Topic ID #37693 - posted 11/30/2016 4:32 PM

Bulgaria: Pistiros Field School 2017 - Academic Credit through UCLA


Project Overview

Between the 5th and 3rd century BCE, an Ancient Greek emporion called Pistiros, thrived in Thracian Valley. The emporion was a major port for trade relations between merchants from the Greek coastal cities Maroneia, Apollonia and the island of Thassos and Thracians under the supreme protection of the Odrysian kings. Trade contacts are evident through numerous imports such as Attic red-figured and black-slip pottery, amphorae (mainly Thassian) and coins (e.g. several hoards of copper, silver and gold coins) found during the excavation of Pistiros. Since annual excavations started over 25 years ago, the emporion has been brought back to some of its former glory, exposing an Eastern fortification wall, paved streets and stone building foundations. The goal for the 2017 season is to continue the excavations of the South-Eastern sector of the site. In this specific location next to the fortification wall there is a higher concentration of cult artifacts and features (pits, clay cult altars, etc.). Throughout the field school, students will learn about a range of materials and cultures of Thrace and the Mediterranean, unlocking the secrets of Ancient Greek trade. Training on Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) of epigraphic monuments and small finds found in Pistiros will supplement the excavation program.

Program Director: Dr. Aleksey Gotsey, Ms. Angela Pencheva 
Course Dates: July 24-August 21, 2017
Application Deadline: July 22, 2017
Tuition: $4,650
Credit: 12 UCLA credit units 

Accommodations: Accommodation will be in in the Villa Terres Hotel at Karabunar, ( in comfortable rooms with 2-3 beds, bathrooms with a shower, air-conditioning, and TV. The hotel has a small swimming pool and SPA, free of charge for the participants in the field school. Cheap laundry service and free Wi-Fi are provided. Karabunar is a small village: there are a couple of food & beverage shops, bars & taverns, a winery, and a Christian Orthodox church, St. John the Baptist. The closest supermarket, pharmacy, bank with ATM, and medical office are in the municipal town of Septemvri, 8 km away from Karabunar. The distance from the hotel to the site is app. 15 km/9.5 mi, and it takes an app. 15/20 min drive. Daily BHF shuttle service is arranged for the participants to bring them to the site and back. The site has no electricity but there are portable toilettes and running water. Meals: Three meals (fresh, organic Bulgarian homemade food) per day are covered by the admission fee. Meals usually take place in the hotel’s restaurant, except lunch packages during excursions. This field school can accommodate vegetarians, vegans, and individuals with lactose-intolerance. Kosher and gluten-free diets are impossible to accommodate in this location.

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