Archaeological excavations & programs

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IMPORTANT! Concerning Coronavirus disease (COVID 19).

In order to protect our participants and team and to comply with the requirement of 15 days quarantine in 2021, all offered field schools and workshops are situated high in the mountain in isolated, environmentally friendly places.

The groups are with a limited number of participants - 5 to 6 persons at most. All of them will not have other contacts for all period of stay. The planned excursions and other trips in the weekends will be held only in case of change the situation with COVID 19.

The members of the team will undergo voluntary isolation and quarantine 15 days before the start of the program. Everyone will take the required tests.

In addition, we will use only homemade food, produced in place - vegetables from local gardens, milk and cheese from local producers, homemade bread, etc. The places we use are located in protected area under the regalement of "Natura 2000" - an European network of strictly protected nature reserves.

Archaeological excavations & programs

The volunteer and training programs aim to bring together our efforts on heritage preservation and adventure travel. By joining our program you will spend an exciting holiday and will help with the protection of historical monuments. All programs are designed for young people who love to travel, visit new places, and meet different cultures. We're seeking volunteers and students with a keen interest in the beauty of nature, history, and art.

These programs are ideal for people ages 18 - 25 but no person with a spatial interest or personal achievements in cultural preservation will be excluded because of the age limit. Our participants must be broadminded and open to foreign cultures. The only requirement is a satisfactory knowledge of English.

Lots of different skills will be learned in course of the programs. Still, the most important knowledge remains "to taking care" - about the nature, historical heritage, and pieces of art and culture left by our ancestors.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS

Batulya Archaeological Fieldschool

BATULYA Archaeological Fieldschool


TYPE: Archaeological Field School
PERIOD: Late Roman Ages 4th - 6th c. AD
DATES: 4 July - 17 July & 18 July - 31 July, 2021
PARTICIPATION FEE: 973 for two weeks
PLACES AVAILABLE: 6

The archaeological excavations will be carried out at Batulya fortress - a Byzantine stronghold, situated in Stara Planina (Old Mountain). This is a relatively new archaeological site - the archaeological excavations here started in 2017. The fortress is registered for the first time in the 80s but never has been studied. Nowadays on the terrain can be seen the remains of an old fortification wall as well as some of the buildings inside of the stronghold. The protective walls have a thickness of 1,5 meters and are preserved along about 100 meters at the Northern part of the fortification. The dimensions of the fortified area are about 1500 sq.m. The walls fence an area with a rectangular layout. At the Eastern part of the terrain are traced ruins of a square tower.



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ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS

Batulya Archaeological Fieldschool

Archaeological excavations of St. Panteleimon church


TYPE: Archaeological Field School
PERIOD: Late Roman Ages 4th - 6th c. AD
DATES: 5 September - 25 September
PARTICIPATION FEE: 1265 for three weeks
PLACES AVAILABLE: 6

In 2021 the Svoge Heritage program (SHP) will start a completely new excavation at the locality "Trastenaya hut". At this place is situated an old church called by the locals "St. Panteleimon". In Bulgarian folklore St. Panteleimon is the saint, connected with travels, roads, and links between the worlds.

In course of the excavations, the students will have a chance to take part in a completely new scientific project, to learn the basic steps of preliminary research activities, GIS studies, topographical and historical context, field methods of starting archaeological digs. The project offers an opportunity to gain basic skills of the "very beginning" of archaeological research, to discover and to analyze archaeological data.



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EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY

With horses on the Roman roads

With horses on the Roman roads


TYPE: Experimental Archaeology
PERIOD: Roman Ages 2th - 3th c. AD
DATES: 1 August - 14 August & 22 August - 4 September, 2021
PARTICIPATION FEE: 1349 for two weeks
PLACES AVAILABLE: 5

Experimental archaeology is a powerful and very interesting method of investigating the past. The results could be unexpected but in any case very useful for Archaeology and Anthropology science.

The current project will focus on well preserved Roman roads situated in a mountain area. We will cross the mountain from Nord to South riding on the ancient roads which connect the Danubian Plain with Thracia.

This will be an exciting Archaeological adventure and scientific research which will give us new skills and knowledge.



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WORKSHOP

Icon project

Icon project


TYPE: Historical Art Workshop
PERIOD: Middle ages - 15th - 16th century
DATES: 6 June - 19 June & 20 June - 3 July, 2021
PARTICIPATION FEE: €2525 for two weeks
PLACES AVAILABLE: 5

This project is devoted to the medieval technique for drawing icons. In the medieval church "St. Nicholas" in Buklovets (municipality of Svoge) were kept several depictions of saints, situated on the Iconostasis. In 1996 the icons were moved to the National Museum of Orthodox art in Sofia with an idea to be preserved from the aggressive moisture in the church building and to be restored. Unfortunately, till the present day, the icons still remain unrestored and they were not given back to the church.

The main goal of this project is to make copies of the medieval icons which will be donated to the church. The students and volunteers will work with the originals and will be trained in the painting technique used in the 15 and 16 centuries. Each of the participants will receive their own small certified replica of an icon.

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