This article had been written as a part of the project № 15-01-00376/15 «Bulgarians of Moldova, Ukraine and Russia. Experience of Life in Diaspora» supported by the RHSF/RFBR grant.
The article constates that the questions of migration history and economical position of Bulgarian migrants in scarcely populated steppe areas of Circum-Pontic region and South Bessarabia in the eighteenth-nineteenth centuries were many times examined in monographs and numerous essays, however, the studies of material heritage of this ethnic group still haven’t received deserved attention. The article emphasizes importance of studying artifacts that characterize material and spiritual culture of Bulgarian migrants in the museums of Russia, Moldova and Ukraine. It is planned to publish the results of ethnographic expeditions of 2015–2017 and the materials prepared by the specialists in Bulgarian studies from Russia, Moldova, Ukraine and the Republic of Bulgaria in course of the project «Bulgarians of Moldova, Ukraine and Russia. Experience of Life in Diaspora» in the monograph «Bulgarians» in the series «Peoples and Cultures».
Bulgarian migrants, diaspora, material culture, museum collections
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