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  • Locations: Pazardzhik, Bulgaria
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Payment Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/20/2018 ** Rolling Admission 07/07/2018 08/04/2018

** 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:
In 1939, excavations begun at Tell Yunatsite- one of the earliest proto urban sites established by Europe's first civilization in the 5th millennium BCE (Copper Age/Chalcolithic). It is located near the modern village of Yunatsite, Bulgaria. In the course of the excavations of approximately one third of the tell, archaeologists uncovered a medieval cemetery at the top, followed by levels dating to the Roman period, the Iron and Early Bronze  Ages, and the Chalcolithic at the base. Yet sterile soils have not yet been reached. Since 2013 the field school has been dedicated to the research and excavations of the earliest building levels in the inner parts of the Copper Age uptown area (4900-4100 BCE). A small gold bead found there by a field school student in 2016 is believed to be the oldest bit of processed gold ever discovered in Europe, and likely in the world. In 2018, field school students will take part in further excavation of burned Copper Age buildings and together with archaeologists will seek the answers to the following questions: why and how did one of the earliest proto urban centers in Europe emerged in the beginning of the fifth millennium BCE, and what were the reasons that caused its devastation 800 years later? This field school provides a unique glimpse into the transition between the Copper and the Bronze Ages in European and Mediterranean prehistory, and is an amazing opportunity for all participants to dig at a real tell such as those in the Middle East from the comfort and safety of Europe; to study textbook-clear stratigraphy; as well as to learn more about Europe's first civilization in the Copper Age and warfare in Prehistory. 
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