FOUNDERS

IVAN VASILEV

DR ANGELA PENCHEVA

DR NAYDEN PRAHOV

BOARD of Trustees

IVAN VASILEV

DR ANGELA PENCHEVA

ALBENA THEODOROVA

ELENA VASILEVA

CEO

director of Balkan Heritage Foundation

IVAN VASILEV 

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

Adjunct Professor and Ph.D. Candidate in Medieval Archaeology, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria. Chair of the Bilateral (Bulgarian-US) Commission for Preservation of Cultural Heritage of Bulgaria.

Research interests: Cultural Heritage Management; Medieval Balkan Archaeology & History; Architecture & Arts of Eastern Christianity.

Programme director

Dr Angela Pencheva

Dr Angela Pencheva 

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

Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology, Humboldt University, Germany. Adjunct Professor, CPCE, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria. ICCM Board Member.

Research interests: Late Classical & Hellenistic Archaeology & History of the Balkans; Cultural Heritage Management; Ancient Mosaic Conservation.

TEAM

Barbara Remedios

Barbara Remedios

Admissions & Administrative Officer   

MA in, Conservation of Historic Buildings, University of Bath, United Kingdom and  BA in International Relations, University of California, Davis, United States of America.

Lyuba Manoilova

Lyuba Manoilova  

Balkan Heritage Foundation Program and Office Assistant

Ph.d. Candidate in physical anthropology at Institute for Experimental Morphology, Pathology and Anthropology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Research interests: Classical archaeology, Late Antiquity, Osteoarchaeology, Paleopathology.

Kamelia Kalaydjieva

Chief Accountant

Svilen Ovcharov 

Аttorney-at-law

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

DR MATTHEW SCHUELLER

Representative of BHFS in USA & Canada and BHFS instructor

Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.

Research interests: Roman Macedonian & Thracian Archaeology. Roman Architecture & Cultural Dialogue.

Eddy Baltov

Eduard Baltov  

Office & Project Assistant

Anton Chalakov

Project Assistant

Professional Photographer and Marketing Specialist.

BRANCH MANAGERS

DR ANGELA PENCHEVA

Branch Manager – Sofia

SVILEN OVCHAROV

Branch Manager – Mezek

LYUBA MANOILOVA

Branch Manager – Emona

DR VASSIL TENEKEDJIEV

Branch Manager – Varna

DR STANISLAV STANEV

Branch Manager – Dragoman

Advisory Board

bulgarian archaeologist nayden prahov

Dr Nayden Prahov 

Founder, Chairman of the Advisory Board

Ph.D. in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria; Assistant Professor, National Archaeological Institute with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Adjunct Professor, CPCE, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria.

Research interests: Underwater and Maritime Archaeology; Predictive Modeling and Spatial Analyses in Archaeology.

Alexander Manev

Alexander Manev  

BHFS Instructor, Dig Director and Coordinator   

Ph.D. Candidate in Archaeology, Department of Classical Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.    

Research interests: Late Antiquity & Early Christian Archaeology & History; Ecclesiastic Architecture.

Dr Alexey Gotsev

BHFS Advisory Board, Dig Director and Instructor   

Ph.D. 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.

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DR VASSIL TENEKEDJIEV

Balkan Heritage Foundation Branch Manager – Varna, BHFS Instructor 

Ph.D. in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria; Archaeologist, Assistant professor at the Department of Archaeology, Varna Regional Museum of History.

Research Interests: Late Antiquity & Early Christian Archaeology & History; Christian Art; Orthodox Iconography.

GAVRAIL LAZOV

BHFS instructor

MA in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria; Former Director of the Archaeology Department of National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Science; Visiting professor at the National Academy of Arts, Bulgaria.

Research Interests: Thracian Archaeology & History.

Dr Darko Stojanovski 

BHFS Co-Dig Director, Coordinator & Instructor

Ph.D. in Quaternary and Prehistory, University of Ferrara, Italy.

Research Interests: European Prehistory & Neolithisation; Balkan Neolithic; Population Dispersal in Pleistocene Europe; Neanderthal Mobility Patterns and Behaviour; Middle Palaeolithic Stone Tool Technology.

DR EVELINA TODOROVA

BHFS Instructor

Ph.D. 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 and Medieval Balkan Archaeology; Medieval Pottery; Medieval Jewelry; Burial Practices in Medieval Balkans.

DR GEORGE BEVAN

BHFS Instructor

Ph.D. in Classics, University of Toronto; Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada; Cross-appointment to the Departments of Art History and Classics at Queen’s University.

Research interests: Late Antique History and Archaeology; Epigraphy; GIS; UAV Mapping; Photogrammetry.

Prof. Dr Ivan Gatsov

Archaeologist and Traceologist

Department of Archaeology, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria.

Dr Kamen Boyadzhiev

DR KAMEN BOYADZHIEV

BHFS Coordinator, Dig Co-Director and Instructor

Ph.D. 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.

DR KRASTINA PANAYOTOVA

BHFS Dig Director and Instructor

Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Classical Archeology, National Institute of Archeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Ph.D. in Archeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria.

Research interests: Ancient Greek Archaeology; Greek Colonies on the Black Sea Coast; Funerary Practices and Traditions of the Ancient Greeks Apoikaas.

DR LIDIA DOMARADZKA

BHFS Consultant & Visiting Instructor

Ph.D. in Classical Philology and Visiting professor, Sofia University, Bulgaria; President of the “Pistiros” Association. Epigraphist in Greek & Latin. Former Teacher at the National School for Ancient Languages and Cultures “Constantine-Cyril Philosopher”, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Research Interests: Ancient Greek & Roman Coinage; Epigraphic Monuments.

DR MAŁGORZATA GRĘBSKA-KULOVA

BHFS Consultant

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.

DR SILVANA BLAZHEVSKA

BHFS Dig Director

Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology, Skopje University, North Macedonia. Archeologist & Curator of National Institution Stobi.

Research interests: Classical and Roman archaeology; Religion & Cult.

DR Teodora Bogdanova

BHFS Deputy Dig Director and Instructor    

Ph.D. in Archaeology at the National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. 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 Toiletries in Greek Colonies.

VIARA PETROVA   

BHFS Deputy Dig Director and Instructor   

MA in Archaeology, Sofia University, Bulgaria. Interim Director of Archaeological Museum “Prof. M. Domaradski” in Septemvri, Bulgaria.

Research Interests: Archeology of Thracian Settlements; Ancient Greek Ceramics.

DR YAVOR BOYADZHIEV

BHFS Dig Co-director and Instructor

Ph.D. in Archaeology and Associate Professor at the National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Research interests: Prehistory and Prehistoric Archaeology; Physicochemical Methods for Dating in Prehistory.