Svoge, Bulgaria

EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY - With horses on the Roman roads 2021

when 1 August 2021 - 4 September 2021
language English
duration 5 weeks
fee EUR 1

Experimental archaeology is a powerful and very interesting method of investigating the past. The results could be unexpected but in any case very useful for Archaeology and Anthropology science.

The current project will focus on well preserved Roman roads situated in a mountain area. We will cross the mountain from Nord to South riding on the ancient roads which connect the Danubian Plain with Thracia.

This will be an exciting Archaeological adventure and scientific research which will give us new skills and knowledge.

Course leader

Nevena Ilieva - Licensed horse riding instructor
Krassimira Todorova - archaeologist and curator of the museum collection in the town of Svoge.

Target group

These programs are ideal for people ages 18 - 25 but no person with a spatial interest or personal achievements in cultural preservation will be excluded because of the age limit. Our participants must be broadminded and open to foreign cultures. The only requirement is a satisfactory knowledge of English.

Course aim

The main goals of our expedition will be to trace the preserved parts of the two Roman roads, to connect the missing or destroyed sections, and to localize the places along the roads for future surveys. In course of the program will be used methods of field research and GIS (geographic information systems) mapping.

The course will be focused on practical activities. No previous experience or knowledge of field research is required. Introduction to the basic history and archaeology of the Roman period will be given in course of three theoretical lectors. Through different seminars, the students will become familiar with the practical methods used in archaeology and will gain skills to work with GIS, to record data, and to conduct an archaeological field survey.

Fee info

EUR 1: One session (2 weeks), accommodation in guest houses / huts
EUR 1: One session (2 weeks), accommodation in tents for all period of stay