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Fresco-Hunting Photo Research Expedition to Medieval Balkan Churches
Summer 2017
Take a part in an expedition for documentation of abandoned medieval churches/chapels and their frescoes in Western Bulgaria.
Excavations of the Neolithic Settlement Ilindentsi
Summer 2017
Archaeological excavation at the village of Ilindentsi located of the majestic Pirin Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Southwestern Bulgaria.
Apollonia Pontica Excavation Project
Summer 2017
Come and help the project team to reveal the secrets of the lost temple of Apollo!
Excavation at Tell Yunatsite
Summer 2017
Learn about the Rise and Fall of the Europe's Earliest Civilization in the Fifth Millennium BC
Excavation of Emporion Pistiros
Summer 2017
Discover the ruins of an ancient Greek trade center (emporion) in the heart of Thrace
 

Excavation at Tell Yunatsite

Balkan Heritage Field School
 
Rise and Fall of the First European Civilization - Tell Yunatsite Excavations 
 
Period: Chalcolithic (4900-4100 BC)
Project type: field school & archaeological excavation.The variety of activities and team flexibility make this project suitable for both Beginners and Advanced in either Field or Prehistoric Archaeology. Individual program and task assignment are available to advanced students.
 
Site: Prehistoric tell next to the village of Yunatsite, Southern Bulgaria.   
Project Venue: in a comfortable downtown hotel in the district town of Pazardzhik, Bulgaria. The site is 8 km away (15 min ride) from Pazardzhik and the hotel. Transport on work days will be arranged and covered by the Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS).
 
Program Dates:                                                                                Tuition 
Field school session 1: 24 June - 8 July, 2017                                 $ 2,550
Field school session 2: 8 July - 22 July, 2017                                  $ 2,550
Filed school session 3: Extended 24 June - 22 July, 2017                $ 4,350
Application Deadline: until the places are filled, or latest 10 June, 2017   
Minimum length of stay: 1 session (two weeks)
Minimum age: 18 (16, if the participant is accompanied by an adult family member)
Number of field school places available: Maximum 20
Language: English
Experience required: No
 
Note: The program fees include accomodation.
 
The Site and the Excavation Project
 
In 2006 archaeologists discovered by excavating numerous test pits and trenches in the area around the tell that the actual size of the Copper Age settlement was far larger (having a diameter of 400 m or surface of app. 100 000 sq.m) than the tell and and was composed of two areas separated (around 4750 cal. BC) by a five meter wide cob wall and ditch (2 meter deep and 6 meter wide): the larger downtown and the uptown (acropolis) at the tell. The earliest artifacts from these pits and trenches date 4900 cal. BC and mark either the establishment or extension of the prehistoric settlement. Inside the fortified uptown the buildings were placed close to each other because of the limited area.

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Walking to the work area.

Walking to the work area.

We are ready to work - are you?

We are ready to work - are you?

Archaeological excavation in progress.

Archaeological excavation in progress.

Conservation of the historical area.

Conservation of the historical area.

Work in progress.

Work in progress.

Earth dish findings.

Earth dish findings.

Pieces of the history

Pieces of the history
Price: 2,550 $
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