Archaeological studies of the Yunatsite settlement mound

Starting on July 24th, 2023, the Yunatsite settlement mound will undergo its annual archaeological survey. This process will take place over the course of two stages. During the initial stage, excavations will be carried out with financial assistance from the “Balkan Heritage” Foundation and in collaboration with the Regional History Museum – Pazardzhik. Since 2013, the Foundation has been hosting an archaeological field school at the Yunatsite Settlement Mound, which welcomes students and volunteers from around the world.

This year, the field school will consist of 17 participants, primarily archaeology and anthropology students, from countries such as the USA, Australia, Slovenia, and Switzerland. Associate Professor Dr. Kamen Boyadzhiev from the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences will lead the group, alongside five supervisors from Bulgaria, Canada, and Great Britain. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the work of archaeologists while studying a settlement from the Stone-Copper Age (from the end of the 5th millennium BC). The field school will last for four weeks, until August 18th.

Following the conclusion of the field school, Dr. Boyadzhiev’s team will continue their study of the mound for an additional four weeks with funding from the Ministry of Culture. The Regional History Museum – Pazardzhik has been awarded a project grant worth BGN 59,500 to support the ongoing efforts for another year.

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