Location: Hisarya, Bulgaria
The large Greek colonization from 8-6 c. B.C. led to the creation of several town-colonies situated on the Northern coast of Aegean Sea: Thassos, Aenos, Abdera, Maronea, Perintnus, Byzantion etc. The intensive contacts of the already established commercial centers with the Thracian tribes led to powerful rivalry between them for spheres of economic influence. That rivalry is most ostensibly manifested in the creation of commercial centers (emporia) in the interior of Thrace. The course is structured into three modules:
In 2005 the archaeological museum of Hisarya started investigation of the Greek Emporion and Temple near the village of Krastevich. It is situated on strategic cross-roads and the region is rich in ores and minerals. At the two archaeological sites were found many artefacts connected to the Greek civilization as pottery, architectural details, coins etc. The place is dated back to the 5th and 4th c. BC.
The aim of the course is to make students familiar with the basic methods of field archeology with a special focus on the GIS (geographic information system) surveying. The students will be trained how to use electronic survey equipment (Total Station) to perform horizontal and vertical measurements in reference to a grid system.
The course is suitable both for beginners and advanced in field archaeology. The first part is devoted to practice on the archaeological site and working with the archaeological finds. In the second week the following topics will be covered: Topographic surveys; Construction project layout (building corners, control and offset lines); Leveling; Traverse surveys and adjustments; Building Face Surveys; Resections; Areas; Intersections; Point Projections. Daily survey information will be downloaded into CAD programs and students will gain basic skills on working with specific software and electronic data processing.
The third part of the course is devoted to educational trips to the open air sites and museum collections in the area. The students will be guided by professional archaeologist and all visits will be accompanied by educational lectures on Greek and Roman history and archaeology.
Period(s) of Occupation: Greek period 5th - 4th century BC
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: One session - 14 days
Room and Board Arrangements
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none