BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans   


In 2015 the Balkan Heritage Foundation (BHF), Bulgaria, and the Institute for Field Research (IFR), USA started a strategic partnership and created the BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans . Thanks to this Program students attending some of the Balkan Heritage Field School four- and five-week project sessions and packs can now earn 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units). These credit units are awarded by the IFR's academic partner – University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension, USA. These projects are subject to the intensive peer-review process conducted annually by the IFR Board of Directors – consisting of distinguished archaeologists from universities across the world.

For the 2017 season the  BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans will include the following project sessions/packs:

1. ANCIENT GREEKS IN THE LAND OF DIONYSOS - EXCAVATION OF EMPORION PISTIROS, THRACE (THE FOUR-WEEK SESSION: 24 JULY- 21 AUGUST, 2017) - Archaeological field school and dig at the Ancient Greek emporion Pistiros in Ancient Thrace (Bulgaria). Please see the field school description on IFR website  http://ifrglobal.org/program/bulgaria-pistiros/?portfolioID=1123

2. APOLLONIA PONTICA EXCAVATION PROJECT (THE FOUR-WEEK SESSION: 24 JUNE - 22 JULY, 2017) – Archaeological field school and dig at the temple of Apollo on St. Kirik Island, Sozopol on the Black Sea Coast (Bulgaria). Please see the field school description on IFR website http://ifrglobal.org/program/bulgaria-apollonia/

3. BRESTO: DIGGING IN THE TIME OF TROY (THE FOUR-WEEK SESSION: 24 JULY- 21 AUGUST, 2017) - Archaeological field school and dig at the Late Bronze Age fortress Bresto (Bulgaria). Please see the field school description on IFR website http://ifrglobal.org/program/bulgaria-bresto/

4. THE BIRTH OF EUROPE - EXCAVATIONS OF THE NEOLITHIC SETTLEMENT ILINDENTSI (THE FOUR-WEEK SESSION: 10 JUNE - 8 JULY, 2017) - Archaeological field school and dig at the Neolithic settlement in Ilindentsi – one of the earliest European farming communities (Bulgaria). Please see the field school description on IFR website http://ifrglobal.org/program/bulgaria-ilindentsi/?portfolioID=1123

5. TELL YUNATSITE EXCAVATIONS – SEEKING EUROPE'S FIRST CIVILIZATION (THE FOUR-WEEK SESSION: 24 JUNE - 22 JULY, 2017) - Archaeological field school and dig at Tell Yunatsite – one of the earliest and largest  proto-urban settlements in Copper Age Europe (Bulgaria). Please see the field school description on IFR website http://ifrglobal.org/program/yunatsite-bulgaria/

6. STOBI EXCAVATION PROJECT (THE FOUR-WEEK SESSION: 24 JUNE - 22 JULY, 2017) - Archaeological field school and dig at Stobi - the capital city of Macedonia Secunda dating to the Hellenistic and Roman Period and Late Antiquity (Republic of Macedonia). Please see the field school description on IFR website http://ifrglobal.org/program/macedonia-stobi/

7. UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY IN THE BLACK SEA (25 MAY - 22 JUNE, 2017). Archaeological field school, underwater excavations f Ottoman period shipwreck and field survey on Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Please see the field school description on IFR website http://ifrglobal.org/program/bulgaria-underwater/?portfolioID=1123

8. CONSERVATION OF ANCIENT POTTERY AND GLASS PACK  (3 JUNE - 8 JULY, 2017). The project package is combination of two Balkan Heritage Field School projects focused on conservation and documentation of: Ancient Greek pottery from the necropolis of Apollonia Pontica, Bulgaria, and Late Roman pottery and glass from the Roman city of Stobi in Republic of Macedonia. Please see the field school description on IFR website http://ifrglobal.org/program/bulgaria-conservation/?portfolioID=1123

9. BYZANTINE COLD CASE FILE. EXCAVATIONS OF AN EARLY CHRISTIAN MONASTERY NEAR VARNA ON THE BLACK SEA (24 JULY - 7 AUGUST, 2017). Archaeological field school and dig at the Early Christian Byzantine monastery near Varna on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Please see the field school description on IFR website: http://ifrglobal.org/program/bulgaria-varna/?portfolioID=1123

Students interested attending any of these field school projects and benefiting from the Program’s advantages: 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units), eligibility to apply for the Program's and IFR's scholarships, comprehensive health and evacuation insurance, additional excursions and US based customer service should apply through the IFR

In 2017 the BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans will award two scholarships – 1,200 USD each – for students attending the Program's projects. They may apply for other IFR scholarships as well. The only way to enroll in  the Program is through the IFR website.

Applicants who don’t need academic credits or study in an European university/college and would like to obtain European academic credit units (ECTS) awarded by the New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria) shall enroll through the current Balkan Heritage Field School website! 

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