BEMA Online Seminars - Balkan Heritage Field School


in Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology are a series of online archaeology seminars covering topics from the prehistoric, classical and medieval periods. All lectures are presented in English.


The seminars' geographical focus falls on Southeastern Europe, Asia Minor, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the Caucasus region but can be expanded to include other areas thematically or geographically related to them.


‘Bema’ (βῆμα) also means orators’ podium in Greek. The seminars offer a platform for specialists in archaeology, but also other related fields like anthropology, conservation, art history and museum studies to share their knowledge with a global audience.


The seminars are co-organized by the Balkan Heritage Foundation and the Department of Archaeology at New Bulgarian University. They 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)