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BHFS Apollonia Pontica Excavation Project 2015 + OPTIONAL TRIP TO ISTANBUL (TURKEY)

Location: Sozopol, Bulgaria, Bulgaria

June 27, 2015 to July 25, 2015

Session dates: 
Session 1: 27 June –11 July 2015 Session 2: 11 – 25 July 2015 Session 3: 27 June – 18 July 2015

Application Deadline: 
Monday, June 15, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Flyer: PDF icon bh_f_2015_brochure.pdf

Discount for AIA members: 
5% discount off the regular admission fee

Program Type

Field school



The Balkan Heritage Foundation, Apollonia Pontica Excavation Team, Archaeological Museum of Sozopol, New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria).

Project Director:

Ass. Prof. Prof. Krastina Panayotova (PhD in Archaeology), Department of Classical Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Project Description

Apollonia Pontica (present-day Sozopol, Bulgria) is one of the most ancient towns on the Western Black Sea coast. It was founded by Miletian colonists in the second half of VII century BC and was one of the richest and strongest Greek Colonies in the Black Sea littoral in Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Late Antique and Medieval period. It was famous with the colossal statue of Apollo, the patron deity of the town, once erected in the temenos of Apollo's temple on the island of St. Kirik. Season 2015 envisions excavations at the top of the island, in the area of the Archaic and Classical Greek and Hellenistic temples, Ancient Greek copper foundry and the Early Christian basilica and necropolis, where the excavations have been taking place since 2012.

After the field school the participants could join the optional 5-day trip to Istanbul, Turkey.(340 km/ 215 mi from Sozopol) organized by GoBalkans Ltd (Bulgarian travel agency) only for project participants. A trip dedicated to exploring one of the most significant cities in the world - the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul!



Period(s) of Occupation: Archaic and Classical Greek and Early Byzantine (seventh - fifth century BC and fifth - seventh century AD)

Field school and excavation at the sacred precinct (temenos) of Apollonia Pontica located on St. Kirik Island. The temple there was once famous because of the colossal 13-meter high bronze statue of Apollo Iatros (the Hеаler) 200 years older than the Colossus of Rhodes. The field school focuses on both Field and Classical archaeology (Archaic and Classical period). Trips to Nesebar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Megalithic site of Begliktash and a number of beautiful Black Sea beaches plus an optional trip to Istanbul, Turkey. Up to 9 credit hours available.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 session (two weeks)

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

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.

Please check the website for available discounts! The admission fee includes educational and fieldwork activities, full-board accommodation (hotel + 3 meals per day), tools, materials, project Handbook, 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 6/9 credit hours
starting from 345 EUR


Contact Information
Ms. Anna Parmakova
7 Tulovo St., Floor 5, Apt.7
+ 359 877 725 052
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Grammenos, D. V., Petropoloulos, E. K. 2003. Ancient Greek Colonies in the Black Sea. Vol. 1. Publications of the Archaeological institute of Northern Greece, Nr. 4.

Grant J., Sam Gorin and Neil Fleming. 2008. The Archaeology Coursebook: an introduction to themes, sites, methods and skills. Routledge.

Renfrew, Colin and Paul Bahn. 2006.  Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice. New York.

Sparkes, B. 1991. Greek Pottery. The Introduction. Manchester University Press.

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