11 Facts About Lyuba Ognenova-Marinova


Lyuba Ognenova-Marinova was the first underwater archaeologist in the country and headed the investigations of the ancient Thracian city of Nesebar.


Lyuba Ognenova-Marinova became one of the leading Bulgarian researchers specializing in ancient and Thracian archeology, authoring over 100 scientific publications.


Lyuba Ognenova-Marinova served on the faculty of Sofia University and as a senior researcher at the National Archaeological Museum in Sofia.


Lyuba Ognenova-Marinova graduated from a French primary school in Bitola in 1932 and went on to complete her high school training in Tirana.


Lyuba Ognenova-Marinova was noted for her epigraphic work with Greek and Latin texts found in Bulgaria.


Lyuba Ognenova-Marinova's work led to the identification of five chronological periods of urbanization on the peninsula surrounding Nesebar through the end of the second millennium BC, which included the Thracian protopolis, the Greek colony Mesambria, a Roman-ruled village to the Early Christian Era, the Medieval settlement and a Renaissance era town, known as Mesemvria or Nessebar.


Lyuba Ognenova-Marinova's research confirmed that earthquakes and flooding had been significant in the area.


Lyuba Ognenova-Marinova helped organize more than 800 exhibits for the meeting, "Roman Bronze Age Art" from the collections of National Archaeological Institute and Museum of BAS.


Lyuba Ognenova-Marinova was a longtime member of the scientific councils for the Institute of Archaeology and Institute of Thracology, as well as a lecturer on Thracian archaeology at Sofia University.


Lyuba Ognenova-Marinova created a database of the known sites of Thrace based on a combination of research and interpretation of ancient springs and archaeological artifacts which linked Greece and the eastern Mediterranean to the area.


Lyuba Ognenova-Marinova was awarded the Order of Saints Cyril and Methodius in the Second degree for her scientific contributions to Bulgaria.