Excavations of an Early Christian Monastery 2018

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Program Description

After a five year break, the Balkan Heritage Field School reopened the project in 2017 at the monastery on Djanavara Hill. The field school provides a unique glimpse into the Early Byzantine history and culture along with the amazing opportunity: to dig at a significant Early Byzantine monastery on the Black Sea coast and to learn more about the Early Christian art, architecture, theology, cults, monastic art and everyday life. Additionally, participants will visit the following archaeological and historic sites in Bulgaria: the Early Byzantine and Medieval fortress at Kaliakra cape, the Early Byzantine fortress and the archaeological reserve Yailata, the Early Byzantine fortress with episcopal basilica and a winery on St. Atanas cape, the archaeological sites and the museums of history in the town of Devnya (Late Roman city of Marcianopolis) and Balchik (ancient Dionysopolis), the Late Antiquity and Medieval site Madara (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the first capital of Bulgaria - Pliska, several archaeological sites in Varna and the Varna Archaeological Museum.

The field school season 2018 envisions excavations at several places around the representative monastery colonnaded atrium (the central court) where during the previous excavations, remains have been found of several buildings with at least four periods of reconstructions, making the site a good field for studying, practicing and gaining valuable hands on experience.


Dig at a significant Early Byzantine monastery
Black Sea coast location
Lectures in Early Byzantine History with Focus on Eastern Balkans and an Introduction to the Early Christian Architecture with Focus on Eastern Roman Empire
Guided visit to several the Early Byzantine and Medieval sites

What`s Included

BHFS 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.

The admission fee is valid only for students who enroll in this field school through the Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS). Students wishing to benefit from the advantages of the BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans must enroll through the Institute for Field Research (IFR), USA and pay the admission fees corresponding to the IFR's terms and conditions.


Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Classical Civilization, Classical Studies, Conservation and Preservation, History

Program Locations

Varna, Bulgaria

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Program Details

Balkan Heritage Foundation & Field School
  • Bulgaria: Varna
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Early Bird Admission fee for two-week session is 1304 EUR* / app.1564 USD Early Bird Admission fee for four-week session is 2608 EUR* / app. 3129 USD
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