European Archaeology in Brief: All in One Pack 2015 (Balkan Heritage)

Location: Bulgaria & , Macedonia

June 13, 2015 to August 9, 2015

Session dates: 
European pack 1: 13 June - 25 July, 2015; European pack 2: 27 June - 9 August 2015.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, June 1, 2015

Flyer: bhfs_brochure_season_2014.pdf

Program Type

Field school


Balkan Heritage Foundation, Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History, New Bulgarian University, Pazardzhik Regional Museum of History, “Prof. Mieczyslaw Domaradzki” Archaeological Museum, excavation teams of National Archaeological Institute with Museum at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria); National Institution Stobi (Republic of Macedonia), Queen's University, Department of Classics (Canada).

Project Director:

Dr. Malgorzata Grebska-Kulov - archaeologist and curator at Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History; Adjunct professor, SW Uinversity, Bulgaria; Ass. Prof. Dr. Yavor Boyadzhiev, Ass. Prof. Dr. Krastina Panayotova and Ass. Prof. Dr. Alexey Gotsev - National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Silvana Blazhevska, Director of NI Stobi, Republic of Macedonia; Visiting professor: Ass.Prof. Dr.George Bevan - Department of Classics, Queen's University, Canada.

Project Description


The pack is combination of three Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) projects covering several periods of the European Prehistory and Antiquity. It provides to either students or people interested in Archaeology, History and Anthropology comprehensive archaeological experience (in six weeks at three different sites: prehistoric settlement or tell, a ancient Greek sanctuary or emporion (ancient trade center) and a Roman provincial capital, located in Bulgaria and Republic of Macedonia. What is more, choosing to participate in the pack’s proposals the BHFS participants will benefit from the considerably reduced admission fees, faster registration and the option to join either a 5-day excursion to Istanbul, Turkey or a 5-day excursion to Troy and Istanbul, Turkey after the last field school project. Individual programs are available for alumni and advanced students. 


The PACK is available in two combinations of the following Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) projects:

European pack 1 

The Birth of Europe - Excavations of the Neolithic Settlement Ilindentsi (BEBG.EXC 15) - Session 1: 13  - 27 June, 2015

Stobi (Macedonia Secunda) Excavations, Macedonia (STOBI.EXC 15) - Session 1: 27 June - 11 July, 2015;

Apollonia Pontica Excavations - Session 2: 11 - 25 July, 2015. 

and an optional excursion to Istanbul, Turkey 9 -13 August, 2015


European pack 2 

Stobi (Macedonia Secunda) Excavations, Macedonia (STOBI.EXC 15) - Session 1: 27 June - 11 July, 2015;

Rise And Fall Of The First European Civilization - Tell Yunatsite Excavations (YU.EXC 15)- Session 1: 12 - 26 July 2015;

Ancient Greeks in the Land of Dionysos - Excavation of Emporion Pistiros in Thrace, Bulgaria (PIS.EXC 15)  - Session 1 : 26 July – 9 August 2015.

and an optional excursion to Troy and Istanbul, Turkey 9 -13 August, 2015


Period(s) of Occupation: Neolithic and Chalcolithic (6000 - 4000 BC, in Illindentsi and Tell Yunatsite); Late Archaic, Classical Greek, Hellenistic, Roman and Late Roman/Early Byzantine (in Stobi, Apollonia Pontica and in Pistiros).

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: six weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
No experience required. However, none of the projects in the pack is recommended for individuals with solar allergies or other special illnesses that might be exacerbated during the intensive outdoor activities.

Room and Board Arrangements

EA Pack 1 locations: Ilindentsi and Sozopol, Bulgaria and Stobi, Republic of Macedonia.

EA Pack 2 locations: Pazardzhik and Karabunar, Bulgaria and Stobi, Republic of Macedonia.

At Ilindentsi: participants will be accommodated in comfortable rooms with two to three beds (bathrooms with shower and WC, TV) in a local guest house, wich also provides a cheap laundry service and free Wi-Fi. Participants are not expected to bring any additional equipment, bedclothes or towels. Three meals (fresh, organic Bulgarian homemade food) per day are covered by the admission fee.
At Pazardzhik: participants will be accommodated in comfortable rooms with two to three beds (bathrooms with shower and WC, TV, air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi) in a downtown-hotel in Pazardzhik. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted.


At Sozopol: Accommodation is in a centrally located hotel (5 min. walking distance from the beaches, the Old Town Quarter and the Archaeological Museum) with comfortable rooms (two to three beds), bathrooms with shower and WC, equipped with air-conditioning, TV and free Wi-Fi - some  15 min walking distance from the archaeological site. Three meals per day are covered by the admission fee. Three meals per day are covered by the admission fee.

At Karabunar:  "Villa Terres" will host the field school in 2015. It is a newly built SPA complex & Winery in the village Karabunar. Accommodation in comfortable rooms with two beds and suits with three beds (bathrooms with shower and WC), equipped with air-conditioning and TV. The hotel swimming pool & SPA facilities  as well as Wi-Fi can be used for free. Cheap laundry service is available. During the project work days all participants will be given a lift from the hotel to the site (that is located 14 km away) and back. Three meals (fresh, organic Bulgarian homemade food) per day are covered by the admission fee.

At Stobi: Participants will be accommodated in recently furbished cabins (furnished, air-conditioned, free Wi-Fi) at the archaeological site, in rooms with two to three beds. Every cabin has 4 bedrooms + living room, 2 bathrooms with shower and WC. There is also a washing machine available for free. Participants are not expected to bring bedclothes or towels. Three meals per day are covered by the admission fee. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted!

Starting from 3553 EUR (app.3908 USD. Check current exchange rates!) for six weeks. The Admission fee includes all educational and fieldwork activities, full-board accommodation (3 meals per day), tools, materials, project handbooks, issue of Certificate of Attendance, excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
New Bulgarian University
Number of credits offered up to 18 credit hours.
Starting from 282 EUR (app. 310 USD) for six credit hours! Check the BHFS website for details! Participants who are not interested in academic credits don't need to pay the tuition fee.


Contact Information
Ms. Anna Parmakova
7 Tulovo St., Floor 5, Apt.7
+ 359 877 725 052
Recommended Bibliography: 

Have a look at each project's page specified above for recommended bibliography!