Associate Professor Dr. Todor Chobanov, historian from the Institute of Balkan Studies with the Center for Tracology at the BAS, former Deputy Minister of Culture and former Deputy Mayor of Sofia with the Department of Culture, is turning history around. He came up with a new theory about the origin of the Bulgarians.
“Attila’s Hun Empire ruled over many nations. One of them is the proto-Bulgarians. It is true that our traces can be traced back to Attila,” commented Chobanov to bTV.
According to him, there is no Siberian signal and no archaeological evidence of a connection with Asia of the proto-Bulgarians. He was categorical that the proto-Bulgarians were Indo-Europeans. They have been living in Central Europe, along the Danube, since the time of Attila.
Chobanov’s new book “The origin of the Bulgarians. The debate in the 21st century” is dedicated to the origin of the Bulgarians, revealing new facts from our ancient history. It examines in detail the questions of where the Bulgarians came from, what our roots are, and what the ancient and present-day Bulgarians have in common.
Chobanov commented that the book tells about the great Bulgarian scientists who made efforts to gather information about our ancestors.
“Every subject of history is overgrown with myths. In the book, however, we have stepped entirely into academic principles, archaeology, genomics. We have proven that the proto-Bulgarians were not a drop in the Slavic sea. They were a numerous people who left a genetic and cultural imprint on the medieval Bulgarians. We are the medieval Bulgarians,” Chobanov said.
The medieval Bulgarians were born from three components. Proto-Bulgarian is the most dominant. We also have a Slavic component. We also have a component of mixing with the local population. Today’s Bulgarians largely resemble the medieval Bulgarians of 1000 years ago, Assoc. Chobanov emphasized.