BALKAN HERITAGE FIELD SCHOOL PROJECT PACK 2015:
PREHISTORIC PACK (PRH.PACK 15)



 
 
Sites: Prehistoric settlement near Ilindentsi and Tell Yunatsite, Bulgaria.
 
Period(s) of occupation: Early and Middle Balkan Neolithic (6000 - 5400 BC) and Chalcolithic (or Copper age, 4900 - 4100 BC)

Dates in: June, July and August, 2015 (See the pack details in the table below!)

DESCRIPTION: The pack is combination of two Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) projects focused on Balkan Prehistory. It provides to either students or people interested in Archaeology and Prehistory comprehensive experience (from four to eight weeks, covering the Balkan Neolithic and Chalcolithic (Copper Age) periods) at two different sites: the Neolithic settlement in Illindentsi and Tell Yunatsite, both located in Bulgaria. What is more, choosing to participate in the pack's proposals the BHFS participants will benefit from the considerably reduced admission fees and faster registration.

THE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAM FLEXIBILITY MAKE THE PARTICIPATION IN THE PROJECT PACK SUITABLE FOR ALL: BEGINNERS OR ADVANCED IN FIELD ARCHAEOLOGY AND AN IDEAL OPTION FOR THEIR HOLIDAY AND BUDGET!

The PACK combines the following Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) projects:
  1. The Birth of Europe - Excavations of the Neolithic Settlement Ilindentsi (Bulgaria) (BEBG.EXC 15)
  2. Rise and Fall of the First European Civilization - Tell Yunatsite Excavations (YU.EXC 15 )

All the details concerning the field schools and the excursion - the archaeological sites, project venues, traveling information, field school agendas, programs and project teams, special requirements, food and board arrangements, etc. are specified on the web pages  listed above! Our admission officer Ms. Anna Parmakova is ready to answer all your questions concerning the PREHISTORIC PACK! The BHFS can provide alumni’s contacts for further feedback about the field school projects in the package.

Pack's locations: The village of Ilindentsi and the town of Pazardzhik, Bulgaria. Participants in the pack will be expected to arrive first in Ilindentsi.

The nearest air terminal: Sofia (Bulgaria, 150 km/93 mi) - don't forget checking the low cost  flight options! If participants arrive at the Sofia airport, a transfer to Ilindentsi may be arranged by request (Please, specify this in your application form!). Individual or group transfers' price may vary depending on number of passengers from 30 to 100 EUR.
 
How to get there?  Participants who arrange individually their travel will be expected to arrive on the arrival day in Strumyani by 6.30 pm. From there (meeting point is the bus stop in Strumyani) they will be given a free lift to Ilindentsi. Direct bus lines and trains connect the village of Strumyani with the towns of Sandanski (bus and train station, 16 km away from Ilindentsi) and the Bulgarian capital Sofia (150 km/93 mi away from Ilindentsi). Strumyani may be reached also from Thessaloniki (Greece) by either train (stop in Sandanski) or by bus (stop in Strumyani only upon request). 

Travel between the field school projects in the pack: The village of Ilindentsi is located about 200 km/125 mi from the town of Pazardzhik. The last could be reached easy by:
    1. (bus) Ilindentsi - Sofia  - 2 ½ hrs and then
    2. (bus or train) Sofia - Pazardzhik  - 1 ½ hrs

    Approximate cost of the entire trip: 15-20 EUR.

    Participants will be fully supported by the BHFS when planning and arranging their trips between the pack's locations.

    Free time: The village of Ilindentsi offers  great opportunities for mountain hikes in the Pirin Mountains, walks in the Art Center Ilindentsi and  wine-tasting of local wines at Kiossev Boutique Wine Cellar. The town of Pazardzhik and its surroundings offers a variety of opportunities for good entertainment, sightseeing, sports, wine-tasting and shopping. Beside that the completePrehistoric Pack program has the following scheduled tours covered by the admission fee:

    •          the medieval town of Melnik and Rozhen Monastery;
    •          the Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History and Rila Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site);
    •          the  town of Sandanski - a popular SPA resort, keeping archaeological remains from the Late Antiquity;
    •          the town of Pazardzhik and Pazardzhik Museum of History;
    •          the ancient city of Plovdiv, Plovdiv Archaeological MuseumRoman monuments and the Old Town Quarter;
    •          the town of Stara Zagora and the Museum of the Europe' best preserved Neolithic (5600 BC) dwellings.

     

    Extra trips and excursions: The BHFS participants could take advantage of their stay in the Balkans and take part in the optional excursions to:

     

    1. Philippi, Kavala and the Aegean coast (Greece) on 27-28 June, 2015;

    2. Istanbul and Troy (Turkey) on 6-10 June, 2015;

    3. Istanbul and Troy (Turkey) on 9-13 August, 2015;

    4. Historical sites and towns in North-western Thrace (Bulgaria) during the field school project Rise and Fall of the First European Civilization - Tell Yunatsite Excavations.


    Credit hours: New Bulgarian University grants up to 18 credits to students for participation in the field school project sessions that are part of the PREHISTORIC PACK. Participation in one/two sessions of either the field school projects in the pack is awarded with 6/9 credit hours. So participants in the various sessions of the PREHISTORIC PACK could obtain between 12 and 18 credits (Please refer to the list below for details!). Transcripts of Records (ToR) are available upon request for an additional tuition fee. For details please contact Admissions Office!
     
     

    THE PACK DETAILS:

    PACK
    CONTENT and DATES
    NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS AVAILABLE

     

    PREHISTORIC PACK 1

    (PRH.PACK 1)

    (13 June - 26 July, 2015) 

    Combines the following field school projects:

    THE BIRTH OF EUROPE - EXCAVATIONS OF THE NEOLITHIC SETTLEMENT ILINDENTSI - Sessions 1 and 2 (13 June - 12 July, 2015)  and

    RISE AND FALL OF THE FIRST EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION - TELL YUNATSITE EXCAVATIONS - Session 1  (12 - 26 July, 2015).

     

    Admission fee: 3507 EUR (app. 4429 USD. Check current exchange rates!).

    Number of credit hours available: 15 

     

    PREHISTORIC PACK 2

    (PRH.PACK 2)

    (13 June - 9 August, 2015) 

    Combines the following field school projects:

    THE BIRTH OF EUROPE - EXCAVATIONS OF THE NEOLITHIC SETTLEMENT ILINDENTSI - Sessions 1 and 2 (13 June - 12 July, 2015)  and

    RISE AND FALL OF THE FIRST EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION - TELL YUNATSITE EXCAVATIONS - Sessions 1 and 2  (12 July - 9 August, 2015).

    Admission fee: 4417 EUR (app. 5579 USD. Check current exchange rates!).

    Number of credit hours available: 18  

     

    PREHISTORIC PACK 3

    (PRH.PACK 3)

    (28  June - 26 July, 2015) 

    Combines the following field school projects:

    THE BIRTH OF EUROPE - EXCAVATIONS OF THE NEOLITHIC SETTLEMENT ILINDENTSI - Session 2 (28 June - 12 July, 2015)  and

    RISE AND FALL OF THE FIRST EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION - TELL YUNATSITE EXCAVATIONS - Session 1  (12 July - 26 July, 2015).

    Admission fee: 2416 EUR (app. 3049 USD. Check current exchange rates!).

    Number of credit hours available: 12  

    PREHISTORIC PACK 4

    (PRH.PACK 4)

    (28  June -  9 August, 2015) 

    Combines the following field school projects:

    THE BIRTH OF EUROPE - EXCAVATIONS OF THE NEOLITHIC SETTLEMENT ILINDENTSI - Session 2 (28 June - 12 July, 2015)  and

    RISE AND FALL OF THE FIRST EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION - TELL YUNATSITE EXCAVATIONS - Sessions 1 and 2  (12 July - 9 August, 2015).

    Admission fee: 3507 EUR (app. 4429 USD. Check current exchange rates!). 

    Number of credit hours available: 15  



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