Bona Mansio - Roman Road Station on Via Diagonalis 2018

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Program Description

Via Diagonalis (Via Militaris) became the most important road through the Balkan Peninsula in Roman times when it connected the city of Singidunum (today’s Belgrade, Serbia) on the Danube River with Byzantium (Istanbul) – the city which would later become the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. The road is ca. 1000 km (600 miles) long and passes through large important Roman cities like Naissus, Serdica, Philippopolis and Hadrianopolis. It is the fundamental connection between the western part of the Empire and the East. It was also the official route for armies moving throughout the provinces.
The goal of the excavations in 2018 is to continue uncovering the fortification wall and to create a long-term strategy for the preservation of the architectural elements of the settlement. The scientific aspect of the project aims to gather information about the character and the chronological development of the site and thus to contribute to the study of the Roman road system in Thrace.


Hands-on fieldwork
Lecture on Introduction to the History of the Balkan Peninsula and Thrace in the Roman and Late Antique Periods (I-VI c. CE);
Guided visit to Plovdiv (the ancient city of Philippopolis) including the Archaeological Museum, Old Town Quarter and major Roman monuments;
Accommodations at a local winery & spa.

What`s Included

The BHF Admission fee includes: Educational and fieldwork activities, full-board accommodation (hotel + 3 meals per day), tools, materials, project handbook and issue of Certificate of Attendance, administrative costs and excursions included in the field school program plus relevant entrance fees.


Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Classical Civilization, History

Program Locations

Karabunar, Bulgaria

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Program Details

Balkan Heritage Foundation & Field School
  • Bulgaria: Karabunar
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The admission fee for two week project session is 945 EUR / approx. 1134 USD. The admission fee for three week project session is 1376 EUR /approx. 1651 USD. The admission fee for four week project session is 1709 EUR /approx. 2050 USD.

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