Pay to Dig in Bulgaria


How about paying to participate in a Roman Period dig in Bulgaria this summer? I’ve been asked to help promote the Bulgarian Archaeological Association’s 2007 Field School.

This really takes me back. I paid for food and board on my first dig, on Tel Hazor in the Galilee, in 1990. I was an 18-year-old grunt and shifted a lot of topsoil. That autumn I enrolled at the University of Stockholm to study Scandinavian archaeology, and look at me now.


  1. #1 J-Dog
    February 13, 2007

    This looks like it would be fun and educational… for my kids. I am way too old and cranky now to just throw dirt like when I started, but as an experienced and former professional, they would need to pay me. For $50k I am theirs for the summer. Plus car, and weekend trips throughout Europe for me and family.

    It’s been 40 years, but it’s like riding a bike – you never forget how. I would receommend going on a dig during college for everyone.

  2. #2 Hans
    February 13, 2007

    Dirt or no dirt, I’m in ! – check out the college girls!

    …if my wife lets me go, that is…

  3. #3 Martin R
    February 13, 2007

    I take it you do have college girls around where you live too, and what you’re really interested in is being marooned with similar girls somewhere a long way from your wife. (-;

  4. #4 Dan Pride
    February 13, 2007
  5. #5 Martin R
    February 14, 2007

    Haha, Dan Pride’s site tells us that one of Yigael Yadin’s excavations at Tel Hazor “conclusively prove[d] the historical basis of the Bible”!

    What Yadin showed was in fact that three Iron Age towns in Palestine had similar intricate gate structures built around 1000 BC. He pointed out that this tallies well with the Bible’s statement that King Solomon refurbished the fortifications of these towns (1 Kings 9:15).

    So what has been given support by archaeology is a single non-theological Bible verse in the Old Testament. This adds nothing to the historical source value of any other verse or book in the Old Testament, let alone the New.

  6. #6 Amanda
    February 15, 2007

    Ah, I would love to do that. I spent a month working in Bulgaria (Balchik) a few years ago and loved it.

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