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Sustainable Archaeology in a Legendary Land
The Bulgarian town of Mezek is home to two great but rarely visited archaeological treasures: monumental Thracian tombs of the fifth century B.C. and Neutezikon, one of the best preserved medieval fortresses in the entire region.
How does a dig team work? What do archaeologists look for at a dig? In this documentary DVD, learn how excavators work and what we can learn from archaeology. More information.
This summer, as part of a project organized by regional archaeologists and the Mezek municipality, you can help make these famous sites more accessible and enjoyable for visitors from around the world. Though it is not a dig, this project allows you to get your hands dirty in other ways. You’ll help clean the sites of trash and ugly weeds, you’ll make informative English signposts for visitors so they know what they are looking at, and you may even do a little painting. Ultimately, your contribution will help the citizens of Mezek for years to come.
Outside of these responsibilities, participants will be able to attend regular lectures on Thracian, Roman and medieval archaeology and will also have the opportunity to visit nearby sites and towns. Volunteers will be housed two to four to a room in a comfortable forest chalet near Neutezikon.
Team leader Ivan Vasilev is a Bulgarian archaeologist and has had extensive experience coordinating cultural heritage management teams.
Team leader Nayden Prahov is a Bulgarian archaeologist and has had extensive experience coordinating cultural heritage management teams.
Periods of Occupation
Thracian (5th/4th centuries B.C.), Medieval
Dates of the Dig
June 7-20, 2009
May 10, 2009
Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution
Forest chalet near castle
Open for tours
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