The Department of Archaeology at NBU is an educational and research unit of NBU, whose main goal is to establish and develop educational programs on the field of archaeology as Humanity but also the Archaeological science. It brings together a community of staff committed to advance and transform our understanding of the past through innovative research and teaching. The Department aims to convey the knowledge for the ancient cultures to society today, in ways that will change ideas, contribute to wider discussions and to navigate the foundation of more sustainable future.
The research activity of the staff of Department is both and local and global as it is focused on basic topics as: Settlement and Burial Archaeology; Models of social evolution and Systems of exchange; Ethnic changes and migrations. Related activities include archaeological research in Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Romania and Georgia. The implementation of the projects is developing new methods of exploring and visualizing ancient landscapes, excavating sites, analyzing ancient artefacts, human and animal bones. These activities are aiming significant upgrade the existing level of studies, as well as contribution to the development of interdisciplinary and international cooperation within the academic community. The students are closely involved in all these activities, both practical and theoretical, providing a great platform for career in archaeology.
Since 1994, the Department has issued the “Annuary of the Department of Archaeology – NBU”, publishing faculty research as well as students’ articles and studies. In 2004, the Department established a permanent scientific seminar: "Archaeology: Discoveries and Problems", in whose framework prominent researchers from universities and research institutes used to present their latest ideas and studies discussed in follow-up open forums.
Students in the Archaeology programs have the opportunity to supplement their theoretical knowledge through practices in Field Archaeology on the following research sites of the Department of Archaeology:
• Late antique settlement complex and Early Christian monastery at Gorno Novo selo, Chirpan district, head: Assist. Prof. Boyan Dumanov Ph.D.;
• Hellenistic settlement near Orizare, Nessebar municipality, head: Assist. Prof. Dr. Zhivko Uzunov;
• Emporium "Discoduratere", head: Assoc. Prof. Ilian Boyanov, Ph.D.;
• Medieval settlement at Gradishte place, Mirkovo, Sofia region, head: Assist. Prof. Boyan Dumanov, Ph.D.;
• Archeological site of 2000–1000 BC at Bresto, village of Banya, Razlog municipality; head: Assist. Prof. Bogdan Atanassov, Ph.D.
The Department has a well-equipped Laboratory of Archaeometry and experimental Archaeology where students gain valuable practical experience by working with collections of artifacts.
The staff of Department teaches and participates in seminars as guest lecturers in universities in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Poland, Turkey, Romania and Hungary in the framework of exchange contracts signed under the Erasmus program. Under the same framework professors from partner universities participate in the permanent seminar of the Department of Archaeology.
By studying Archaeology students might pursue an academic and research career in museums and other institutions of cultural heritage management, while it can also serve as a starting point for career development in a wide range of professions including the media, publishing, etc.
Assist. Prof. Boyan Dumanov, Ph.D.
Building 2, Room 219 ext: 22192
tel.: 02/ 8110 269
Building 2, Room 219
tel.: 02/ 8110 289