Our Team


Ivan Vasilev   

Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Balkan Heritage Foundation, BHFS Instructor. 

Ph.D. Student in Medieval Archaeology and Adjunct Professor, CPCE,New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria.    

Research interests: Medieval Balkan archaeology and history; Medieval studies; Architecture and arts of the Christian East; Field archaeology; Management of cultural heritage; Archaeology and ideologies/politics.

Angela Pencheva   

BHFS Program Director, Member of the Board of Directors of Balkan Heritage Foundation, BHFS Instructor.

Ph.D. Candidate in Classical Archaeology, Humboldt University, Germany; Adjunct Professor, CPCE, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria.    

Research interests: Archaeology and history of the Hellenistic period; Ancient mosaic art and conservation; Field archaology; Management of cultural heritage.

      

   

   

Dr. Nayden Prahov   

Founder, Program Director and member of the Board of Directors of Balkan Heritage Foundation, BHFS Instructor. 

PhD in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria; Archaeologist, National Archaeological Institute with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.    

Research interests: Underwater and maritime archaeology; Medieval archaeology; Predictive modeling and spatial analyses in archaeology.

Ivan Ginchev      

Marketing Manager and member of the Board of Directors of Balkan Heritage Foundation.

BA in Economics, UNWE, Bulgaria.

      

   

   

Dr. Evelina Todorova   

BHFS Admissions Officer and Instructor.    

PhD in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria; Assistant professor at the Department of Medieval Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.   

Research interests: Byzantine and Medieval Balkan Archaeology; Medieval pottery; Byzantine amphorae; Medieval jewelry; Burial practices in the medieval Balkans.

Matthew Schueller   

Representative of BHFS in USA & Canada and BHFS instructor.   

Ph.D. Student in Classical Archaeology at UNC Chapel Hill, USA. 

      

   

   

Svilen Ovcharov   

Аttorney-at-law.

BAR registration since 2003 under No. 1000024763 of the Bulgarian Bar Association.

Dr. Vassil Tenekedjiev   

Balkan Heritage Foundation Branch Manager - Varna, BHFS Instructor.    

Ph.D. in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria; Archaeologist, curator and research fellow at the Department of Archaeology, Varna Regional Museum of History.

      

   

Our Instructors, Dig Directors and Consultants


Alexander Manev  

BHFS Instructor and Project assistant.   

Ph.D. Candidate in Archaeology, Department of Classical Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.    

Research interests: Archaeology of the Late Antiquity; Early Christian archaeology and ecclesiastic architecture.  

Dr. Alexey Gotsev

BHFS Dig Director and Instructor.   

PhD in Archaeology; Associated Professor at the Department of Thracian Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.   

Research interests: Archaeology of the Classical Antiquity and Ancient Thrace.

      

   

   

Dr. Angel Angelov    

BHFS Instructor and Consultant.    

PhD in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria; Assistant Professor at the National Ethnographic Institute and Museum, Bulgaria.     

Research interests: Late medieval Balkan arts and architecture; Christianity under the Ottomans; Bulgarian ethnography.

Bilyana Yankulovska    

BHFS instructor.    

MA in Art Conservation, MA in Archaeologyр Skopje University, Republic of Macedonia; Conservator, NI Stobi, Republic of Macedonia.   

Research interests: Conservation of ancient pottery and glass.

      

   

   

Bogdan Athanassov  

BHFS Dig Co­Director and Instructor.   

Assistant Professor in Archaeology at the New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria.    

Research interests: Later Prehistory of Eastern Europe and Anatolia, Aegean Bronze and Iron Age, cultural anthropology, archaeological theories and methods, public archaeology.

Brent Whitford    

BHFS Instructor.    

M.A. student in Anthropology, Trent University, Peterborough ON Canada; Research Affiliate, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo BC Canada    

Research interests: Paleodemography, Landscape Archaeology, Settlement Patterns, European Neolithic/Chalcolithic, Excavation Methodology, Geomatics Applications in Archaeology (GIS and Remote Sensing).

      

   

   

Dr. Daniela Cherneva 

BHFS instructor.    

PhD in Archaeological Conservation and Restoration, UTCM, Bulgaria; Affiliate conservator, BHF.

Desislava Takorova   

BHFS Instructor.    

Ph.D. in Archaeology and Assistant professor at the National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.    

      

   

   

Dimitar Nikolovski   

BHFS Instructor.    

MA in Archaeology, Skopje University, Republic of Macedonia; Archaeologist at the National Institution Stobi, Republic of Macedonia.

Dr. Elena Marinova        

BHFS Instructor.    

PhD in Paleobotany; Archaeobotanist, Center for Archaeological Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Member of the bioarchaeological team of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS).

Research interests: human ­environment interactions, human impact on the vegetation and ancient subsistence economy in Europe and the Near East.  

      

   

   

Emilia Kaleva

BHFS Instructor.    

Freelance architect. M.A. in Architecture, Ph.D.Candidate in heritage conservation, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Bulgaria. In 2006 she completed a research project on the architecture and art of the largest Bulgarian Communist­-era monument on the peak of Buzludzha.

Research and professional interests: Cultural heritage preservation and re-integration of Communist­-era architectural sites.

Asst. Prof. Gavrail Lazov

BHFS instructor.    

MA in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria; Director of the Department “Archaeology” at the National Museum of History, Sofia, Bulgaria; Visiting professor at the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria.

      

   

   

Dr. George Bevan   

BHFS Instructor.   

PhD in Classics and Associate professor in the Department of Classics at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. Cross-appointment to Art History and Art Conservation at Queen’s University.

Georgi Michaylov    

BHFS Instructor.    

MA in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria; Archaeologist and curator, Pazardzhik Regional Museum of History.

      

   

   

Goce Pavlovski    

BHFS Instructor.    

MA in Archaeology, Skopje University, Republic of Macedonia; Archaeologist at the National Institution Stobi, Republic of Macedonia.

Ivan Suvandzhiev

PhD Candidate in Archaeology, University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria

Research interests: Prehistory, Neolithic ceramic assemblages, Pottery technology and function, Neolithization of Southeastern Europe

      

   

   

John Gorczyk ­   

BHFS Instructor.   

­ PhD Student, Anthropology, Cornell University,USA.    

Research interests: Zooarchaeology, human­animal interactions, animal husbandry and hunting, Bulgaria and SE Europe, European prehistory, archaeological method and theory.

Jovan Radnyanski    

BHFS Instructor.

MA in Archaeology, Skopje University, Republic of Macedonia; Archaeologist at the National Institution Stobi, Republic of Macedonia.

      

   

   

Dr. Kamen Boyadzhiev

BHFS Dig Co-director and Instructor.    

PhD in Archaeology, Archaeologist and Head of the Exhibitions’ Department at the National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.   

Research interests: Prehistory and Prehistoric archaeology; Prehistoric weapons and tools; Warfare in prehistory; Prehistoric stone artifacts.    

Dr. Krastina Panayotova   

BHFS Dig Director and Instructor.    

PhD in Archaeology, Associated professor and Head of the Department of Classical Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

      

   

   

Dr. Lidia Domaradzka

BHFS Instructor and Consultant.    

PhD in Classical Philology and Visiting professor, Sofia University, Bulgaria; Teacher at National School for Ancient Languages and Cultures “Constantine-Cyril Philosopher”, Sofia, Bulgaria; President of the “Pistiros” Association.

Dr. Małgorzata Grębska-Kulova  

BHFS Dig Director and Instructor.    

PhD in Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Archaeologist, curator and research fellow at the Department of Archaeology, Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History; Visiting professor at South West University, Bulgaria.

      

   

   

Dr. Margarit Damyanov  

BHFS Instructor.    

PhD in Archaeology, Assistant Professor at the Department of Thracian Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Editor of the National Geographic Bulgaria Magazine.

Miglena Raykovska

BHFS Instructor.   

M.A. in Architecture, Ph.D. Candidate in Archaeology, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria.    

Research interests: Restoration and conservation of archaeological monuments, graphic reconstructions and 3D modeling for the immovable heritage, computational photography, digital photogrammetry. 

      

   

   

Miroslav Marinov   

BHFS Instructor and Consultant.    

Photographer. Founder and CEO of Sofia Photography School, Bulgaria.

Mishko Tutkovski   

BHFS Instructor.    

MA in Art Conservation, MA in Archaeologyр Skopje University, Republic of Macedonia; Conservator, NI Stobi, Republic of Macedonia.   

Research interests: Conservation of ancient mosaics; Roman mosaic art; Roman archaeology; Documentation of mosaics and frescoes.

      

   

   

Nikola Mihov

BHFS Instructor.    

Freelance photographer. MA in Visual Arts and Photography, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria. He received the Photojournalism Award of the Union of Bulgarian Journalists (2012) and the 2nd award of the BG Press Photo (2012), and the award of Salon de la Photo in Paris, France (2012); nominee for the Essl Art Award (2011). His first photo­book "Forget Your Past monumental monuments of Communism" (2012) was selected among the best photobooks of the year by The British Journal of Photography and nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography prize (2014). He is is co­founder of the virtual museum of the socialist era graphic design in Bulgaria www.socmus.com

Orlene McIlfatric

BHFS Instructor.    

PhD in Archaeology. Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at The British Institute at Ankara and ceramic analyst & small finds illustrator at Archaeo-Ceramic Services;

      

   

   

Petar Zidarov   

BHFS Deputy Dig Director and Instructor.    

Ph.D. Candidate in Archaeology, Eberhard Karls University,Tübingen, Germany; Adjunct Professor at the CPCE and Deputy director of the Lab of Archaeometry and Experimental Archaeology, New Bulgarian University.

Dr. Petya Ilieva ­    

BHFS Instructor ­    

PhD in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria; MA in Ancient Greek Philology, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece. Assistant Professor at Centre of Thracology and Institute for Balkan Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Research interests: archaeology of Aegean Thrace during the Early Iron Age, archaeology of the Archaic period in the Aegean basin, ceramic studies, Greek colonies in Aegean Thrace and Greek­Thracian interactions.

      

   

   

Dr. Philipp W. Stockhammer

BHFS Dig Director and Instructor.

PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology, Heidelberg University, Germany; Associate Professor for Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Prehistory and Early History and Near Eastern Archaeology at Heidelberg University, Germany; Fellow of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies.

Research interests: Late 3rd to early 1st millennium BCE in Central Europe; Late Bronze Age & Early Iron Age in Southeastern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean; Archaeological methods and theory; Archaeometry.

Silvana Blazhevska   

BHFS Dig Director.    

Ph.D. in Archaeology. Director of National Institution Stobi, Republic of Macedonia.

      

   

   

Dr. Silvia Ivanova

BHFS Instructor.       

PhD in Archeometry. Sofia University, Bulgaria.

Dr. Stefan Dreibrodt

BHFS Instructor.    

PhD in Geography and Geoarchaeology, University of Potsdam, Germany; Geoarchaeologist (last position University of Kiel, Germany).    

Research interests: human­environment interactions, human impact on soils and landscapes, ancient subsistence economy in Europe and the Near East as reflected in the composition of settlement debris; soil science, geomorphology, palaeolimnology, paleoclimatology of the Holocene, earth sciences and remote sensing/GIS.

      

   

   

Dr. Teodora Bogdanova   

BHFS Deputy Dig Director and Instructor.    

PhD in Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Curator at Museum of Archaeology - Sozopol, Bulgaria; Adjunct Professor, CPCE, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria.

Todor Vasilev 

BHFS Instructor.    

BA in Photography, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria; Founder and instructor, Sofia Photography School, Bulgaria; Freelance artist.

      

   

   

Tome Filov    

BHFS Instructor.    

MA in Art Conservation, Skopje University, Republic of Macedonia; Conservator, NI Stobi, Republic of Macedonia.

Research interests: Conservation of ancient mosaics and wall-paintings; Roman mosaics and wall-paintings; Documentation of mosaics and frescoes.

Valeri Petrov   

BHFS Deputy Dig Director and Instructor.    

PhD student at the National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

      

   

   

Viara Petrova      

BHFS Deputy Dig Director and Instructor.   

PhD student in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria; Archaeologist, curator and research fellow at the Archaeological Museum "Prof. M. Domaradski", Septemvri, Bulgaria.

Dr. Yavor Boyadzhiev  

BHFS Dig Co-director and Instructor.    

PhD in Archaeology and Associated Professor at the National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

      

   

   

Zlatko Kovancaliev   

BHFS Instructor.

MA in Archaeology, Skopje University, Republic of Macedonia; Archaeologist at the National Institution Stobi, Republic of Macedonia.

      

   

   

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