladovo, Serbia, 17-23 October 2006. In: Condition of the Cultural and Natural Heritage in the Balkan Region, Belgrade, 2007.

The overall restoration and socialization of the Small Basilica was implemented in 2010-2013 with the support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation, the Culture Ministry of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Plovdiv Municipality.

The protective cover for the Small Basilica and the display of the adjacent fortification wall and ancient street were designed by a Zoom Studio team managed by architect Krasimir Todorov and by Pliska Consulting managed by architect Rumyana Proykova.

General contractor of the Small Basilica is Restavracia EAD.

The America for Bulgaria Foundation assists in growing and strengthening a vibrant market economy and democratic society in Bulgaria, helping the country to realize its full potential as a successful, modern European nation. Founded in 2008, the ABF is a successor to the Bulgarian American Enterprise Fund, an investment fund created by the U.S. government acting through the U.S. Agency for International Development. The grants provided by ABF build on the legacy of goodwill and friendship that exists between the American people and the citizens of Bulgaria.

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