Underwater Archaeology Field School in the Black Sea


Project type: Underwater archaeology field school, underwater excavations & marine geophysical survey.     

Project venue: Participants and staff stay in a hotel located in the downtown of Nessebar, on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Accommodation is in shared double and triple bedrooms with a/c, Wi-Fi, bathroom with WC, etc. 

About the project: The field school is open to anyone with interests in the field of underwater archaeology and who holds a SCUBA Open Water Certificate issued by any worldwide recognized training organization. The project will introduce students to underwater/maritime archaeology and specialized techniques for research, recording, conservation and monitoring through:   

  • Participation in the following research projects:
    • Survey, excavation and documentation of submerged fortification walls of the ancient (Ancient Greek & Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Medieval Bulgarian) city of Mesambria, present day Nessebar, UNESCO World Heritage Site   
    • Marine geophysical survey of submerged landscapes along the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast     
  • Training and instructions in underwater excavation, photography, photogrammetry, marine geophysics, remote sensing, and conservation of finds from marine environment
  • Lectures on archaeological, historical, environmental and institutional context of the research projects   
  • Sites visits and excursions to historical and archaeological sites along the western Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria. 
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