Bulgaria

PREHISTORIC PACK (a Neolithic Settlement, a Copper Age Tell and a Bronze Age Fortress in a Row)

Period: The Neolithic, Copper, Bronze and Early Iron Ages (6000-1100 BCE)
Code: PRH.PACK 16
Session 1: 12 June - 24 July, 2016
Session 2: 26 June - 9 August, 2016
Session 3: 26 June - 9 August, 2016
Session 4: 10 July - 23 August, 2016
Academic credits available: up to 18
Admission fee starting from: from 3552 EUR / app. 3759 USD

The Project and Course


General Information

Description: The project package is combination of three Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) projects focused on the Neolithic (7th-6th millennia BCE), Copper Age (5th millennium BCE) and Bronze Age (4th-2nd millennia BCE) periods in the Balkans with reference to European and Near Eastern archaeology. For students, as well as others interested in archaeology and prehistory, it provides comprehensive learning, field and intercultural experience for six weeks while digging at three sequential types of prehistoric sites from three different time periods: the Neolithic settlement at Ilindentsi, the Copper Age layer at Tell Yunatsite and the Late Bronze fortress at Bresto, Bulgaria. What is more, by choosing to participate in the Prehistoric Pack the BHFS participants will benefit from considerably reduced admission fees and faster registration. Additionally the program has amazing travel opportunities including: tours of archaeological sites and historic towns in Bulgaria, Philippi and the Aegean Coast (Greece) and Istanbul (Turkey).

Package type: Field school & archaeological excavation. Suitable for both beginner and advanced students as well as those interested in prehistoric archaeology. Individual program and task assignments are available to advanced students.

Sites: Neolithic settlement near Ilindentsi; Copper Age layer at Tell Yunatsite; and the prehistoric fortified settlement in Bresto near Banya, Bulgaria.

Period(s) of occupation: Early and Middle Balkan Neolithic (6000 - 5500/5400 BCE), Chalcolithic (or Copper Age, 4900 - 4100 BCE) and Late Bronze Age (1300 - 1200 BCE).

Projects' partners: Balkan Heritage Foundation; Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History; Tell Yunatsite Excavation 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), Cornell University (USA); Heidelberg University (Germany).   

Venues of the projects in the Pack: The villages of Ilindentsi, Karabunar and Banya, Bulgaria.

Pack sessions available:

  • Pack session 1: 12 June - 24 July, 2016
  • Pack session 2: 26 June - 9 August, 2016
  • Pack session 3: 26 June - 9 August, 2016   
  • Pack session 4: 10 July - 23 August, 2016

(See the pack's session dates in the table below!)

Application deadline: Until the places are filled, or latest 20 May, 2016  

Minimum length of stay: Six weeks

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

Number of field school places available: Average 15 to 20

Project language: English

Experience required: No

Special requirements: Participation in the Pack is not recommended for individuals with solar allergies or other special illnesses that might be exacerbated during intensive outdoor activities. The average summer temperature at different locations in the area varies from 20°C/68°F to 35°C/95°F. Participants should bring clothes and cosmetics suitable for hot and sunny weather but should consider also possible rainy, windy and chilly days. They are expected to prepare for the digs by reading at least the BHFS handbooks that will be sent by e-mail before the beginning of each project. Participants will use the tools and equipment available at the sites and are not expected to bring any additional equipment.


The Project Package

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

      

   

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

Our admission officer is ready to answer all your questions concerning the PREHISTORIC PACK! Additionally the BHFS can provide alumni’s contact information for further feedback about the field school projects in the package.

The Pack Details

 

Prehistoric Pack 1 (PRH.PACK 1) - 12 June - 24 July, 2016

Content and Dates:

Combines the following field school project sessions:

THE BIRTH OF EUROPE - EXCAVATIONS OF THE NEOLITHIC SETTLEMENT ILINDENTSI - Four-week session (12 June - 10 July, 2016)

TELL YUNATSITE EXCAVATIONS – SEEKING EUROPE'S FIRST CIVILIZATION - Two-week session 2 (10 - 24 July, 2016)

Fees and Credits:

Admission fee: 3552 EUR (app. 3759 USD)

Number of credit hours available: up to 15

Prehistoric Pack 2 (PRH.PACK 2) - 26 June - 9 August, 2016

Content and Dates:

Combines the following field school project sessions:

THE BIRTH OF EUROPE - EXCAVATIONS OF THE NEOLITHIC SETTLEMENT ILINDENTSI - Two-week session 2 (26 June - 10 July, 2016)

TELL YUNATSITE EXCAVATIONS – SEEKING EUROPE'S FIRST CIVILIZATION - Two-week session 2 (10 - 24 July, 2016)

BRESTO: DIGGING IN THE TIME OF TROY - Two-week session 1 (26 July - 9 August, 2016)

Fees and Credits:

Admission fee: 3597 EUR (app. 3809 USD)

Number of credit hours available: up to 18  

Prehistoric Pack 3 (PRH.PACK 3) - 26 June - 9 August, 2016

Content and Dates:

Combines the following field school project sessions:

TELL YUNATSITE EXCAVATIONS – SEEKING EUROPE'S FIRST CIVILIZATION - Four-week session (26 June - 24 July, 2016)

BRESTO: DIGGING IN THE TIME OF TROY - Two-week session 1 (26 July - 9 August)

Fees and Credits:

Admission fee: 3552 EUR (app. 3759 USD).

Number of credit hours available: up to 15

Prehistoric Pack 4 (PRH.PACK 4) - 10 July - 23 August, 2016

Content and Dates:

Combines the following field school project sessions:

TELL YUNATSITE EXCAVATIONS – SEEKING EUROPE'S FIRST CIVILIZATION - Two-week session 2 (10 - 24 July, 2016)

BRESTO: DIGGING IN THE TIME OF TROY- Four-week session (26 July - 23 August, 2016)

Fees and Credits:

Admission fee: 3597 EUR (app. 3809 USD)

Number of credit hours available: up to 15


Travel & Accommodation   


Travel

   

Venues of the projects in the Pack:    

  1. Ilindentsi (where the Neolithic settlement is): Blagovesta Guest House in the village of Ilindentsi (district of Blagoevgrad), located in the foothills of the majestic Pirin Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site), southwestern Bulgaria. It is 3 km/2 mi away from the municipal transport hub Strumyani, which has a train and bus stop and is 150 km/100 mi from the closest airport in Sofia. The excavation site is within 10-15 min walking distance from the guest house.  
  2. Karabunar (near Tell Yunatsite): "Villa Terres" is a newly built countryside spa-hotel and winery (with an outdoor swimming pool). It is located in the village of Karabunar, 84 km/52 mi away from the Bulgarian capital Sofia and just 8 km/5 mi away from the "Trakia" motorway exit to Velingrad. The distance from the villa to Tell Yunatsite is app. 15 km/9.5 mi, and it takes app. 15-20 min to drive. A daily BHFS shuttle service is arranged for the participants to bring them to the tell and back.   
  3. Banya (near the Bronze Age fortress in Bresto): Pri Spaska (Spaska's) Hotel in the spa-village of Banya, Blagoevgrad District, Bulgaria. The village is located in the small valley dividing the Pirin Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site) from the Rila Mountains (the highest range in the Balkan Peninsula), not far from the famous ski resort of Bansko. The site is 3 km/1.5 mi away from the hotel, app. 10 min drive. A daily BHF shuttle service is arranged for the participants to bring them to the site and back.

The nearest air terminal: Sofia (Bulgaria, 150 km/100 mi from Ilindentsi and Banya and 90 km/60 mi from Pazardzhik) - don't forget to check the low cost flight options! A pick-up and a drop-off transfer may be arranged by request (Please, specify this in your application form!). Individual or group transfers' price may vary, depending on the number of passengers, from 30 to 100 EUR.

How to get there:

For PRH.PACK 1 and 2: If participants arrive at the Sofia airport, a transfer to the field school venue in Ilindentsi may be arranged by request (Please, specify this in your application form!). Individual or group transfer prices may vary, depending on the number of passengers, from 30 to 100 EUR. Participants who arrange their travel individually will be expected to arrive on the arrival day in Strumyani by 6.30 pm. From there (the meeting point is the bus stop in Strumyani) they will be given a free ride to Ilindentsi. 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 by request). A detailed travel-info sheet will be provided to enrolled students.

For PRH.PACK 3 and 4: If participants arrive at the Sofia airport, a transfer to Villa Terres in Karabunar may be arranged by request (Please, specify this in your application form!). Individual or group transfer prices may vary, depending on the number of passengers, from 25 to 100 EUR. Ask for details! Participants who arrange their travel individually will be expected to arrive at Villa Terres on the arrival day by 7.30 pm. It may be reached by bus from Septemvri (15-20 min) and Sofia (app. 1 ½ hrs). A detailed travel-info sheet will be provided to enrolled students.

Travel between the field school projects in the Pack:

Ilindentsi - Karabunar   

The village of Ilindentsi is located about 230 km/142 mi from the village of Karabunar. The latter can be reached easily by: 

1. Taking bus from Ilindentsi/Strumyani to Sofia (2 ½ hrs). 2. Changing at the Sofia Central Bus Station to a bus to Karabunar (1 - 1 ½ hrs). Approximate travel cost: 15 EUR.

Karabunar-Banya   

The village of Karabunar is located about 200 km/124 mi from the village of Banya. The latter can be reached easily by:   

1. Taking a bus from Karabunar to the town of Septemvri (15 min). 2. Taking a train from Septemvri to Banya (4 hrs) - enjoy the scenic trip on the narrow-gauge railroad from Septemvri - Dobrinishte. Approximate travel cost: 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 of your preference for all the details about accommodation, meals, free time and other practicalities.       

  1. The Birth of Europe - Excavations of the Neolithic Settlement Ilindentsi
  2. Tell Yunatsite Excavations – Seeking Europe's First Civilization
  3. Bresto: Digging in the Time of Troy  

Trips

 

The following excursions are available for participants in the different sessions of the Prehistoric Pack:

Covered by the Admission FeeOptional Tours Available for an Additional Fee

Prehistoric Pack 1 (PRH.PACK 1) - 12 June - 24 July, 2016

18 June, 2016: Visit to the Rozhen Monastery and the medieval town of Melnik: sightseeing and optional wine-tasting.

2 July, 2016: Visit to Rila Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History.

3 July, 2016: Tour of Sandanski - a popular spa resort, which contains archaeological remains from Late Antiquity.   

13 July, 2016: Tour of the Pazardzhik Regional Museum of History.

16 July, 2016: Stara Zagora (the ancient city of Augusta Traiana). Guided tour of the Regional Museum of History, Roman monuments, and the museum of Europe's best-preserved Neolithic (5600 BCE) dwellings. 

26-27 June, 2016: Trip to Philippi, Kavala and the Aegean coast (Greece).   

10 July, 2016: Sofia. Guided tour of the Bulgarian capital including the National Archaeological Museum, the Cathedral, the 4th century rotunda of St. George, and the 6th century church of St. Sofia.  

24 - 28 July, 2016: Tour of Istanbul, Turkey

Prehistoric Pack 2 (PRH.PACK 2) - 26 June - 9 August, 2016

2 July, 2016: Visit to Rila Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History.

3 July, 2016: Tour of Sandanski - a popular spa resort, which contains archaeological remains from Late Antiquity.

13 July, 2016: Tour of the  Pazardzhik Regional Museum of History.   

16 July, 2016: Stara Zagora (the ancient city of Augusta Traiana). Guided tour of the Regional Museum of History, Roman monuments, and the museum of Europe's best-preserved Neolithic (5600 BCE) dwellings.   

31 July, 2016: Excursion to the Bezbog Lake in the Pirin Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

7.08.2016: Tour of the traditional town of Bansko.

10 July, 2016: Sofia. Guided tour of the Bulgarian capital including the National Archaeological Museum, the Cathedral, the 4th century rotunda of St. George, and the 6th century church of St. Sofia.  

Prehistoric Pack 3 (PRH.PACK 3) - 26 June - 9 August, 2016

29 June, 2016: Tour of the  Pazardzhik Regional Museum of History.  

2 July, 2016: Plovdiv (the ancient city of Philippopolis) – European capital of Culture 2019. Guided tour of the Archaeological Museum, Roman monuments, and the Old Town Quarter.    

16 July, 2016: Stara Zagora (the ancient city of Augusta Traiana). Guided tour of the Regional Museum of History, Roman monuments, and the museum of Europe's best-preserved Neolithic (5600 BCE) dwellings.

31July, 2016: Excursion to the Bezbog Lake in the Pirin Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

7.08.2016: Tour of the traditional town of Bansko.

10 July, 2016: Sofia. Guided tour of the Bulgarian capital including the National Archaeological Museum, the Cathedral, the 4th century rotunda of St. George, and the 6th century church of St. Sofia.

Prehistoric Pack 4 (PRH.PACK 4) - 10 July - 23 August, 2016

13 July, 2016: Tour of the Pazardzhik Regional Museum of History.   

16 July, 2016: Stara Zagora (the ancient city of Augusta Traiana). Guided tour of the Regional Museum of History, Roman monuments, and the museum of Europe's best-preserved Neolithic (5600 BCE) dwellings.

31 July, 2016: Excursion to the Bezbog Lake in the Pirin Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

7 August, 2016: Tour of the traditional town of Bansko.   

14 August, 2016: Tour of the History Museum of Blagoevgrad and Rila Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

20-21 August, 2016: Tour of the Drama Valley (including ancient Philippi) and the Aegean coastal town of Kavala, Greece.   

23 - 27 August, 2016: Tour of Istanbul, Turkey

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. It does not cover the travel and accommodation costs (if any) for the days between the different field school project sessions in the Pack!

The fees in USD are approximate. Please check current exchange rates! 

    

PREHISTORIC PACK 1 (PRH.PACK 1)12 June - 24 July, 2016

Admission fee: 3552 EUR (app. 3759 USD. Check current exchange rates!).

PREHISTORIC PACK 2 (PRH.PACK 2) - 26 June - 9 August, 2016

Admission fee: 3597 EUR (app. 3809 USD. Check current exchange rates!)

PREHISTORIC PACK 3 (PRH.PACK 3) - 26 June - 9 August, 2016

Admission fee: 3552 EUR (app. 3759 USD. Check current exchange rates!)

PREHISTORIC PACK 4 (PRH.PACK 4) - 10 July - 23 August, 2016

Admission fee: 3597 EUR (app. 3809 USD. Check current exchange rates!)

   


Admission Fee Transfer Options:

- Bank transfer
- Online 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 pack 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 links

Academic Credits   

 

New Bulgarian University grants up to 18 ECTS* credits to students in European universities for participation in the field school projects that are part of the PREHISTORIC PACK. Participation in any two-week/four-week session of each of the field school projects in the pack is awarded with 6/9 credit hours (ECTS)*. Participants in the various sessions of the PREHISTORIC PACK can obtain maximum of 18 ECTS* credits (Please refer to the list below!). They are allowed to require credits only for particular field school project sessions in the Pack, so they have a choice between 6, 12 and 18 ECTS credits. Transcripts of Records (ToR) are available upon request for an additional tuition fee

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) grants 12 quarter credit units (equivalent to 8 semester units) to all students who study outside Europe for attending the four-week sessions of this field school pack (Please refer to the list below!)

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) - NBU
12 - UCLA

PREHISTORIC PACK 2

(PRH.PACK 2)

Number of credit hours available:
18 (6+6+6) - NBU
UCLA - NONE
PREHISTORIC PACK 3

(PRH.PACK 3)

Number of credit hours available:
15 (9+6) - NBU
12 - UCLA

PREHISTORIC PACK 4

(PRH.PACK 4)

Number of credit hours available:
15 (6+9) - NBU
12 - UCLA

* ECTS - European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System

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PREHISTORIC PACK (a Neolithic Settlement, a Copper Age Tell and a Bronze Age Fortress in a Row)


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