Topic ID #39030 - posted 12/12/2017 4:23 PM

Bulgaria- UNDERWATER Archaeology Field School 2018


The field school provides a comprehensive introduction to and training in underwater archaeology through participation in an ongoing research project: discovering the submerged heritage of ancient Mesambria, present-day Nessebar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. The training will include various underwater archaeology and interdisciplinary practices: underwater reconnaissance survey, archaeological excavations, underwater photography, photogrammetry and 3D modeling, mapping and recording of submerged archaeological structures and monuments, marine geophysical survey, creating a GIS database, etc. Our research aims to fill in the gaps in our scientific knowledge about the fortification system of Mesambria and its harbors, the coastal landscape changes and the Black Sea level fluctuation in Antiquity and the Middle Ages as well as the human adaptation and reaction.

Nessebar, a historic town with rich cultural heritage, is a famous tourist spot. Today, significant parts of the ancient town are below sea level. Remains of fortification walls, towers, staircases, gates and other structures from Classical and Hellenistic period, Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages were traced in various sectors around the peninsula. The dynamic coastal landscape of the town makes it an ideal location for experiencing multiple aspects of Maritime Archaeology and a perfect education base for teaching and training archaeology students.

The field school aims to broaden the knowledge of our participants, refine their skills and thus enhance their career in Maritime Archaeology. It is open to students who hold Open Water Diving Certificate (any world-wide recognized training organization).

·         Course Dates: May 25-June 21, 2018

·         Enrollment Status: OPEN

·         Total Cost: $6,310

·         Course Type: Underwater Archaeology

·         Instructors: Dr. Nayden Prahov


Students will stay at a local hotel in rooms with two to three beds (bathrooms with shower and WC, TV, air-conditioning). Cheap laundry service and free Wi-Fi is available. Single rooms are available upon request for the supplement of 120 EUR per week. The distance from the hotel to the site is approx. 1.5 km/1 mi, and it takes app. 10 min to walk. Diving gear will be transported by a car.


Breakfasts on work days as well as the welcome and the farewell dinners are covered by the tuition fee. Students are responsible for their daily lunch and dinners and all meals on days off.

ACADEMIC CREDIT UNITS & TRANSCRIPTS Credit Units: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) through our academic partner, Connecticut College. Connecticut College is a private, highly ranked liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to undergraduate education. Students will receive a letter grade for attending this field school (see grading assessment and matrix). This field school provides a minimum of 160 direct instructional hours. Students are encouraged to discuss the transferability of credit units with faculty and registrars at their home institutions prior to attending this field school.


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