Bulgaria archaeological research

Overview

At Eastern corner of the Europe is situated Bulgaria – a small country, lying between the western coast of the Black sea and the biggest European river – Danube. Bulgarian kingdom was founded in 681 c. A.D. and inherited the ancient cultures of the Byzantium and Roman empire, the Thracians and the prehistoric civilizations back in time to the 6 millennium B.C. Nowadays in Bulgaria are situated four town listed between the oldest cities in Europe: Plovdiv (6000 BC), Varna (585 BC – 570 BC), Stara Zagora (342 BC) and the modern capital of Bulgaria – Sofia (4th century BC).

With a territory of 111,000 square kilometers and population of 7 million, Bulgaria holds more than 200 museums and about 100 000 archaeological sites. Here can be seen preserved ancient cities, medieval fortresses and historical places. With its 8 000 years history Bulgaria keeps evidences for almost all periods known in Europe. Is there a better place to studying Archaeology?

This program will guide the students and the volunteers through different periods and places. Within 14 days we will visit 16 towns and 34 open air monuments, archaeological sites and museums. In addition our participants will enjoy the beautiful nature, excellent food and the famous Bulgarian hospitality.




Academics

Lectures / Seminars included

LECTURES

  1. Byzantine fortresses - main characteristics and specifics. The Late Antique period 4th - 6th c. AD in the Balkan peninsula.

  2. The main specifics of the Christian architecture in 5th c. AD.

  3. The fortification system in the Roman period 2nd - 3rd c. AD. Different kind of artefacts.

  4. The Roman cities at the Danube limes - main characteristics. The problem with the illegal excavations in Bulgaria and methods of preservation of the archaeological sites.

  5. The Roman inscriptions. Basic information on different kind of inscriptions and main Latin formulas used on it.

  6. The history of research of Montana fortress, layout and periods.

  7. The fortification system 17th - 18th c. A.D.

  8. The architecture in the time of Second Bulgarian kingdom (13th - 14th c. A.D.).

  9. Different styles of fortification at one place. The main characteristics.

  10. The layout of the classical Roman city. Streets, public buildings, temples and houses.

SEMINARS

  1. Exploring of not-excavated archaeological sites.

  2. Documenting archaeological structures. Measuring and levelling. Horizontal and vertical drawing of ancient walls.

  3. Archaeological illustration. Making a cross-section drawing. Recognizing the pottery chards and reconstruction of the forms.

  4. Digital processing of the photographs and drawings of pottery. Working with image processing software.

Towns and cultural monuments to visit

PLACES TO VISIT

1. Sofia
2. Batulya
3. Svoge
4. Ochiin dol
5. Mezdra
6. Montana
7. Archar
8. Belogradchik

9. Rabisha
10. Vidin
11. Vratsa
12. Veliko Tarnovo
13. Etar
14. Kazanlak
15. Plovdiv
16. Asenovgrad


MONUMENTS AND SITES

1. Batulya fortress & Monastery "St. Nikolay"
2. Early Christian church in Ochin Dol
3. Cherepish monastery
4. Mezdra fortress
5. Ratiaria
6. Montana lapidarium
7. Montana fortress
8. Belogradchik fortress
9. Magura cave
10. Baba Vida fortress
11. Vidin Historical museum
12. "Krastata Kazarma" muzeum
13. Vratsa Historical museum
14. Vratsa Ethnographic museum
15. Samovodska Charshia
16. Tsarevets
17.The Medieval churches "St. 40 Martyrs", "St. St. Peter and Paul" and "St. Dimitar"
18. Tarnovo Historical museum
19. Architectural ethnographic complex "Etar"

20. Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
21. Nebet tepe - a fortress used from 5th c. B.C. till 13th c. A.D.
22. Roman theatr in Plovdiv
23. Roman stadium in Plovdiv
24. The Old Twon in Plovdiv
25. Roman forum (city square) and the Eastern gate of Philippopolis
26. Plovdiv Archaeological museum
27. Asenova fortress
28. Bachkovo monastery
29. The Northern gate of Serdica and the adjacent streets.
30. The church St. George built in 5th c. A.D. as a crypt of Constantine the Great
31. National Archaeological museum
32. The churches "St. Sophia" (5th c. A.D.) and "St. Aleksander Nevski"
33. National Historical museum
34. Boyana church (UNESCO monument)




PROGRAM

DAY

ACTIVITY

0

Arrival. Transfer from SOF airport to Hostel Mostel in downtown. Hostel check in. Welcome cocktail

1

Batulya fortress & Monastery "St. Nikolay". Exploring of not-excavated archaeological sites.
Lecture: Byzantine fortresses - main characteristics and specifics. The Late Antique period 4th - 6th c. AD in the Balkan peninsula.
"Early Christian church in Ochin Dol.
Lecture: The main specifics of the Christian architecture in 5th c. AD."
Cherepish monastery.
Mezdra fortress.
Lecture: The fortification system in the Roman period 2nd - 3rd c. AD. Different kind of artefacts.

2

Montana lapidarium.
Lecture: The Roman inscriptions. Basic information on different kind of inscriptions and main Latin formulas used on it.
Montana fortress.
Lecture: The history of research of Montana fortress, layout and periods."

3

The Roman town Ratiaria. Collecting pottery and exploring the site.
Lecture: The Roman cities at the Danube limes - main characteristics. The problem with the illegal excavations in Bulgaria and methods of preservation of the archaeological sites.
Cleaning and sorting of pottery collected at Ratiaria site.

4

Archaeological illustration. Making a cross-section drawing. Recognizing the pottery chards and reconstruction of the forms.
Digital processing of the photographs and drawings of pottery. Working with image processing software.

5

Conbustica. Documenting archaeological structures. Measuring and levelling. Horizontal and vertical drawing of ancient walls.

6

Relax & do laundry, go to Rabisha Dam.

7

Magura cave. Optional: wine tasting.
Belogradchik fortress.

8

Baba Vida fortress; Vidin synagogue.
Lecture: The fortification system 17th - 18th c. A.D.
Vidin Historical museum & "Krastata Kazarma" muzeum.
Free time. Exploring the city, shopping etc.

9

Vratsa Historical museum (Rgozen treasure).
Vratsa Ethnographic museum.

10

"Samovodska Charshia" in Veliko Tarnovo (handicraft market).
"Tsarevets" (The kings hill) - the palace of the Bulgarian kings.
Lecture: The architecture in the time of Second Bulgarian kingdom (13th - 14th c. A.D.).
The Medieval churches "St. 40 Martyrs", "St. St. Peter and Paul" and "St. Dimitar".
Tarnovo Historical museum.

11

Architectural ethnographic complex "Etar".
Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak (UNESCO monument).

12

"Nebet tepe" in Plovdiv - a fortress used from 5th c. B.C. till 13th c. A.D.
Lecture: Different styles of fortification at one place. The main characteristics.
Roman theatr and Roman stadim in Plovdiv.
Roman forum (city square) and the Eastern gate of Philippopolis.
Lecture: The layout of the classical Roman city. Streets, public buildings, temples and houses.
Plovdiv Archaeological museum.

13

Asenova fortress.
Bachkovo monastery.

14

The Northern gate of Serdica and the adjacent streets. The church St. George built in 5th c. A.D. as a crypt of Constantine the Great.
Lecture: The layout of the Roman cities (part 2).
National Archaeological museum.
The churches "St. Sophia" (5th c. A.D.) and "St. Aleksander Nevski".
National Historical museum.
"Boyana church" (UNESCO monument).

15
OPTIONAL

Shopping day! Sofia mall, Vitosha street etc.

16

Departure.



SESSIONS AND FEES

Session Dates:

June 3 - June 16, 2017

Application Deadline:

March 31, 2017

Minimum age: 16
Minimum length of stay: 15 days
Number of places available: 7
Language: English
Experience required: None

Full-time session (15 days)

Participation fee incl. education, certificate of attendance, all field trips, Lecturer/Interpreter/Tour Guide Services, Transportation, Visits.

€ 563

Accommodation & Meals*

Accommodation standard class hotel, Double occupancy - Bed & Breakfast (15 days) € 230
Full food package - Lunch & Dinner (15 days) € 222

*The students and volunteers are free to choose the Accommodation & Meals according to their personal preferences. Bulgarian Archaeological Association will provide assistance if necessary. Please see our List of recommended hotels.

Participation fee covers:

  • All educational costs.
  • Travel expenses for the entire duration of the program.
  • Entrance fees in the museums.
  • Honorariums for the day lectures and site talks.
  • Tools and equipment for specialized artifact processing.
  • Certificate of attendance.

Program DOES NOT include:

  • Your international transportation expenses to and from the rendezvous point (Sofia airport).
  • In case you need visa for Bulgaria, you have to cover this cost also by yourself.
  • Accommodation and meals.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, other beverages than mineral water, telephone, etc.)
  • Medical expenses and medical insurance.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Entertainment expenses: concerts, clubs, etc.
  • Personal travel and activities in the free time.

Payment schedule:

A non-refundable registration fee of 150 euros should be paid once a place has been offered. Reservations will only be effective after payment of the fee.

The final payment should be done till March 15, 2017. This amount is fully refundable in case of cancelation 4 weeks before beginning the trip (May 6, 2017).



List of recommended hotels

This list provides standard 3*** hotels. For different type of accommodation (for example hostels, guest houses or luxuries 4**** and 5***** hotels) please write us to bularchaeo@archbg.net

Hostel Mostel Name: Hostel Mostel
Location: Sofia
web site: http://www.hostelmostel.com
rooms: http://www.hostelmostel.com/sofia/prices
book here: http://www.hostelmostel.com/sofia/make-a-booking
Dolce vita Name: Dolce vita
Location: Mezdra
web site: http://www.dolcevita-mz.com
rooms: http://www.dolcevita-mz.com/hotel.htm
book here: http://www.booking.com/hotel/bg/dolce-vita-mezdra.en-gb.html
Horel Magura Name: Magura
Location: Rabisha
web site: https://www.facebook.com/complexmagura
book here: http://www.booking.com/hotel
Hotel Dunav Name: Dunav
Location: Vidin
web site: http://www.hoteldunav.eu/en/
rooms: http://www.hoteldunav.eu/en/category/rooms
book here: http://www.hoteldunav.eu/en/reservation
Hotel Chaika Name: Chaika
Location: Vratsa
web site: http://www.chaika.net/en/home.htm
rooms: http://www.chaika.net/en/accomodation.htm
book here: https://www.tripadvisor.com
Ivanova kasta Name: Ivanova kasta
Location: Veliko Tarnovo
web site: http://www.ivanovata-kashta.com/content/uk_index.html
rooms: http://www.ivanovata-kashta.com/content/uk_hotel.html
book here: http://www.ivanovata-kashta.com/content/uk_prices.html
Plovdiv Guesthousa Name: Plovdiv Guesthouse
Location: Plovdiv
web site: http://www.plovdivguesthouse.com
rooms: http://plovdivguest.com/accommodation
book here: http://plovdivguest.com/booking


FIELD SCHOOL APPLICATION

HOW TO APPLY

Fill in the Online Application Form!

After submission of your application you will receive by e-mail 1) BAA standard Contract that specifies the conditions of the field school; 2) Invoice.

Contract your participation!

You should confirm or cancel your participation by e-mail within the period of one week. In case of confirmation, you should:

  1. Print the contract, fill in the required fields and information and then scan it.
  2. Transfer the registration fee to the BAA bank account, specified in the Invoice! Scan the bank receipt!
  3. Send by e-mail all scanned copies of the Contract filled and signed by you and the bank receipt! The e-mail with the attachments should be sent in the two-week period following the admission's date!

Payment schedule:

A non-refundable registration fee of 150 euros should be paid once a place has been offered. Reservations will only be effective after payment of the fee.

The final payment should be done till March 15, 2017. This amount is fully refundable in case of cancelation 4 weeks before beginning the trip (May 6, 2017).

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