BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans   


In 2015, 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 can earn up to 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) - 2 credit units for two-week sessions and 8 credit units for four- and five-week sessions. These credit units are awarded by the IFR's academic partner – Connecticut College, USA. These projects are subject to the intensive peer-review process conducted annually by the IFR Board of Directors – comprised of distinguished archaeologists from universities across the world.

For the 2019 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 (FOUR-WEEK SESSION / 8 CREDIT UNITS: 22 JULY- 19 AUGUST 2019) - 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/

2. APOLLONIA PONTICA EXCAVATION PROJECT (FOUR-WEEK SESSION / 8 CREDIT UNITS: 22 JUNE - 20 JULY 2019 AND TWO WEEK SESSION : 22 JUNE - 6 JULY AND 6-20 JULY 2019) – 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. TELL YUNATSITE EXCAVATIONS – SEEKING EUROPE'S FIRST CIVILIZATION (FOUR-WEEK SESSION / 8 CREDIT UNITS: 6 JULY - 3 AUGUST, 2019 AND TWO WEEK SESSIONS / 2 CREDIT UNITS: 6-20 JULY AND 20 JULY - 3 AUGUST 2019) - 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/

4. STOBI EXCAVATION PROJECT (FOUR-WEEK SESSION/ 8 CREDIT UNITS: 22 JUNE - 20 JULY 2019) - 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/

5. CONSERVATION OF ANCIENT POTTERY AND GLASS PACK (FIVE-WEEK SESSION:1 JUNE - 6 JULY 2019). 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/

6.BYZANTINE COLD CASE FILE. EXCAVATIONS OF AN EARLY CHRISTIAN MONASTERY NEAR VARNA ON THE BLACK SEA (FOUR WEEK SESSION: 22 JULY - 19 AUGUST 2019). 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/  

7. UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY IN  THE BLACK SEA (FOUR WEEK SESSION: 24 May - 20 June, 2019) Archaeology field school, underwater excavations & marine geophysical survey submerged fortification walls of the ancient (Thracian, ancient Greek & Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Bulgarian) city of Mesambria, present day Nessebar, UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Please see the field school description on IFR website: http://ifrglobal.org/program/bulgaria-underwater/  

9. CONSERVATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ROMAN MOSAICS (THREE-WEEK SESSION / 8 CREDIT UNITS: 1 - 21 JUNE 2019) Conservation of Late Roman mosaics at the Roman city of Stobi in Republic of Macedonia. Please see the field school description on IFR website.

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, and US based customer service, should apply through IFR

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) should enroll through the current Balkan Heritage Field School website. 

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