Balkan Heritage Field School Team


Ivan Vasilev   

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

Adjunct Professor and Ph.D. candidate in medieval archaeology, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria. Chair of the Bilateral (Bulgarian-US) Commission for Preservation of Cultural Heritage of Bulgaria 

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

Dr. Angela Pencheva   

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

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

Research interests: Archaeology and history of the Late Classical and Hellenistic period in the Balkan region; Management of cultural heritage; Ancient mosaic art and conservation.

      

   

   

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; Assistant Professor, National Archaeological Institute with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Adjunct Professor, CPCE, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria.

Research interests: Underwater and Maritime Archaeology; Predictive Modeling and Spatial Analyses in Archaeology.

Dr. Vassil Tenekedjiev   

Balkan Heritage Foundation Branch Manager - Varna, BHFS Instructor.    

Ph.D. in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria; Archaeologist, Assistant professor at the Department of Archaeology, Varna Regional Museum of History.   

      

   

   

Alex Portarev 

Administrative Officer       

BA in Non-formal Education, Sofia University; Youth worker

Barbara Remedios

Admissions & Administrative Officer   

MSc, Conservation of Historic Buildings, University of Bath, UK.  BA, International Relations, University of California, Davis, USA.  

      

   

   

Svilen Ovcharov   

Аttorney-at-law.

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

      

   

Our Instructors, Dig Directors and Consultants


Adamantia Panagopolou

BHFS Instructor.      

PhD candidate in Physicochemical Analyses on Byzantine and Post-Medieval pottery (Leiden University, NL); Teaching Assistant at University of Zakynthos (Greece), Aegean University (Greece) and Leiden University (Netherlands).   

Research interests: Physicochemical analyses on inorganic materials; Conservation on archaeological and historical inorganic materials; Field conservation;  

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; Roman archaeology; 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.

Bilyana Yankulovska    

BHFS instructor.    

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

Research interests: Conservation of ancient pottery and glass.

      

   

   

Bogdan Athanassov  

BHFS Dig Co­-Director 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.    

PhD Student, Anthropology, SUNY Buffalo, USA. MA in Anthropology, Trent University, Canada. BA in Anthropology (with distinction), Vancouver Island University, Canada

Research interests: European Neolithic and Chalcolithic, human-environmental interactions, eco-cultural niche modeling, landscape archaeology, settlement patterns, cultural evolution, geomatics applications in archaeology (GIS and remote sensing), excavation methodology.

      

   

   

Christos Karydis

BHFS Instructor.       

PhD in Preventive Conservation, History and Scientific Analysis of Organic Materials, Assistant Professor at Ionian University     

Research interests: Preventive conservation, scientific analysis of organic materials, conservation of textiles, icons and easel paintings.

Dr. Daniela Cherneva 

BHFS instructor.    

PhD in Archaeological Conservation and Restoration, UTCM, Bulgaria; Conservative affiliate, BHF.

Research interests: Conservation of ancient Greek pottery; Conservation of ancient glass and stone.

      

   

   

Dimitar Nikolovski   

BHFS Instructor.    

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

BHFS Consultant & Visiting Instructor.    

PhD in Archaeology, Leicester University, UK: Programme Manager and Researcher at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, UK   

Research interests: Archaeobotany, food systems, agricultural development, cultural adaptations to environmental change and global sustainability

Dr. Robyn Le Blanc   

BHFS Instructor & Consultant.

PhD in Classical Archaeology, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; Assistant Professor in Classical Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA   

Research Interests: Archaeology and history of the Roman provinces; Numismatics; Public and sacred spaces

      

       

   

   

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.

Dr. Dragan Radovich

BHFS Consultant.    

Graduate in Art History and Archaeology, Skopje University, Republic of Macedonia. Curator in Museums and galleries of Podgorica, Montenegro  

   

   

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.

Galya Atanasova

BHFS Instructor.    

MA in Archaeology, Shumen University "Konstantin Preslavsky". Curator at Regional Museum of History Shumen.   

      

   

   

Gavrail Lazov

BHFS instructor.    

MA in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria; Former 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 from the University of Toronto, and Associate professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. Cross-appointment to the Departments of Art History and Classics at Queen’s University.   

Research interests: Late Antique History and Archaeology, Epigraphy, GIS, UAV Mapping, Photogrammetry. 

      

   

   

Goce Pavlovski

BHFS Instructor.    

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

Research Interests: Roman Theatres, Roman Architecture, Roman and Pre-Roman Macedonia

Ivana Zhivanovich

BHFS Instructor.    

Graduate in Archaeology, Beograd University, Republic of Serbia; Freelance archaeologist in Montenegro   

      

      

   

   

Jaqueline Christmas

BHFS Instructor.    

Jovan Radnyanski   

BHFS Instructor.

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

      

   

   

Kalin Dimitrov

BHFS Instructor.   

PhD in Archaeology; Director of the Bulgarian National Centre for Underwater Archaeology; Adjunct Professor at the Dept. of Archaeology, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Assistant Professor at the Department of Prehistory, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.   

Research interests: Balkan Prehistory; Submerged Prehistory along the Black Sea Coast; Underwater Archaeology

Krassy Frangova

BHFS Instructor.    

      

   

   

Dr. Krastina Panayotova   

BHFS Dig Director and Instructor.    

PhD in Archeology, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Classical Archeology, National Institute of Archeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Research interests: Archaeology of ancient Greek culture on the Black Sea Coast. Funerary practices and traditions of the ancient Greek apoikaas along the Back Sea Coast.

Kristen Jones

BHFS Instructor.

PhD Candidate in Geography, MA in Classics and Archaeology, Queen's University, Canada   

Research Interests: Digital recording and analysis of archaeological assets; Surveying; Digital photogrammetry; 3D modelling; Geographic information systems (GIS).

      

   

   

Dr. Lidia Domaradzka

BHFS Instructor and Consultant.    

PhD in Classical Philology and Visiting professor, Sofia University, Bulgaria; President of the “Pistiros” Association.

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.   

Research interests: Ancient Greek Colonization along the Black Sea Coast. Ancient Greek pottery. Thracian Archaeology.

      

   

   

Dr. Maria Gyurova

BHFS Consultant & Instructor.    

PhD in Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, St. Petersburg, Russian Academy of Sciences; Senior Researcher, Associate Professor of Prehistory, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.   

Mario Vazza

BHFS Instructor.      

BA in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, University of Barcelona; MA student in Restoration of Architectural Monuments at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain; Freelance conservator and photographer. 

Research interests: Architectural conservation

      

   

   

Matthew Schueller   

Representative of BHFS in USA & Canada and BHFS instructor.   

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

Research interests: The archaeology of Roman Macedonia and Thrace, Roman architecture, cultural dialogue.

Miglena Raykovska

BHFS Instructor.   

M.A. in Architecture, PhD 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. 

      

   

   

Milosh Zhivanovich­   

BHFS Instructor.   

MA in Archaeology, Beograd University, Republic of Serbia; Archaeologist at Center for Conservation and Archaeology in Cetinje, Montenegro   

Research interests: Processing and glass production; Ancient & Medieval

Miroslav Marinov   

Visiting instructor    

Founder of Sofia Photography School. MA in Turkish and German philology (Sofia University) and MBA (Veliko Tarnovo University). Freelance photographer since 2012.

      

   

   

Mishko Tutkovski   

BHFS Instructor.    

PhD candidate in Archaeology and Art History, St. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje - North Macedonia. Certified mosaic conservator, National Institution Stobi, Republic of North Macedonia. 

Research interests: Late Antique History and Archaeology; Documentation, conservation and restoration of ancient mosaics and wall paintings; Cultural heritage management.

Nikolas Sarris

BHFS Instructor.      

PhD in Book Conservation from the University of the Arts London; Book & Paper Conservator at the National Library of Greece.   

Research interests: Historic bookmaking; Archaeology of bookbinding; Conservation of books 

      

   

   

Orlene McIlfatrick

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;

Pavel Georgiev

BHFS Instructor.   

MA in Archaeology and Archaeometry; Maritime archaeologist at the Bulgarian National Centre for Underwater Archaeology; CMAS diving instructor.   

Research interests: Underwater Archaeology; 3D documentation of underwater cultural heritage; Archaeological Conservation.  

      

   

   

Petra Zdravkovich 

BHFS Instructor.   

PhD in Archaeology; independent advisor in the Directory for Protection of Cultural Properties, Cetinje, Montenegro     

Research interests: Underwater and Maritime Archaeology; Archaeology and History of the Late Classical and Hellenistic period in the Adriatic region; Maritime trade and economy in antiquity. 

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 Greek-­Thracian interactions.

      

   

   

Silvana Blazhevska   

BHFS Dig Director.    

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

Dr. Silvia Ivanova

BHFS Instructor.       

PhD in Archeometry. Sofia University, Bulgaria.

      

   

   

Dr. Teodora Bogdanova   

BHFS Deputy Dig Director and Instructor.    

PhD in Archaeology. Curator at Museum of Archaeology - Sozopol, Bulgaria; Adjunct Professor, CPCE, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria.   

Research interests: Ancient Greek Colonization along the Black Sea Coast. Ancient Greek pottery; Women’s Toilet Articles from the Greek Colonies at the West Pontic area (6-1 BCE).

Tome Filov    

BHFS Instructor.    

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

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

      

   

   

Valeri Petrov   

BHFS instructor and technical assistant   

M.A. in Archaeology, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Curator at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum   

Research interests: Chalcolithic settlements, Field Archaeology

Viara Petrova      

BHFS Deputy Dig Director and Instructor.   Interim Director of Archaeological Museum "Prof. M. Domaradski". 

      

   

   

Zdravka Georgieva 

BHFS Instructor.    

MA in Maritime Archaeology. Maritime archaeologist at the Centre for Underwater Archaeology Sozopol.   

Research Interests: Primitive watercraft and prehistoric submerged settlements in the Black Sea region; Diving instructor to the NAUI association; Photographic (RTI) and 3D recording of cultural heritage; Ship graffiti inscribed in cult monuments.

Zlatko Kovancaliev   

BHFS Instructor.

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

      

   

   

Former Instructors/Collaborators


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.

Desislava Takorova   

BHFS Instructor.    

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

      

     

   

  

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.

      

   

   

Georgi Michaylov (deceased)    

BHFS Instructor.    

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

Ivan Ginchev      

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

BA in Economics, UNWE, Bulgaria.

      

   

   

Ivan Suvandzhiev (deceased)

PhD Candidate in Archaeology, University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria

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.

      

   

   

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.

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. 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.

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.

      

   

   

Todor Vasilev 

BHFS Instructor.    

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

      

   

   

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