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:

  • Systematic surface survey
  • Satellite remote sensing
  • Palynology, palaeoecology & palaeobotany
  • IT for archaeology (relational databases; GIS; mobile computing)
  • Geophysical prospection (magnetometry)
  • Excavation

For more information, contact us; if you are a student interested in developing expertise in any of these fields, consider volunteering.

News and announcements

Volunteers wanted in 2018!

We are planning a legacy data verification campaign in September 2018. If you would like to volunteer for fieldwork, we will add you to our list of potential participants.

Fieldwork and analyses are complete

The final publication of 2009-2011 survey seasons and associated studies is coming out by the end of 2018. Stay tuned! The print (and hopefully ebook) publication will be with Oxbow Books; datasets will be published through Open Context and cross-referenced in the print publication. Watch this space for updates.

Fall 2017 Field Season completed

Is September 2017, we conducted a mound monitoring campaign in the Yambol province. Macquarie University students and Yambol History Museum staff sent three weeks visiting and digitally documenting nearly 300 map features using the FAIMS Mobile platform.

Fall 2011 Field Season completed

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.

Fall 2010 Field Season completed

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.

Spring 2010 Field Season completed

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.