In June and July 2011 TFAHR will again conduct excavations and an International Field School
in the Republic of Macedonia, in cooperation with the
People's Museum of Sveti Nikole.  This
program is open to teachers, students and volunteers of all nationalities.

Ancient Bylazora
Location:  Sveti Nikole, Republic of Macedonia
Session dates: June 6, 2011 - July 29, 2011  
Application Deadline:  
TFAHR IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW APPLICATIONS FOR
THE 2011 SEASON
THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXPEDITION AND INTERNATIONAL FIELD SCHOOL IN MACEDONIA
2011 ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXPEDITION IN MACEDONIA
For further information,
please e-mail us at
info@tfahr.org
TFAHR 2011
Archaeological Dig
The Texas Foundation for Archaeological & Historical Research
Opportunities for volunteers include:
  1. Actual excavation field work
  2. Documentation of site
  3. Processing finds and pottery (washing, drawing, documenting, restoration)
  4. Evening lectures
  5. Occasional field trips to nearby archaeological sites

Volunteers must have an adequate command of English.

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers:  Four weeks

Minimum Age:  18

Experience:  None required

Ancient Bylazora, Sveti Nikole.  June 6 - July 29, 2011

    In June 2011 TFAHR will return to Sveti Nikole to excavate the site of Ancient Bylazora,
    continuing the work from the 2008 - 2010 seasons.  Bylazora was the fabled capital city of the
    Paionians.  The site, located in the Ovce Pole valley, has monumental remains dating from the
    sixth to the third century B.C.  Excavations conducted in the 1980s and 1990s, and in 2000  
    revealed a large subterranean opus quadratum building (possibly a ceremonial pool), and a
    substantial defensive wall.

    TFAHR’s work in 2008 and 2009 concentrated on the acropolis, where we uncovered an
    extensive stretch of the defensive wall, and a propylon (monumental gateway), which included a  
    long and wide paved ramp flanked by public buildings.  In 2010 we resumed work on the
    acropolis to determine what other buildings were associated with the defensive wall and
    propylon, and to get a better idea of the chronology of these structures.  The 2010 excavations
    brought to light the remains of a monumental building in the Doric style, probably a stoa, and the
    western reaches of the city's defensive wall and gate.

    The discoveries of the first three seasons have already tremendously expanded our knowledge
    of Paionian history, the fate of Bylazora, and Paionian-Macedonian urban planning; this work
    has also raised tantalizing questions as to the extent of Hellenization of the Paionians and how
    this cultural transfer may have come about.  In the 2011 season we will continue to investigate
    this remarkable city of the Paionians.

Additional Information.

    Room and Board Arrangements:  TFAHR will provide accommodations in a nearby hotel
    (double or triple occupancy with private bath), and meals during the work-week at no cost to the
    volunteers.  Volunteers pay for their own beverages at all meals.  Weekend expenses are the
    responsibility of the volunteers.

    Costs:  Volunteers must make their own way to Sveti Nikole.

    Academic Credit:  No academic credit will be offered.

    Application Deadline:  TFAHR IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW APPLICATIONS FOR THE
    2011 SEASON
Volunteers learning
conservation and
restoration techniques in
a workshop presented by
experts from a nearby
museum.
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Site Map
Photos from the 2010
excavation season:

Excavation

Finds

International Field School
Paved ramp on the
acropolis of Bylazora.
Measuring and drawing
the "temple stones."
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Lands inhabited by the
Paionians in the 6th
century BC.
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Questions on costs / travel / logistics?  View the 2011 Participant Orientation Guide
The 2011 TFAHR excavations and International Field School in Macedonia are funded
entirely by private donations.  The number of places we will have available for students,
teachers and volunteers will depend on the amount we receive in donations.

    If you are interested in making a donation, please contact TFAHR at info@tfahr.org , or click the
    button below to make a donation with your credit card.
2011 Participant
Orientation Guide
THE BYLAZORA
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Excavating the western
gate.
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2011 Participant
Orientation Guide