Archaeology, Anthropology and Museum Enhancement Grants in Bulgaria, 2011

International Collaborative Archaeological and Bio-archaeological Research Program (ICAB)

AWARDS in 2011

American PI Bulgarian PI Project
Prof. Marvin Kay, Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Prof. Ivan Gatsov, Chair of the Department of Archaeology, New Bulgarian University

Analyzing the Cutting Edge: Stylistic and Functional Study of Lithic and Bronze Tools from the Later Prehistory in Eastern Balkans


The project is an international, interdisciplinary study of lithic tools from museums in Bulgaria that builds upon similar research in Romania and the Levant. The proposed investigation considers the economic and social function of lithic artifacts in the Chalcolithic and Bronze Age.

Prof. Lynn E. Roller, Department of Art History, University of California,


Dr. Georgi Nekhrizov, Bulgarian National Institute of Archaeology and Museum at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Rock-cut Sanctuaries in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains: The Glouchite Kamani Cult Complex


An extensive archaeological exploration of the site of Gloukhite Kamani ('Deaf Stones'), near the town of Lyubimits in southeastern Bulgaria will investigate the distinctive rock-cut sanctuaries on the site, their extent, period of use, and evidence for associated human settlements. 

High-Risk Collaborative Archaeological Research Program (HRAR) 

AWARDS in 2011

International PI Bulgarian PI Project

Dr. Dušan Borić,

Lecturer in Archaeology,  Cardiff University, UK

Dr. Maria Gurova, Bulgarian National Institute of Archaeology and Museum at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Prehistoric Flint Sourcing in NW Bulgaria and NE Serbia: Field Survey and Laboratory Analyses


The project focuses on the identification of flint sources, used by prehistoric communities in the areas of northwest Bulgaria and northeast Serbia, by means of field survey and archaeometric analyses. The aim of this research will be to reconstruct networks of acquisition of flint raw material along the Danube’s southern bank and in its immediate hinterland.


Site Preservation, Collections, and Museum Enhancement Program (SPCME)

AWARDS in 2011

Project Director Project
Ms. Meglena Parvin

Kazanlak Historical Museum "Iskra"

Preservation and Enhancement of the Antiquity Collection of the Museum of History Iskra, Kazanlak, Bulgaria


The Antiquity Department of Museum of History Iskra houses one of the richest collections of ancient artifacts in Bulgaria. Its permanent exhibition and the seven exposed monumental Thracian tombs represent attractive destinations for tourists from all over the world.

The goals of the project include: improve the long-term preservation of the collection; enable space for future acquisitions of artifacts; recover endangered artifacts with high scientific and exhibitional value; enhance the work of the museum officers, and scholars wishing to study artifacts; promote the collection and bring awareness to the need for constant care for the collection.

Dr. Nikolay Nenov, Director of the History Museum of Ruse 

Bishop’s Residence from the Late Middle Ages – Archaeology, Education and Tourism, Ruse.


The bishop's residence in the medieval town of Cherven from the 15th-16th century is a site unique for Bulgaria. Cherven was founded in the 11th century and destroyed at the end of the 16th century. The town occupied a significant place in the history of Bulgaria and Wallachia in the 12th-14th century. The Bishop's Residence, dated 15th-16th century, is the only one in Bulgaria and it gives details about the material condition of the Church during the Early Ottoman period, about the everyday life of the bishops, and the structure of their residences. The lack of conservation and restoration activities threatens the deterioration of the site. The site remains little known to the local and international tourists.

The goals of the project include: restoration, conservation and exhibition of the Bishop's complex from the 15th-16th century; conservation of movable cultural valuables, found on the site, and exhibition; organization of an educational module for archaeology; elaboration of a Guide through the Rousse Lom river valley and a production of a 27-minute movie, called „The Unknown Valley. Journey Along the Rousse Lom.”

ABF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Archaeology at the Field Museum of Natural History for 2011-2012

AWARDS in 2011

Recipient Project
Dr. Tsenka R. Tsanova

The Emergence of Cultural Modernity. Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition in the Eastern Balkans: Neanderthal-Modern Human Cultural Transactions


This project concerns the emergence of cultural modernity, presumably appearing with the first arrival of Modern humans in Europe and the extinction of Neanderthal populations (50,000 – 35,000 years ago). It will examine and validate the context of The Field Museum`s archeological collections from various areas in Eurasia which were dated between 80,000–30,000 years ago.