Project Description

Overview

The Bulgarian Underwater Archaeology field school provides a comprehensive training in underwater archaeological methods 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. 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 to experience multiple aspects of maritime archaeology. Students will be trained  in 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 knowledge of the fortification system of Mesambria and its harbors, the changes to the coastal landscape and the fluctuation of the Black Sea level in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and the societal reactions and adaptations to these changes. This program aims to broaden the knowledge and refine the skills of participating students, and thus enhance their career in Maritime Archaeology.

Prerequisites: Participants must hold an Open Water Diving Certificate (any world-wide recognized training organization) in order to participate in this field school.

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Course Details

  • Course Dates: TBA

  • Enrollment Status: OPEN

  • Tuition: $5,784

  • Course Type: Classical, Byzantine, Maritime/Underwater Archaeology

  • Payment Deadline: TBA

  • Instructors: Dr. Nayden Prahov
  • Online Orientation:  TBA

  • Academic Credit: 8 Semester Credit Units (equivalent to 12 Quarter Units)

Field School Interest Form

Instructors

The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general information (tuition, health insurance, and payment schedule) can be found under the ‘Students’ tab above. Any further questions may be addressed to IFR staff. Additional details about research, course schedule, travel, accommodation, and safety can be found on the syllabus. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.

Dr. Nayden Prahov
Dr. Nayden Prahov
Dr. Prahov is an archaeologist at the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He is also Balkan Heritage Foundation Program Director

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Tuition Includes:

$5,784
  • Cost of Instruction
  • Cost of Academic Credits Units
  • Room & Partial board
  • All Onsite Transportation
  • Health & Evacuation Insurance

Student Fees

This program requires an online application — there is no fee to submit an application. Once admitted, a payment of the nonrefundable deposit fee is required to secure a place in the program(s). The Tuition balance (total program cost minus the deposit fee) must be paid prior to the Tuition deadline as listed above under “Course Details.” A $200 late fee will be added to all accounts not paid in full by the Tuition deadline.

Early Decision Enrollment (Nov 1, 2019 through Jan 10, 2020): A reduced, nonrefundable $300 deposit fee is required to secure a seat in the program. This deposit is part of the total Tuition and NOT in addition to it.

Regular Enrollment (Jan 11, 2020 through payment deadline): A nonrefundable $500 deposit fee is required to secure a seat in the program. This deposit is part of the total Tuition and NOT in addition to it.

Late Enrollment (payment deadline forward): A nonrefundable $600 deposit fee is required to secure a seat in the program. In addition, a $200 late fee  will be added to all accounts not paid in full by the Tuition payment deadline.

Withdrawal & Cancellation Policy: If you paid the deposit fee but did not cancel your participation by the Tuition payment deadline, you are legally responsible for the full Tuition regardless of attendance at any IFR program. Please carefully read our Withdrawal & Cancellation Policy for further information.

Credit Card Processing Fee: A 2.5% processing fee is automatically incurred for all credit/debit card/online payments.

Academic Credit Opt Out: Students who wish to participate in an IFR field school without earning academic credit units may do so and receive the following discounts: $300 off a full program (4 or more weeks in length) or $200 off a short program (2-3 weeks in length).

Trip Cancellation Insurance: The IFR does not provide trip cancellation insurance. Read this Wall Street Journal article about travel insurance — it may help in making a decision whether such insurance is for you. If you do wish to purchase such insurance, Insure My Trip or Travel Guard are two possible resources you may wish to explore.

Accommodations

Students will stay at a family hotel, Villa Emona, in the Old Town Quarter of Nessebar in rooms with two to three beds (bathrooms with shower and WC, TV, air-conditioning). Cheap laundry service and free Wi-Fi is available. Participants are not expected to bring any bed sheets or towels. Single rooms are available upon request for the supplement of 120 EUR per week. Staying an extra day at the hotel costs 25 EUR (per night per person). The distance from the hotel to the site and the beach is approximately 200 m, about a 2 minute to walk. Diving gear will be transported by a car.

MEALS

Breakfasts on work days as well as the welcome and the farewell dinners are covered by the tuition fee. Students are responsible for their daily lunch and dinner and all meals on days off.

Nessebar offers a variety of restaurants that can meet everyone’s preferences and dietary requirements – from fast food options to cozy gourmet restaurants. The average meal price (soup/salad, main dish and dessert) can cost between 6 to 15 USD. The project team will recommend restaurants for different preferences (cuisine, cost, dietary needs) and will arrange discounts for the students.

Travel Info

Please hold purchasing your airline ticket until six (6) weeks prior to departure date. Natural disasters, political changes, weather conditions and a range of other factors may require the cancellation of a field school. The IFR typically takes a close look at local conditions 6-7 weeks prior to program beginning and makes Go/No Go decisions by then. Such a time frame still allows the purchase of deeply discounted airline tickets while protecting students from potential loss of airline ticket costs if we decide to cancel a program.

Students will be met by project staff at the Burgas Airport (BOJ) on May 24 at 5:00 pm.  The meeting point is at the arrival area. Look for a person carrying the “Balkan Heritage Program” sign.  Students will be transferred from the meeting point to the guest house via taxi service. If you arrive by bus from Sofia (or from elsewhere in the Balkans), contact project staff for meeting arrangements.

If you missed your connection or your flight was delayed/canceled, call, text or email the project staff. Local contact information will be provided to enrolled students.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Citizens of EU, EEA, USA, Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand do not need a visa to visit Bulgaria for up to 90 days or any of the Bulgaria’s neighboring countries, except Turkey.

Citizens of all other countries may need a visa.  The Balkan Heritage Foundation can send an official invitation letter that should be used at the relevant embassy to secure a visa to the program.  For more information visit the Balkan Heritage Foundation website and the links provided there.

Students should explore purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance on their own (Insure My Trip or Travel Guard are two possible resources)

Student Safety

The IFR primary concern is with education. Traveling and conducting field research involve risk. Students interested in participating in IFR programs must weigh whether the potential risk is worth the value of education provided. While risk is inherent in everything we do, we do not take risk lightly. The IFR engages in intensive review of each field school location prior to approval. Once a program is accepted, the IFR reviews each program annually to make sure it complies with all our standards and policies, including student safety.

Students attending IFR international programs are covered by a comprehensive Health Insurance policy that includes physical illness or injury, mental or chronic conditions. No deductible and 100% of costs are covered up to $250,000. In addition, we provide Political and Natural Disaster Evacuation policy, which allow us to remove students from field school location if local conditions change. Our field school directors are scholars that know field school locations and cultures well and are plugged in into local communities and state institution structures.

Students attending IFR domestic programs (within the US) must have their own health insurance and must provide proof upon enrollment. IFR field school directors are familiar with local authorities and if in need of evacuation, local emergency services and/or law enforcement will be notified and activated.

The IFR has strong, explicit and robust policy towards discrimination and harassment in the field. If students feel they cannot discuss personal safety issues with field school staff, the IFR operates an emergency hotline where students may contact IFR personnel directly.

Call (877-839-4374) or email (info@ifrglobal.org) if you have questions about the safety of any particular program.

As part of your tuition, the IFR will purchase a DAN Membership & Insurance Plan for you. The plan will be purchased at the Master Level and is provided to students living in the US and Canada. Students who wish to upgrade the plan to Preferred or Guardian Levels (see booklet) may pay the difference to DAN on their own. Students that are citizens of other countries must purchase the DAN Membership & Insurance Plan on their own and the IFR will refund that cost up to $40.