News - Balkan Heritage Field School

Immersium Heritage Field Schools: Stobi, North Macedonia 29 August- 04 September 2022
9th September 2022

The first one-week IMMERSIUM Heritage Field School at the archaeological site Stobi, Republic of N. Macedonia ended on Sunday (04.09).

IMMERSIUM Heritage Field Schools “Immersive Storytelling for new Cultural Experiences”
22nd July 2022

IMMERSIUM Heritage Field Schools - an opportunity for students and young professionals (18-35 years) from Europe.

AISEES award for participation on Balkan Heritage Foundation project
14th July 2022

The American Institute for Southeast European Studies (AISEES) award for participation in the Balkan Heritage Field School project, Juniper Blue (an Anthropology major at University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale).

Enrollment for Season 2022 is now open!
21st February 2022

After a pause of almost two years, the board of the Balkan Heritage Foundation has decided to open the Balkan Heritage Field School for applications.

AISEES 2022 Summer Scholarship
21st February 2022

AISEES and the Balkan Heritage Foundation are pleased to announce a new scholarship for Balkan Heritage Field School Season 2022!

Support the Publication of "Preserving the Past, Looking to the Future"
25th November 2021
Tell Yunatsite Conservation Project
19th February 2021

Tell Yunatsite is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in southeast Europe with a history of occupation spanning from the Middle Ages to the time of Europe’s first prehistoric civilization in the 5th millennium BCE


Support the Publication of a book on Ecclesiastical Artefacts
27th November 2020
New Agreement with the Regional History Museum Sofia
12th June 2020

Balkan Heritage Foundation solidified its partnership with the Regional History Museum Sofia with a framework agreement that outlines research, conservation, heritage management, and documentation projects, on December 18th 2019.

Fulbright “Study/Research Award for Archaeology/History” Competition Cycle Open
28th May 2020

We are pleased to announce that the 2021-2022 Fulbright competition cycle for the U.S. Student Program “Study/Research Award for Archaeology/History”, hosted by Balkan Heritage Foundation in Bulgaria is now open!

2020 Season Postponed
2nd April 2020

In the interest of the health and safety of our participants, colleagues and staff, the Balkan Heritage Field School Board has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 season.

14th ICCM Conference Plovdiv 2020
25th February 2020

The 14th Conference of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM) will be held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, October 14-18, 2020 with the #BHF as a local collaborator

Documentation of the Thracian Tomb "Alexandrovo" Complete
30th December 2019

Alexandrovo tomb (4th century BCE), Haskovo province, is one of the two monumental Thracian tombs discovered in Bulgaria, with an interior almost entirely decorated with wall paintings. 

Partnership with the National Archaeology Institute and Museum
23rd December 2019
BHFS Presence During ENE2019!
22nd December 2019

Our BHFS affiliates Dr. Malgorzata Grebska-Kulova and Darko Stojanovski participating in the the 1st Conference on the Early Neolithic of Europe in Barcelona, Spain (5 - 8.11.2019)  

Three BHFS Exhibitions in 2019!
12th December 2019

The Regional History Museum Sofia and Balkan Heritage Foundation held the opening of the third exhibition "Preserving the Past, Looking to the Future" on the 5th of December, 2019! 

The Value and the Magic of Synergies
11th December 2019

The projects of "Diazoma" as a Successful Example of Interaction between the Non-Governmental and State Sectors for the Benefit of the Preservation and Promotion of the Archaeological Cultural Heritage of Greece

Master Conservation Plan for the Archaeological Site of Stobi in Progress
24th November 2019

Work on the creation of a Master Conservation Plan for the archaeological site Stobi in North Macedonia, a joint project of National Institute Stobi (NI Stobi) and BHF, is in full swing

Dr Prahov in the 1st Symposium of Conservation for Underwater Archaeology
30th September 2019

In September 2019 Dr. Nayden Prahov, a co-founder and Program Director of BHF, attended the 1st Symposium of Conservation for Underwater Archaeology (ISCUA).

BHFS Administrative Officer Alex Portarev attending European Young Heritage Professionals Forum
31st May 2019

BHFS Administrative Officer Alex Yordanov (Portarev) attended the European Young Heritage Professionals Forum, 20-24 May 2019, Zadar, Croatia, organized by UNESCO in partnership with the European Union, and facilitated by Diadrasis, Greece

RTI Dome Campaign Successful!
10th April 2019

The RTI dome campaign was successfully completed! Balkan Heritage Foundation would like to thank all alumni who supported us and made this project possible. We will keep you updated for the process of constructing the device.

Balkan Heritage Foundation Begins New Graduate Program with New Bulgarian University
19th February 2019
J.M Kaplan Fund Grant Awarded to BHF and NI Stobi for Master Conservation Plan for the Archaeological Site of Stobi
4th December 2018

The Balkan Heritage Foundation and its partner institution National Institute of Stobi have been awarded a grant by the J.M. Kaplan Fund for the creation of a Master Conservation Plan for the archaeological site of Stobi in North Macedonia.

Help Us Build a RTI Dome
16th November 2018

We need your support to build a RTI dome that will significantly foster our documentation efforts across the Balkans.

An Exhibition Celebrates the Partnership between BHF and Archaeological Museum "Prof. Mieczysław Domaradzki"
12th October 2018

The exhibition also celebrates 30th anniversary of archaeological investigations on the site of emporion Pistiros and commemorates the early passing of its discoverer, Prof. Mieczysław Domaradzki twenty years ago.  

BHF supports NI Stobi's 2018 Symposium and publication of SAS
12th October 2018

Between East and West: Stobi and the Cities in the Roman Provinces on the Balkans

BHF and ABA Start Co-Publishing E-Book Series
10th October 2018

"Balkan Heritage Studies" e-book series continue as a co-publishing enterprise of the Balkan Heritage Foundation and Association of Bulgarian Archaeologists

Supporting Balkan Heritage through... Chocolate
10th October 2018

The Roman Theater of Plovdiv made out of Belgian chocolate raised 2672 BGN for the conservation of Early Byzantine and Roman artefacts found at BHFS sites.

Balkan Heritage Field School Received 'Special Mention' at EUROPA NOSTRA Awards
1st June 2018

The Jury appreciated the BHFS' extensive contribution to education in archaeology and conservation through multinational collaboration.

BHF Celebrates 10th Anniversary
28th April 2018

The party took place in Sofia on 28.04 and gathered nearly hundred friends and colleagues from around the globe.

We need your support!
4th March 2018

Donation Campaign for Artifacts Conservation

The Second BHF E-Book Presented
11th January 2018

The first e-Book of the series "Balkan Heritage Studies" dedicated to St. Theodore Tyro Church in Zimevitsa, Bulgaria was presented at the National Ethnographic Museum in Sofia, Bulgaria.

BHF at ICCM Conference in Barcelona
16th October 2017
BHF welcomes Fulbright Scholars
22nd September 2017
BHF CEO Ivan Vasilev Presents at 'Heritage Days in Niš' Conference
28th April 2017
Fulbright Announces New Research Award in Partnership with BHF
21st April 2017

The Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission, in partnership with Balkan Heritage Foundation, announced a new study/research award in Archaeology/History for the 2018/2019 academic year.

BHF Scholarships for Tell Yunatsite
24th March 2017

Balkan Heritage Foundation in conjunction with Stone & Compass announces two new scholarships for the Tell Yunatsite project for 2017.

BHF Founder & CEO Becomes Chair of the Bulgarian-US Commission for the Preservation of Bulgaria’s Cultural Heritage
14th February 2017
The First BHF E-Book Published
17th January 2017


BHF-IFR Scholarships for Season 2017
1st January 2017

The Balkan Heritage Foundation and the Institute for Field Research (IFR), USA, will award two merit-based scholarships, 1,200 USD each, for students participating in the BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans.

Balkan Heritage Foundation Annual Gathering 2016
20th December 2016

More than 60 Balkan Heritage Foundation affiliates, partners, field school alumni and friends attended the annual BHF meeting to celebrate the successful cooperation over the years

Conference: “Museum Exhibits and Standards: A Look Ahead”
30th November 2016

Seventeen lecturers and nearly 200 participants from around Bulgaria, USA and the Balkans attended the international conference on November 28-29, 2016, held in Sofia. It was organized by the Bulgarian Fulbright Commission in partnership with the Balkan Heritage Foundation and other partner organizations.

Presentation оf the BHF Directors at the 8th World Archaeological Congress, Kyoto, Japan
3rd September 2016

Two directors of the BHF participated in the 8th World Archaeology Congress in Kyoto, Japan as session co-organizers. Their presentation Cultural Heritage Field SchoolsThe Good, the Bad and the Ugly illuminated various images of the cultural heritage field schools among the scientific and academic communities and the ways they reflect to the trust and interest for collaboration among potential partners and participants.

The Balkan Heritage Foundation Supported Establishment of New Exhibition at Ethnography Museum in Sozopol
29th August 2016

The Balkan Heritage Foundation supported the initiative of its partner - Museum of Archaeology in Sozopol, to establish an ethnography museum in the coastal town.

New Mycenaean Find from the BHFS site Bresto
21st August 2016

An almost complete Mycenaean vessel, an alabastron, was found this summer at the Late Bronze Age (13th cent. BCE) settlement and #BHFS dig site Bresto in Southwestern Bulgaria.

BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans Scholarships Winners for 2016 Season
27th May 2016

The Balkan Heritage Foundation (BHF), Bulgaria, and the Institute for Field Research (IFR), USA are delighted to announce awarding of two scholarships for field school season 2016 for students participating in the BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans.

BHF-IFR Scholarships for the 2016 Season
1st April 2016

The Balkan Heritage Foundation and the Institute for Field Research (IFR), USA, once again will award three merit-based scholarships, 1,200 USD each, for students participating in the BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans.

Donation to BHFS Site at Stobi, Republic of Macedonia
28th March 2016

A generous alumnus in the Balkan Heritage Field School at Stobi in season 2015 has donated 20,000 USD to the site of Stobi.

3-D Models from Stobi (Republic of Macedonia)
25th March 2016

Instructors and students in the Balkan Heritage Field School for 3D archaeological recording (photogrammetry and RTI) at ancient Hellenistic and Roman city of Stobi (Republic of Macedonia), have produced three-dimensional digital models of more than 30 artifacts.

Donation to BHFS Site at Tell Yunatsite, Bulgaria
8th March 2016

Our friend and alumnus Robert Goodwin and his wife Julie Kiernan have donated 4,000 USD through their company Stone & Compass Balkan Ecotourism and Cultural Retreat to #BHFS Tell Yunatsite excavation project, Bulgaria.

Research Equipment Needed
1st March 2016

The #Balkan Heritage Foundation is launchung a fundraising campaign to purchase research equipment to enable the creation of virtual museums and tours for the archaeological sites.Can you chip in now and make this happen?

BHFS Dig Directors Report at Annual Conference of Bulgarian Archaeologists
27th February 2016

In February 2016 dig directors of four Balkan Heritage Field School projects reported on the work being done at the sites of Apollonia, Ilindentsi, Pistiros and Tell Yunatsite in 2015 at the Annual Archaeological Reports at the National Archaeological Institute with Museum

BHF Chair Becomes Member of the Bulgarian-American Commission for the Preservation of Bulgaria’s Cultural Heritage
6th July 2015

The US Embassy in Bulgaria announced the establishment of the Commission in late June, 2015.

Fulbright Graduate Study Awards in Bulgaria
25th June 2015

Up to 4 graduate study awards for U.S. citizens in Bulgaria plus one Bulgarian-Romanian and one Bulgarian-Greek grant. Competition deadline: 13 October, 2015. 5:00 pm Eastern time.

Secrets from Beneath the Sea
20th June 2015

New evidence of ancient seafaring along the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. The Balkan Heritage Foundation has contributed to the recovery of a large stone “stock” – part of an ancient anchor – it was documented in situ and retrieved by underwater archaeologists in the Bay of Burgas, Bulgaria.

Prehistoric Surgery? The Oldest Evidence of Amputation in Southeastern Europe Uncovered at Tell Yunatsite, Bulgaria
18th June 2015

An osteoarchaeological study of human remains from the Tell Yunatsite Chalcolithic layers, conducted by German scientists Steve Zäuner and Joachim Wahl (University of Tübingen), has confirmed the possibly earliest case of successful amputation in Southeastern Europe.

Presentation of the Results from the Fresco Hunting Expedition at the Second Virtual Archaeology Conference
8th June 2015

Last week Dr. George Bevan and Miglena Raykovska presented the case of the Church of St. Petka in Balsha, Bulgaria (studied in 2014 during the #BHFS Fresco Hunting Expedition) at the second Virtual Archaeology Conference, St. Petersburg (Russia).

Donation from Stone and Compass Ltd. to Tell Yunatsite, Bulgaria
1st June 2015

Stone and Compass Organization donated 3000 USD for further study and excavation of recently found Chacolithic (fifth millennium BC) building at Tell Yunatsite, Bulgaria. The project will take place in July, 2015.

Thracian Treasures from Bulgaria are on Display at the Louvre, France
24th May 2015

The exhibition "The Saga of the Thracian Kings. Archaeological Discoveries in Bulgaria" displayed at the Louvre from April 16, 2015 to July 20, 2015 contain artifacts from two of the #BHFS excavation sites: Apollonia and Pistiros.

Two Scholarship Awards for Students in the BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans
7th May 2015

Balkan Heritage Foundation, Bulgaria and Institute for Field Research, USA granted two scholarships (1000 USD each) to students participating in the #BHFS in 2015.

Public Lectures by Dr. Roberto Nardi in Bulgaria and Republic of Macedonia
7th April 2015

At the invitation of the #BHF Dr. Roberto Nardi, president of ICCM will present three public lectures on three conservation projects he directed as follows: the prehistoric sculptures of Monteprama, Sardinia, Italy, the mosaics of the Roman city of Zeugma, Turkey and the mosaic of the Transfiguration in the Monastery of Saint Catherine in Sinai, Egypt. The lectures will take place consequently on April 20, 21 and 22 in Sofia, Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and Skopie (Republic of Macedonia).

BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans
2nd April 2015

The strategic partnership between the Balkan Heritage Foundation, Bulgaria, and the Institute for Field Research, USA begins with the creation of a joint program that will enable #BHFS students to obtain 8 US semester credit units.

Did Neolithic Europeans Use Drugs?
15th March 2015

Dr. Elena Marinova-Wolff, botanist, reported about a charred seed of black henbane - a plant that has a strong psychotropic effect and causes hallucinations, found in the 2014 soil samples from the Neolithic settlement at Ilindentsi, Bulgaria.

Annual Archaeological Reports for Season 2014 at NAIM, Sofia
10th March 2015

Reports from the #BHFS excavation projects in Ilindentsi, Tell Yunatsite, Pistiros and Apollonia were presented before Bulgarian publicity and archaeological community.

BHFS Workshop on Roman Mosaics in Stobi in the ICCM Newsletter
10th February 2015

A review of the #BHFS Workshop on Roman Mosaics in Stobi, Republic of Macedonia presented at the 12th Conference of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM) in October, 2014 in Sardinia, Italy is now in the the ICCM Newsletter #15.

IFR pays a visit to the BHFS
16th January 2015

On 12-16 January, 2015 the #BHFS and its partners received a visit by representatives of the Institute for Field Research, USA.

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the BHFS
20th December 2014

The Annual meeting of the #BHFS Advisory Board along with presentation of the results in the past season took place in Sofia.

GoBalkans Starts Tailor-made Tours for Balkan Heritage Field School
5th December 2014

Tailor-made tours to Athens, Delphi and Thessaloniki, Greece and Istanbul and Troy, Turkey corresponding to the #BHFS Program will start in 2015.

Exhibition of the Neolithic Settlement Ilindentsi in Strumyani
23rd October 2014

The mayor of Strumyani and Dr. Malgorzata Grebska-Kulov opened the exhibition presenting the Neolithic settlement in Ilindentsi and the #BHFS project there through photographs of Lora Parmakova and many Neolithic artifacts mostly found by the BHFS students.

Apollonia Pontica Excavation Season in 2014 is over
28th July 2014

After another successful season Apollonia Pontica Excavations project 2014 by the #BHFS is over. New discoveries reveal secrets of the ancient temple of Apollo.

Two Decades of Archaeological Research in Apollonia Pontica
26th June 2014

New paper uploded on by the #BHFS affiliated archaeologist Margarit Damyanov (PhD in Archaeology), National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, BAS

Ilindentsi Here We Come!
14th June 2014

The #BHFS project along with the dig at Neolithic settlement in Ilindentsi are starting with a group of 14 passionate students.

Courses on Advanced Photographic Techniques Ended Today
13th June 2014

The 2014 #BHFS courses on Reflectance Transformation Imaging and Photogrammetry led by Canadian visiting professors Dr. George Bevan and Alexander Gabov ended today.

Permanent Exhibition of Emporion Pistiros Opens in Archaeological Museum of Septemvri
8th June 2014

Do you remember the white and empty hall in the museum of Septemvri, Bulgaria? Well, here it is now completed with a small but very illustrative exhibition revealing the history and life of the Emporion Pistiros where one of the #BHFS projects takes place.

Two 2014 BHFS Conservation Workshops Started in Stobi
7th June 2014

The two #BHFS workshops on conservation and documentation of Roman mosaics & wall paintings and Roman pottery & glassware started in Stobi, Republic of Macedonia.

The Talking Pot
18th May 2014

An interview with Ass. Prof. Yavor Boyadzhiev, BHFS Advisory Board member and director of excavation at Tell Yunatsite, where one of the #BHFS projects takes place published in the MAGAZINE EIGNT 2/2013

Knowledge of the Most Ancient Civilization
17th May 2014

Exhibition at the Credo Bonum Gallery, Sofia (15.05 - 15.06.2014). Finds from Tell Yunatsite, where one of the #BHFS projects takes place are on display along with other iconic Neolithic and Chalcolithic (7th - 5th millennium BC) artifacts.

Annual Archaeological Reports for Season 2013 at NAIM, Sofia
15th March 2014

Reports from the #BHFS excavation projects in Ilindentsi, Tell Yunatsite, Pistiros and Apollonia were presented before Bulgarian publicity and archaeological community.

National Exhibition of Bulgarian Archaeology in 2013
14th February 2014

Finds from the BHFS projects along with 15 other projects on display at the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Sofia.