Ancient Greek Pack 2020 (Balkan Heritage)

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Location: Sozopol and Karabunar, BG

Season: June 20, 2020 to August 17, 2020

Session Dates: Session 1: 20 June - 3 August 2020; Session 2: 4 July - 17 August 2020; Session 3: 20 June - 17 August 2020

Application Deadline: May 1, 2020

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School, Volunteer

RPA Certified:

Balkan Heritage Foundation, Pistiros excavation team: National Archaeological Institute with Museum at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Regional Museum of History, Pazardzhik, "Prof. Mieczyslaw Domaradzki" Archaeological Museum in Septemvri, New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria); "Pistiros" Association; Apollonia Pontica excavation team, Archaeological Museum of Sozopol

Project Director:
Assoc. Prof. Krastina Panayotova, (PhD in Archaeology), Department of Classical Archaeology and Assoc. Prof. Alexey Gotsev, (PhD in Archaeology), Department of Thracian Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Project Description:

The pack is combination of two Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) projects focused on Ancient Greek Archaeology, History and Culture. It provides to either students or people interested in Archaeology and Ancient Greek World, a comprehensive experience (from four to eight weeks, covering the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods) at two different sites: an emporion and a sanctuary, both located in Bulgaria..Additionally, choosing to participate in the pack, participants will benefit from the considerably reduced admission fees and faster registration.

The ANCIENT GREEK PACK combines the following Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) projects:

Apollonia Pontica Excavation Project (AP.EXC 20) on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast;

Ancient Greeks in Ancient Greeks in the Land of Dionysos – Excavation of Emporion Pistiros in Thrace, Bulgaria (PIS.EXC 20)

Please visit the project web pages above for all the details concerning each site, excavation and field school project as well as each field school’s program, recommended readings, travel & accommodation information and other practicalities!

Period(s) of Occupation: Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic (7th c - 3rd BCE)

Dig at two different ancient Greek sites: Archaeology and history of the Greek colonization and culture along the Western Black Sea Coast; Excavations of the Archaic Greek settlement and the sacred precinct (temenos) from Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic period of Apollonia Pontica; Archaeological field techniques and methods for excavation and documentation; Processing of finds and samples; Excursions to significant heritage sites in Bulgaria. Interactions between Ancient Greek and Thracian civilizations (with emphasis on trade and religion); Excavations of the Ancient Greek emporion Pistiros in Thrace (5th – 3rd century BCE); History and archaeology of ancient Thrace; Reflectance Transformation Imaging; Archaeological field techniques and methods for excavation and documentation; Processing of finds and samples; Documentation of Classical and Hellenistic Finds; Excursions to significant heritage sites in Thrace, Bulgaria. Academic credits are available for students through New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria and Connecticut College, USA.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 6 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:
Accommodation and 3 meals per day are fully covered by the admission fee at ANCIENT GREEKS IN THE LAND OF DIONYSOS - EXCAVATION OF EMPORION PISTIROS. Bed & Breakfast is covered at APOLLONIA PONTICA EXCAVATION PROJECT. Please, visit each field school project pages for all the details about accommodation, meals, free time and other practicalities.

Academic Credit:
Up to 18 credit hours available credits offered by New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria. Tuition is New Bulgarian University (NBU) grants up to 18 credits to students in European universities for participation in the field school project sessions that are part of the ANCIENT GREEK PACK. Connecticut College (CC) could grant 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) to all students who study outside Europe for attending the four-week sessions of this field school pack. must apply to the BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans and enroll through the Institute for Field Research (IFR), USA.

Contact Information:

Balkan Heritage Field School

7 Tulovo St., Floor 5, Apt.7




Phone: + 359 877 725 052

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