PHILIPPOPOLIS Archaeological Field School

Location: Burgas, Bulgaria

June 27, 2015 to September 11, 2015

Session dates: 
1. June 27 - July 3 2. July 4 - July 17 3. July 18 - July 31 4 (extended). August 1 - August 21 5 (extended). August 22 - September 11

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Flyer: poster_philippopolis.pdf

Program Type

Field school



RSF Archaeological Trust

Project Director:

Pavel Despotov (RSF Archaeological Trust)

Project Description

Philippopolis is an ancient city in present-day Bulgaria founded in 6th c. B.C. later named after the Macedonian king Philip the Second. The modern town keeps numerous monuments dated back to the Hellenistic (5th – 4th c. B.C.) and Roman period (1st – 5th c. A.D.) including completely preserved Amphitheatre, attractive fortress and Great Basilica. The students involved will gain comprehensive knowledge on the ancient classical world through intensive field work at one remarkable archaeological site and well-structured program including 20 academic hours theory, 40 hours practicum and two educational trips in the region.

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In 2015 and 2016, the RSF Archaeological Trust Summer Digs Program is offering two-week intensive educational courses in Roman archaeology in Philippopolis. The program incorporates ten days’ fieldwork at the Roman Forum (Central Square) and theoretical lectures on Roman building techniques, topography and development of the Roman cities. The program also includes field trips which will provide participants with a comprehensive historical and cultural appreciation of Rome and Roman civilization.

The main goal of the course is to teach the basic methods of field archeology, finds processing and field documentation. The course consists of two parts – seminars and supervised practical work (Practicum). Each seminar is devoted to specific practical skill, which students will acquire in the course of the ongoing excavations and post-excavation fieldwork. The emphasis of the course is the practical work done at the field and the different field methods required such as drawing, working with geodesic technique, describing and interpreting archaeological situations. The Practicum will be followed by discussions and working on individual tasks in order to develop student's ability to understand and interpret archaeological data.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will know the basic methods used in field archeology and in the post-field work; be able to document, describe and deal with different aspects of fieldwork; be able to understand and interpret archaeological data and draw up archaeological records and presentations.

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Period(s) of Occupation: Roman Archaeology

Practical course in field archaeology

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: One session, 14 to 21 days

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

The accommodation of the archaeological team and the students is in the House-Museum "Lamartine". The house is situated in the very centre of the Old Town in Plovdiv and is a National monument of culture. The house offers seven spacious rooms decorated in Renaissance style, large kitchen and dining room and a beautiful garden.

Admission Fee: 1298 EUR (app. 1608 USD) Please check our huge discount for next season booking:

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Pavel Despotov
13 Moskovska Str.
Recommended Bibliography: 


Philippopolis, Thrace (I-VII c.) by Ivo Topalilov