Bulgaria

PREHISTORIC PACK

Period: The Neolithic, Copper and Bronze Ages (6000-1200 BCE)
Code: PRH.PACK 17
Session 1: 10 June - 22 July, 2017
Session 2: 10 June - 7 August, 2017
Session 3: 24 June - 7 August, 2017
Academic credits available: up to 21
Admission fee starting from: 3642 EUR / approx. 4043 USD

The Project and Course


General Information

Package type: Field schools & archaeological excavations. 

About the package: The project package is combination of three Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) projects with emphasis on the Neolithic (7th-6th millennia BCE), Copper Age (5th millennium BCE) and Bronze Age (4th-2nd millennia BCE) periods in the Balkans with reference to European and Near Eastern archaeology. For students, as well as others interested in archaeology and prehistory, it provides comprehensive learning, field and intercultural experience for up to eight weeks while digging at three sequential types of prehistoric sites from three different time periods: the Neolithic settlement at Ilindentsi, the Copper Age layer at Tell Yunatsite and the Late Bronze fortress at Bresto, Bulgaria. What is more, by choosing to participate in the Prehistoric Pack the BHFS participants will benefit from considerably reduced admission fees and faster registration. Additionally the program has amazing travel opportunities including: tours of archaeological sites and historic towns in Bulgaria and Greece. The package is targeted for students and young specialists in archaeology but we also welcome anyone interested in prehistoric archaeology. Individual program and task assignments are available to advanced students.

The sites: Neolithic settlement near Ilindentsi; the Copper Age layers at Tell Yunatsite; and the Late Bronze Age fortified settlement in Bresto near Banya, Bulgaria.

Projects' venues and accommodation: downtown hotels in Pazardzhik and Banya; a guest house in the village of Ilindentsi, Bulgaria. 

BHF partners in this project: Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History; Tell Yunatsite Excavation Team from the National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Pazardzhik Regional Museum of History; New Bulgarian University; Municipality of Strumyani (Bulgaria), Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Germany); and Institute for Field Research, (USA).   

Pack sessions available:

  • Pack session 1: 10 June - 22 July, 2017
  • Pack session 2: 10 June - 7 August, 2017
  • Pack session 3: 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 10 to 20

Projects' language: English

Experience required: None

Requirements:    

  • The admission fee does not cover insurance. It is necessary to arrange your own insurance before your trip to Bulgaria. All EU citizens can use Bulgarian medical services, just like Bulgarian citizens, as long as they can provide evidence of their home-country health insurance with a card, certificate, etc.
  • Participants should bring clothes and cosmetics suitable for warm and sunny weather, but should also prepare for rainy, windy and chilly days. The average summer temperature at different locations in the area varies from 20°C/68°F to 35°C/95°F.
  • Participants are also expected to prepare for the field school by reading the BHFS handbooks that will be sent by e-mail before the beginning of the project.

       

Special considerations: The project is not recommended for individuals with solar allergies or other special illnesses that might be exacerbated during intensive outdoor activities. Participants will use the tools and equipment available at the sites and are not expected to bring any additional equipment. Note: Citizens of the EU, EEA, USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand do not need an entry visa for Bulgaria and Greece. Citizens of countries not mentioned above should check in advance whether they will need entry visas for one or both countries. The cost of any visas is not included in the price of the field school! 


The Project Package

The PREHISTORIC PACK combines the following Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) projects:

   

Please visit the field school projects web pages above for details concerning each site, excavations and field school's program, recommended readings, travel & accommodation information and other practicalities!    

Our admission officer is ready to answer all your questions concerning the PREHISTORIC PACK! Additionally the BHFS can provide alumni’s contact information for further feedback about the field school projects in the package.

The Pack Details

 

Prehistoric Pack 1 (PRH.PACK 1) - 10 June - 22 July, 2017

Content and Dates:

Combines the following field school project sessions:

THE BIRTH OF EUROPE - EXCAVATIONS OF THE NEOLITHIC SETTLEMENT ILINDENTSI - Session 3 (10 June - 8 July, 2017)

TELL YUNATSITE EXCAVATIONS – SEEKING EUROPE'S FIRST CIVILIZATION -  Session 2 (8 - 22 July, 2017)

Fees and Credits:

Admission fee: 3642 EUR (approx. 4042 USD)

Number of credit hours available: up to 15 

Prehistoric Pack 2 (PRH.PACK 2) - 10 June - 7 August, 2017

Content and Dates:

Combines the following field school project sessions:

THE BIRTH OF EUROPE - EXCAVATIONS OF THE NEOLITHIC SETTLEMENT ILINDENTSI - Session 1 (10 June - 24 June, 2017)

TELL YUNATSITE EXCAVATIONS – SEEKING EUROPE'S FIRST CIVILIZATION - Session 3 (24 June - 22 July, 2017)

BRESTO: DIGGING IN THE TIME OF TROY - Session 1 (24 July - 7 August, 2017)

Fees and Credits:

Admission fee: 4587 EUR (approx. 5091 USD)

Number of credit hours available: up to 21  

Prehistoric Pack 3 (PRH.PACK 3) - 24 June - 7 August, 2017

Content and Dates:

Combines the following field school project sessions:

TELL YUNATSITE EXCAVATIONS – SEEKING EUROPE'S FIRST CIVILIZATION - Session 3 (24 June - 22 July, 2017)

BRESTO: DIGGING IN THE TIME OF TROY - Session 1 (24 July - 7 August)

Fees and Credits:

Admission fee: 3642 EUR (approx. 4042 USD).

Number of credit hours available: up to 15


Travel & Accommodation   


Travel

   

Projects' venues and accommodation:   

  1. Ilindentsi (where the Neolithic settlement is): Blagovesta Guest House in the village of Ilindentsi (district of Blagoevgrad), located in the foothills of the majestic Pirin Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site), southwestern Bulgaria. It is 3 km/2 mi away from the municipal transport hub Strumyani, which has a train and bus stop and is 150 km/100 mi from the closest airport in Sofia. The excavation site is within 10-15 min walking distance from the guest house.
  2. Pazardzhik (near Tell Yunatsite): Hotel Primavera 2 in the central pedestrian and shopping area of Pazardzhik. The town is 118 km/73 mi away from the Bulgarian capital Sofia and just 10 km/5,5 mi away from Tell Yunatsite, approx. 15-20 min drive. A daily BHFS shuttle service is arranged for the participants to bring them to the tell and back.   
  3. Banya (near the Bronze Age fortress in Bresto): Pri Spaska (Spaska's) Hotel in the spa-village of Banya, Blagoevgrad District, Bulgaria. The village is located in the small valley dividing the Pirin Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site) from the Rila Mountains (the highest range in the Balkan Peninsula), not far from the famous ski resort of Bansko. The site is 3 km/1.5 mi away from the hotel, app. 10 min drive. A daily BHF shuttle service is arranged for the participants to bring them to the site and back.

The nearest air terminal: Sofia (Bulgaria, 150 km/100 mi from Ilindentsi and Banya and 100 km/62 mi from Pazardzhik) - don't forget to check the low cost flight options! A pick-up and a drop-off transfer may be arranged by request (Please, specify this in your application form!). Individual or group transfers' price may vary, depending on the number of passengers, from 30 to 100 EUR.

How to get there:

For PRH.PACK 1 and 2: If participants arrive at the Sofia airport, a transfer to the field school venue in Ilindentsi 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 30 to 100 EUR. Participants who arrange their travel individually will be expected to arrive on the arrival day in Strumyani by 6.30 pm. From there (the meeting point is the bus stop in Strumyani) they will be given a free ride to Ilindentsi. Direct bus lines and trains connect the village of Strumyani with the town of Sandanski (bus and train station, 16 km away from Ilindentsi) and the Bulgarian capital Sofia (150 km away from Ilindentsi). Strumyani may be reached also from Thessaloniki (Greece) by either train (stop in Sandanski) or by bus (stop in Strumyani only by request). A detailed travel-info sheet will be provided to enrolled students.

For PRH.PACK 3: If participants arrive at the Sofia airport, a transfer to Hotel Primavera 2 in Pazardzhik 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:

Ilindentsi - Pazardzhik   

The village of Ilindentsi is located about 230 km/142 mi from the town of Pazardzhik. The latter can be reached easily by: 

1. Taking bus from Ilindentsi/Strumyani to Sofia (2 ½ hrs). 2. Changing at the Sofia Central Bus Station with a bus to Pazardzhik (1 - 1 ½ hrs). Approximate travel cost: 15 EUR.

Pazardzhik - Banya   

The town of Pazardzhik is located about 200 km/124 mi from the village of Banya. The latter can be reached easily by:   

1. Taking a train or bus from Pazardzhik to the town of Septemvri (25 min). 2. Taking a train from Septemvri to Banya (4 hrs) - enjoy the scenic trip on the narrow-gauge railroad from Septemvri - Dobrinishte. Approximate travel cost: 15 EUR.

Students will be fully supported by the BHFS when planning and arranging their trip between the pack's locations. The travel expenses between the different project locations are not included in the admission fee.

   

Accommodation & Meals & Free Time & Practicalities   

   

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

  1. The Birth of Europe - Excavations of the Neolithic Settlement Ilindentsi
  2. Tell Yunatsite Excavations – Seeking Europe's First Civilization
  3. Bresto: Digging in the Time of Troy  

Trips

 

The following excursions are available for participants in the different sessions of the Prehistoric Pack:

Covered by the admission FeeOptional tours available for an additional fee

Prehistoric Pack 1 (PRH.PACK 1) - 10 June - 22 July, 2017

16 June, 2017: Rozhen Monastery and the medieval town of Melnik: sightseeing and optional wine-tasting 

1 July, 2017: Tour of Rila Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History   

9 July, 2017: Visit to the Pazardzhik Regional Museum of History

15 July, 2017: Tour of Stara Zagora (the ancient city of Augusta Traiana). Guided tour of the Regional Museum of History, Roman monuments, and the museum of Europe's best-preserved Neolithic (5600 BCE) dwellings 

24-25 June, 2017: Trip to Philippi, Kavala and the Aegean coast (Greece).   

8 July, 2017: Sofia. Guided tour of the Bulgarian capital including the National Archaeological Museum, the Cathedral, the 4th century rotunda of St. George, and the 6th century church of St. Sofia.

Prehistoric Pack 2 (PRH.PACK 2) - 10 June - 7 August, 2017

16 June, 2017: Tour of Rozhen Monastery and the medieval town of Melnik: sightseeing and optional wine-tasting.

27 June, 2017: Visit to the Pazardzhik Regional Museum of History

1 July, 2017: Tour of Plovdiv (the ancient city of Philippopolis) – European capital of Culture 2019. Guided tour of the Archaeological Museum, Roman monuments, and the Old Town Quarter 

15 July, 2017: Tour of Stara Zagora (the ancient city of Augusta Traiana). Guided tour of the Regional Museum of History, Roman monuments, and the museum of Europe's best-preserved Neolithic (5600 BCE) dwellings

28.07.2017: Tour of the traditional town of Bansko

29.07.2017: Excursion to the Pirin Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

24-25 June, 2017: Trip to Philippi, Kavala and the Aegean coast (Greece).

8 July, 2017: Sofia. Guided tour of the Bulgarian capital including the National Archaeological Museum, the Cathedral, the 4th century rotunda of St. George, and the 6th century church of St. Sofia. 

Prehistoric Pack 3 (PRH.PACK 3) - 24 June - 7 August, 2017

27 June, 2017: Visit to the Pazardzhik Regional Museum of History

1 July, 2017: Tour of Plovdiv (the ancient city of Philippopolis) – European capital of Culture 2019. Guided tour of the Archaeological Museum, Roman monuments, and the Old Town Quarter

15 July, 2017: Tour of Stara Zagora (the ancient city of Augusta Traiana). Guided tour of the Regional Museum of History, Roman monuments, and the museum of Europe's best-preserved Neolithic (5600 BCE) dwellings

28.07.2017: Tour of the traditional town of Bansko

29.07.2017: Excursion to the Pirin Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

8 July, 2017: Sofia. Guided tour of the Bulgarian capital including the National Archaeological Museum, the Cathedral, the 4th century rotunda of St. George, and the 6th century church of St. Sofia.

The Admission Fee   

 

The admission fee 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! 

    

PREHISTORIC PACK 1 (PRH.PACK 1)10 June - 22 July, 2017

Admission fee: 3642 EUR (approx. 4042 USD. Check current exchange rates!).

PREHISTORIC PACK 2 (PRH.PACK 2) - 10 June - 7 August, 2017

Admission fee: 4587 EUR (approx. 5091 USD. Check current exchange rates!)

PREHISTORIC PACK 3 (PRH.PACK 3) - 24 June - 7 August, 2017

Admission fee: 3642 EUR (approx. 4042 USD. Check current exchange rates!)

   


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!   

For more information about scholarships, low-cost flights, hotels, etc. please feel free to contact us or look at our recommended links

Academic Credits   

 

New Bulgarian University grants up to 21 ECTS* credits to students in European universities for participation in the field school projects that are part of the PREHISTORIC PACK. Participation in any two-week/four-week session of each of the field school projects in the pack is awarded with 6/9 credit hours (ECTS)*. Participants in the various sessions of the PREHISTORIC PACK can obtain maximum of 21 ECTS* credits (Please refer to the list below!). Students are allowed to require credits for either all or particular field school project sessions in the Pack, so they have a choice between 6, 9, 15, 18 and 21 ECTS credits. Transcripts of Records (ToR) are available upon request for an additional tuition fee. Please see the NBU regulations and fees for obtaining academic credits.

University of California Los Angeles - Extension (UCLA-Extension) grants 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) to all students who study outside Europe for attendance of only the four-week project session in this field school pack for a tuition fee of 1500 USD. Credits will be awarded through our academic partner in USA Institute for Field Research upon request.   

     

PREHISTORIC PACK 1 

(PRH.PACK 1)

Number of credit hours available:
15 (9+6) - NBU
8 - UCLA

PREHISTORIC PACK 2

(PRH.PACK 2)

Number of credit hours available:
21 (6+9+6) - NBU
8 - UCLA
PREHISTORIC PACK 3

(PRH.PACK 3)

Number of credit hours available:
15 (9+6) - NBU
8 - UCLA

* ECTS - European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System

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