Topic ID #37696 - posted 11/30/2016 4:54 PM

Bulgaria: Yunatsite Field School 2017 - Academic Credit through UCLA


Project Overview

In 1939, excavations began at Tell Yunatsite- one of the earliest proto-urban sites established by Europe’s first civilization in the 5th millennium BCE (Copper Age/Chalcolithic). It is located near the modern village of Yunatsite, Bulgaria. In the course of the excavations of approximately one-third of the tell, archaeologists uncovered a medieval cemetery at the top, followed by levels dating to the Roman period, the Iron and Early Bronze  Ages, and the Chalcolithic at the base. Yet sterile soils have not yet been reached. Since 2013 the field school has been dedicated to the research and excavations of the earliest building levels in the inner parts of the Copper Age uptown area (4900-4100 BCE). A small gold bead found there by a field school student in 2016 is believed to be the oldest bit of processed gold ever discovered in Europe, and likely in the world. In 2017, field school students will take part in further excavation of burned Copper Age buildings and together with archaeologists will seek the answers to the following questions: why and how did one of the earliest proto-urban centers in Europe emerged in the beginning of the fifth millennium BCE, and what were the reasons that caused its devastation 800 years later? This field school provides a unique glimpse into the transition between the Copper and the Bronze Ages in European and Mediterranean prehistory, and is an amazing opportunity for all participants to dig at a real tell such as those in the Middle East from the comfort and safety of Europe; to study textbook-clear stratigraphy; as well as to learn more about Europe’s first civilization in the Copper Age and warfare in Prehistory.

Program Director: Asst. Prof Kamen Boyadzhiev, Asst. Prof. Yavor Boyadzhiev
Course Dates: June 24-July 22, 2017
Application Deadline: June 22, 2017
Tuition: $4,650
Credit: 12 UCLA credit units 

Accommodations: In Primavera Hotel in the district town of Pazardzhik, Bulgaria – in comfortable rooms with 2-3 beds per room, bathrooms with shower and WC, TV, air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Cheap laundry service available at the archaeological site. Participants are not expected to bring any additional equipment, sleeping bags or towels. The hotel is located next to the main pedestrian area of the Downtown Pazardzhik. There are lots of shops, pharmacies, banks, ATMs, a hospital, taverns, bars, cafes, post office and tourist attractions around in the hotel area. Pazardzhik is a mid-size Bulgarian town (50 000 inhabitants). The town and its surroundings offer a variety of opportunities for good entertainment, sightseeing, sports, wine-tasting and shopping. The excavation site, Tell Yunatsite is situated about 10 km away (15 min ride) from Pazardzhik and the hotel. Transport on work days will be arranged and covered by the Balkan Heritage Foundation (BHF). Next to the site is the archaeological base with running water, electricity, a field latrine, dining and lab facilities as well as a tool storage available to the students. Meals: Three meals (Balkan cuisine) per day are covered by tuition fee. This field school can accommodate vegetarians, vegans and individuals with gluten- and lactose-intolerance. Kosher-restrictions are impossible to accommodate in this location. Breakfast and lunch meals will take place at the site during the work days. Other meals will take place at the hotel’s restaurant. Brown-bag-lunches will be provided during excursions and days-off.

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