Topic ID #39053 - posted 12/13/2017 11:12 AM

Bulgaria- Pistiros Archaeology Field School 2018



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The ruins of an ancient site in the heart of Thrace – on the left bank of Maritsa River (ancient Hebros) – were discovered in 1988. In 1990, a stone inscription was found which helped scholars identify the site as the Ancient Greek trade center (emporion) named Pistiros, where between the 5th and 3rd century BCE, merchants from the Greek coastal cities of Maroneia, Thassos and Apollonia lived and traded with their Thracian neighbors under the supreme protection of the Thracian Odrysian kings.

To date, the field school students have worked in a sector next to the fortification wall where two chronologically different building horizons were identified. In the earlier one, the area was covered with simple half dug in houses, presumably dated to the very first period of the site’s existence – the end of the 5th century BCE. The architectural remains from the second horizon – belonging to buildings made of wooden beams and wattle & daub – existed in the period between the second half of 4th and beginning of the 3rd century BCE.  A huge amount of local and imported Greek vessels, cult figurines, Greek and Thracian coins, weapons, etc. were among the discovered artifacts. Training on Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) of small finds will supplement the excavation program

·         Course Dates: July 23-Aug 20, 2018

·         Enrollment Status: OPEN

·         Total Cost: $4,220

·         Course Type: Field Archaeology

·         Instructors: Dr. Aleksey Gotsey, Dr. Angela Pencheva

Accommodations:

Accommodation will be in the Villa Terres Hotel at Karabunar, in comfortable rooms with 2-3 beds, bathrooms with a shower, air-conditioning, and TV. The hotel has a small swimming pool and spa, free of charge for the participants in the field school. Cheap laundry service and free Wi-Fi are provided.

Karabunar is a small village: there are a couple of food & beverage shops, bars & taverns, a winery, and a Christian Orthodox church, St. John the Baptist. The closest supermarket, pharmacy, bank with ATM, and medical office are in the municipal town of Septemvri, 8 km away from Karabunar.

The distance from the hotel to the site is app. 15 km/9.5 mi, and it takes an app. 15/20 min drive. Daily BHF shuttle service is arranged for the participants to bring them to the site and back. The site has electricity, there are portable toilets and running water.

Meals: Three meals (fresh, organic Bulgarian homemade food) per day are covered by the admission fee. Meals usually take place in the hotel’s restaurant, except lunch packages during excursions. This field school can accommodate vegetarians, vegans, and individuals with lactose-intolerance. Kosher and gluten-free diets 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.

 

For Further information visit program page: http://ifrglobal.org/program/bulgaria-pistiros/






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