Excavations of the Neolithic Settlement Ilindentsi 2018

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Program Description

Archaeology of the Neolithic period (with references to the archaeology of Europe and the Near East); Excavations of the Neolithic settlement in Ilindentsi (6000 – 5400 BCE); Neolithic ceramic studies and documentation of Neolithic pottery; Archaeological field techniques and methods for excavation and documentation; Processing of finds and samples; Excursions to significant heritage sites in Bulgaria and Greece.

During the 7th millennium BCE, the Balkan Peninsula was a gateway through which farming, animal husbandry and generally Neolithisation spread from Anatolia and the Near East to Europe. Central Balkan river valleys (including the Struma River Valley) were among the most important migration routes during that period. Among the six Early Neolithic settlements mapped in the small Middle Struma Valley is the site of Ilindentsi.


Excavate some of the earliest Neolithic settlements in Europe
Hone your skills in field archaeology
Learn about Neolithic ceramic studies
Have the potential to earn academic credit

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.

Students who study outside Europe wishing to obtain academic credits for attending the four-week session of this field school project shall apply to the BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans and enroll through the Institute for Field Research (IFR), USA. They will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through Connecticut College and will receive a letter grade.


Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Classical Civilization, Classical Studies, Field-Study, History, Humanities

Program Locations

Ilindentsi, Bulgaria

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Program Details

Balkan Heritage Foundation & Field School
  • Bulgaria: Ilindentsi
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By 31st of January - Early Bird Admission fee for two week project session is 1214 EUR/ approx.1456 USD Early Bird Admission fee for four week project session is 2428 EUR/ approx. 2913 USD
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