Master Degree Program in Balkan Archaeology
A good knowledge of Balkan archaeology is a prerequisite for the understanding of the mechanism of changes in European past. The migration of hominids from Africa to Europe or the diffusion of the Neolithic way of life from the Near East to the Old continent, or technologic innovations like copper, bronze and iron metallurgy which also came to Europe from the Near East via the Balkans are among the main topics of the student of the early past of the Balkans. How did change occur? Where the peninsula just a “corridor” or mutatis mutandi contributed to the creation of the different economic and social environment in which the Near Eastern novelties were assimilated?
Archaeological sources which are crucial for the understanding of general processes in Eurasia were until recently difficult to access due to political and cultural borders created or enhanced during the Cold War. Monuments like the extraordinary rich necropolis from the Copper Age (5th mill. BC), or the multy-layered tell settlements in the valleys of Strymon and Hebros, or the Early Iron Age megalithic burial structures (dolmens) as well as funeral tholoi of Thracian aristocrats have obviously a great interpretative potential. There are numerous good opportunities to see the monuments in situ and even to participate to their excavation and processing. Now is the time of applying of fruitful approaches of social anthropology, archaeology of landscape, household archaeology to the Balkan Past.
The NBU master program “Balkan Archaeology” gives an excellent opportunity to explore important and difficult accessible monuments, to study the transition and change, borders and communities and to make authentic ethnoarchaeological research. It enhances the theoretical and practical knowledge of students and prepares them for a research academic career.
The Master program has contract with University of Durham, UK University of Liege, Belgium, Jagiellonian University, Poland; University in Istanbul, Turkey; University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza", Iasi, Romania.
Graduates can work as experts in research centers, national and regional archaeological and historical museums, in the promotion of cultural heritage.