Location: Hisarya, Bulgaria
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:
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
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: One session - 14 days
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.
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none