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ARCS Summer 2013 Archaeology Program - Heraclea Sintica, Bulgaria

Location: Petrich, Bulgaria

May 29, 2013 to July 1, 2013

Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 15, 2013

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



American Research Center in Sofia

Project Director:

Eric De Sena and Emil Nankov

Project Description

The American Research Center in Sofia ( is pleased to announce the second summer Archaeological Field School at Heraclea Sintica (Bulgaria). Developing upon a successful first season in 2012, ARCS is expanding the program to include a 10-day pre-excavation excursion to archaeological sites in Bulgaria.

Students will arrive in Sofia on May 29 and will spend two full days exploring the archaeology and history of this beautiful city. On June 1, the Team will begin an archaeological journey, visiting sites and museums in Pleven, Svishtov, Ruse, Shumen, Varna, Sozopol, Kazanlak, Plovdiv and other smaller sites. Two nights will be spent along the Danube River and two nights will be spent on the Black Sea. We will arrive in the city of Petrich on June 8, the nearest city to the excavations at Heraclea Sintica. The excavation Team will reside in a hotel in Petrich during the 3-week excavation season. Archaeological work is conducted Monday-Friday with additional excursions to northern Greece and Republic of Macedonia on weekends. The Team will be accompanied back to Sofia on June 30, where they will stay one night, departing from Sofia on July 1.  

Situated on the slopes of an extinct volcano, near the confluence of the Strumenshnica (ancient Pontos) and Struma (ancient Strymon) rivers, Heraclea Sintica was an important Hellenistic city. The location of Heraclea Sintica along the Strymon River and at the junction between valleys leading west into Illyricum and south into Greek Macedonia, contributed toward the wealth of the city as a commercial center. The city thrived in the Roman and Late Antique periods, declining in the early Middle Ages. The current ARCS Field School focuses upon a sequence of architectural remains, some of which have been identified as a district for craftsmen.

The fee for the ARCS Summer Archaeology Program is $1,400, which covers the cost of lodging in Sofia, and the cities where we will stay during the pre-excavation excursion, ground transportation during the excursion and museum/site tickets during the excursions; thanks to an ARCS subsidy, the cost of housing, ground transportation and most meals are covered during the excavation season at Heraclea/Petrich. This fee does not cover lunch or dinner during the excursions, international travel to/from Sofia, travel insurance or academic credits; the fee also does not cover dinner on Saturdays and lunch/dinner on Sundays during the excavation season. Students interested in obtaining academic credits should contact Dr. De Sena (

For full consideration, prospective students should submit an application to Dr. Emil Nankov (apo@arcsofia.orgby February 15, 2013.

Period(s) of Occupation: Hellenistic, Roman, Late Antique

Archaeological Field School and 13 days of excursions to sites in Bulgaria and neighboring areas

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

During the pre-excavation academic excursion, the ARCS Team will stay in hotels in Sofia, Svishtov, Ruse, Varna and other cities in Bulgaria. During the excavation component of the Program, the Team will reside in a three-star hotel in Petrich, BG, 12 km from the site of Heraclea Sintica. Breakfast is provided by the hotels.
Lunch and dinner are not provided during the pre-excavation component of the Program. Lunch and dinner are provided Monday-Friday at the hotel in Petrich during the excavations. A picnic lunch is provided on the Saturdays during the excavation when the Team is led on field trips in SW Bulgaria, Greece and Republic of Macedonia. Lunch/dinner are not provided on the Sundays during the excavation season.

$1,400 for full summer 2013 program

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered optional


Contact Information
Eric De Sena
75 Vasil Petleshkov Str.