Period: Prehistory, Classical and Late Antiquity
Code: EA.PACK 17
Session: 24 June - 7 August, 2017
Academic credits available: 18
Admission fee starting from: from 3912 EUR (approx. 4342 USD)

The Project and Course

General Information

Description: The project package is combination of three Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) projects covering major chronological periods (Neolithic Period, Classical and Late Antiquity) and civilizations (the first European civilization in the Copper Age, Ancient Greek and Byzantine) of world's and Europe's history. For students, as well as others interested in archaeology, history and anthropology, it provides a comprehensive learning, field and intercultural experience for six weeks at three different types of sites dating to three major time periods (prehistory, Classical and Late Antiquity) in Bulgaria. What is more, by choosing to participate in the EUROPEAN ARCHAEOLOGY IN BRIEF - ALL IN ONE PACK the BHFS participants will benefit from considerably reduced admission fees and faster registration. Additionally, the program has amazing travel opportunities to sites and historic towns in Bulgaria. 

Package type: Field school & archaeological excavation. Suitable for both beginner and advanced students as well as those interested in archaeology, history and anthropology. Individual program and task assignments are available to advanced students.

Sites combined in the Package:

  1. Tell Yunatsite, Bulgaria
  2. Apollonia Pontica - sector of the the ancient city's sacred precinct (temenos) located on St. Kirik Island, Sozopol, Bulgaria   
  3. Early Christian monastery on Janavara hill near Varna, Bulgaria  

Periods of occupation: Chalcolithic or Copper Age, 4900 - 4100 BCE - Tell Yunatsite; Archaic and Classical Greek as well as Hellenistic (7th - 3rd century BCE) - Apollonia Pontica; Early Byzantine (5th - 6th century CE) - Varna.

Projects' partners: The Balkan Heritage Foundation; excavation teams of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Regional Museum of History, Pazardzhik; Archaeological Museum of Sozopol; New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria);

Venues of the projects in the Pack: the towns of Pazardzhik, Sozopol and Varna, Bulgaria

Pack session available: 24 June - 7 August, 2017

Application deadline: Until the places are filled, or latest 20 May, 2017

Minimum length of stay: Six weeks

Minimum age: 18 (16, if the participant is accompanied by an adult family member)

Number of field school places available: Average 15 to 30

Project language: English

Experience required: No

Special requirements: Participation in the Pack is not recommended for individuals with solar allergies or other special illnesses that might be exacerbated during intensive outdoor activities. The average summer temperature at different locations in the area varies from 20°C/68°F to 35°C/95°F. Participants should bring clothes and cosmetics suitable for hot and sunny weather but should consider also possible rainy, windy and chilly days. They are expected to prepare for the digs by reading at least the BHFS handbooks that will be sent by e-mail before the beginning of each project. Participants will use the tools and equipment available at the sites and are not expected to bring any additional equipment.

The Project Package


The  EUROPEAN ARCHAEOLOGY IN BRIEF - ALL IN ONE PACK provides six-week field school combining the following Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) project sessions:





1. Tell Yunatsite Excavations – Seeking Europe's First Civilization (YU.EXC 17) Two-week session: 24 June - 8 July, 2017. BULGARIA


2. Apollonia Pontica Excavations (AP.EXC 17) - Two-week session: 8 - 22 July, 2017. BULGARIA


3. Byzantine Cold Case File: Excavations of the Early Christian Monastery near Varna on the Black Sea (VAR.EXC 17) - Two-week session: 24 July - 7 August, 2017. BULGARIA

The Pack Details



Content and Dates:

Tell Yunatsite Excavations – Seeking Europe's First Civilization (YU.EXC 17) - Two-week session: 24 June - 8 July 2017. BULGARIA

Apollonia Pontica Excavations (AP.EXC 17) - Two-week session: 8 - 22 July, 2017. BULGARIA

Byzantine Cold Case File. Excavations of an Early Christian Monastery near Varna (VAR.EXC 17) - Two-week session: 24 July - 7 August, 2017. BULGARIA

Fees and Credits:

Admission fee: 3912 EUR (approx. 4342 USD).

Number of credit hours available: up to 18

Travel & Accommodation   


Venues of the projects in the Pack:

  1. Pazardzhik (near Tell Yunatsite)
  2. Sozopol, anceint Greek colony Apollonia Pontica
  3. Varna, the biggest Bulgarian town on the Black Sea Coast.

How to get there:

Participants should arrive first in the city of Pazardzhik.The town is 118 km/73 mi away from the Bulgarian capital Sofia. If participants arrive at the Sofia airport, a transfer to Hotel Primavera 2 in Pazardzhuk may be arranged by request (Please, specify this in your application form!). Individual or group transfer prices may vary, depending on the number of passengers, from 25 to 75 EUR. Ask for details! Participants who arrange their travel individually will be expected to arrive at Hotel Primavera 2 on the arrival day by 7.30 pm. It may be reached by bus from Sofia (app. 1 ½ hrs) and from Plovdiv (30-50 min). A detailed travel-info sheet will be provided to enrolled students.

Travel between the field school projects in the Pack:

Pazardzhik- Sozopol

1. Bus or train to the city of Burgas on the Black sea (approx. 5 hours).

2. Bus from Burgas to Sozopol (35 min.)

Sozopol - Varna

1. Bus from Sozopol to Burgas

2. Bus from Burgas to Varna (approx. 2 hours)

The entire trip costs approx. 25 Euro

Students will be fully supported by the BHFS when planning and arranging their trip between the Pack's locations.


Accommodation & Meals & Free Time & Practicalities


Accommodation and 3 meals per day are fully covered by the admission fee. Please, visit each field school project page for all the details about accommodation, meals, free time and other practicalities.  

  1. Tell Yunatsite Excavations – Seeking Europe's First Civilization
  2. Apollonia Pontica Excavations    
  3. Byzantine Cold Case File. Excavations of an Early Christian Monastery near Varna



The following excursions are included in EUROPEAN ARCHAEOLOGY IN BRIEF - ALL IN ONE PACK:   

  • Sozopol (ancient Apollonia Pontica)   
  • Nesebar (ancient Messambria) - UNESCO World Heritage Site  
  • Varna Museum of Archaeology
  • Balchik (ancient Dionysopolis)   
  • Fortress Kaliakra   
  • Archaeological reserve Yailata
  • Plovdiv (ancient Philipopolis)   
  • Pazardzhik Museum of History
  • The Admission Fee   


    The Admission fee of 3912 Euro (approx. 4342 USD) includes: Educational and fieldwork activities, full-board accommodation (hotel + 3 meals per day), tools, materials, project handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance, excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs. It does not cover the travel and accommodation costs (if any) for the days between the different field school project sessions in the Pack!

    The fees in USD are approximate. Please check current exchange rates!

     * All participants in Apollonia Pontica Excavations who wish to organize either their food or their accommodation in Sozopol, or both, outside the project package, can receive a discount of 75 EUR per week (for each) and 150 EUR per week (for both) off the admission fee specified!    

    Admission Fee Transfer Options:

    - Bank transfer
    - Online transfers via the Balkan Heritage virtual POS Terminal VISA, MASTERCARD & MAESTRO cards are accepted.

    For further information contact Admissions Office at [email protected]!


    Note, 5% of every admission fee for this project pack directly supports the Balkan Heritage Protection Fund's activities!


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    Academic Credits   


    New Bulgarian University grants up to 18 ECTS* credits to all students in European universities for participation in the field school projects that are part of the EUROPEAN ARCHAEOLOGY IN BRIEF - ALL IN ONE PACK. Participation in any two-week session of each of the field school projects in the pack is awarded with 6 credit hours (ECTS)*. Participants are allowed to obtain credits for particular field school project sessions and so they have a choice between 6, 12 (6+6) and 18 (6+6+6) ECTS credits. Transcripts of Records (ToR) are available upon request for an additional tuition fee. For details please read the Regulations for obtaining Transcripts of Records!   

    * ECTS - European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System





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