Topic ID #32175 - posted 4/8/2014 11:53 PM

Ancient Greeks in the Land of Dionysos - Excavation of Emporion Pistiros, Thrace


Ancient Greeks in the Land of Dionysos - Excavation of Emporion Pistiros, Thrace, 2014

Field School Session 1: 2 August - 16 August, 2014; Session 2: 17 August- 31 August, 2014; Session 3 (Session 1 Extended): 2 August - 23 August, 2014.

Affiliation: The 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 and New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria); “Pistiros” Association; University of Liverpool (England); Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic).

Project Description: 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 take a trip to Istanbul, Turkey. 

The project sessions available in 2014 include the following three modules: 1. fieldwork  including excavation, maintaining a field journal on a daily basis, filling context sheets and labels, drawing an elevation plan / a ground plan/ a cross-section, 3D positioning of finds, taking coordinates with a level device, and taking photographs at the site; 2.lectures, workshops and field trainings in Classical and Field Archaeology, finds' processing and documentation; excursions to various cultural and archaeological sites in the region such as the ancient town of Plovdiv.

The participants who join either the three-week session (3) or the two project sessions (1&2) will be able to  develop further their skills and competences regarding the field work and finds processing, gained during the first two-week session and to attend a number of extra lectures, workshops and an excursion to some of the most remarkable Thracian royal tombs in the Rose valley in and around Kazanlak and Starosel, Bulgaria.

Period(s) of Occupation: Classical, Hellenistic (5th – 2nd century BC).

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 session (two weeks)

Minimum Age: 18 (16, if the participant is accompanied by an adult family member).

Experience Required: No

Room and Board Arrangements: In comfortable rooms with two to three beds (bathrooms with shower and WC), equipped with air-conditioning and TV in a local guest house located very close to Varvara Mineral Baths. The guest house has a small swimming pool with mineral water and provides cheap laundry service and free Wi-Fi. Three meals (fresh, organic Bulgarian homemade food) per day are covered by the admission fee. They usually take place (except the lunch packages during the excursions) in the guest-house tavern. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted. Staying an extra day at the guest house costs 27 EUR. Single rooms in the guest-house are limited but available upon request for the supplement of 200 EUR (for two-week period).

Cost: The regular admission fee is 1299 EUR / 1949 EUR / 2468 EUR (app.1719 / 2619 / 3319 USD) for participation in one / extended / or two project sessions!

Academic Credit: Number of credits offered: 6/9 credits to students for participation in two / three project sessions. Transcripts are available upon request for an additional tuition fee starting from 270 EUR (app. 350 USD)!

Contact Information
Ms. Anna Parmakova - Admissions / Balkan Heritage Field School
Phone: + 359 877 725 052


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