In 2021, archaeologists from RHM - Burgas, exploring the medieval city of Rusokastro, discovered an extremely valuable find - an exquisite dish made in the "sgraffito" technique, with an image of a snow leopard. The animal is legendary - it was a symbol of power, strength and prosperity, especially in Volga Bulgaria. The find is a world unique, and bears all the characteristics of the works from the studios of the medieval capital of Bulgaria - the royal city of Tarnovo. The original object is part of the "Sgraffito ceramics from the Bulgarian Black Sea" exhibition and can be seen until October 30 at the Archaeological Museum - Burgas (21 Aleko Bogoridi Blvd.) every day from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
In 2022, Ivan Arabadzhiev - the artist of the Burgas Museum, prepared souvenirs - creative replicas of this priceless find. They can now be found at the stands of the Archaeological Museum in the city of Burgas. Souvenirs are handmade and can become a desirable gift on various occasions.
The new souvenirs were made in honor of the 690th anniversary of the Battle of Rusokastro. On July 18, 1332, near Rusokastro, the army of Tsar Ivan Alexander defeated the Byzantine army led by Emperor Andronicus III Palaiologus. The remnants of the Byzantine troops were besieged in Rusokastro and brought to their knees, Andronicus surrendered himself to the Bulgarian king. As a result of the battle, the entire Southern Black Sea coast remained in Bulgarian hands until 1366.