RSFAT Philippopolis field school 2015

Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

June 27, 2015 to July 31, 2015

Session dates: 
Session 1: June 27 - July 3 Session 2: July 4 - July 17 Session 3: July 18 - July 31

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, May 31, 2015

Flyer: poster_philippopolis.pdf

Program Type

Field school


RSF Archaeological Trust

Project Director:

Pavel Despotov

Project Description

“Philippopolis” Field School is an intensive, two-week educational program in Roman field archaeology. In course of this program the students will take part in ongoing excavations in Roman town of Philippopolis (now Plovdiv in South Bulgaria). The program offers combination of ten days hands-on fieldwork and seminars devoted to small finds processing and archaeological illustrations. The program incorporates also research trips which will introduce the participants with the comprehensive historical and cultural appreciation of Rome and Roman civilization.


The main goal of the course is to make students familiar with the basic methods of field archaeology, finds processing and field documentation. The course consists of two parts: 1. Seminars and 2. Practicum. Each seminar is devoted to specific practical skill, which students will acquire in course of the ongoing excavations and post-field work. The emphasis of the course is the practical work done at the field and the different aspects of the field methods required specific skills as drawing, working with geodesic technique, describing and interpreting archaeological situations. The Practicum will follow by discussions and working on individual tasks in order to develops student's ability to understand and interpret the archaeological data.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

• Know the basic methods used in field archeology and in the post-field work.

• Document, describe and deal with different aspects of the fieldwork.

• Be able to understand and interpret archaeological data.

• Draw up archaeological records and presentations.

Period(s) of Occupation: Roman and Byzantine Archaeology 2nd – 6th century A.D.

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 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.

1298 EUR (app. 1608 USD)

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Pavel Despotov
13 Moskovska Str.