Summer archaeological school at Heraclea Sintica

Heraclea Sintica USA students during excavationsHeraclea Sintica USA students during excavations

ArchBulg NGO is the organizer. Head of archaeological survey of Heraclea Sintica is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lyudmil Vagalinski who has been director of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum (NAIM) at Sofia since 2010. Assistant Prof. Dr. Sirma Alexandrova (NAIM) is deputy director of the Archaeological field school at Heraclea Sintica.
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Field training of American students at Heraclea Sintica was conducted together with the American Research Center in Sofia during 2012-2014.

All fieldwork will take place on the site. The project base will be located in the city of Petrich (in the very SW corner of Bulgaria) which is situated 180 km south of Sofia (Bulgaria) and 130 km north of Thessaloniki (Greece).

Excursions to archaeological sites in Bulgaria,Greece and Macedonia shall be implemented.

Duration: June 26 (arrival to Sofia); departure to Sofia on: July 9 (two -week session); July 16 (three-week session); July 23 (four-week session).

Eligibility: advanced undergraduate and graduate students of universities in the fields of Archaeology, Anthropology, Classical Studies, Ancient History and related studies.

Students shall arrive in Sofia on June, 26th and shall reach the city of Petrich on the same day by a team’s bus. All will reside in a hotel there. Archaeological work is conducted Monday-Friday with additional excursions to southwest Bulgaria, northern Greece and south-eastern Macedonia on Saturdays.

It covers ground transportation Sofia-Petrich-Sofia as well as such during the excursion and museum/site tickets during the excursions; housing, ground transportation and most meals during the excavation season at Petrich. This fee does not cover lunch or dinner during the excursions, international travel to/from Sofia, travel insurance; the fee also does not cover dinner on Saturdays and lunch/dinner on Sundays during the excavation season.

The current ArchBulg Field School will focus upon Late Roman civilian basilica (3rd ‒ 4th c. AD) and an Early Hellenistic building (end of 4th c. BC).

The Program offers one excavation session, lectures and field trips continuing for two, three or four weeks. The students will be required to participate in the excavations five days each week, as well as attend the ten lectures and the three field trips. There will be one day off each work week. Study trips are arranged to archaeological sites and museums in SW Bulgaria (Sandanski/Parthicopolis, Melnik), northern Greece (Philippi) and eastern Macedonia (Stobi).

Participants will be provided with a certificate upon completion of the program.

Students are expected to arrange for medical insurance and to obtain visas if applicable.

Students who are interested in obtaining academic credits should contact Dr. Lyudmil Vagalinski (

Prospective students should submit an application to Dr. Lyudmil Vagalinski for full consideration by April 1st. The application should contain CV and a recommendation.

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