The field school provides a comprehensive introduction to and training in underwater archaeology through participation in an ongoing research project: discovering the submerged heritage of ancient Mesambria, present-day Nessebar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. The training will include various underwater archaeology and interdisciplinary practices: underwater reconnaissance survey, archaeological excavations, underwater photography, photogrammetry and 3D modeling, mapping and recording of submerged archaeological structures and monuments, marine geophysical survey, creating a GIS database, etc. Our research aims to fill in the gaps in our scientific knowledge about the fortification system of Mesambria and its harbors, the coastal landscape changes and the Black Sea level fluctuation in Antiquity and the Middle Ages as well as the human adaptation and reaction.
Nessebar, a historic town with rich cultural heritage, is a famous tourist spot. Today, significant parts of the ancient town are below sea level. Remains of fortification walls, towers, staircases, gates and other structures from Classical and Hellenistic period, Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages were traced in various sectors around the peninsula. The dynamic coastal landscape of the town makes it an ideal location for experiencing multiple aspects of Maritime Archaeology and a perfect education base for teaching and training archaeology students.
The field school aims to broaden the knowledge of our participants, refine their skills and thus enhance their career in Maritime Archaeology. It is open to students who hold Open Water Diving Certificate (any world-wide recognized training organization).