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Location: Byala, Bulgaria
Season Dates: July 27, 2013 - August 17, 2013
Session Dates: Session 1: July 27 – August 3, 2013 ; Session 2: August 3 – August 17, 2013
Application Deadline: June 20, 2013
Affiliation: “Ratiaria Semper Floreat” Archaeological Trust (RSFAT), Varna Museum of Archaeology
Project Director: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Valery Yotov. Archaeological Museum of Varna.
St. Atanas Cape is a seaside resort center, south of the big city of Varna, Bulgarira. Here is being studied an early Christian complex with a basilica. In the beginning of this archaeological season was decorated a narthex with wall-paintings and inscriptions. Among the larger ones there is a partly preserved image of a saint (perhaps – Jesus Christ). There are also two fragments with partly damaged inscriptions with names in Latin: MARI[A] and HІE[S]US. For the time being these are the earliest inscriptions containing the names of Holy Virgin Mary and Jesus Chris.
The project "ST. ATANAS CAPE - the birth of Byzantine Christian Art" focuses on the earliest ages of Byzantine Empire (the 5th and 6th century A.D.) and the Christian architecture and art in one of the city centres located very close to the Byzantine capital - Constantinople. The project offers on-site practice, lectures on architecture of Early Christian churches, wall-paintings conservation and research trips to the most popular touristic destinations on the Black sea coast.
Period(s) of Occupation: Early Christianity, Byzantine Empire 5.-6. century AD
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: One session, 15 days
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: none
Room and Board Arrangements
Accommodation of the students will be in the archaeological base situated near the site. The base offers all necessary facilities needed to work on small finds, training and educational process and household convenience of the students.
The archaeological site is close to the town of Byala as well as the biggest town on the Black sea coast - Varna. Everyday transport by cars is arranged. It offers many facilities - ATM, wi-fi connection, shops, bus station, and restaurants. The archaeological base is located close to a very convenient beach which offers a lot of fun in the spare time: sunbathing, swimming, various sports games, etc.
Cost: €1,084 per 15 days
Name of institution offering credit: New Bulgarian University
Number of credits offered: 6
Prof. Dr. Hab. Rumen Ivanov
13 Moskovska Str.