Bulgaria

PREHISTORIC PACK

Period: Balkan Neolithic and Chalcolithic (6000-4100 BC)
Code: PRH.PACK 15
Session: June to August 2015
Academic credits available: up to 18
Admission fee starting from: 2416 EUR / app. 3049 USD

The Project and Course


General Information

Description: The project package is combination of two Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) projects focused on Balkan Prehistory (esp. Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods: 6000-4000 BC) and Field Archaeology. It provides to either students or people interested in Archaeology and Prehistory comprehensive learning, field and intercultural experience from four to eight weeks while digging at two different archaeological sites in a row: the Neolithic settlement in Illindentsi and Tell Yunatsite, Bulgaria. What is more, choosing to participate in the Prehistoric pack the BHFS participants will benefit from the considerably reduced admission fees and faster registration. Besides the program has amazing travel opportunities including tours of archaeological sites and historic towns in Bulgaria, Philippi and the Aegean Coast (Greece) and Troy and Istanbul (Turkey).

Package type: field school & archaeological excavation.The variety of activities and team flexibility make this project package suitable for both Beginners and Advanced in either Field or Prehistoric Archaeology. Individual program and task assignment are available to advanced students.

Sites: Prehistoric settlement near Ilindentsi and Tell Yunatsite, Bulgaria.

Period(s) of occupation: Early and Middle Balkan Neolithic (6000 - 5500/5400 BC) and Chalcolithic (or Copper age, 4900 - 4100 BC)

Collaborating Universities & Institutions: Balkan Heritage Foundation; Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History; Tell Yunatsite exacavation team from the National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Pazardzhik Regional Museum of History; New Bulgarian University; Municipality of Strumyani (Bulgaria).

Venues of the projects in the Pack: the village of Ilindentsi and the town of Pazardzhik, Bulgaria

Season dates: 13 June - 9 August, 2015 (See the pack's session dates in the table below!)

Application Deadline: until the places are filled, or latest 20 May, 2015   

Minimum length of stay: 2 sessions (four weeks)

Minimum age: 18 (16, if the participant is accompanied by an adult family member)

Number of field school places available: Maximum 20

Language: English

Experience required: No

Special requirements: Participation in the project package is not recommended for individuals with solar allergies or other special illnesses that might be exacerbated during the intensive outdoor activities. The average summer temperatures in the area are 25-38 C or higher. All participants should bring clothes and cosmetics suitable for hot and sunny weather. All participants are expected to prepare for the dig by reading (at least) the BHFS handbook chapter about archaeological excavation techniques and methods (the BHFS e-handbook will be sent by e-mail to all registered students before the beginning of the project)! Participants will use the tools and equipment available at the site and are not expected to bring any additional equipment.


The Project Package

The PREHISTORIC PACK combines the following Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) projects:   

   

Neolithic settlement near Ilindentsi (Bulgaria)

   

The Birth of Europe - Excavations of the Neolithic Settlement Ilindentsi (Bulgaria) (BEBG.EXC 15)

Tell Yunatsite (Bulgaria)

   

Rise and Fall of the First European Civilization - Tell Yunatsite Excavations (YU.EXC 15)

   

Please visit the project web pages above for all the details concerning each site, excavation and field school project as well as each field school's program, recommended readings, travel & accommodation information and other practicalities!    

Our admission officer Ms. Anna Parmakova is ready to answer all your questions concerning the PREHISTORIC PACK! Besides the BHFS can provide alumni’s contacts for further feedback about the field school projects in the package.

The Pack Details

 

Prehistoric Pack 1 (PRH.PACK 1) - 13 June - 26 July, 2015

Content and Dates:

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).

Fees and Credits:

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

Content and Dates:

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).

Fees and Credits:

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

Content and Dates:

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).

Fees and Credits:

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

Content and Dates:

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)

Fees and Credits:

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

Number of credit hours available: 15


Travel & Accommodation   


Travel

   

Venues of the projects in the Pack:    

  1. Blagovesta guest-house in the village of Ilindentsi (district of Blagoevgrad), located (3 km away from the municipal transport hub Strumyani having a train and bus stop) in the foothills of the majestic Pirin Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Southwestern Bulgaria. The excavation site in Ilindentsi is within 10-15 min walking distance from the guest house.   
  2. The downtown Hotel Primavera in the district town of Pazardzhik, Bulgaria. Tell Yunatsite is 8 km away (15 min ride) from Pazardzhik and the hotel. Transport on work days will be arranged and covered by the Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS).

   

The nearest air terminal: Sofia (Bulgaria, 150 km from Ilindensti and 90 km from Pazardzhik) - don't forget checking the low cost flight options! A pick-up transfer to Ilindentsi and a drop-off transfer from Pazardhik 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 first in Strumyani by 6.30 pm on the arrival day of their session. From there (meeting point is the bus stop in Strumyani) they will be given a free lift to Ilindentsi (3 km away). Direct bus lines and trains connect the village of Strumyani with the town of Sandanski (bus and train station, 16 km away from Ilindentsi) and the Bulgarian capital Sofia (150 km 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 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 - 1 ½ hrs

Approximate cost of the entire trip: max. 15 EUR. Students will be fully supported by the BHFS when planning and arranging their trip between the pack's locations.

   

Accommodation & Meals & Free Time & Practicalities   

   

Accommodation and 3 meals per day are fully covered by the admission fee. Please, visit each field school project's page for all the details about accommodation, meals, free time and other practicalities.       

  1. THE BIRTH OF EUROPE - EXCAVATIONS OF THE NEOLITHIC SETTLEMENT ILINDENTSI   
  2. RISE AND FALL OF THE FIRST EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION - TELL YUNATSITE EXCAVATIONS

    

Trips

   

The complete program of the Prehistoric Pack has the following scheduled tours covered by the admission fee:

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

The BHFS participants could take advantage of their stay in the Balkans and take part in the optional (not covered by the admission fee) excursions to:

The Admission Fee   

 

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.

The price in USD is for orientation. Please check current exchange rates! 

    

PREHISTORIC PACK 1 (PRH.PACK 1)13 June - 26 July, 2015

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

PREHISTORIC PACK 2 (PRH.PACK 2) - 13 June - 9 August, 2015

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

PREHISTORIC PACK 3 (PRH.PACK 3) - 28 June - 26 July, 2015

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

PREHISTORIC PACK 4 (PRH.PACK 4) - 28 June - 9 August, 2015

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

   


Admission Fee Transfer Options:

- Bank transfer
- On-line transfers via the Balkan Heritage virtual POS Terminal VISA, MASTERCARD & MAESTRO cards are accepted.

For further information contact Admissions Office at: bhfs.admissions@gmail.com!

   

NOTE, 5% OF EVERY ADMISSION FEE FOR THIS PROJECT DIRECTLY SUPPORTS THE BALKAN HERITAGE PROTECTION FUND'S ACTIVITIES!

   

For more information about scholarships, low-cost flights, hotels, etc. please feel free to contact us or look at our recommended linksл

Academic Credits   

 

New Bulgarian University grants up to 18 credits to students for participation in the field school projects 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!). Transcripts of Records (ToR) are available upon request for an additional tuition fee. For details please read the Regulations for obtaining Transcripts of Records.    

    

PREHISTORIC PACK 1 

(PRH.PACK 1)

Number of credit hours available: 15 (9+6) ECTS*
PREHISTORIC PACK 2

(PRH.PACK 2)

Number of credit hours available: 18 (9+9) ECTS*
PREHISTORIC PACK 3

(PRH.PACK 3)

Number of credit hours available: 12 (6+6) ECTS*
PREHISTORIC PACK 4

(PRH.PACK 4)

Number of credit hours available: 15 (6+9) ECTS*

* ECTS - European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System

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