ROMARCH: Archaeological Field School, Heraclea Sintica, Summer 2014



Deadline: February 15, 2014

The American Research Center in Sofia ( is pleased to announce the third summer Archaeological Field School at Heraclea Sintica (Bulgaria).

Students will arrive in Sofia on May 31 and will spend two full days exploring the archaeology and history of this beautiful city. On June 3, the team will begin an archaeological journey, visiting sites and museums in Veliko Tarnovo, Kazanlak, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv and other smaller sites. We will arrive in the city of Petrich or Sandanski on June 7, the home base of the ARCS excavations at Heraclea Sintica. The excavation team will reside in a hotel in Petrich or Sandanski during the 4-week excavation season. Archaeological work is conducted Monday-Friday with additional excursions to southwest Bulgaria, northern Greece and Republic of Macedonia on Saturdays. The team will be accompanied back to Sofia on July 6, where they will stay one night, departing from Sofia on July 7.

Excavation/Field School Directors: Dr. Emil Nankov (ARCS), Prof. Lyudmil Vagalinski (Director, National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgaria)

Guest Lecturer and leader of the field trip to Greece: Dr. Hallie Franks (New York University)

Eligibility: advanced undergraduate and graduate students of American universities in the fields of Archaeology, Anthropology, Classical Studies, Ancient History and related studies

The fee for the ARCS Summer Archaeology Program is $1400, which covers the cost of: lodging in Sofia, and the cities where we will stay during the pre-excavation excursion, ground transportation during the excursion and museum/site tickets during the excursions; the cost of housing, ground transportation and most meals during the excavation season at Heraclea/Petrich or Sandanski. This fee does not cover lunch or dinner during the excursions, international travel to/from Sofia, travel insurance or academic credits; the fee also does not cover dinner on Saturdays and lunch/dinner on Sundays during the excavation season.

Project Location: Heraclea Sintica is located near the village of Rupite, approximately 16 km south of Sandanski, SW Bulgaria. All fieldwork will take place on the site. The project base will be located in the town of Petrich or Sandanski, situated 160 km south of Sofia (Bulgaria), 150 km north of Thessaloniki (Greece) and 230 km northwest of Skopie (Republic of Macedonia). The 4-week excavation season will focus on two areas of the site: the area near the Roman terracotta workshop and the acropolis on top of the hill.

For full consideration, prospective students should submit an application to Dr. Emil Nankov ( by February 15, 2014.

For a full description of the program and information about 2012 and 2013 excavation seasons, please visit us at:

Application material is available at:

Dr. Emil Nankov
Archaeology Program Officer
American Research Center in Sofia
75 Vasil Petleshkov Str.
Sofia 1510, Bulgaria
+359 2 947 9498
+359 879 209 892

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