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  • Locations: Pistiros, Bulgaria
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Payment Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/20/2018 ** Rolling Admission 07/23/2018 08/20/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Discipline: Archaeology Language: English
Sub Discipline: Field Archaeology
Program Description:
Between the 5th and 3rd century BCE, an Ancient Greek emporion called Pistiros, thrived in Thracian Valley. The emporion was a major port for trade relations between merchants from the Greek coastal cities Maroneia, Apollonia and the island of Thassos and Thracians under the supreme protection of the Odrysian kings. Trade contacts are evident through numerous imports such as Attic red-figured and black-slip pottery, amphorae (mainly Thassian) and coins (e.g. several hoards of copper, silver and gold coins) found during the excavation of Pistiros. Since annual excavations started over 25 years ago, the emporion has been brought back to some of its former glory, exposing an Eastern fortification wall, paved streets and stone building foundations. The goal for the 2018 season is to continue the excavations of the South-Eastern sector of the site. In this specific location next to the fortification wall there is a higher concentration of cult artifacts and features (pits, clay cult altars, etc.). Throughout the field school, students will learn about a range of materials and cultures of Thrace and the Mediterranean, unlocking the secrets of Ancient Greek trade. Training on Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) of epigraphic monuments and small finds found in Pistiros will supplement the excavation program. 
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