Location: Karabunar, , Bulgaria
Excavation of the Ancient Greek emporion Pistiros, once located deep in the Thracian Odryssian Kingdom (the strongest and mightiest of all Thracian kingdoms) is to reveal more secrets about the trade, metallurgy, every-day and religious life, especially the cult of Dionysus (which most of the ancient authors and the majority of the modern scholars consider rooting in Thrace) in Ancient Greece and Thrace in Classical and Hellenistic periods. The project provides to students, young specialists and generally people who have Archaeology as a hobby amazing opportunities to dig at Pistiros, Bulgaria and gain hands-on experience in Field Archaeology; learn more about the Ancient Greek and Thracian culture from prominent Bulgarian, UK and Czech archaeologists; visit Thracian Royal tombs in the Rose Valley (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) and ancient Plovdiv, Bulgaria as well many other archaeological and historical sites in the area; and enjoy the optional trips!
Optional excursions to North-western Thrace (Bulgaria) include:
Period(s) of Occupation: Classical, Hellenistic (5th – 2nd century B.C.).
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 session (two weeks)
Room and Board Arrangements
"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 two beds and suits with three (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.
Pistiros I: – Pistiros I. Excavations and Studies, J. Bouzek, M. Domaradzki and Z. Archibald (eds.) Prague 1996.
Pistiros II: Pistiros II. Excavations and Studies, J. Bouzek, L. Domaradzka and Z. Archibald (eds.), Prague 2002.
Pistiros III: Pistiros III. Excavations and Studies, J. Bouzek, L. Domaradzka and Z. Archibald (eds.), Prague 2007.
Pistiros IV: Pistiros IV. Excavations and Studies. J. Bouzek, L. Domaradzka and Z. Archibald (eds.). Prague, 2010.
Addenda to Pistiros II, Studia Hercynia VII, Prague 2004.
J. Bouzek, L. Domaradzka (eds.). The Culture of Thracians and their Neighbours. Proceedings of the International Symposium in Memory of Prof. Mieczysław Domaradzki, with a Round Table ‘Archaeological map of Bulgaria’. BAR International Series 1350. Oxford, 2005.
Bouzek, J., M. Domaradzki†, L. Domaradzka, V. Taneva. Fortification and urban planning of the Emporion Pistiros (Adžijska Vodenica). – Archeologia (Warszawa) LII 2001, Warszawa 2002, 7 – 18.
Bouzek, J., L. Domaradzka, A. Gotzev, E. Ivanova, D. Katincharova, V. Kolarova, G. lazov, V. Taneva, Y. Youroukova. Pistiros and the Celts. (In:) Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress on Black Sea Antiquities. Eirene 42, Prague 2006, 124 – 129
Bouzek, J., L. Domaradzka. The Emporion Pistiros near Vetren between greater Powers, 450 – 278 B.C. (In:) Thrace in the Graeco-Roman World, Athens 2008, 86 – 94.
Bouzek, J., L. Domaradzka. Pistiros and the North Aegean Greek Cities. Ancient Macedonia. Proceedings of the 7th International Symposion on Ancient Macedonia. Thessaloniki 2007, 2009, 745 – 758.
Bouzek, J., L. Domaradzka. Pistiros. Facts and Opinions. Eirene XLV/2009, Prague 2009, 147 – 154.
Bouzek, J., L. Domaradzka. Pistiros and Inland Emporia in the Balkans: Greeks, Thracians, and their Neighbours. – Eirene XLVI/2010/I – II, Prague 2010, 157 – 160.
Bouzek, J., L. Domaradzka. Greeks in Inner Thrace. Eirene XLVII/2011/I – II, Prague 2012, 45 – 60.
Taneva, V. The Potter’s Kiln Found at Pistiros. Eirene XLVII/2011/I – II, Prague 2012, 25 – 28.