Archaeological excavations at the ROMAN FORUM in PHILIPPOPOLIS 2014

Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Saturday, July 12, 2014 to Saturday, September 6, 2014

Session dates: 
Session 1: July 12-26; Session 2: July 26 - August 9; Session 3: August 9 – 23; Session 4: August 2 - September 6

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, August 10, 2014

Flyer: poster_philippopolis.pdf

Program Type

Field school


RSF Archaeological Trust, Archaeological Museum of Plovdiv

Project Director:

Assos. Prof. Dr. Elena Kesyakova, Archaeological museum of Plovdiv

Project Description


In 2013 the program will be hosted by Archaeological museum of Plovdiv. Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria and is older than most of the oldest towns in Europe like Rome, Athens or Constantinople. The city offers many museums and archaeological monuments. Its old part is an imposing open-air museum and here is situated one of the most remarkable sights in Bulgaria - the Ancient Roman Theatre which is still used for open-air performances.

The main goal of the course is to make students familiar with the basic methods of field archeology, finds processing and field documentation. The course consists of two parts: 1. Seminars and 2. Practicum. Each seminar is devoted to specific practical skill, which students will acquire in course of the ongoing excavations and post-field work. The emphasis of the course is the practical work done at the field and the different aspects of the field methods required specific skills as drawing, working with geodesic technique, describing and interpreting archaeological situations. The Practicum will follow by discussions and working on individual tasks in order to develops student's ability to understand and interpret the archaeological data.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

• Know the basic methods used in field archeology and in the post-field work.

• Document, describe and deal with different aspects of the fieldwork.

• Be able to understand and interpret archaeological data.

• Draw up archaeological records and presentations.


Period(s) of Occupation: Roman and Byzantine Archaeology 2nd – 6th century A.D.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

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

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

The cost of the field school covers room and board. Accommodation is in hotel in Plovdiv. The hotel offers shared double-rooms with bathrooms, hot and cold running water, television, WiFi and restaurant.

1019 EUR (1386 USD). For this project is available RSFAT financial aid which covers a portion of tuition. For more information please refer to:

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Plovdiv University
Number of credits offered 6
200 EUR


Contact Information
13 Moskovska Str.