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Field School Announcement
APOLLONIA PONTICA EXCAVATIONS
Sponsor: Balkan Heritage Field School and Foundation (BH) - Bulgaria, Apollonia Pontica Excavation Team - Bulgaria, Archaeological Museum of Sozopol - Bulgaria and New Bulgarian University (NBU) - Bulgaria
Contact Information
Ms. Anna Parmakova
204 Sveta Troitsa Str
Stara Zagora 6004 Bulgaria
Phone: +359 878 441 251
Email: bhfs.admissions@gmail.com
URL http://www.bhfieldschool.org/bh2007.html
Description
Apollonia Pontica Excavation Project 2013 Sozopol and St. Kirik island, Bulgaria Apollonia Pontica Excavation Project 2013Apollonia Pontica Excavation Project 2013 Apollonia Pontica Excavation Project 2013Apollonia Pontica Excavation Project 2013 Location: Sozopol, Bulgaria, Bulgaria Season Dates: August 3, 2013 - September 1, 2013 Session Dates: Session 1: August 3-17, 2013; Session 2: 18 August - 1 September, 2013 Application Deadline: July 1, 2013 Website: http://www.bhfieldschool.org/bh2007.html Discount for AIA members: 5% discount off the regular admission fee. EARLY REGISTRATION BY APRIL 1st, 2013: The Early bird admission fee for 1 project session is 1259 EUR (app.1599 USD Check current exchange rates!). The Early bird admission fee for 2 project sessions is 2518 EUR (app. 3229 USD). Program Type Field school Volunteer Affiliation: Balkan Heritage Field School and Foundation (BH) - Bulgaria, Apollonia Pontica Excavation Team - Bulgaria, Archaeological Museum of Sozopol - Bulgaria and New Bulgarian University (NBU) - Bulgaria Project Director: Dr. Krastina Panayotova, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Teodora Bogdanova, Balkan Heritage archaeologist Project Description Despite being one of the largest and richest Ancient Greek colonies in the Black sea region, Apollonia Pontica (present-day Sozopol, Bulgaria) was famous in Antiquity because of the colossal statue of Apollo by Calamis. According to Pliny the Elder (Pliny 34.29) and Strabo (Strabo, 7.319) the 13-meter high bronze sculpture cost 500 Talents. It was raised in the fifth century B.C. in/in front of the temple dedicated to Apollo Ietros (the Healer) - patron deity of Apollonia Pontica. In 72 B.C. the Romans under Marcus Lucullus sacked the city and the colossal sculpture was transported to Rome as a trophy. It was exhibited for several centuries on the Capitoline Hill. During the Early Christian period it was lost - probably destroyed as many other pagan artefacts. Epigraphic sources mention that the temple of Apollo was situated on an island, identified by most of the scholars with St. Kirik Island - the closest one to the ancient city. However, until recently there was no archaeological evidence where the temple was situated. The tiny island of St. Kirik is connected with the mainland and the Old Town Quarter of Sozopol by a short and narrow breakwater (built in 1927). Its name originates from the medieval monastery dedicated to St. Kirik and St.Yulita (St. Cyricus and his mother St. Julitta) that once existed there. The first archaeological survey on the island was conducted in 1904 by the French consul and scholar L. Degrand. The results from the excavations were never published and many precious artefacts from Archaic and Classical Greek period found there were transported to France and exhibited in the Louvre. For app. 100 years after that the territory of St. Kirik Island was used as a military zone by the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence. In 2005 the island was demilitarized and in 2009 the Apollonia Pontica Excavation Team lead by Dr. Krastina Panayotova restarted the excavations. For the last two years the team unearthed there: Archaic Greek settlement that existed here prior to the temenos (seventh-sixth century B.C.) A Late Archaic temple complex: a temple and an altar (late sixth - early fifth century B.C.) - presumably belonging to the famous temple of Apollo; An oval altar and a temple from the Hellenistic period (fourth century B.C.); An Ancient Greek tholos; Three Ancient Greek bothroi (pit altars); An Ancient Greek Copper Foundry; Early Byzantine basilica and necropolis (fifth - seventh century A.D.). Season 2013 envisions excavations on the island top in the area western from the Archaic temple and northern from the Ancient Greek Copper Foundry where presumably structures and features of the Ancient Greek sacred precinct (temenos) and the Early Byzantine necropolis are expected to be found. Come and help the project team reveal the secrets of the forgotten temple of Apollo! Two field school sessions of the project are available in 2013 - each includes the following three modules: fieldwork, educational course (lectures, workshops and field trainings in Classic and Field Archaeology), and excursions to archaeological and cultural sights in Sozopol and Nesebar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) as well as to some beautiful Black sea beaches and popular resorts.
Keywords: apollonia | field school | excavation
This announcement will be displayed until: 08/01/2013
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