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Voices of the veterans

Emails and comments from past participants...

The Tundzha Regional Archaeological Project was an amazing experience suitable for any person looking to work in the field of archaeology, gain some experience or who have a general interest in the topic. Over my three weeks working on the project I experienced various aspects in field methodology, processing of artifacts, and reflection on project findings and research.

In terms of methodology the project teaches you basic skills in surface survey and excavation. In these experiences I learnt how to identify artifacts for diagnostic information and learn how to identify changes in excavation layers as well as using appropriate tools of the trade. Processing artifacts (particularly mountains of ceramic!) gave me more confidence in identifying ceramic types and styles through analyzing the materials each object was composed of. My personal interest in photography has been an asset in taking images of artifacts to be included in the published journals of this project.
As a teacher of History in Australia I came to this project looking to learn about archaeological techniques and project aims and functions to take back to my classroom and apply practically, particularly in Year 11 Ancient History. After this amazing experience I feel confident in my ability to teach my students about archaeology and will be returning to Bulgaria in the future.
-Kimberley (Yambol 2010)

After encountering the study of archaeology at the UNSW, I decided to develop this interest by learning practical skills in the field. I was mostly involved in surface survey, where I learnt about the differences between ancient, medieval and modern pottery, as well as the importance of documentation and data processing. In addition to improving my skills, I thoroughly enjoyed the social aspects of the project including excursions to other archaeological sites and evenings spent in Yambol with the team. This program was a great opportunity for me to share my ideas with people of similar interests. -Julia (Yambol 2010)

This project gave me the opportunity to put my skills into practical use and extend my knowledge of archaeology. I was primarily involved in excavation and surface survey, however as my skills improved I was able to help process pottery and complete some technical drawings of ancient and medieval pottery which will be included in the project's final report.  I especially enjoyed being part of the survey team where I learnt how to use a PDA as well as a GPS receiver. This is a great way to experience archaeology first hand, and a fantastic way to meet people from all over the world. I would recommend this program to all students of archaeology. -Ashley (Yambol 2010)

Just wanted to say a belated Thank you so much for all the things you taught me! I had a truly awesome time and appreciated the opportunity to work with all of the technological things and programs etc. It gave me a new perspective of archaeology and I have also learnt how to organise files on my computer! Do let me know if you need any people on future projects, as it would be good to get involved again and I would love to hear about the progress too? Hopefully see you in the future. -Charlotte (Kazanlak 2009)