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Dr. Lyuben Leshtakov Chief Assistant

Address: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2 Saborna St., 1000 Sofia
Employment, academic and research positions
Since 2012 Chief Assistant, Department of Thracian Archaeology, NIAM-BAS

Education and additional qualification
2010 Collegium Historicum fellowship by the Sofia Univercity “Sv. Kliment Ohridski” and the EU dedicated to the development the capacity of Doctoral, Post-Doctoral students and young scientists
2009 Ph. D. Degree with Thesis: “The development of bronze Spear and Javelinheads in LBA – EIA Southeast Europe: Aspects of Typology and Chronology”
2006 six months DAAD scholarship at Institut füf Ur- und Frühgeschicte at Freie Universität Berlin by Prof. B. Hänsel
Since 2005 Ph. D. Student at the  Sofia University “Sv. Kliment Ohridski”
2002-2004  Master degree at the Sofia University “Sv. Kliment Ohridski. Master Thesis: Close combat weaponry from Ancient Thrace during the Late Bronze Age. Typological and Chronological development, and use
1998-2002  Bachelor degree at the Sofia University “Sv. Kliment Ohridski” subject Tracian Archaeology

Languages
English – First Certificate in English, Certificate grade C, University of Cambridge. Local Examinations Syndicate. International examinations. Europa Schools Ltd, 1999,  Sofia, certificate № 2651878, reference Nr 996BG0020192
German – 600 hours at Sofia University “Sv. Kliment Ohridski” and six months DAAD scholarship in Belin (2003 – 2006)
Russian – reading, working knowledge

Research
Areas of research interest:
Late Bronze age and Early Iron Age. Weaponry from LBA and EIA. Metallurgy from LBA and EIA. Transition from LBA to EIA

Archaeological excavations and projects:
2011 deputy field-director of field surveys in the vicinity of Sofia
2010 field-director of rescue excavations of an open-air settlement from the Late Iron, Late bronze and Neolithic ages – Chokoba, site 18A
2010 deputy field-director of rescue excavations at the Neolithic settlement Yabalkovo.
2009 rescue excavations at Neolithic settlement “Yabalkovo”
2008 archaeological excavations at tell “Himitliyata”, Sokol municipality
2008 sector supervisor and at the rescue excavations at Neolithic settlement “Yabalkovo”
2008 deputy field-director of the trench excavations at the LBA settlement, Chokoba municipality
2007 rescue excavations at a Neolithic settlement in the town of Sozopol
2005 rescue excavations at Neolithic settlement “Yabalkovo”
2005 archaeological excavations at LBA site „Kamenska chuka II”, Pokrovnik municipality
2004 rescue excavations at the EBA site Antimovo, near Vidin
2003 rescue excavations at the Early Neolithic settlement “Yabalkovo”
2003 archaeological excavations at LIA fortress “Helis” near Sboryanovo
2003 trench excavations at “Staria pat”, Vratitsa municipality
2002 rescue excavations at the EIA and Medieval site “Shihanov bryag”, Harmanly municipality
2001 rescue excavations at the Early Chalcolithik site “Dana Bunar ІI”, Ljubimets municipality
2001 archaeological excavations at „Malak Kastrich” site, Rezovo municipality
2001 archaeological excavations at a medieval town Drustar at Silistra
2000 field survey in the vicinity of the towns Haskovo and Dimirovgrad
2000 rescue excavations at the Early Chalcolithik site “Dana Bunar ІI”, Ljubimets municipality
2000 archaeological excavations at a medieval church “St. Marina” near Varvara, Pazardzik district
2000 archaeological excavations at Thracian barrow at the outskirts of Vratsa
1999 archaeological excavations at the EBA site at Mihalich, Svilengrad district

Selected bibliography:
Articles
The engraved decoration of the Late Bronze Age Spearheads from Southeastern Europe (in Bulgarian), – Studia Archaeologica Universitatis Serdicensis – in print.

Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Bronze Spear- and Javelinheads in Bulgaria in the Context of Southeastern Europe. – Archaeologia Bulgarica 2, 2011, 25-52.

Typologycal and Chronologycal Development of the Bronze Spear- and Javelynheads from Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages in Southeastern Europe (in Bulgarian), abstract of  PhD Thesys, Sofia, 2009.

Late Bronze Age stone spearhead mould from northwestern Bulgaria (in Bulgarian). – Arheologia XLIX, 2008, 1 – 4, 102-105.
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