The Tundzha Regional Archaeological Project (TRAP) is a long-term, international, multi-disciplinary project exploring the landscape archaeology and palaeo-environments of the upper and middle Tundzha (Tonzos) river valley from the Kazanlak region in the northwest through the Yambol region in the southeast.
TRAP uses a range of approaches to explore the ancient landscape of our region, emphasising:
We are planning two campaigns during April and September 2017. If you would like to volunteer for fieldwork, we will add you to our list of potential participants.
We are currently in the final stages of preparing our publication, which will take the form of a 'traditional' paper publication plus online datasets, images, tables, etc. Print (and hopefully ebook) publication will be with Oxbow Books; datasets will be published through Open Context and cross-referenced in the print publication. The manuscript will go to reviewers in late 2015, and the publication should appear in 2016. Watch this space for updates.
The final season of survey in the Kazanlak Valley has been successfully completed, covering some 25 sq km. All artefacts from our Kazanlak study area have also been processed.
The fall season of visiting and registering legacy sites and excavation finished in mid-December! Activities centred on the Thracian (?) - Late Roman fortified settlement of Dodoparon, near the village of Golyam Manastir in the Elhovo district of the Yambol region. All artefacts from the Yambol region study areas have been fully processed.
Surface survey and satellite remote sensing planned for the Kazanlak region was completed on 11 April 2010. Finds processing, total pick ups and follow-up environmental analyses have followed.