No Fieldschool in 2009-2012

Dubene-Sarovka archaeological project

How can you contribute?
    Be a member of the team
    Be a volunteer
    Be a sponsor
    Be a publisher.

Accommodation in Dubene, Karlovo or Banya (Resting house or private rooms).
For more information e-mail to:

We have been searching for interested in:
              statistic analyses
              pottery analyses (group project; two specialists have been already involved in the
              prehistoric stone indusrtry
              cultural anthropology
              computer science and computer statistic programs
              absolute chronology
              multimedia specialists
              photographers, and
              any field of knowledge that would contribute to the project.

The candidates should be able to be on-site during the field school, to support his/her stay
and all additional expenses for lab analyses. Post-graduate students are strongly
encouraged to apply. Please submit your resume and project-proposal to
Dr. Lolita Nikolova

Field school

Site Name: Dubene-Sarovka and the Beginning of Early Bronze Age in Thrace
Country: Bulgaria • State:
Final Application Date: • Dates: July 15 - July 30
Site Type: Field School • Periods investigated: Early Bronze Age I (later fourth millennium cal
Project Details: The goal of the project is to document the beginning of the occupation of the
prehistoric multilevel settlement of Dubene-Sarovka, Karlovo Municipality, Plovdiv District,
Bulgaria. According to the existed radiocarbon dates, it is one of the earliest Bronze Age
villages in Thrace.

During the two-week fieldwork we will document two profiles and if will eventually continue
with excavations of the be the earliest settlement from the Early Bronze Age (abt 50 square
meters excavated area).

Accommodation: Private rooms
Director/ Project Organiser:
Lolita Nikolova, Ph.D.
Email Contact:

Webpages and publications on Dubene-Sarovka


Nikolova L. 2002 Dubene-Pishtikova mogila.  http://www.iianthropology.
Nikolova L. 2005 Dubene - Apsis House No. 1. URL: http://www.
Nikolova L. 2005i Banya – Ploskata mogila and Vaksevo. URL: http://www.iianthropology.
Nikolova L. 2002 Prehistoric sites in the Balkans.  http://www.iianthropology.org/sites1.html
Nikolova L. 2002 Dubene-Sarovka. Early Bronze pottery from the excavations 2002-2000. http:


Николова Л. 1994 Новооткрити праисторически селища в горното течение на р. Стряма
(Северозападна Тракия). Анали 2-3, 5-11.
Николова Л. 1999 Раннобронзовата култура Юнаците. Археология 41,3-4, 9-20.
Николова Л. 2002 Потвърден научен авторитет на археологията в Карлово. Карловска
трибуна бр. 16, с. 3.
Николова 2003 К археологии социальных изменений (по материалам позднего
доисторического периода Балкан). В: Манзура И. В. (ред.), Земля Триполиада. Высшая
антропологическая школа. Кишинев. Stratum plus. Кишинев, 280-294.
Николова Л. 2004 Към проблема за ролята на културните взаимодействия за
социалното възпроизвеждане в праисторията (по данни от Карловската котловина). В:
Джамбов И. (науч. ред.), Юбилейна конференция с международно участие. 100 години
музейно дело в Карловско. 20 години археологически разкопки на средновековната
крепост “Аневско кале”. Карлово, 6’7 юни 2003. Сбодник доклади. Пловдивско
университетско издателство. Пловдив, 166-175.
Nikolova L. 1995а Sarovka Tell Near the Village of Dubene, Karlovo District, with Appendix:
Early Bronze Settlements in Bulgaria (A map). In: Nikolova L. (ed.), Early Bronze Age
Settlement Patterns, 15-31.
Nikolova L. 1995b Keramikfunde und Interpretation von Grube 1 der frühbronzezeitlichen
Siedlung Dabene-Srovka, Nordwest-Trakien. In: Schmid-Sikimić B. & Ph. Della Casa (eds.),
Trans Europam. Dr. Rudolf Habelt. Bonn, 33-38.
Nikolova L. (ed.) 1995 Early Bronze Age Settlement Patterns in the Balkans. Part 1. Prehistory
Foundation and Agatho. Sofia. Reports of Prehistoric Research Projects 1-1.
Nikolova L. 1996а Settlements and Ceramics: the Experience of Early Bronze Age Bulgaria.
In: Nikolova L. (ed.), Early Bronze Age Settlement Patterns in the Balkans, 145-186.
Nikolova L. 1996b On the Encrusted Ceramics from the Early Bronze Age Settlement Dubene.
In: Tasić N. (ed.) 1996 The Yugoslavian Danube and the neighbouring regions in the 2nd
millennium BC. Institute for Balkan Studies. Institute for Balkan Studies. Belgrade, 81-93.
Nikolova L. (ed.) 1996 Early Bronze Age Settlement Patterns in the Balkans (ca. 3500-2000
BC Calibrated Dates). Parts 2-3. Prehistory Foundation and Agatho. Sofia. Reports of
Prehistoric Research Projects 1-2/4.
Nikolova L. 1998a The Yunatsite Culture I: Manifestation and Chronology during Early Bronze I
(In the Light of Stratigraphic, Ceramic, Radiocarbon and Archaeomagnetic data): In: Roman
P. (ed.), The Thracian World at the Crossroads of Civilizations. Part 2. Institutul Roman de
Tracologie. Bucharest, 431-62.
Nikolova L. 1998b Neolithic Sequence: The Upper Stryama Valley in Western Thrace (with
Appendix: Radiocarbon Dating of the Balkan Neolithic). Documenta Praehistorica 25, 99-131.
Nikolova L. 1999a The Balkans in Later Prehistory. BAR, International Series 791. Oxford.
Nikolova L. 1999b The Yunatsite Culture: Periodization, Chronology and Synchronizations.
Reports of Prehistoric Research Projects vol. 2-3. Sofia, 33-97.
Nikolova L. 1999c Dubene-Sarovka IIB1-3 in the Upper Stryama Valley. Archaeologia
Bulgarica 3, 1-7.
Nikolova L., Görsdorf J. 1999 Stratigraphic Sequence and 14C Dates from the Dubene-
Sarovka Tell in the Context of the Early Bronze Balkans. Eurasia Antiqua 4, 11-18.
Nikolova L. 2000a The Balkan Proto-Indo-Europeans in the Fourth and Third Millennia BC.
Journal of Indo-European Studies, 28, 1-2, 197-220.
Nikolova L. 2000b Social Transformations and Evolution in the Balkans in the Fourth and
Third Millennia BC. In: Nikolova L. (ed.), Analyzing the Bronze Age, 1-8.
Nikolova L. (ed.) 2000 Analyzing the Bronze Age. Prehistory Foundation & Agatho. Sofia.
Reports of Prehistoric Research Projects 4.
Nikolova L. 2000b Towards the Neolithic and Copper Age Development in the Balkans (Data
from the Stryama Valley). In: Nikolova L. (ed.), Technology, Style and Society, 65-92.
Nikolova L. 2000c Neolithic Figurine from the Stryama Valley. Archaeological News (Sofia), 3-
Nikolova L. 2000d Dubene-Sarovka, Yunatsite Culture and the Integration in the Early Bronze
Balkans. In: Nikolova L. (ed.), Technology, Style and Society, 201-239.
Nikolova L. (ed.) 2000 Technology, Style and Society. Contributions to the Innovations
between the Alps and the Black Sea in Prehistory. British Archaeological Reports. Oxford.
BAR International Series 854.
Nikolova L. 2001 Approach to the Genesis and Initial Development of the Early Bronze
Cultures in the Lower Danube Basin and in the Southern Balkans. In: Roman P. (ed.). 2001
Cernavoda III – Boleraz Symposium. Institute of Thracology. Bucarest, 236-260.
Nikolova L. 2002a A Bronze Flange-Axe from the Early Bronze Dubene-Sarovka Settlement
(Production, Function and Social Context). Archaeologia Bulgarica 6, 2, 13-25.
Nikolova L. 2002b Diversity of Prehistoric Burial Customs. Part 1. In: (ed.) Material Evidence
and Cultural Pattern in Prehistory. RPRP 5 (2001), 53-82.
Nikolova L., Görsdorf J. 2002 New Radiocarbon Dates from the Balkans (Dubene-Sarovka):
Approach to the Early Bronze Absolute Chronology in Upper Thrace. Radiocarbon 44, 2, 531-
Nikolova L. (ed.) 2002 Material Evidence and Cultural Pattern in Prehistory. Reports of
Prehistoric Research Projects 5, 2001.
Nikolova L. 2003 Towards the Archaeology of Social Change. In: Nikolova L. (ed.), Early
Symbolic Systems, 9-19.
Nikolova L. (ed.) 2003 Early Symbolic Systems for Communication in Southeast Europe. BAR.
Oxford. BAR International Series 1139. Vol. 1-2.
Nikolova L. 2005 Cultural Horizons from the Fourth Millennium Cal BC and the Genesis of the
Bronze Age in Western Pontica (in French). In: Prehistory of Europe (in French), Liege (in
Nikolova L., J. Fritz & J. Higgins (eds.) 2005 Prehistoric Archaeology & Anthropological Theory
and Education. International Institute of Anthropology. Salt Lake City & Karlovo.
Reports of
Prehistoric Research Projects 6-7.

External links:
Dubene-Sarovka Fieldschool, Karlovo, Bulgaria
Early Bronze II urn-like vessel from
the Museum of History in Karlovo
Dubene-Sarovka features
and finds: