Philippopolis field school 2015

Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Saturday, June 27, 2015 to Friday, September 11, 2015

Session dates: 
Session 1: - June 27 - July 3 Session 2: July 4 - July 17 Session 3: July 18 - July 31 Session 4: August 1 June 27 - August 14 Session 5: August 29 - September 11

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, May 31, 2015

Flyer: poster_philippopolis.pdf

Program Type

Field school


RSF Archaeological Trust

Project Director:

Assos. Prof. Dr. Elena Kesyakova

Project Description

The course is focused on the Classical Archaeology and is situated in one of the biggest cities in Roman province of Thrace - Philippopolis. The program will provide basic knowledge on planning an architectural design of the Roman towns in 2nd and 3th century AD on the basis of field experience and working with materials found.

In 2015 the program will be hosted by Historical 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 accommodation of the archaeological team and the students is in the House-Museum "Lamartine". The house is situated in the very center 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

Applying for RSFAT program you will support the Lamartine's House. RSFAT gives 3% of their annual incomes to support the House.

For applications received before October 31, 2014 - 590 EUR

Academic Credit

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


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