Excavation at Tell Yunatsite

Company : Study Abroad Europe
Activities: Archaeology holidays / Community Volunteer Projects / Summer Volunteer Programs / Conservation Volunteer Projects / Archaeology Courses
Country: Bulgaria
Location : Yunatsite, Bulgaria
Duration: 2 weeks to 2 weeks
Approx Costs: 2000 to 2500 $ Dollars (US)

Rise and Fall of the First European Civilization - Tell Yunatsite Excavations 

Period: Chalcolithic (4900-4100 BC)
Project type: field school & archaeological excavation.The variety of activities and team flexibility make this project suitable for both Beginners and Advanced in either Field or Prehistoric Archaeology. Individual program and task assignment are available to advanced students.
 
Site: Prehistoric tell next to the village of Yunatsite, Southern Bulgaria.   
Project Venue: in a comfortable downtown hotel in the district town of Pazardzhik, Bulgaria. The site is 8 km away (15 min ride) from Pazardzhik and the hotel. Transport on work days will be arranged and covered by the Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS).
 
Program Dates:                                                                                Tuition 
Field school session 1: 12 - 26 July                                        $ 2,250
Field school session 2: 26 July - 9 August                               $ 2,250
Application Deadline: until the places are filled, or latest 10 June   
Minimum length of stay: 1 session (two weeks)
Minimum age: 18 (16, if the participant is accompanied by an adult family member)
Number of field school places available: Maximum 20
Language: English
Experience required: No
 
Note: The program fees include accomodation.
 
The Site and the Excavation Project
 
In 2006 archaeologists discovered by excavating numerous test pits and trenches in the area around the tell that the actual size of the Copper Age settlement was far larger (having a diameter of 400 m or surface of app. 100 000 sq.m) than the tell and and was composed of two areas separated (around 4750 cal. BC) by a five meter wide cob wall and ditch (2 meter deep and 6 meter wide): the larger downtown and the uptown (acropolis) at the tell. The earliest artifacts from these pits and trenches date 4900 cal. BC and mark either the establishment or extension of the prehistoric settlement. Inside the fortified uptown the buildings were placed close to each other because of the limited area.

Start Dates

Session 1: 12 - 26 July
Session 2: 26 July - 9 August

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