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Bulgarian Gold To Exhibit in U.S.

January 13, 1998

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) _ An exhibit of ancient treasures from Bulgaria will tour the United States for nearly two years beginning next month.

St. Louis will be the starting point for the traveling exhibit of artifacts from Thrace, the Balkan civilization that flourished in the Bronze Age.

The exhibit will include 500 gold and silver utensils, dishes, ornaments and other items from 19 Bulgarian museums, Culture Ministry official Albert Benbasat said Tuesday. The oldest date back to the 9th century B.C.

``It is the most comprehensive presentation of Thracian culture abroad so far,″ Benbasat said.

After St. Louis, the exhibit will travel to Fort Worth, Texas; San Francisco; New Orleans; Memphis, Tenn.; Boston; and Detroit.

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