BEMA Online Seminars - Balkan Heritage Field School


in Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology cover a wide variety of topics from archaeology, anthropology, heritage conservation and management to art history and museum studies.


The Seminars' geographical focus falls on Southeastern Europe, Asia Minor, Eastern Mediterranean, Black Sea and Caucasus but also to regions thematically or geographically related to them.


‘Bema’ (βῆμα) also means orators' podium in Greek. BEMA Online Seminars offer platform of specialists to spread their knowledge with interested audience around the globe. All lectures are presented in English.


The seminars are co-organized by the Balkan Heritage Foundation and the Department of Archaeology at the New Bulgarian University, take place on Zoom and are available for free upon subscription.

Phoenicians and Cypriots in the North? Objects, People and Networks in the Northern Aegean Area in the Geometric and Archaic Periods
10th June 2021

by Dr. Petya Ilieva

Institute of Balkan Studies and Center for Thracology,

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

A Microcosm of Roman Thrace’s Metropolis: Formative Urban Interactions in the Theater at Philippopolis
24th April 2021

by Dr. Matthew Shueller

Department of Classical Studies,

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Past and Present Studies of the Submerged Mesambria, Present-day Nessebar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
10th April 2021

by Dr. Nayden Prahov

Director of the Center for Underwater Archaeology in Sozopol, Bulgaria,

Founding Member of the Balkan Heritage Foundation

Early Byzantine Monastery on the Western Black Sea Coast near the city of Odessos (Varna, Bulgaria)
27th March 2021

by Dr. Vassil Tenekedjiev

Balkan Heritage Foundation Branch Manager – Varna

Assistant professor at the Department of Archaeology,

Varna Regional Museum of History.

Recent research on the transitional Middle to Upper Paleolithic period in North Bulgaria: the earliest modern Homo sapiens from Bacho Kiro Cave in comparison with the data from Kozarnika and Temnata caves
13th March 2021

by Dr. Tsenka Tsanova

Department of Human Evolution

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Trypillia megasites from the 4th millennium BCE in the Ukrainian forest steppe. Can a single site tell us something about early urbanism?
6th February 2021

by Dr. Bisserka Gaydarska    

(Durham University, UK/ New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria)