Early Christian Monastery Excavations in Varna
100 years ago, the Bulgarian archaeologist Karel Schkorpil began excavating the early Christian church of the 6th century on the Djanavara hill in Varna (ancient Odessos). The Byzantine-era building was decorated with distinctive marble revetments, colorful mosaics, and its crypt contained three precious reliquaries made of gold, silver and marble. Unfortunately, nearly all documentation of Schkorpil’s excavation was lost while being transported to the U.S. for publication. Since 2007, the archaeologists have returned to the site to try to answer some lingering questions. Was the church a part of a larger monastic compound? What was the role of this structure for the early Christian community at Odessos? In addition to helping answer these questions, dig participants will attend regular lectures and workshops on archaeological methods and Byzantine archaeology and excursions to Black sea beaches and resorts, Madara (UNESCO World Heritage Site), stone forest rocks and Roman mosaics museum in Marcianopolis. All participants will receive a Balkan Heritage Field School Certificate of Attendance, specifying fieldwork hours, educational modules, and sites visited.
Field school follow-up excursion (3 days): to Istanbul (Turkey) for only 99 EUR.
Detailed information about this project is available at: http://www.bhfieldschool.org/bh2007varexc09.html
Online application form: http://www.bhfieldschool.org/apply.php
Location: Western Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria
Session dates: Session 1: July 3- 17, 2010; Session 2: July 18- August 1, 2010