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Send Niki to Field School in Bulgaria!
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In addition to being one of the foundational steps toward a career in archaeology, Field School involvement bolsters one's academic resume, opening the door to a wider array of Graduate programs- and more funding. Help me get there! More ...

I will be traveling to Apollonia Pontica (modern day Sozopol, Bulgaria), one of the most ancient towns on the Western Black Sea coast. The excavation will take place at the top of the island, in the area of the Archaic and Classical Greek and Hellenistic temples, Ancient Greek Copper Foundry and the Early Christian basilica.

A brief history of the city from the Balkan Heritage Field School site:

"The first archaeological survey on the island was conducted in 1904 by the French consul and scholar L. Degrand. The results from the excavations were never published and many precious artefacts from Archaic and Classical Greek period found there were transported to France and exhibited in the Louvre. For approximately 100 years after that the territory of St. Kirik Island was used as a military zone by the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence. In 2005 the island was demilitarized and in 2009 the Apollonia Pontica Excavation Team lead by Dr. Krastina Panayotova restarted the excavations.  For the last five years the team unearthed there:

  • An Archaic Greek settlement that existed here prior to the temenos (seventh-sixth century BC);
  • A Late Archaic temple complex: a temple and an altar (late sixth - early fifth century BC) - presumably belonging to the famous temple of Apollo; 
  • An oval altar and a temple from the Hellenistic period (fourth century BC);
  • An Ancient Greek tholos;
  • Five Ancient Greek bothroi (pit altars);
  • An Ancient Greek Copper Foundry; 
  • Early Byzantine basilica and necropolis (fifth - seventh century AD).

The great discovery convinced the Bulgarian Government to declare the island a cultural heritage site and designate some of the abandoned military buildings  to be turned into a Museum of the Marine Civilizations. After the surrounding area is excavated, of course."

This experience will grant me access to lectures, workshops and field training in Classical and Field Archaeology, finds' processing and documentation (including pottery drawing, cleaning, sorting, conservation and restoration of artifacts), in my geographic area and era of interest, that I otherwise would not be privy to. After completion of this project, I will have the background necessary to carry out archaeological and material culture studies research in religious/sacred sites, both ancient and contemporary. 

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