The Balkan Heritage Foundation and the Department of Archaeology at New Bulgarian University present the new series BEMA online seminars in Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology. The lectures cover a broad range of topics from the fields of archaeology, anthropology, heritage conservation and management, art history, museum studies, etc.

‘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.

All lectures are presented in English. They take place on Zoom and are available for free upon subscription. Find out about past and upcoming seminars below.


Phoenicians and Cypriots in the North? Objects, People and Networks in the North Aegean Area in the Geometric and Archaic Periods

Phoenicians and Cypriots in the North Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean - objects, people and networks in the Geometric and Archaic Periods
roman-theatre- plovdiv

A Microcosm of Roman Thrace’s Metropolis: Formative Urban Interactions in the Theater at Philippopolis

The 1st century CE theater in Philippopolis (present-day Plovdiv, Bulgaria) provides a case study for entertainment venues in Roman Thrace.

Past and Present Studies of the Submerged Mesambria, Present-day Nessebar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The ancient Mesambria (present-day Nessebar, Bulgaria), part of which is submerged underwater is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983.
Djanavara monastery aerial view

Early Byzantine Monastery on the Western Black Sea Coast near the City of Odessos (Varna, Bulgaria)

The monastery on Djanavara Hill was one of the biggest and most impressive Early Christian sites not only in the Varna region but also in the northeastern Balkans.
Original Entry Bacho Kiro CaveTsenka Tsanova

Earliest evidence of modern Homo sapiens from Bacho Kiro Cave

The results from the recent research in Bacho Kiro Cave are helping to understand the beginning of Homo sapiens’ appearance in Europe.

Trypillia megasites from the 4th millennium BCE in the Ukrainian forest steppe.

Our BEMA- online seminars are co-organized by the Department of Archaeology at the New Bulgarian University and the Balkan Heritage Foundation.