Topic ID #39029 - posted 12/12/2017 4:17 PM

Bulgaria- Ilindentsi Archaeology Field School 2018


The prehistoric settlement Ilindentsi is one of the very early Neolithic settlements in Europe (6000 – 5400 BCE). It is located on a high terrace just at the foot of the Pirin Mountains – the third-highest range on the Balkans. During the previous seasons (2004-2009 and 2011-2017) archaeologists unearthed remains of Early and Middle Neolithic settlement structures and features. Although the possibility for acculturation of indigenous population cannot be completely disregarded at this stage, archaeologists assume that the Neolithic settlement at Ilindentsi was established by people of Anatolian origin (culture Hacilar VI-I.) Our goal is not only to explore migration routes and reasons for European Neolithisation but also the type and history of interactions between different Neolithic groups and farming communities in the Balkans, their technology, economic and social organization. In 2018, field school students will take part in further excavation of Neolithic buildings, learn more about the archaeology of the Neolithic period in Europe and the Near East, Neolithic ceramic studies and documentation of Neolithic pottery, archaeological field techniques and methods for excavation and documentation, processing of finds and samples and take part in excursions to significant heritage sites in Bulgaria.

·         Course Dates: May 20-June 16, 2018

·         Enrollment Status: OPEN

·         Total Cost: $4,220

·         Course Type: Field Archaeology

·         Instructors: Dr. Malgorzata Grębska-Kulova, Mr. Petar Zidarov



Students will stay at the Blagovesta Guest-house at Ilindentsi. The guest house has comfortable rooms with 2 to 3 beds, bathrooms with a WC, shower, air-conditioning, and TV. Laundry service and free Wi-Fi is provided. Students are not expected to bring any additional equipment, sleeping bags or towels.

Three meals (Balkan cuisine) per day are provided. Meals usually take place in the guest-house garden. Brown-bag-lunches will be provided during excursions and days-off. This field school can accommodate vegetarians, vegans and individuals with lactose-intolerance. Kosher and gluten-free restrictions are impossible to accommodate in this location.

ACADEMIC CREDIT UNITS & TRANSCRIPTS Credit Units: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) through our academic partner, Connecticut College. Connecticut College is a private, highly ranked liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to undergraduate education. Students will receive a letter grade for attending this field school (see grading assessment and matrix). This field school provides a minimum of 160 direct instructional hours. Students are encouraged to discuss the transferability of credit units with faculty and registrars at their home institutions prior to attending this field school.


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