Shawn Ross

Shawn is a Senior Lecturer in Ancient and World History at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and a research associate at the American Research Center in Sofia. Specialising in pre-classical Greece, his research interests include Greece in its wider context, trade and exchange, the rise (and fall) of complex societies, oral tradition, the integration of historical and archaeological evidence, and the applicaiton of IT to history and archaeology. Shawn contributes to the development of project methodology, administers project databases, co-supervises remote sensing, and leads pedestrian survey teams.

Adela Sobotkova

Adela is a Doctoral Candidate in Archaeology at the University of Michigan (Inderdisciplinary Program in Classical Art and Archaeology). Adela uses the survey data from Bulgaria as the basis for her dissertation on the evolution of settlement patterns and polity in Thrace. Her interests include the history and archaeology of the Black Sea region, theories of state formation, and the application of remote sensing to archaeology. Adela manages the day-to-day operations of fieldwork, helps to develop project methodology, administers the GIS, co-supervises remote sensing, and leads field teams.

Simon Connor

Simon currently holds a postdoctoral research position at the University of the Algarve, Portugal. His research interests include human-environment interactions in the Late Quaternary, modelling vegetation and fire history, reconstructing palaeoclimates in the semi-arid lands of Europe, and the biogeography of Tertiary-relict taxa in the Mediterranean and Black Sea basins. Simon is investigating the palaeoecology of the Tundzha region, primarily through palynology; he supervises collection of environmental samples, coordinates (and often performs) laboratory analysis.

Andy Herries

Andy is an Australian Research Fellow in the Human Origins Group, School of Medical Sciences, at the University of New South Wales. His research interestes include palaeolithic and neolithic archaeology, human evolution, archaeological science and geoarchaeology, archaeomagnetism, Quarternary palaeoclimate and environments, geochronology, and fire history. Andy coordinates the archaeological sciences component of our project and manages archaeomagnetism research (for both dating and envirnomental study).

Ilija Iliev

Dr. Iliev is the Director of the Historical Museum, Yambol. A specialist in Bulgarian prehistory, he has extensive field experience in the region, including excavations at the major Neolithic and Bronze Age site of Drama. Dr. Iliev directs our activities in the Yambol region, leads field teams, and contributes to all aspects of project planning and methodological development,

Georgi Nehrizov

Dr. Nehrizov is a researcher and field archaeologist with the Archaeological Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, specialising in Early Iron Age Thrace. His extensive fieldwork centres on the Eastern Rhodope Mountains (including the Lower Tudnzha), but recently has been extened to the Middle and Upper Tundzha Valley. Dr. Nehrizov directs our activities in the Kazanlak region, leads field teams, and contributes to all aspects of project planning and methodological development.

Julia Tzvetkova

Dr. Tzvetkova is an Assistant Professor in Ancient History and Thracology at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ochridski". Her research interestes include the history of ancient Greece, the history of ancient Thrace, Ancient settlement patterns, numismatics, and the archaeology of the Early Iron Age and Classical eras. She leads field teams, manages GIS and assists with project planning and methodological development.

Elena Bozhinova

Elena is a Doctoral Candidate in Archaeology at the Sofia University. The topic of her dissertation is Chronology and Periodization of the Early Iron Age in Thrace. Her interests include the archaeology of Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age as she focuses her research on the pottery development, the settlement pattern and phenomena that consider Thrace as an integrated part of the Eastern Mediterranean. With her experience in excavation, survey and multi-tasking, Elena functions as a pottery analyst, survey team leader and an excavation assistant director at the project.

Petra Janouchova

An MA student in Classical Archaeology and Philology at Charles University, Prague, has been a member of the project since its inception. Her interests include epigraphy, archaeology, Greek imperialism, and Greco-Thracian relations. Petra doubles as teamleader, documentation administrator and overall project assistant.

Barbora Weissova

Barbora is PhD student in Classical Archaeology at Charles University in Prague. Her dissertation topic is on Thracian burial mounds and her interests span Thracian archaeology, art and history, GIS applications to archaeology and worldwide travel. Bara has risen through the ranks since her arrival at the project in 2009 and functions as team leader, GIS trainee and overall project assistant.