Bolgar International Archaeological Field School (BIAFS)

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Location: Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex, TA, RU

Season: August 20, 2018 to September 2, 2018

Application Deadline: April 1, 2018

Deadline Type: Contact for details


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

Kazan Federal University / Khalikov Institute of Archaeology

Project Director:
Dr. Ayrat Sitdikov

Project Description:

Bolgar International Archaeological Field School is an annual multi-disciplinary field school held at the Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex, a World Heritage site located in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia.

The School aims to provide a combination of practical training and academic content  for students and young archaeologists in a multi-national environment. Every year, the school offers a range of programmes that consist of lectures, workshops, lab sessions, formal and informal roundtable sessions and excursions. The School is traditionally concluded by the Final Conference, where the students present their work and receive feedback from academic staff.

This field school is for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, regardless of nationality. Recent graduates up to the age of 35 are also welcome. Visa support for non-Russian nationals is provided, where required.


Available programmes 2018:

• Archaeological Glass

• Experimental Traceological Analysis of Ancient Tools from non-flint raw materials (antler, bone, stone, shell, metal)


• Paleoanthropology

• Archaeological Textile: Conservation, Restoration, Reconstruction.

The programs will be complemented by general lectures and workshops (topics TBC), final conference and by a variety of cultural activities.


Each BIAFS student will have an opportunity to conduct a research project under the supervision of our academic staff. BIAFS will provide its research facilities both experimental grounds and laboratories to assist in performing such projects.

Working languages of the field school is Russian and English. All activities are delivered both in Russian and English, with interpretation and translation to English or Russian provided by a certified interpreter when necessary.

Period(s) of Occupation: N/A


Project Size: 50+ participants

Minimum Age: 18

Room and Board Arrangements:
Accomodation is provided for all participants at Bolgar summer camping eqiupped with running water, electricity, toilets and showers. The programme activities are held at Bolgar International Field School Buidling located close to main heritage sites of Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex. The school building is open 24/7 with wi-fi and couple of computers available for use. Each participant is provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner at the canteen of Bolgar International Centre for Archaeological Reserach.  Cost: The registration fee for international students is $61 (covers coffee breaks and visa support)

Contact Information:

Kseniya Utkina

30 Butlerova street


Republic of Tatarstan


Russian Federation

Phone: 79600663239

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