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Archaeological digs in the Greek Emporium and Temple near Krastevich and GIS applied in Archaeology 2014

Location: Hisarya, Bulgaria

August 9, 2014 to September 20, 2014

Session dates: 
Session 1 – August 9, 2014 – August 28, 2014; Session 2 August 28, 2014 – September 6, 2014; Session 3 – September 6, 2014 – September 20, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Flyer: pr04kr1401.pdf

Program Type

Field school


RSF Archaeological Trust and Historical museum – Hisarya.

Project Director:

Assoc. Prof. Mitko Madzharov, Historical museum – Hisarya

Project Description

The large Greek colonization from 8-6 c. B.C. led to the creation of several town-colonies situated on the Northern coast of Aegean Sea: Thassos, Aenos, Abdera, Maronea, Perintnus, Byzantion etc. The intensive contacts of the already established commercial centers with the Thracian tribes led to powerful rivalry between them for spheres of economic influence. That rivalry is most ostensibly manifested in the creation of commercial centers (emporia) in the interior of Thrace. The course is structured into three modules:

In 2005 the archaeological museum of Hisarya started investigation of the Greek  Emporion and Temple near the village of Krastevich. It is situated on strategic cross-roads and the region is rich in ores and minerals. At the two archaeological sites were found many artefacts connected to the Greek civilization as pottery, architectural details, coins etc. The place is dated back to the 5th and 4th c. BC.

The aim of the course is to make students familiar with the basic methods of field archeology with a special focus on the GIS (geographic information system) surveying. The students will be trained how to use electronic survey equipment (Total Station) to perform horizontal and vertical measurements in reference to a grid system.

The course is suitable both for beginners and advanced in field archaeology. The first part is devoted to practice on the archaeological site and working with the archaeological finds. In the second week the following topics will be covered: Topographic surveys; Construction project layout (building corners, control and offset lines); Leveling; Traverse surveys and adjustments; Building Face Surveys; Resections; Areas; Intersections; Point Projections. Daily survey information will be downloaded into CAD programs and students will gain basic skills on working with specific software and electronic data processing.

The third part of the course is devoted to educational trips to the open air sites and museum collections in the area. The students will be guided by professional archaeologist and all visits will be accompanied by educational lectures on Greek and Roman history and archaeology.

Period(s) of Occupation: Greek period 5th - 4th century BC

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: One session - 14 days

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

The accommodation of the students is in very nice guest houses in town of Hisarya where any facilities are offered: bathrooms, TV, WiFi, air conditioner, kitchen for private use. The houses are situated near the museum and to the archaeological site. Nearby are located also many spa centers with swimming pools, restaurants, bars etc.
The town of Hisarya is located in the outskirts of the Sredna Gora mountain range and it boasts of a very mild climate and over two dozen mineral springs, which make it a favourite spa for many Bulgarian and foreign tourists. Today Hisarya holds over 20 hotels and balneotherapy. The resort provides various forms of entertainment and good opportunities for sport: indoor and outdoor mineral water swimming pools, tennis, volleyball, basketball, cycling, horse riding, motocross, paintball, etc.

1388 EUR

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Prof. Dr. Hab. Rumen Ivanov
13 Moskovska Str.