Prehistoric Pack 2017 (a Neolithic Settlement, a Copper Age Tell and a Bronze Age Fortress in a Row) (Balkan Heritage)


Location: Ilindentsi, Karabunar and Banya, Bulgaria

Season: 
June 12, 2017 to August 23, 2017

Session dates: 
Pack session 1: 10 June - 22 July, 2017 Pack session 2: 10 June- 7 August, 2017 Pack session 3: 24 June - 7 August, 2017

Application Deadline: 
Monday, May 15, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Flyer: PDF icon brochure_17_p_b.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified

no

Affiliation:

Balkan Heritage Foundation; Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History; Tell Yunatsite Excavation Team from the National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Pazardzhik Regional Museum of History; New Bulgarian University; Municipality of Strumyani (Bulgaria), Cornell University (USA); Heidelberg University (Germany).

Project Director:

Dr. Malgorzata Grebska-Kulova (archaeologist and curator at Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History) & Ass. Prof. Yavor Boyadzhiev, PhD in Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Asst. Prof. Bogdan Athanassov, New Bulgarian University, Sofia (Bulgaria).

Project Description

   

The project package is combination of three Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) projects focused on Neolithic (7th-6th millennia BCE), Copper Age (5th millennium BCE) and Bronze Age (4th-2nd millennia BCE) periods in the Balkans with reference to European and Near Eastern archaeology. It provides to both students and people interested in archaeology and prehistory comprehensive learning, field and intercultural experience for six weeks while digging at three different types of prehistoric sites from three different time periods in a row: the Neolithic settlement in Ilindentsi, the Copper Age layer at Tell Yunatsite and the Late Bronze fortress at Bresto, Bulgaria. What is more, choosing to participate in the Prehistoric pack the BHFS participants will benefit from the considerably reduced admission fees and faster registration. Besides the program has amazing travel opportunities including tours of archaeological sites and historic towns in Bulgaria, Philippi and the Aegean Coast (Greece) and Istanbul (Turkey). 

          

The project package includes the following three Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) projects: 

  1. The Birth of Europe - Excavations of the Neolithic Settlement Ilindentsi
  2. Tell Yunatsite Excavations – Seeking Europe's First Civilization
  3. Bresto: Digging in the Time of Troy   

Please visit the field school project web pages above for details concerning each site, excavation and field school including field school's program, recommended readings, travel & accommodation information and other practicalities! Accommodation and 3 meals per day are fully covered by the admission fee.

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. It does not cover the travel and accommodation costs (if any) for the days between the different field school project sessions in the Pack!

Period(s) of Occupation: Early and Middle Balkan Neolithic (6000 - 5500/5400 BCE), Chalcolithic (or Copper age, 4900 - 4100 BCE) and Late Bronze Age (1300 - 1200 BCE).

Notes: 
Dig at three different sites in Bulgaria: excavation of one of the earliest Neolithic settlements in Europe (6000-5500 BC) near Ilindentsi; excavation at Tell Yunatsite - one of the biggest tells in Europe similar to those in the Near East that keeps the remains of an early, large, proto-urban settlement, which existed during the Copper Age (4900 – 4100 BCE) and the Bronze Age (3100-2200 BCE) and the Bresto excavation in the mountains of southwestern Bulgaria that explores a fortified settlement from the second half of the 2nd millennium BCE, which was founded at the time of the decline of Troy and the fall of both the Hittite Empire in Anatolia and the Aegean palatial civilizations. Academic credits (up to 18) are available upon request for an additional fee!

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Six weeks

Minimum age: 
18

Experience required: 
No experience required. However, the project is not recommended for individuals with solar allergies or other special illnesses that might be exacerbated during the intensive outdoor activities.

Room and Board Arrangements

 

At Ilindentsi: In comfortable rooms with two to three beds (bathrooms with shower and WC) in the Blagovesta Guest House. There's cheap laundry services and free Wi-Fi. 

 

At Karabunar: in comfortable rooms with two to three beds (bathrooms with shower and WC, TV, air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi) of the newly built countryside hotel and winery Villa Teres. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and SPA center with sauna and steam bath, all free of charge for the participants in the field school. There are cheap laundry services available.

At Banya: in comfortable rooms with two to three beds (bathrooms with shower and WC, tap hot water comes from a geothermal spring) at  Hotel Pri Spaska. There are cheap laundry services available in the village and free Wi-Fi in the lab. 

Participants are not expected to bring any additional equipment, bedclothes or towels for any of the project pack's locations! 

Cost: 
Starting from €3,642 (approx. $4042 USD). Check current exchange rates! The Admission fee includes all educational and fieldwork activities, full-board accommodation (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 up tp 18 credit hours available.
Tuition: 
Starting from 282 EUR (app. 310 USD) for six credit hours! Check the BHFS website for details! Participants who are not interested in academic credits don't need to pay the tuition fee.

Location

Contact Information
Dr Eva Todorova
7 Tulovo St., Floor 5, Apt.7
Sofia
Bulgaria
1504
Telephone: 
+ 359 877 725 052
Recommended Bibliography: 

Ilindentsi

Boyadzhiev, Y. Early Neolithic Cultures on the Territory of Bulgaria. – In: I. Gatsov, Y. Boyadzhiev (eds.). The first Neolithic Sites in Central/South-East European Transect, vol. I. Early Neolithic Sites on the Territory of Bulgaria. BAR International Series 2048, 2009, 7-43.

Bojadžiev, J. Absolute Chronology of the Neolithic and Eneolithic Cultures in the Valley of Struma.- In: H. Todorova, M. Stefanovich. G. Ivanov (eds.). The Struma/Strymon River Valley in Prehistory. In the Steps of James Harvey Gaul, 2. Sofia,2007, 309-316.

Gimbutas, M. Neolithic Macedonia. As reflected by Excavation at Anza, Southeast Yugoslavia. Monumenta Archeologica 1. Los Angeles, 1976.

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

Grębska-Kulova, M. and I. Kulov. Prehistorical Sites in the Middle Struma River Valley between the End of the VIIth mill. BC and the beginning of the Ist Mill. BC.- In: H. Todorova, M. Stefanovich. G. Ivanov (eds.). The Struma/Strymon River Valley in Prehistory. In the Steps of James Harvey Gaul, 2. Sofia,2007, 279-296.   

Gurova, M. Bonsall, C. Lithic studies an alternative approach to Neolithization. – Bulgarian e-Journal of Archaeology, vol. 4, 2014, 104-135.   

Гребска-Кулова, M. Раннонеолитната култура в долината на Средна Струма, Югозападна България (The Early Neolithic Culture in the Middle Struma (Strymon) River Valley, South-Western Bulgaria)– in: Праисторически проучвания в България: нови предизвикателства (Prehistoric Research in Bulgaria: New Challenges). София, 2008, 56-65. (Abstract in English)

Lichardus-Itten, M. and J.-P. Demoule, L. Perničeva, M. Grebska-Kulova, I. Kulov.The site of Kovacevo and the Beginnings of the Neolithic period in Southwestern Bulgaria. The French-Bulgarian excavations 1986-2000. – In: Beiträge zu Jungsteinzeitlichen Forschungen in Bulgarien. Eds. M. Lichardus-Itten, J. Lichardus, V. Nikolov.Bonn, 2002, 99-158.

Malamidou, D. Kryoneri: a Neolithic and Early Bronze Settlement in the Lower Strymon Valley.- In: H. Todorova, Stefanovich, M. and G. Ivanov (eds.). The Struma/Strymon River Valley in Prehistory. In the Steps of James Harvey Gaul, 2. Sofia, 2007, 297-308.   

McIntosh, J. Handbook to Life in Prehistoric Europe. New York, 2006.   

Mitrevski, D. Prehistory in Republic of Macedonia-F.Y.R.O.M. – In: D. Grammenos (ed.). Recent Research in the Prehistory of the Balkans. Thessaloniki, 2003, 13-72.

Nikolov, D. Periodization of the Neolithic along the Struma Valley. In: Academia Litterarum Bulgarica.. Thracia XV. In honorem annorium LXX Aleksandri Fol. Serdicae, MMIII, 99-106.

Perlès, C. The Early Neolithic in Greece. The first farming communities in Europe. Cambridge, 2001.

Pernicheva, L. Prehistoric Cultures in the Middle Struma Valley: Neolithic and Eneolithic - In: Prehistoric Bulgaria. Monographs in World Archaeology No 22. Edited by D. Bailey, I. Panayotov, pp. 99-147. Madison Wisconsin, 1995.

Perničeva, L. Prehistory of the Strumešnica valley - In: Śliwa J., Domaradzki, M., (eds.). The lower Strumešnica Valley in prehistoric, ancient and early medieval times. Kraków, 1983, 11-34.

Perničeva, L. and I. Kulov, M. Grebska-Kulova. Early Neolithic House from Bălgarčevo, Blagoevgrad Region (SW Bulgaria). – Archeologia Bulgarica, 2000, 3, 1-10  

Weninger, B. and E. Alram-Stern, E. Bauer, L. Clare, U. Danzeglocke, O. Jöris, C. Kubatzki, G. Rollefson, H. Todorova, T. van Andel. Abrupt Climate Forcing Observed at Early Neolithic Sites in South-East Europe and the Near East. – In: The Struma River Valley in Prehistory. H. Todorova, M. Stefanovich, G. Ivanov (eds.), Sofia, 2007, 7-28.

Čochadžiev, S. and V. Genadieva. Contribution to the Study of the Early Neolithic Age in the Struma River Basin. - In: M. Stefanovič, H. Todorova, H. Hauptmann (Hrsg.). James Harvey Gaul in Memoriam 1. Sofia, 1998, 79-89.

Bresto

Andreou, St., M. Fotiadis, K. Kotsakis . Review of Aegean Prehistory V: The Neolithic and Bronze Age of Northern Greece. AJA 100, 3, 1996, 537-597.

Athanassov, B., I. Kulov, Ph. Stockhammer. Siedlungen der späten Bronze- und frühen Eisenzeit in Südwestbulgarien: Vorbericht zu den deutsch-bulgarischen Forschungen 2012 im Struma- und Mestatal.

Banning, E. B. Archaeological Survey. Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York et. al. 2002.

Becks, R. Troia VII: the Transition from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age. In: B. Fischer, H. Genz, É. Jean, K. Köroğlu (eds.), Identifying Changes: The Transition from Bronze to Iron Ages in Anatolia and its Neighbouring Regions, 2002, 41-53.

Bintliff, J. Experiencing archaeological fieldwork. In: Bintliff, J. (ed.) A Companion to Archaeology. Blackwell Publishing 2006, 397-405.

Burke, H. and Cl. Smith. The Archaeologist's Field Handbook. Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest 2004.

Carver, M. Field archaeology. In: G. Barker (ed.) Companion Encyclopedia of Archaeology, Vol. 1, London et. al., 1999, 128-181.

Chapman, J., E. Magyari, B. Gaydarska Contrasting subsistence strategies in the Early Iron Age? - New results from the Alföld plain, Hungary, and the Thracian plain, Bulgaria. Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 28, 2, 2009, 155-187.

Dickinson, O. The Aegean from Bronze Age to Iron Age. Continuity and Change Between the Twelfth and the Eighth Centuries BC. Routledge, London et al. 2006.

Drewett, P. Field Archaeology. An Introduction. UCL Press, London 2001 (1999).

Gamble, C. Archaeology: The Basics. Rutledge, New York al. 2001

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

Grębska-Kulova, M. and I. Kulov. Prehistorical Sites in the Middle Struma River Valley between the End of the VIIth mill. BC and the beginning of the Ist Mill. BC.- In: H. Todorova, M. Stefanovich. G. Ivanov (eds.). The Struma/Strymon River Valley in Prehistory. In the Steps of James Harvey Gaul, 2. Sofia,2007, 279-296.

Harris, E. C.Principles of Archaeological Stratigraphy. Academic Press, London 1979.

Roskams, St. Excavation. Cambridge Univ. Press. 2001

Stefanovich, M., H. A. Bankoff. Kamenska Cuka 1993 -1995. Preliminary report. In: Stefanovich, M. / H. Todorova / H. Hauptmann (eds.) In the Steps of J. H. Gaul, Vol. I, Sofia 1998, 255-338.

Stochkammer, Ph. The Change of Pottery's Social Meaning at the End of the Bronze Age: New Evidence from Tiryns. In: C. Bachhuber & R. G. Roberts (Eds.), Forces of Transformation: The End of the Bronze Age in the Mediterranean. Proceedings of an International Symposium Held at St. John’s College, Oxford, 25.–26. March 2006. Themes from the Ancient Near East BANEA Publication Series Vol. 1. Oxbow Books, Oxford 2009, 164–169.

Walker, W. H. Stratigraphy and practical reason. American Anthropologist 104, 1, 2002, 159-177.

Yunatsite

Aslanis, I. Settlement Patterns in the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age: the Case of the Prehistoric Settlement of Yunatsite, Bulgaria. – In: Neolithic and Copper Age between the Carpathians and the Aegean Sea. S. Hansen, P. Raczky, A. Anders, A. Reingruber (eds.). DAI, 2015, 395-402 (Archäologie in Eurasien, 31).

Aslanis I., Y. Boyadziev. Fleißdeponierung in der chalkolithischen Siedlung von Yunatsite – Іn: Prehistoric Thrace. Proceedings of the International Symposium in Stara Zagora, Sofia – Stara Zagora 2004, 370-378.

Balabina, V., T. Mishina. Considering the Destruction of the Latest Eneolithic Village at Tell Yunatsite – In: Boyadzhiev, Y., S. Terzijska-Ignatova (eds.) -The Golden Fifth Millennium. Thrace and Its Neighbour Areas in the Chalcolithic, Sofia 2011, 39-47.   

Boyadzhiev K. Development and Distribution of Close Combat Weapons in Bulgarian Chalcolithic - Studia Preahistorica 14, Sofia 2011, 265 – 281.

Boyadzhiev Y., I. Aslanis, S. Terzijska-Ignatova, V. Mazanova. Yunatsite: Ein Bulgarisch–Griechisches Grabungsprojekt. Die Jahre 2002–2008 - In: Boyadzhiev, Y., S. Terzijska-Ignatova (eds.) -The Golden Fifth Millennium. Thrace and Its Neighbour Areas in the Chalcolithic, Sofia 2011, 21-37.

Boyadzhiev Y. Ethnocultural Interrelationships in the Lower Danube Area during the Second Half of the Sixth and the First Half of the Fifth Millennium BC (According to Evidence from Cemeteries) - Studia Preahistorica 14, Sofia 2011, 205 – 223.   

Boyadziev, Y.Chronology of Prehistoric Cultures in Bulgaria. – In: Bailey D. and I. Panayotov (eds.). Prehistoric Bulgaria. Monographs in World Archaeology № 22, Madison, Wisconsin 1995, 149-191.

Boyadziev Y.Chalcolithic Stone Architecture from Bulgaria - Archaeologia Bulgarica VIII, Sofia 2004, 1-12.

Boyadzhiev, Y. Tell Yunatsite: Development and Absolute Chronology of the Settlements from the Beginning of the Chalcolithic to the Early Bronze Age. – In: Neolithic and Copper Age between the Carpathians and the Aegean Sea. S. Hansen, P. Raczky, A. Anders, A. Reingruber (eds.). DAI, 2015, 381-394 (Archäologie in Eurasien, 31).

Grant J., Sam Gorin and Neil FlemingThe Archaeology Coursebook: an Introduction to Themes, Sites, Methods and Skills. Routledge, 2008.

McIntosh, J. Handbook to Life in Prehistoric Europe. New York, 2006.

Merpert N. J. Bulgaro-Russian Archeological Investigations in the Balkans. Ancient Civilisations from Scythia to Siberia – In: International Journal of Comparative Studies in History and Archeology, Vol. 2, N 3, Leiden 1995, 364-383.   

Merpert N. J. The Problem of Transition from the North Balkan Aeneolithic to the Early Bronze Age in the Upper Thracian Valley – In: Europa Indo-Europea, Roma 1994, 41-50.

Tell Yunatsite. The Bronze Age, Vol. 2, Part 1 (Moscow, 2007). (In Russian; a summary in English is available after each chapter.)   

Todorova N., Mazanova V. Late Chalcolithic Ceramic Style at Yunatsite Tell (Approach to the Systematization of the Ceramics from the Newly Excavated Levels) – In: Nikolova L. (ed.) - Technology, Style and Society. BAR International Series 854, Oxford 2000, 331-361.

Todorova N.The Ornamentation of Late Chalcolithic Pottery from Yunatsite Tell, Pazardzhik District- – In: Nikolova L. (ed.) Early Symbolic Systems for Communication in Southeast Europe.BAR International Series 1139, Oxford 2003, 291-311.

Zäuner, S. The Dark Side of the Chalcolithic. Evidence for Warfare at Tell Yunatsite? An Anthropological Approach – Boyadzhiev, Y., S. Terzijska-Ignatova (eds.) -The Golden Fifth Millennium. Thrace and Its Neighbour Areas in the Chalcolithic, Sofia 2011, 49-56.