MA Program in Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology   

Joint Program of New Bulgarian University and Balkan Heritage Foundation

If a field-school experience left you with questions and wanting to learn more about Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean archaeology, you should check our graduate program.  The program includes both online and practical lab courses in order to take advantage of both worlds:

  • the flexibility of online teaching will allow you to live and work in your home country. And, it permits us to enrich our faculty with specialists from around the world and offer a large and diverse choice of MA-thesis supervisors;
  • the hands on lab classes and two months of fieldwork in archaeology or conservation assure the improvement of practical skills and preparation for a career path in archaeology. You will learn how to draw, photograph and analyze lithic tools, ceramics, metal artifacts. Furthermore you will be trained in Reflectance Transformation Imaging and Geographic Information Systems in archaeology.

A successful completion of the MA program offers following qualifications: archaeologists, museum curator, cultural heritage manager, field archaeology manager, field archaeology technician.

Requirements

The English speaking program is open to anyone who possesses an academic bachelor degree. If this degree is in a field not related to archaeology, writing samples from a term paper, thesis or an essay will be required, as will some additional courses during the program.

Language requirements

Students from non-English undergraduate programs must provide proof of fluency in written and spoken English.

Duration

  • MA degree – 4 semesters ( = 2 years) with two obligatory fieldwork campaigns, one month each, covered by the program fees.
  • PhD degree – 6 semesters (= 3 years) with field and applied work as appropriate to the PhD topic.

Fees

  • MA degree: 12 000 EUR per academic year (= 2 semesters). All fieldwork expenses (accommodation, food etc.) are included
  • PhD degree: 2 000 EUR per semester

Terms & Deadlines

The graduate program may be started in October or February

Enrollment deadlines

  • May - to start in the fall semester
  • November - to start in the spring semester

For further information please check:

www.bema-archaeologyprogram.nbu.bg


Program contents

ARHM001. Archaeological theory in the AD 21st century. John Chapman (Durham, UK) – online course, 30 hours, 3 credits

ARHM002. Prehistory of the Eastern Mediterranean and Adjacent Areas. General Setting and Local Trajectories. Ivan Gatsov (NBU), Petranka Nedelcheva (NBU), Bogdan Athanassov (NBU) – online course, 30 hours, 3 credits

ARHM003. Social Zooarchaeology of Southeastern Europe, Eastern Mediterranean and Anatolia. John Gorczyk, (Cornell, USA) – online course, 30 hours, 3 credits

ARHM004. Archaeology of Past Societies. Adela Sobotkova (Sydney/Aharhus University, Denmark), Bogdan Athanassov (NBU) – online course, 30 hours, 3 credits

ARHM005. Maritime Archaeology and the Western Black Sea. Phil Watson (University of Chicago, USA), Dragomir Garbov (RPS Australia and Asia Pacific), Nayden Prahov (National Archaeology Institute with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) – online course, 30 hours, 3 credits

ARHM006. How to Write a Good Archaeological Paper?Bogdan Athanassov, Ilian Boyanov, Boyan Dumanov, Petranka Nedelcheva, Zhivko Uzunov(NBU)–project, practical online class, 150 hours, 15 credits

ARHM007. Thrace and Anatolia in the 1st Millennium BC. Maya Vassileva (NBU), Angela Pencheva (BHF, Bulgaria), Zhivko Uzunov (NBU) – online course, 30 hours, 3 credits

ARHM008. Archaeology of Roman Moesia, Thrace and Macedonia. Ilian Boyanov (NBU) – online course, 30 hours, 3 credits

ARHM009. The Balkan Peninsula and the Eastern Mediterranean in Late Antiquity. Boyan Dumanov (NBU) – online course, 30 hours, 3 credits

ARHM010. Analysis and Documentation of Lithic Artifacts. Ivan Gatsov, Petranka Nedelcheva (NBU), – practical lab course, 30 hours, 3 credits

ARHM011. Analysis and Documentation of Archaeological Artifacts (ceramics, metal, coins, epigraphic inscriptions). Bogdan Athanassov, Ilian Boyanov, Boyan Dumanov, Zhivko Uzunov (NBU), – practical lab course, 30 hours, 3 credits

ARHM012. Fieldwork in archaeology or conservation. Bogdan Athanassov (NBU), Ivan Vassilev (BHF), 4 weeks of archaeological fieldwork, 150 hours, 15 credits

ARHM013. Introduction to Ethnoarchaeology. Bogdan Athanassov(NBU) – online course, 30 hours, 3 credits

ARHM014. Archaeology of Identity. Bisserka Gaydarska (Durham, UK)– online course, 30 hours, 3 credits

ARHM015. Archaeology of Southeast Europe in the Middle Ages: Bulgaria and the Byzantine Commonwealth. Boyan Dumanov (NBU), Ivan Vassilev (BHF) – online course, 30 hours, 3 credits

Beginning of work on MA thesis – online consultations (30 hours)

ARHM016. Reflectance Transformation Imaging in Archaeology. Miglena Raykovska, Ilian Boyanov (NBU) – practical lab course, 30 hours, 3 credits

ARHM017. Geographic Information Systems in Archaeology. Zivko Uzunov (NBU) – practical lab course, 30 hours, 3 credits

ARHM018. Archaeology in Practice. Bogdan Athanassov (NBU), Ivan Vassilev (BHF), 4 weeks of fieldwork in archaeology or conservation, 150 hours, 15 credits

Defense of MA thesis

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