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Archaeological digs in the Roman Termae in Diocletianopolis 2014

Location: Hisarya, Bulgaria

June 14, 2014 to August 9, 2014

Session dates: 
Session 1: June 14 - June 28, 2014; Session 2: June 28 - July 12, 2014; Session 3: July 12 - July 26, 2014: Session 4: -July 26 - August 9, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Flyer: diocletianopolis_flyer.pdf

Program Type

Field school


RSF Archaeological Trust

Project Director:

Assoc. Prof. Mitko Madzharov

Project Description

Diocletianopolis in Thracia (Latin: Diocletianopolis, Greek: Διοκλητιανούπολις "Town of Diocletian") was an ancient Roman town in the region of Thrace, nowadays the town of Hisarya in Bulgaria. It gained its official status as a city in 293 CE by the Roman emperor Diocletian. In the historical sources Diocletianopolis is mentioned as the third biggest town in the province of Thrace after Philippopol (Plovdiv) and Beroe (Stara Zagora). Nowadays the architecture and fortifying system of the Diocletianopolis are among the most original and well preserved in Europe.

The course is structured into three modules:

1. Field practice (archaeological digs);

2. Seminars and practice with materials found;

3. Educational trips.

In course of the excavations the participants will learn the basic methods in field archaeology: Setting out a Grid-plane; Leveling; Planning and recording of archaeological features; Architectural survey; Artifact identification; Archaeological photography. The second module is focused on post-field work and offers practice in artifact's recording: Taking professional photos, Inventory, Work with mass material, Cataloging and describing the small finds. Special attention is given to the processing of pottery found in course of the excavations. The students will learn how to proceed with pottery sherds, how to draw a scientific illustration and how to work with special software at the computer.

The project is hosted by the director of the local historical museum at Hisarya Assoc. Prof. Mitko Madzharov, who has worked for several years with international students. In 2014 the project incorporates also two excursions to the most popular Archaeological museums and sites in central Bulgaria: Philippopolis (modern Plovdiv), the Thracian complex “Kozi gramadi”, The Thracian tomb complex by Starosel. 

Period(s) of Occupation: Roman and Byzantine Archaeology

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: One session (15 days)

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

The accommodation of the students is in very nice guest houses where any facilities are offered: bathrooms, TV, WiFi, air conditioner, kitchen for private use. The houses are situated near the museum and to the archaeological site. Nearby are located also many spa centers with swimming pools, restaurants, bars etc.

1025 EUR (1395 USD) For this project is available RSFAT financial aid which covers a portion of tuition. For more information please refer to:

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Plovdiv University
Number of credits offered 6
200 EUR


Contact Information
Prof. Dr. Hab. Rumen Ivanov
13 Moskovska Str.