Topic ID #39048 - posted 12/13/2017 10:50 AM

Bulgaria- Tell Yunatsite Archaeology Field School 2018


Tell Yunatsite is located in Southern Bulgaria. It is among the biggest tells in Europe and similar to those in the Near East. Its diameter is approximately 110 m/360 ft and its height is 12 m/39 ft above the modern surface. To date, approximately one third of the tell has been excavated. There is a medieval cemetery at the top of the tell, followed by a Roman period level, two Iron Age levels, another dated to the Early Bronze Age, and finally a Chalcolithic (Copper age) layer. Despite work at the site since 1939, sterile soils have not yet been reached.

Excavations of the Copper Age layers proved that Tell Yunatsite is the acropolis of one of the earliest proto urban sites established in Europe dated to the 5th millennium BCE. The site includes evidence of the apogee and collapse of the earliest prehistoric civilization and some of the earliest metalurgy found in Europe. A small gold bead found at the site by a field school student in 2016 and another gold plastine found in 2017 are believed to be the oldest bits of processed gold ever discovered in Europe, and among the oldest ones in the world.

Tell Yunatsite is a textbook case study of long and clear stratigraphy. During the 2018 season, students will work at the burned Copper Age buildings. Research will focus on the terminal phase of the Copper Age (4200-4100 BCE) occupation and the reasons for the site rapid collapse and abandonment. Students will be introduced to archaeological field techniques and methods for excavation and documentation, and take part in processing of finds and samples as well as excursions to significant heritage sites in Bulgaria.

·         Course Dates: July 7-August 4, 2018

·         Enrollment Status: OPEN

·         Total Cost: $3,800

·         Course Type: Field Archaeology

·         Instructors: Asst. Prof. Kamen Boyadzhiev, Assoc. Prof. Yavor Boyadzhiev


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, lunch and dinner 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.


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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