Location: Sozopol, Bulgaria, Bulgaria
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)
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 session (two weeks)
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.
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