Topic ID #39036 - posted 12/13/2017 8:53 AM

Bulgaria- Apollonia Archaeology Field School 2018


Ancient Apollonia Pontica (present-day Sozopol, Bulgaria) is one of the earliest Ancient Greek towns on the western Black Sea coast. The city was founded by Milesian colonists at the end of the 7th century BCE. As a result of intensive trade with the surrounding Thracian tribes and the Greek poleis, Apollonia became one of the most prosperous Greek colonies in the Black Sea region in Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods. The archaeological project takes place on the small St. Kirik island (connected to the mainland by a breakwater way), where an Archaic period neighborhood of Apollonia arose and where later the sacred precinct (temenos) of the town was built. On the island was situated the temple of Apollo – the patron deity of the town, famous in the Ancient World for the colossal bronze statue of the god, erected in front of it. Two other Ancient Greek temples, several altars, numerous ritual pits full of artifacts (donations), as well as a Late Antiquity basilica and necropolis have been excavated there so far. In the 2018, we will continue exploring the evolution of the site from early Greek settlement through the temenos to the Christian religious center. The excavations will take place in the periphery of the island and will search for remains of cult practices that were probably conducted there. The program includes excavations, finds processing, various workshops, lectures and presentations by specialists in the field of Ancient Greek art and archaeology, as well as trips to heritage sites along the western Black Sea Coast. The project venue Sozopol, is a historic town with rich cultural heritage and is a famous tourist spot offering various opportunities for intercultural experience and recreation summer activities.

·         Course Dates: June 23-July 21, 2018

·         Enrollment Status: Open

·         Total Cost: $4,190

·         Course Type: Field Archaeology

·         Instructors: Dr. Krastina Panayotova, Dr. Teodora Bogdanova


Accommodation is either at Dom Mladenovi guest house or at the VMK Military Club, both of which have comfortable rooms with private bathrooms, air-conditions, refrigerators and TV. Internet available at the lobby area of the hotels. Both hotels are located close to the town beaches, the Old Town Quarter, the Archaeological Museum, and within 15 min walking distance from the archaeological site. Participants will walk to and from the excavation site daily. It takes approximately 15-20 minutes to walk from the hotels to the site.

Daily breakfast and the official welcome and the farewell dinners are covered by the tuition fee. Students are responsible for their own lunch and dinners.

Sozopol offers variety of restaurants that can meet everyone’s preferences and dietary requirements – from fast food options to cozy gourmet restaurants. The average meal price (soup/salad, main dish and dessert) can cost between 6 to 12 USD. The project team will recommend restaurants for different preferences (cuisine, cost, dietary needs) and will arrange discounts for the students.


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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