ABF Administrative Assistant Dilyana Ivanova (FM, Anthropology Department) returned from her annual two-week trip to Bulgaria on July 21. Her trip, funded by the America for Bulgaria Foundation Archaeological and Anthropological Program (ABF AAP), included a week at the American Research Center in Sofia (ARCS), followed by a week of visiting the museums and sites for the 2010 and 2011 archaeological grant recipients.
During the first week in the American Research Center in Sofia, Dilyana Ivanova worked with Drs. Denver Graninger (Director of ARCS) and Emil Nankov (Archaeological Program Officer at ARCS) on the grant procedures and applications for the coming 2012 call for proposals.
Mrs. Dilyana Ivanova (FM) and Dr. Emil Nankov (ARCS) visited four archaeological locations during the second week: the Roman Town Nicopolis as Istrum, administrated by the Veliko Turnovo Regional Museum of History (2010 grant recipient); the Roman Archaeological Reserve Deultum-Debelt, administrated by the History Museum of Sredetz, Burgas District (2010 grant recipient); the Bishop Residence from the late Middle Ages on the Medieval Town of Cherven, administrated by the Ruse Regional Museum of History (2011 grant recipient); and the archaeological storage facility of the Museum of History Iskra in Kazanlak (2011 grant recipient). All of these locations have dramatically improved through the support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation Archaeological and Anthropological Grant Opportunities Program.
The success of this program has resulted in the renewal of funding for another year. Applications for the 2012 year will be made available in the near future and can be found at http://www.arcsofia.org/.