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Bulgaria: Underwater Archaeology

Location: Kiten Bay , Bulgaria

May 25, 2017 to June 22, 2017

Application Deadline: 
Monday, May 22, 2017

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Balkan Heritage Foundation; UCLA; Institute for Field Research

Project Director:

Dr. Nayden Prahov, archaeologist at the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Balkan Heritage Foundation Program Director

Project Description

The project will provide education and training in underwater archaeology through participation in ongoing research projects with the goal to enrich the knowledge and the skills of the participants and to foster their career in Maritime Archaeology. The field school is suitable for beginners in this field and will introduce students to a range of underwater archaeological practices for research, recording, conservation, monitoring, etc. as: excavations of shipwreck, underwater photography, photogrammetry and 3D modeling, scale drawing, diving field surveys, marine geophysics and remote sensing (use of sub-bottom profiler, multibeam echosounder, side scan sonar, practicing with remote operated vehicle, GIS, etc.

Period(s) of Occupation: Historical Archaeology

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
No experience required.

Room and Board Arrangements

Students will stay at a local hotel in rooms with two to three beds (bathrooms with shower and WC, TV, air-conditioning). Cheap laundry service and free Wi-Fi is available at the hotel. Participants are not expected to bring any additional equipment, bedclothes or towels. Single rooms are available upon request for the supplement of 120 EUR per week. Staying an extra day at the hotel costs 25 EUR (per night per person). The distance from the hotel to the site is app. 1,5 km/1 mi, and it takes app. 10 min to walk. Diving gear will be transported by car.


Students will be provided with three meals per day. Meals usually take place (except the brown-bag lunches during excursions) at the hotel restaurant. This field school can accommodate vegetarians and individuals with lactose intolerance. Vegans and individuals with kosher and gluten-free diets should arrange may not be accommodated at this location.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Number of credits offered 12 UCLA credit units


Contact Information
Institute for Field Research
2999 Overland Ave. #103
Los Angeles
United States
Recommended Bibliography: 

Batchvarov, K. Design and Construction of a Black Sea Ottoman Ship. – In: Gunsenin, N (Ed.) Wetween Continents. Proceedings of the Twelfth Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology, Istanbul, 2009, 175-182

Batchvarov, K. Rigging and Sailing the Kitten Ship: a Hypothetical Reconstruction. – Archeologia Postmedievale, 2014, 18, 189-200

Batchvarov, K. The Hull Remains of a Post Medieval Black Sea Merchantman from Kitten, Bulgaria. – The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 2014, 43.2, 397-412

Bowens, A. Underwater Archaeology: The NAS Guide to Principles and Practice, Second edition, 2009, Portsmouth, Blackwell Publishing, 15-169. 

Steffy, R. Wooden Shipbuilding and the Interpretation of Shipwrecks, Texas A&M University Press, (2012), 189-299.

McCarthy, J., J. Benjamin. Multi-image Photogrammetry for Underwater Archaeological Site Recording: An Accessible, Diver-Based Approach. – Journal of Maritime Archaeology, 2014, 1, 95-114

Yamafune, R. Torres, F. Castro. Multi-image Photogrammetry to Record and Reconstruct Underwater Shipwreck Sites.- Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 2016, 1-23

Plets, R., J. Dix, R. Bates. Marine Geophysics Data Acquisition, Processing and Interpretation. Guidance Notes, English Heritage, 2013, 12-40.


Batchvarov, K. The Kitten Shipwreck: Archaeology and Reconstruction of a Black Sea Merchantman (Dissertation at Texas A&M University), 2009

Catsambis, A., B. Ford, D. Hamilton. The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology, Oxford University Press, 2011.