Topic ID #33893 - posted 10/22/2014 7:29 AM

Ancient Greeks in the Land of Dionysus - Excavation of Emporion Pistiros, Thrace, 2015


Location: Karabunar, Bulgaria
Session dates: Session 1: 26 July – 9 August 2015 Session 2: 9 – 23 August 2015 Session 3 (extended): 26 July – 16 August 2015
Period(s) of Occupation: Classical, Hellenistic (5th – 2nd century BC).

Project Description: Excavation of the Ancient Greek emporion Pistiros is to reveal more secrets about the trade, metallurgy, and 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 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 town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria as well many other archaeological and historical sites in the area; and take a trip to Istanbul, Turkey.  The project sessions include the following three modules: 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; lectures, workshops and field trainings in Classical and Field Archaeology, finds' processing and documentation; excursions to various cultural and archaeological sites in the region and the ancient town of Plovdiv. The participants who join either the three-week session or the two project sessions 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. All participants receive a Project Handbook and the BHFS Certificate of Attendance. 

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.

Participants will be accommodated in comfortable rooms with two to three beds; equipped with an A/C and TV in a local hotel. There’s a small swimming pool; cheap laundry service and free Wi-Fi. Three meals (fresh, organic Bulgarian homemade food) per day are covered by the admission fee.

Cost: SUPER EARLY BIRD SPECIAL by November 30, 2014 is 1147 EUR /1742 EUR/ 2293 EUR (app. 1445 /2195/ 2889 USD) for participation in one /extended/ two project sessions. 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.

Academic Credit: New Bulgarian University offers 6/9 credits for participation in one/two project sessions for an additional fee! 


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