Archaeological digs in the GREEK EMPORIUM and TEMPLE near Krastevich

Location: Hisarya, Bulgaria

Saturday, August 9, 2014 to Saturday, September 20, 2014

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

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Flyer: krastevich_flyer.pdf

Program Type

Field school


RSF Archaeological Trust and Historical museum – Hisarya.

Project Director:

Assoc. Prof. Mitko Madzharov. Historical museum – Hisarya.

Project Description

This course is devoted to the Greek civilization and the material culture left by the ancient Greeks in course of their colonization of the Balkan Peninsula. The emphasis of the program is the field practice at two archaeological sites - a cult place (Temple) and a commercial settlement (Emporium) located in proximity to each other. This ancient architectural complex will make students familiar with the Greek period (5.- 4. c. BC) and will approve their skills on field archaeology and field practice.

The course is structured into three modules:

  1. Field practice (archaeological digs);
  2. Seminars and practice with materials found;
  3. Educational trips.

In course of the excavations the participants will learn the basic methods in field archaeology: Setting out a Grid-plane; Levelling; Planning and recording of archaeological features; Architectural survey; Artifact identification; Archaeological photography. The second module is focused on post-field work and offers practice in artifact's recording: Taking professional photos, Inventory, Work with mass material, Cataloging and describing the small finds. Special attention is given to the processing of pottery found in course of the excavations. The students will learn how to proceed with pottery shards, how to draw a scientific illustration and how to work with special software at the computer.

In addition the students will spend two days for exploring the cultural monuments and museum exposition in the area.

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.

1237 EUR 20 % discount is available for application received before January 31, 2014 and 10% off will receive applicants till February 28, 2014

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


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