PEATS BULGARIA – Medieval Fortress Excavation, Building Restoration and Rescue Excavations

PEATS BULGARIA – Medieval Fortress Excavation, Building Restoration and Rescue Excavations

Dates: 24th July- 24th August
Number of UK Participants: 6 + Accompanying Person
Duration: 32 days


Accommodation: self catering house/flats

Meals: self-catering 

Communication: check with mobile network for coverage

Transport: some provided by Museums, public transport available

Weather: Hotter than UK summer, can be 30-35 degrees C

2021 Programme

The group will be working on the excavations at Hotalich Medieval Fortress and town. The area being focused on is one of the churches in the Necropolis. The next part of the placement is some restoration work of an old Mill house in Karpachevo. The final part of the placement will see the group working on the rescue excavations along a new road route being built near Letnitsa.

More informtion to follow. Please read below for information about Hotalich and possible cultural trips.

Some info about HOTALICH:

The archaeological excavations near Sevlievo started in 1979. Excavations on the site since 2009 have been led by Nadezhda Boteva, archaeologist from the  Sevlievo History museum. The site was declared a cultural monument of national importance in 1994.

The excavations have revealed one of the most significant fortifications in the Central Fore-Balkan mountain. The results of the last few seasons show that the construction of the powerful defence system on the hill dates back to the end of the 5-th century and the very beginning of 6-th century. The fortress walls are 1.70 – 2.20 meters thick and have been preserved up to 3 meters in places.  The citadel is built using the opus implectum technique.

The flourishing of the fortress during the period 11th – 13th centuries is indisputable. Nearly 90 residential and commercial buildings have been unearthed there to date. Evidence strongly suggests that some of them were 2 floors high. Two Christian churches were also discovered on the site, surrounded by Medieval necropolis which has more than 200 graves.

Cultural activites during the placement might include (could be subject to change):

  • Visit to the Festival of Herbs and mountains near Troyan
  • Lovech: Covered bridge, Regional museum, Devetaki cave
  • Antique ceramic center in Pavlikeni, near Kramolin village
  • Krushuna waterfalls and Medieval Isihastic rock site

Some photos and a little more information about the fortress and surrounding areas can be found here.

Accommodation: in houses or flats on self-catering basis.

As with most archaeological sites, expect a degree of physical work. As with all our placements, participants are joining partner excavations. These are not UK led excavations. The group will be learning different methods and techniques that are used for this particular site, so must expect differences in how the site is run.


The Erasmus + grant will cover accommodation, food (3 meals a day), return, flights, insurance, transport to site and supervision. Participants will have to make sure they have their EHI card and budget for personal purchases and excursions.

If you are interested in this placement, then the application form is available to download on the PEATS Archaeology main page.

For past participants feedback, please refer to our Participants Reports page

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission

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