Topic ID #33897 - posted 10/23/2014 1:02 AM

Rise and Fall of the First European Civilization - Tell Yunatsite Excavations 2015



BalkanHeritage


Location: Pazardzhik, Bulgaria
Session dates: Session 1: 12 July – 26 July 2015 Session 2: 26 July – 9 August 2015
Period(s) of Occupation: Copper Age or Chalcolithic (4,900–4,100 BC)
Website: http://www.bhfieldschool.org/bh2013yunatsite.html

Project Description: In the very beginning of the fifth millennium BC prehistoric population in Central and Eastern Balkans turned known metal-processing technologies into an industry for the first time in human history. Archaeological evidence shows that in the fifth millennium BC Balkan prehistoric cultures enjoyed a constant raise of population and wealth meanwhile experiencing social stratification due the intensive trade with metal products, salt and other goods with the rest of prehistoric Europe and Asia. These Balkan Copper Age cultures had all characteristics of the first civilizations including the very first urban settlements in Europe (Tell Yunatsite is one of them) and pictograms and characters interpreted by some scholars as the World’s oldest script etc. During the small-scale excavations of the trench from 2012 to 2014 the BHFS archaeologists and students found numerous artifacts such as weapons, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figurines, Spondylus jewels, decorated fineware pottery, shards marked by characters/pictograms). All of them belong to the three earliest tell building levels excavated so far. The site provides an amazing opportunity for all field school participants to dig at a real tell to study textbook clear stratigraphy, to practice all basic excavation techniques in the field and to look through centuries of the everyday life of the Copper age inhabitants of Tell Yunatsite. The project sessions available in 2015 include the following three modules: excavation of the Chalcolithic structures, 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 total station, and taking photographs at the site; lectures, workshops and field trainings in Prehistoric and Field Archaeology as well as Finds' Processing and Documentation and excursions to 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 Stara Zagora and the Museum of the Europe' best preserved Neolithic (5600 BC) dwellings. 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.
Accommodation is in a Pazardzhik downtown hotel (rooms with two to three beds, bathrooms with shower and WC, TV, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi). Three meals per day are covered by the admission fee.

Cost: SUPER EARLY BIRD SPECIAL by November 30, 2014 is 1104 EUR / 2208 EUR (app. 1391 /2782 USD) for participation in one /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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