BOARD


Ib10edc00a7cae215dd8b52b6589659c04ebbf2favan Vasilev 

Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Balkan Heritage Foundation, BHFS Instructor

PhD Student in Archaeology, New Bulgarian University

Adjunct Professor, CPCE, New Bulgarian University

Research interests: Medieval Balkan archaeology & history, Medieval studies, architecture & arts of the Christian East, field archaeology, neolithization of the Balkans, management of cultural heritage, archaeology & ideologies/politics


Angbea1114a056fe5817021de2edd2aa2c48abc8433ela Pencheva   

BHFS Program Director, Member of the Board of Directors of Balkan Heritage Foundation, BHFS Instructor

PhD in Classical Archaeology, Humboldt University, Germany

Adjunct Professor, CPCE, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria

Research interests: Archaeology and history of the Hellenistic period, Ancient mosaic art & conservation, field archaeology, management of cultural heritage


Nayden Prahov   

Founder, Program Director and member of the Board of Directors of Balkan Heritage Foundation, BHFS Instructor

PhD in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Assistant Professor at National Archaeology Institute with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Science

Research interests: Underwater and Maritime Archaeology; Predictive modelling and spatial analyses in archaeology; Documentation of Cultural Heritage

TEAM


Alex Portarev 

Administrative Officer 

BA in Non-formal Education, Sofia University

Youth worker

Research Interests: mobility projects


Barbara Remedios

Admissions & Administrative Officer

MA, Conservation of Historic Buildings, University of Bath, UK

BA, International Relations, University of California, Davis, USA

Research Interests: Cultural heritage management, historic preservation


86d38c60e4151007eda263b7b65b42a80c2c651aMatthew Schueller

Representative of BHFS in USA & Canada and BHFS instructor

PhD Student in Classical Archaeology at UNC Chapel Hill, USA

Research interests: The archaeology of Roman Macedonia and Thrace, Roman architecture, cultural dialogue



43cc142b8eb2d34168761e22222f6540f0b57337Svilen Ovcharov 

Аttorney-at-law

BAR registration since 2003 under No. 1000024763 of the Bulgarian Bar Association


Teodora Georgieva   

Financial & Administrative Consultant and Accountant

MA in Accounting and Finance, UNWE, Bulgaria

Vassil Tenekedjiev

Balkan Heritage Foundation Branch Manager – Varna, BHFS Instructor

PhD Candidate in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Archaeologist, curator and research fellow at the Department of Archaeology, Varna Regional Museum of History


AFFILIATES

Alexander Manev  

BHFS Instructor and Project Assistant

PhD Candidate in Archaeology, Department of Classical Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Research interests: Archaeology of the Late Antiquity; Early Christian archaeology and ecclesiastic architecture


Adamantia Panagopolou

BHFS Instructor

PhD candidate in Physicochemical Analyses on Byzantine and Post-Medieval pottery, Leiden University, Netherlands

Teaching Assistant at University of Zakynthos (Greece), Aegean University (Greece) and Leiden University (Netherlands)

Research interests: Physicochemical analyses on inorganic materials; Conservation on archaeological and historical inorganic materials; Field conservation

7dd8bc40b526779f3bc967d41808330fee8c5743Alexey Gotsev

BHFS Dig Director and Instructor

PhD in Archaeology

Associate Professor at the Department of Thracian Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Research interests: Archaeology of the Classical Antiquity and Ancient Thrace


4011a4b501c9a6fc07fa8dc9d736bb6a12f08780Bilyana Yankulovska  

BHFS instructor

MA in Art Conservation

MA in Archaeology Skopje University, Republic of North Macedonia

Conservator, NI Stobi, Republic of North Macedonia

Research interests: Conservation of ancient pottery and glass


Bogdan Athanassov

BHFS Dig Co-­Director and Instructor

Assistant Professor in Archaeology at the New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria

Research interests: Later Prehistory of Eastern Europe and Anatolia, Aegean Bronze and Iron Age, cultural anthropology, archaeological theories and methods, public archaeology


Brent Whitford   

BHFS Instructor

PhD Student, Anthropology, SUNY Buffalo, USA

MA in Anthropology, Trent University, Canada

BA in Anthropology (with distinction), Vancouver Island University, Canada

Research interests: European Neolithic and Chalcolithic, human-environmental interactions, eco-cultural niche modelling, landscape archaeology, settlement patterns, cultural evolution, GIS and remote sensing, excavation methodology


Christos Karydis

BHFS Instructor

PhD in Preventive Conservation, History and Scientific Analysis of Organic Materials

Assistant Professor at Ionian University

Research interests: Preventive conservation, scientific analysis of organic materials, conservation of textiles, icons and easel paintings


4f2ae400076b75ba666ac27647745afa18964685Daniela Cherneva 

BHFS instructor

PhD in Archaeological Conservation and Restoration, UTCM, Bulgaria

Senior Conservator at the Central Laboratory for Conservation Treatment and Restoration, National Museum of History, Sofia, Bulgaria


45b575f6a90e20e2b33350943e39ca24f89ceccdDimitar Nikolovski  

BHFS Instructor

MA in Archaeology, Skopje University, Republic of North Macedonia

Archaeologist at the National Institution Stobi, Republic of North Macedonia


Kamen Boyadzhiev

BHFS Dig Co-director and Instructor

PhD in Archaeology

Archaeologist and Head of the Exhibitions’ Department at the National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Research interests: prehistory and prehistoric archaeology, prehistoric weapons and tools, warfare in prehistory, prehistoric stone artifacts


Kelly Reed    

BHFS Consultant & Visiting Instructor    

PhD in Archaeology, Leicester University, UK

Programme Manager and Researcher at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, UK

Research interests: Archaeobotany, food systems, agricultural development, cultural adaptations to environmental change and global sustainability

 


Robyn Le Blanc   

BHFS Instructor & Consultant

PhD in Classical Archaeology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Assistant Professor in Classical Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA

Research Interests: Archaeology and history of the Roman provinces; Numismatics; Public and sacred spaces

 


Dragan Radovich        

BHFS Consultant

Graduate in Art History and Archaeology, Skopje University, Republic of North Macedonia

Curator in Museums and galleries of Podgorica, Montenegro

 


ab0cdb3dabc1b5e68c2e0551c011a6cbe263a655Evelina Todorova

BHFS Instructor and Consultant

PhD in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Assistant professor at the Department of Medieval Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Research interests: Byzantine & medieval Balkan archaeology, medieval pottery, Byzantine amphorae, medieval jewellery, burial practices in the medieval Balkans


Galya Atanasova

BHFS Instructor

MA in Archaeology, Shumen University “Konstantin Preslavsky”

Curator at Regional Museum of History Shumen

 


9fb50bb69c1ccd541dc5889d7ee2b40053d9fdaaGavrail Lazov

BHFS instructor

MA in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Director of the Archaeology Department at the National Museum of History, Sofia, Bulgaria

Visiting professor at the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria


4c6aa9b9731894f5223e151c0795041caa3913dcGeorge Bevan

BHFS Instructor

PhD in Classics

Associate professor in the Department of Classics at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

Cross-appointment to Art History and Art Conservation at Queen’s University

Research interests: Late Antique history and archaeology, epigraphy, GIS, UAV mapping, photogrammetry


Goce Pavlovski    

BHFS Instructor

MA in Archaeology, Skopje University, Republic of North Macedonia

Archaeologist at the National Institution Stobi, Republic of North Macedonia


Ivana Zhivanovich        

BHFS Instructor

Graduate in Archaeology, Beograd University, Republic of Serbia

Freelance archaeologist in Montenegro

 


Jaqueline Christmas

BHFS Instructor

 


a1f4b48c21e77b7a02712d89c9d0208b2a7b33c4Jovan Radnyanski    

BHFS Instructor

MA in Archaeology, Skopje University, Republic of North Macedonia

Archaeologist at the National Institution Stobi, Republic of North Macedonia


Kalin Dimitrov

BHFS Instructor

PhD in Archaeology

Director of the Bulgarian National Centre for Underwater Archaeology

Adjunct Professor at the Dept. of Archaeology, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

Assistant Professor at the Department of Prehistory, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Research interests: Balkan prehistory, submerged prehistory along the Black Sea Coast, underwater archaeology

 


Krassy Frangova

BHFS Instructor

 


e06db86e2d8972faedc9d5164396f71f03b04e4aKrastina Panayotova

BHFS Dig Director and Instructor

PhD in Archaeology

Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Classical Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


Kristen Jones    

BHFS Instructor

PhD Candidate in Geography

MA in Classics and Archaeology, Queen’s University, Canada

Research Interests: digital recording and analysis of archaeological assets, surveying, digital photogrammetry, 3D modelling, geographic information systems (GIS)

 


1b0086893848df97195197df750c5e1e0c5df683Lidia Domaradzka

BHFS Instructor and Consultant

PhD in Classical Philology and Visiting professor, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Teacher at National School for Ancient Languages and Cultures “Constantine-Cyril Philosopher”, Sofia, Bulgaria

President of the “Pistiros” Association


57198294b07a742babdf84b552388d91a9cd30c5Margarit Damyanov

BHFS Instructor

PhD in Archaeology, Assistant Professor at the Department of Thracian Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Editor of the National Geographic Bulgaria Magazine

Research interests: Ancient Greek Colonization along the Black Sea Coast. Ancient Greek pottery. Thracian Archaeology


a5def29c2a79f8bc312e79ee437c9a2d8f4a03d8Małgorzata Grębska-Kulova

BHFS Dig Director and Instructor

PhD in Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Archaeologist, curator and research fellow at the Department of Archaeology, Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History

Visiting professor at South West University, Bulgaria


Maria Gyurova        

BHFS Consultant & Instructor 

PhD in Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, St. Petersburg, Russian Academy of Sciences

Senior Researcher, Associate Professor of Prehistory, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

 


Mario Vazza

BHFS Instructor

BA in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, University of Barcelona

MA student in Restoration of Architectural Monuments at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona

Freelance conservator and photographer

Research interests: Architectural conservation

 


Miglena Raykovska

BHFS Instructor

MA in Architecture

PhD in Archaeology, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria

Research interests: Restoration and conservation of archaeological monuments, graphic reconstructions and 3D modelling for the immovable heritage, computational photography, digital photogrammetry

 


Milosh Zhivanovich­   

BHFS Instructor

MA in Archaeology, Beograd University, Republic of Serbia

Archaeologist at Center for Conservation and Archaeology in Cetinje, Montenegro

Research interests: Processing and glass production, Ancient & Medieval

 


2ec86eb13cce50c09aa91829a5a3d3baa8d69226Miroslav Marinov 

BHFS Instructor and Consultant

Photographer. Founder and CEO of Sofia Photography School, Bulgaria

MA in Turkish and German philology (Sofia University)

MBA (Veliko Tarnovo University)


66f0cd63b3584d725de3910938f7501c70668c85Mishko Tutkovski   

BHFS Instructor and Consultant

PhD candidate in Archaeology and Art History, St. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, North Macedonia

Certified mosaic conservator, National Institution Stobi, Republic of North Macedonia

Research interests: Late Antique history and archaeology, documentation, conservation and restoration of ancient mosaics and wall paintings, cultural heritage management


Nikolas Sarris

BHFS Instructor

PhD in Book Conservation from the University of the Arts London

Book & Paper Conservator at the National Library of Greece

Research interests: Historic bookmaking, archaeology of bookbinding, conservation of books

 


Orlene McIlfatrick

BHFS Instructor

PhD in Archaeology

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at The British Institute at Ankara

Ceramic analyst & small finds illustrator at Archaeo-Ceramic Services

 


Pavel Georgiev  

BHFS Instructor

MA in Archaeology and Archaeometry

Maritime archaeologist at the Bulgarian National Centre for Underwater Archaeology

CMAS diving instructor

Research interests: Underwater Archaeology; 3D Documentation of Underwater Cultural Heritage; Archaeological Conservation

 


Petra Zdravkovich 

BHFS Instructor

PhD in Archaeology

Independent advisor in the Directory for Protection of Cultural Properties, Cetinje, Montenegro

Research interests: underwater and maritime archaeology; archaeology and history of the Late Classical and Hellenistic period in the Adriatic region, maritime trade and economy in antiquity

 


Petya Ilieva ­    

BHFS Instructor ­  

PhD in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria

MA in Ancient Greek Philology, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece

Assistant Professor at Centre of Thracology and Institute for Balkan Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Research interests: Archaeology of Aegean Thrace during the Early Iron Age, Archaeology of the Archaic period in the Aegean basin, ceramic studies, Greek colonies in Aegean Thrace and Greek-­Thracian interactions

 


cb1399cfaa2d67fd1a83d2181f42326ab2cba9e0Silvana Blazhevska

BHFS Dig Director and Instructor

PhD in Archaeology, Skopje University, Republic of North Macedonia

Researcher & Archaeologist at National Institution Stobi, Republic of North Macedonia


Silvia Ivanova

BHFS Instructor

PhD in Archeometry. Sofia University, Bulgaria


21de316566a696f92966293c347a15f5fa355fedTeodora Bogdanova

BHFS Deputy Dig Director and Instructor

PhD in Archaeology, Curator at Museum of Archaeology – Sozopol, Bulgaria

Adjunct Professor, CPCE, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria

Research interests: Ancient Greek colonization along the Black Sea Coast, Ancient Greek pottery, women’s toilet articles from the Greek colonies at the West Pontic area (6-1 BCE)


Tome Filov    

BHFS Instructor    

MA in Art Conservation, Skopje University, Republic of North Macedonia

Conservator, NI Stobi, Republic of North Macedonia

Research interests: Conservation of ancient mosaics and wall-paintings, Roman mosaics and wall-paintings, documentation of mosaics and frescoes

 


e2ab418e42e445183637b3517d36124589be1136Valeri Petrov

BHFS Instructor and Technical Assistant

MA in Archaeology, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

Curator at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum

Research interests: chalcolithic settlements, field archaeology


734bdc2e4980c9088b246ef4e76e22ba308bc8a4Viara Petrova   

BHFS Deputy Dig Director and Instructor   

PhD in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Archaeologist & Interim Director at the Archaeological Museum “Prof. M. Domaradski”, Septemvri, Bulgaria


Yavor Boyadzhiev

BHFS Dig Co-director and Instructor

PhD in Archaeology

Associate Professor at the National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

 


Zdravka Georgieva 

BHFS Instructor

MA in Maritime Archaeology

Maritime archaeologist at the Centre for Underwater Archaeology Sozopol

Research Interests: Primitive watercraft and prehistoric submerged settlements in the Black Sea region, diving instructor to the NAUI association, photographic (RTI) and 3D recording of cultural heritage, ship graffiti inscribed in cult monuments

 


07f3fb3043156552521fd5d0f064aa714fa6bce6Zlatko Kovancaliev   

BHFS Instructor

MA in Archaeology, Skopje University, Republic of North Macedonia

Archaeologist at the National Institution Stobi, Republic of North Macedonia


BHF IS GRATEFUL TO OUR Former Instructors/Collaborators


215c8c4d46725a786ce2211a64af747b4a9c485dAngel Angelov  

BHFS Instructor and Consultant

PhD in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Assistant Professor at the National Ethnographic Institute and Museum, Bulgaria

Research interests: Late medieval Balkan arts and architecture, Christianity under the Ottomans, Bulgarian ethnography


Alexander Gabov

BHFS Instructor and Consultant

MA in Art Conservation, Queen’s University, Canada

Professionally accredited sculpture conservator and owner of Conservation of Sculptures, Monuments and Objects (CSMO), Canada

Vice President of the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators (from 2007 to 2010)


54125cc7abfe04a305822994390203d240a136feAlexandra Byrne  

BHFS Instructor

BA in Archaeology, University of Sydney, Australia

Research interests: Classical and field archaeology


ea591e3dc29cc5f2c63bbc024a5432ef45b35074Georgi Michaylov    

(1989 – 2017)

MA in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Archaeologist and curator, Pazardzhik Regional Museum of History


96db80d76fefc64aee5dd4223df1cbf93d2c84d6Desislava Takorova 

BHFS Instructor

PhD Candidate in Archaeology and Assistant professor at the National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


Dragan Vergoski  

BHFS Instructor

MA in Art Conservation

Senior Conservator, National Conservation Centre, Republic of North Macedonia


9ebe189bb6465638f3577bcf93a68b3f9ff5189aDragomir Garbov

BHFS Instructor

PhD Candidate in Archaeology, New Bulgarian University

Archaeologist, Centre for Underwater Archaeology, Bulgaria

Research interests: Roman and Byzantine archaeology and studies, landscape archaeology and GIS, underwater and maritime archaeology, urbanization and settlement patterns in Roman and Early Byzantine Macedonia and Thrace, Roman and Early Byzantine ceramics


Elena Marinova        

BHFS Instructor

PhD in Paleobotany

Archaeobotanist, Center for Archaeological Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Member of the bioarchaeological team of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS)

Research interests: human ­environment interactions, human impact on the vegetation and ancient subsistence economy in Europe and the Near East

 


Emilia Kaleva

BHFS Instructor

Freelance architect

MA in Architecture

PhD in heritage conservation, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Bulgaria

Research and professional interests: Cultural heritage preservation and re-integration of Communist­-era architectural sites

 


a2b1dfbb559d09470fc5409c257983ddc8848125Ewa Domaradzka      

BHFS Instructor

MA in Archaeology of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

Postgraduate qualification, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, UK

Research interests: The Mediterranean world in the Iron Age, Prehistory of the Balkans, Cross-cultural trade and exchange in prehistory


Ivan Ginchev   

Marketing Manager and member of the Board of Directors of Balkan Heritage Foundation

BA in Economics, UNWE, Bulgaria

 


7aac9c9eb73367ff97346152bd00adae040877a9Ivan Suvandzhiev

(1986 – 2017)

PhD Candidate in Archaeology, University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria


John Gorczyk ­   

BHFS Instructor

PhD Student, Anthropology, Cornell University, USA

Research interests: Zooarchaeology, human-­animal interactions, animal husbandry and hunting, Bulgaria and SE Europe, European prehistory, archaeological method and theory

 


fe973556edd415da573281cf5038f41e176b3810Nina Turlakova

BHFS Instructor and Consultant

MA in Art Conservation, MGHPA, Moscow, Russian Federation

Freelance professional archaeological & art conservator and restorer


5aa382d855005dfe22097c332bcf8d545504a359Petar Zidarov

BHFS Deputy Dig Director and Instructor

PhD Candidate in Archaeology, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany

Adjunct Professor at the CPCE and Deputy director of the Lab of Archaeometry and Experimental Archaeology, New Bulgarian University


Philipp W. Stockhammer

BHFS Dig Director and Instructor

PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology, Heidelberg University, Germany

Associate Professor for Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Basel, Switzerland

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Prehistory and Early History and Near Eastern Archaeology at Heidelberg University, Germany

Fellow of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies

Research interests: Late 3rd to early 1st millennium BCE in Central Europe; Late Bronze Age & Early Iron Age in Southeastern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean; Archaeological methods and theory; Archaeometry

 


Stefan Dreibrodt

BHFS Instructor

PhD in Geography and Geoarchaeology, University of Potsdam, Germany

Geoarchaeologist

Research interests: human-­environment interactions, human impact on soils and landscapes, ancient subsistence economy in Europe and the Near East as reflected in the composition of settlement debris; soil science, geomorphology, palaeolimnology, paleoclimatology of the Holocene, earth sciences and remote sensing/GIS

 


da69661763e0fadb05859a95839da22881c1a76cTamaki Suzuki

BHFS Instructor and Consultant

PhD Candidate in Architecture, Keio University, Japan

Research Fellow (Architecture) at Japan Centre for International Cooperation in Conservation, National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo, Japan


5b7fa45190b51b7f862794d7a8fa3d15e60d5b88Todor Vasilev 

BHFS Instructor

BA in Photography, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria

Founder and instructor, Sofia Photography School, Bulgaria; Freelance artist


8d86b006be354ebec38d70ad4ab10f080170aca9Yuri Pulchev

BHFS Instructor

MA in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Research interests: Medieval Archaeology, Funerary practices in the Early Middle Ages (7th to 9th centuries), Early Medieval Pottery


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