Topic ID #37695 - posted 11/30/2016 4:47 PM

Bulgaria: Varna Field School 2017 - Academic Credit through UCLA


Project Overview

The Byzantine Cold Case File Project is a thrilling opportunity for students to gain a scientific glimpse into Early Christianity through a hands-on archaeological experience within the premises of a monastery complex, which emerged as early as the 5th century. The monastery church – a massive building with remarkable mosaic floors – gives out the Eastern origin of the complex’s founders. Only in the beginning of 21st century it became clear that the temple was the center of a large cloister. After revealing the first secret of this unusual church in the previous seasons, the project focuses on the inherent partition of the complex. The 2017 excavations are located in the representative colonnaded atrium, where the multi-layer stratigraphy bears record for at least four reconstruction periods and can give a detailed picture of the whole two-century lifespan of the monastery.

Program Director: Dr.Vassil Tenekedjiev, Prof. Alexander Minchev 
Course Dates: July 24-August 21, 2017
Application Deadline: July 22, 2017
Tuition: $4,850
Credits: 12 UCLA credit units 

Accommodations:Students will reside at Hotel Reverence ( in downtown Varna in comfortable rooms with two to three beds each (bathrooms with shower and WC, TV, air-conditioning and fridge). Laundry service and free Wi-Fi are available at the hotel. Participants are not expected to bring any additional equipment, beddings or towels. Single rooms are available upon request for the supplement of 120 EUR per week. Staying an extra day at the hotel costs 30 EUR (per night per person). The distance from the hotel to the site is app. 8 km/4.5 mi, and it takes app. 15 min drive. Daily shuttle service will bring students to and from the site. MEALS Three meals per day are covered by tuition. Meals usually take place (except the brown-bag lunches during the excursions) at a local restaurant. This field school can accommodate vegetarians and individuals with lactose intolerance diet. Vegans and people with kosher and gluten-free diets may not be accommodated at this location

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