Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Bulgaria is one of the oldest countries in Europe. The Bulgarian Kingdom itself was founded in 681 AD but the modern Bulgarian territory keeps evidences of human history dated back to the Ages of Neolithic cultures. Those lands were part of the Kingdom of ancient Thracians. In the beginning of 1st c. AD its territory was conquered by Romans and in 4th c.AD it became part of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire).
With a territory of 111,000 square kilometers and population of 7 million, Bulgaria holds more than 200 museums. The museum system in Bulgaria grows for more than two centuries and nowadays hare can be seen almost all kind of museums known in Europe.
This project will guide the students and the volunteers through the history and methodology of the museums work. Within 14 days we are going to visit more than 20 museums and open air monuments. We will discuss different aspects of the museum management and collection keeping. The course incorporates close connections with the museum's staff including on-site lectures and free discussion. Our participants will have the chance to accompany the museum curators in course of their daily work and to gain experience on museum exhibitions, design, collections care and working with visitors.
Period(s) of Occupation: Greek 5th - 4th c. BC; Roman 1st – 3rd c. BC; Byzantine 4th - 7th c. BC; Medieval 8th - 14th c. BC
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: One session - 14 days
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.
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none