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Dr. Ivo Cholakov Chief Assistant

Address: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2 Saborna Str., 1000 Sofia
Employment, academic and research positions
Since 2007 Research Associate 2nd degree, Dept. of Classical archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology with Museum-BAS

Education and additional qualification
2006 PhD thesis “Tools from the territory of Bulgaria during 1st-6th century”
2000-2004 PhD student, Dept. of Thracian archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology with Museum – BAS
1999 MA in Archaeology, New Bulgarian University (Sofia)

Organizing experience
2004 head of field surveys in Madgarovo, Haskovo District (SE Bulgaria)
Since 2005 deputy head of archaeological survey of Colonia Flavia Pacis Deultensium (SE Bulgaria)
2005-2006 deputy head of excavations at a pre-Roman and Roman production center (for lime and pottery), Krivina, Ruse District (N Bulgaria)
Since 2008 head of archaeological survey of Colonia Flavia Pacis Deultensium – site “Western rock necropolis” (SE Bulgaria)
Since 2007 head (with L.F.Vagalinski) of archaeological survey of the ancient town Heraclea Sintica by the village of Rupite, Petrich community (SW Bulgaria)
2008 head of field surveys in Silistra and Kaynardja community (NE Bulgaria)
2008-2009 head of rescue excavations on the Trakia Motorway, near village of Charda, Iambol district (S Bulgaria)

Languages
Russian and English

Computer and technical skills
Windows; Microsoft Office; Adobe Photoshop; ArcGIS; geodesic devices

Research
Areas of research interest:
The 1st – the beginning of the 7th century in Bulgaria and Balkan peninsula; Lower Danube limes; Roman terracottas; Ancient tools and production

Archaeological excavations and projects:

  • Roman colony Deultum (Colonia Flavia Pacis Deultensium) in SE Bulgaria (since 2005);
  • rescue excavations on the Trakia Motorway (Stara Zagora and Iambol district): Thracian ritual pits, Thracian tumuli, a Late Roman villa rustica (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009);
  • pre-Roman (for pottery) and Roman production center (for lime), Krivina, Ruse District. (N Bulgaria)(2003, 2005, 2006);
  • late Roman castle of Iatrus (N Bulgaria) (1997-2002);
  • ancient town Heraclea Sintica by the village of Rupite, Petrich community, SW Bulgaria (2007);
  • Tumular Investigations near town of Shipka and village of Starosel, Hisar Municipality (1996-1998, 2003);
  • Apolonia Pontica (today town of Sozopol) (1995);
  • late Roman fortification of Transmarisca (today town of Tutrakan, N Bulgaria) (1997-1999);
  • field surveys in eastern part of Rhodopy mountain (2003, 2004).
Selected bibliography:
Books:
Roman and Early Byzantine Metal Tools on the Territory of Bulgaria (the 1st – the beginning of the 7th century). Sofia, 2010.

Articles:
Woodworking and stoneworking tools from the territory of Bulgaria (1st-7th century). – In: Symposium G. Kitov. Sofia 2003. 234-244.

Tsvyatkova tumulus in the valley of the Thracian kings. – In: Bulgaria – cradle of the Thracian culture. Acta of National Conference. Veliko Tarnovo, 2003. Sofia 2005. 122-124.

With G. Atanasov. A Hoard of Late Roman Metalwork from Belokopitovo, Shumen district. – In: L. Vagalinski (ed.). The Lower Danube in Antiquity (VI C BC – VI C AD). Acta of International Archaeological Conference, Bulgaria-Tutrakan 06-07. 10. 2005. Sofia, 2007, 257-264.

With K. Chukalev. Archaeology in Bulgaria, 2006 Season. American Journal of Archaeology, 112, (2008), 143-170.

Ancient economy south of the Lower Danube Limes according to hoards of tools (1st – beginning of 7th century). – Arheologia ХLVІІ, 1-4, 2006, Sofia, 2008, 226-234.

A Roman Production Centre for Terracottas in Heraclea Sintica (Southwest Bulgaria) – Archaeologia Bulgarica XII, 1, 2008, 55-76.

With K. Chukalev. Statistical Data on the Archaeological Field Activities in Bulgaria, season 2007 – Archaeologia Bulgarica XII, 3, 2008, 89-100.

With L.Vagalinski, K. Chukalev. Archaeological Field Activities in Bulgaria: Seasons 2006-2007. Journal of the Serbian Archaeological Society 24 (2008), 109-122.

With K. Chukalev. Statistical Data on the Archaeological Field Activities in Bulgaria, 2008 Season. – Archaeologia Bulgarica ХІІІ, 3, 2009, 63–73.

With K. Chukalev. Statistical results on the Archaeological Field Activities in Bulgaria, 2008 Season – Journal of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences 1/ 2010: 38–45.

Roman Terracottas of Deities from the Valley of the Middle Struma River. Intеrnational Conference: Gods, Masks and Humans. Acta Musei Varnensis. (forthcoming).

With K. Chukalev. Archaeology in Bulgaria, 2007–2009. American Journal of Archaeology. (forthcoming)

Two hoards of antique metal tools from Iarlovci village, Tran municipality. (forthcoming)

Upcoming
Publications
Bulletin of the National Institute of Archaeology
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