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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe-Bulgaria-The Birth of Europe:Excavations of the Neolithic Settlement,2016

Europe-Bulgaria-The Birth of Europe:Excavations of the Neolithic Settlement,2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-06-12
End Date 2016-07-10

Multiple Sessions X
Multiple Session information

two-week session 1: 12 June – 26 June 2016;
two-week session 2: 26 June – 10 July 2016

Archaeology Field School Location

Ilindentsi, Bulgaria

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Balkan Heritage Foundation (Bulgaria), Institute for Field Research (USA), Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History, New Bulgarian University, Municipality of Strumyani (Bulgaria)

Academic Credit

6 / 9 ECTS credits for students attending European universities (through New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria) and 8 semester (equivalent to 12 quarter) credit units for all other students through IFR academic partner University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). No credit units for volunteers.

Archaeology Field School Tuition

starting from 282 EUR for six ECTS credits or included in the IFR admission fee.
Please check the BHFS website for details! Participants who are not interested in academic credits don't need to pay the tuition fee.

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Accommodation is in a local guest house (comfortable rooms with two to three beds + bathrooms with shower and WC, TV, Wi-Fi). Three meals (fresh, organic Bulgarian homemade food) per day are covered by the admission fee. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted.

Archaeology Field School Travel
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

The admission fee is valid only for students who enroll in this field school through Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS). Students willing to benefit from the BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans advantages and enroll through Institute for Field Research (IFR), USA shall pay different admission fees corresponding to IFR terms and conditions. Super Early Bird Special - by December 20, 2015: Admission fee for two-weeks session is 1104 EUR / app.1225 USD & Admission fee for four-week session is 2208 EUR / app.2451 USD. The admission fee includes educational and fieldwork activities, full-board accommodation (hotel + 3 meals per day), tools, materials, project Handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance, excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs.

Archaeology Field School Description

In the seventh millenium BC the Balkan Peninsula was a gate through which farming, animal husbandry and generally Neolithisation spread to Europe from Anatolia and the Near East. Central parts of the Balkans were among the most important migration routes during that period. Six Early Neolithic settlements are mapped there, in the Middle Struma River Valley, on the natural road that connects the Eastern Mediterranean with the Central Europe. One of them is the prehistoric site near Ilindentsi. During the previous seasons (2004 - 2009, 2011 - 2015) archaeologists unearthed there remains of various Early and Middle Neolithic settlement structures and features. Among them are several dwellings: one of them with stone foundations, another one with elaborate floor construction and under-floor drainage systems and a third one completely burnt with well preserved in situ "kitchen-space" including an oven, grain-store, quern-stone and what is more one Early Neolithic grave-pit of a baby and a deposit of
piglet next to it. In 2016 the BIRTH OF EUROPE Field School Project envisions further excavation of the Neolithic dwellings and their surroundings. Two field school sessions are available and each includes the following three modules: fieldwork including excavation of the Neolithic structures, maintaining a field journal on a daily basis, filling context sheets and labels, drawing an elevation plan/ a ground plan/ a cross-section, 3D positioning of finds, taking coordinates with a total station, and taking photographs at the site; lectures, workshops and field training in Prehistoric and Field Archaeology as well as Finds' Processing and Documentation and excursions to Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History, the medieval town of Melnik, Rozhen Monastery and Rila Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Participants who join the two project sessions will be able to develop further their skills and competences regarding the archaeological field work and finds' processing, gained during the first two-week session; to attend: a number of extra lectures and workshops on Neolithic ceramic studies and recording and illustration of Neolithic pottery; and to visit Kavala, Phillippi and the Aegean coast (Greece). All participants receive a Project Handbook and the BHFS Certificate of Attendance. Academic credits are available upon request for an additional tuition fee. The field school offers training and experience for volunteers and academic program awarding credits to students in cooperation with the Institute for Field Research (USA) and New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria).
There are three options for enrollment in this field school:

1. Participants who don’t need academic credits (volunteers) should apply through the Balkan Heritage Field School.

2. Students attending European universities seeking ECTS academic credit units should enroll through the Balkan Heritage Field School.

3. All other students seeking academic credit units should enroll through the Institute for Field Research, USA. They will benef from the following advantages: 8 US semester credit units, eligibility to apply for IFR scholarships, comprehensive health and evacuation insurance, an additional excursion for free (to NW Thrace, Bulgaria) and US based customer service.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Time Period

Early and Middle Balkan Neolithic (6000 - 5500/5400 BC).

Directors and Instructors

Malgorzata Grebska-Kulov (PhD in Archaeology) archaeologist and curator at Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History; Adjunct professor, SW Uinversity, Bulgaria

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Ms. Anna Parmakova 7 Tulovo St., Floor 5, Apt.7 Sofia Bulgaria 1504 Telephone: + 359 877 725 052

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