The permanent exhibition of the museum in the town of Byala tracks through the displayed objects and artifacts the full history of the archeological site at Cape St. Atanas.
The earliest materials of the exhibition are from the 6th century BC and represent artifacts from the numerous cult pits as well as from the ancient Thracian temple. Many of these objects are imported ceramics from Greece and the Mediterranean basin. Very interesting are the numerous numismatic finds, the earliest date from the 5th century BC. The coinage of the archeological site presents the commercial relations of the people who inhabited the region with the rest of the ancient world.
The permanent exposition also includes marble statues found in the Sanctuary of Heracles from the Roman period of the archaeological site at Cape St. Atanas.
The core of the exhibition presents the Early Christian Sacral Compound at Cape St. Atanas, which includes a basilica, a bishop’s residence, two baptisteries, a repository for ecclesiastical gifts and a holy water well. Details of the interior of the basilica, architectural adornment, pieces of the church pergula, altar tables, murals and many other items provide an overall picture of the rich decoration and furnishing of the antique church. Some of the items are extremely rare and valuable to science. Worth mentioning are the earliest bishop’s gold ring (6th century AD) found in archaeological excavations, one of the earliest murals with the image of Jesus Christ (4th century AD), and many other objects related to early Christianity
BYALA AND THE SEA
Created within the project “Protection and conservation of fishing traditions and cultural heritage throughout the development of tourist attractions directly related to fisheries” of the Municipal Cultural Institute /Museum/ – Byala, exhibition “Byala and the Sea” presents the fisheries, maritime history, culture and archeology of Byala Municipality’s region from the Greek colonization of the Western Black Sea coast (6th century BC) to the Late Antiquity (early 7th century AD).
The exhibition is presented by amphorae, amphora stamps, utensils for serving fish – ihtii, dishes for cooking fish, storage containers of salted fish (4th – 1st century BC), imported pottery (6th century BC -7th century AD), fishing tackle – fishing hooks, lead weights for fishing rods, ceramic weights for fishing nets, hooks for knitting fishing nets, antique harpoons, anchors for small fishing boats, etc.
The aim of the exhibition “Byala and the Sea” is to present a glimpse to the lifestyle of the people who inhabited the coast of today’s Byala from Classical Antiquity until Late Antiquity. The exhibition reveals the culture and life associated with sea fishing (one of the main livelihoods in the region) and maritime trade, which was extremely active in those times and allowed contact of the local inhabitants with remote cultures and civilizations.