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From: Emil Nankov <ehn2 <at> CORNELL.EDU>
Subject: More Proposals for U.S.-Bulgarian Archaeological Projects (Pomorie)
Newsgroups: gmane.education.classics
Date: Wednesday 6th January 2010 12:40:42 UTC (over 8 years ago)
Dear Colleagues,

Recently, the America for Bulgaria Foundation (
the Field Museum in Chicago (
http://www.fieldmuseum.org/) and the
American Research Center in Sofia (
have established the International
Collaborative Archaeological and Bioarchaeological Research Program that
will support joint U.S.-Bulgarian archaeological projects. You could
more information about the program from Dr. William Parkinson (E-mail:
[email protected]) from the Field Museum.

Herewith I copy the text of a new proposal from a Bulgarian archaeologist
who would like to start joint U.S.-Bulgarian excavations. Please, feel free
to contact them in case that you, or some of your colleagues, are
in these opportunities. For further assistance in getting in touch with the
Bulgarian archaeologists, feel free to contact Dr. Emil Nankov (E-mail:
[email protected]).

With best wishes,

Dr. Emil Nankov
Archaeology Administrator
American Research Center in Sofia

*Archaeological Site on the Left Bank of the Poroy Dam*

*(Probably the Roman Road Station Kazalet)*

*Site location and context*

The settlement is located on the left bank of the Poroy Dam, about 35 m
altitude, and lying

ca. 2.5 kilometers east of the Poroy village and 22 km northwest of
Burgas district. A part of the

settlement is under the waters of the dam and on the right coast. There is

consisting of 5 mounds on the hill situated in the form of an arc north and
northeast of the

settlement. In one of these mound treasure-hunters have destroyed probably
brick tomb.

Approximately 2.8 kilometers to the northeast lies another necropolis of 4
mounds. Until now,

archaeological excavations on the settlement were not carried out, but in
the Pomorie Museum,

Museum “Ancient Nessebar” and in private collections, many artefacts
the site are kept,

most of which date back to the Roman period.

*History of excavations*

For the first time the valley of the Hadjiika river (where the Poroy Dam is
located) were brought to the attention of the brothers Shkorpil at the end
of XIX century. Field studies were conducted in 1977, but interest was
directed mainly towards Dyulino Pass. In 1999 and

2000 under the guidance of Christo Preshlenov field survey was conducted to
examine the

Anchialo - Marcianopolis road and fortifications in the Emine Balkan. The
survey was

primarily focused on the area of Dyulino Pass and east of it.

In 2006 and 2007 in the territory of the Kosharitsa, Orizare and Gyulyovtsa
villages a total of 26 archeological sites were recorded, as a result of
archaeological field survey under the guidance of Ivan Karayotov. A
significant part of the archaeological remains was related to the

Roman period, whereas a number of the objects existed before or after it.
Unfortunately a number of

artefacts were accidentally found, and are now in private collections. We
only managed to take photographs of them. All sites are located along the
Hadjiika river and its left tributary of Byalata (White) river. The most
significant among them are the objects 12 and 23, which are the remains of

settlement, situated on the left bank of Poroy Dam. This settlement is
situated mostly in the

area of Poroy village (Pomorie Municipality).

*Significance of the site*

Archaeological artifacts found here indicate that this is the most
archaeological site from the Roman period in the entire region. Although we
have only the

artefacts acquired during the field survey and accidentally found, they are
instructive of the site’s importance: a large ashlar block, dipterous
threshold gate, numerous remains of walls, coins, construction and
ceramics, a marble relief of Heracles and probably Roman Road column. All
this, compared

with the location of the settlement and Tabula Peutingeriana, gives a
to believe that these

are the remains of a Roman road station *Kazalet*, incorrectly identified
with the Beykyoy

locality near the village of Bata.

*Research goals*

A goal of the proposed archaeological research is the study of stratigraphy
and chronology

of the settlement, the localization of major public buildings and temples,
and its links with

adjacent sites. An emphasis is placed on the study of the central area of
the settlement

(now seriously affected by the digging of treasure-hunters).


Кръстев, К. Теренни обхождания в
землищата на селата Оризаре, Кошарица и

Гюльовци, Община Несебър. – АОР през 2007.
София, 2008, 784-788.

Кръстев, К. Римски и късноантични обекти
по левия бряг на язовир Порой

(Проблемът с локализацията на Казалет). –
Известия на Музеите в Югоизточна
България, XXIV. Сливен, 2009, 118-134.

*Contact info*

Dr. Krassimir Krustev

[email protected]
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