The Balkan Heritage Foundation and the Department of Archaeology at New Bulgarian University started the series BEMA online seminars in Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology in the beginning of 2021. The lectures cover a broad range of topics from the fields of archaeology, anthropology, heritage conservation and management, art history, museum studies, etc. Timewise, the seminars include the prehistoric period, the Copper Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age and the classical and medieval periods according to European and Near Eastern periodization, but are not limited to them.
‘Bema’ (βῆμα) means orators’ podium in Greek and in the spirit of the ancient Greeks the BEMA online seminars offer a platform for specialists to spread their knowledge to an interested audience from around the globe. We hope that our international guest lecturers will represent the diversity in research in their respective fields.
The geographical focus of the lectures falls on Southeastern Europe, Asia Minor, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Black Sea and Caucasus region but can also expand to areas thematically or geographically related to them.