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Dr. Tsoni Tsonev Associate Professor

Address: National Institute of Archaeology with Museum - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2 Saborna St., Sofia, Bulgaria
Phone: + 359 2 988 2406
Employment, academic and research positions
Research Associate at the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum – BAS, Head of the Department for Interdisciplinary Research

Education
1985 MA in History at the Faculty of History at the St Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia, specialization in Archaeology as well as in Philosophy and English Philology
1990
PhD; thesis: Dynamic approach to Notion of Type in Archaeology on the Example of Sidescraper morphology of Polish and Bulgarian Middle Palaeolithic; Institute of Archaeology of the Jagiełłonian University, Krakow, Poland

Additional specialization: Methods of Mathematics and Statistics Used in Archaeology

Organizing experience
2003-2007 Head of the Department for Interdisciplinary Research at the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum – BAS
1999-2003
Secretary of the Department for Interdisciplinary Research at the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum – BAS
1999-2007 Representative of eastern Europe and central Asia at the Council of the World Archaeological Congress

Languages
English, Polish, Russian, French – fluent

Research
Areas of research interest:
Paleolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age flint tools; lithic analysis; methods of mathematics and statistics used in archaeology; theoretical archaeology, GIS applications in archaeology www.naim-bas.com/arche


Archaeological excavations and projects:
Experienced in archaeological excavations at Paleolithic sites, including cave sites. Participation in excavations at Paleolithic sites in Bulgaria, Poland, Vietnam.
Visits to excavations at Blombos Cave (Republic of South Africa), archaeological sites in Belgium, Austria and Italy

Publications:
Books (together with other authors):
N. Sirakov, S. Sirakova, S. Ivanova, I. Gatsov, Ts. Tsonev. 1996. The Epigravettian Sequence. In: Kozlowski, J. K., H. Laville, B. Ginter (eds). Temnata Cave, Excavations in the Karlukovo Karst Area, v.1, p. 2., Jagellonian University Press, Krakow.

Books:
Ts. Tsonev. Граветската култура и появата на мобилното изкуство. Studia Archaeologica, 2. Нов български университет. София, 1999.

Papers and Studies:
Ts. Tsonev. Reduction hypothesis and scraper morphology of Polish and Bulgarian Middle Palaeolithic. - In B. Ginter (ed.). Problems of the Stone Age in the Old World. Jubilee book dedicated to Professor Janusz K. Kozlowski. Krakow, 2001, 43-64.

Ts. Tsonev. Neolithic end-scraper variability of northeast Bulgaria. Sprawozdania Archaeologiczne, XLII, 1990, 333-345.

Ц. Цонев. Колекция кремъчни артефакти от Тутраканско. - Археология, 1993, 4, 16-23.

N. Sirakov, Ts. Tsonev. Chipped-stone Assemblage of Hotnitsa-Vodopada (Eneolithic/Early Bronze Age Transition in Northern Bulgaria) and the Problem of the Earliest “Steppe Invasion” in Balkans. - Prehistoire Europeenne, 7, 1995, 241-264.

Ts. Tsonev. Collections of Flint Artefacts from the Upper Valley of the Stryama River, near Karlovo. - In: Early Bronze Age Settlement Patterns in Balkans. Sofia, 1995, 43-50.

Ts. Tsonev. Neolithisation – a monotonic or catastrophic model for the transition to early farming? - Journal of European Archaeology, 1996, 4, 87-97.

Ts. Tsonev. Willendorf II, levels 5, 6, 7. - In: Годишник на Департамент Археология - НБУ, 2-3, 1996, 50-87.

J. Chapman, A. Radunczeva, Ts. Tsonev. Rocky Landscapes in Bulgarian Prehistory. - Archaeological Reports, Universities of Durham and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1997, 17-23.

Ts. Tsonev. Origin and evolution of the Gravettian culture in the Eastern Balkans. - Archaeologia Bulgarica, 1, 1997, 1, 1-4.

Ts. Tsonev. Typology, style and relative taxonomic distance of the evolved Gravettian from the Willendorf II site (Lower Austria) and the Temnata cave (Northern Bulgaria). - Archaeologia Bulgarica, 2, 1998, 1-28.

Ts. Tsonev. Factors for Middle/Upper Palaeolithic Transition in Eastern Balkans. - In: Orschiedt and G.-Ch. Weniger. Neanderthals and Modern Humans – Discussing the Transition: central and eastern Europe from 50 000–30 000 B.P. Neanderthal Museum , 2000, 183-190.

Ts. Tsonev. Knapping Technology vs. Pattern of Raw Material Supply (On the Example of Early Neolithic Flint Assemblages from the Orlovets and Koprivets sites, Northern Bulgaria). - In L. Nikolova (ed.). Technology, Style and Society. Contributions to the Innovations between the Alps and the Black Sea in Prehistory. BAR International Series 854. Oxford, 2000, 29-35.

Ts. Tsonev. Archaeology and archaeologists in Bulgaria at the beginning of the 3rd millennium AD. - World Archaeological Bulletin, 13, 2001, 34-66.

N. Sirakov, Ts. Tsonev. The late Eneolithic Flint Assemblage from the Tell Yunatsite

(South Bulgaria). - In: B. Ginter (ed.). Problems of the Stone Age in the Old World. Jubilee book dedicated to Professor Janusz K. Kozlowski. Krakow, 2001, 43-64.

Ts. Tsonev. Technological cycles in prehistoric Balkans. - In: Ts. Tsonev, E. Montagnari-Kokelj (eds.). The Humanized Mineral World: towards social and symbolic evaluation of prehistoric technologies in Southeastern Europe. Exploratory Workshop, 3-6 September 2003. European Science Foundation, 2003, 5-8.

Ts. Tsonev. Long-blade distribution and appearance of early Neolithic tulip-like pottery in eastern Balkans. - In: Ts. Tsonev, E. Montagnari-Kokelj (eds.). The Humanized Mineral World: towards social and symbolic evaluation of prehistoric technologies in Southeastern Europe. Exploratory Workshop, 3-6 September 2003. European Science Foundation, 2003, 105-109.

Ts. Tsonev. Landscapes: between land-use and invisible. - In: Ts. Tsonev, E. Montagnari-Kokelj (eds.). The Humanized Mineral World: towards social and symbolic evaluation of prehistoric Technologies in Southeastern Europe. Exploratory Workshop, 3-6 September 2003. European Science Foundation, 2003, 125-129.

A. Kunov, A. Hauzeur, G. Trnka, Ts. Tsonev. The Bulgarian Obsidian: Myth or Reaity? The view of geologists and archaeologists. - In: Ts. Tsonev, E. Montagnari-Kokelj (eds.). The Humanized Mineral World: towards social and symbolic evaluation of prehistoric Technologies in Southeastern Europe. Exploratory Workshop, 3-6 September 2003. European Science Foundation, 2003, 71-77.

Ts. Tsonev. Adaptation Strategies and Raw Material Supply Networks of the Evolved Gravettian in Central and South-Eastern Europe on the Example of Temnata Cave (Bulgaria), Willendorf II (Austria) and La Cala (Italy). - In J. Svoboda (ed.). The Gravettian along the Danube November 2002. Institute of Archaeology, Brno, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (in print).

Ts. Tsonev, E. Montagnari Kokelj, Ch. Piano. Efficiency of chipped-stone techniques: an analytical model based on GIS. Proceedings of the CAA (Quantitative Methods and Computer Applications in Archaeology). Vienna, April 2003 (in print).

Ts. Tsonev. Technological complexity and symbolism of risk-avoidance hunting strategies and of bone ornamentation in the Upper Palaelithic in the Balkans. "La Spiritualitй" Union Internationale des Sciences Prй et Protohistoriques (U.I.S.P.P.) VIIIe Commission : Palйolithique supйrieur Colloque de Liиge, 10-11-12 dйcembre 2003 (in print).

Ts. Tsonev. Long Blades/Superblades in Anatolian and East Balkan Neolithic Contexts. XIV Congress of U.I.S.P.P., Liege, September 2001, v. 34. (in print)

Ts. Tsonev. Long blades in the context of east Balkan and Anatolian early complex sedentary societies. - In: V. Nikolov, K. Băčvarov, P. Kalchev (eds). Prehistoric Thrace. Proceedings of the International Symposium in Stara Zagora, 30.09 - 04.10.2003. Sofia - Stara Zagora, 2004.

N. Sirakov, Ts. Tsonev. Early Bronze Age Chipped-Stone assemblages from the Bronze Age Yunatsite tell. - In: N. Merpert (ed.). The Bronze Age Younatsite tell. Institute of Archaeology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (in print).

Цонев, Ц. Статистическа оценка на някои параметри, критерии за оптималност и сериация на къснопалеолитните културни нива от пещерата Темната дупка, с. Карлуково, Семинар на ПГИИ, 1995. Интердисциплинарни Изследвания (под печат).

Цонев, Ц. Политетичен подход при изясняване на понятието “археологически тип” в палеолитните изследвания. Интердисциплинарни изследвания (под печат).

Reviews:
Цонев, Ц. 1997. Началото, 4 глава: Николай Трендафилов. Количествени методи в археологията.

Годишник на Националния археологически музей, Х, 372-73.

Цонев, Ц. 2001. Клити: Селищна система през палеолита и кватернерни ландшафти в Северозападна Гърция (том І и ІІ)р с.333-338. Джеф Бейли, редактор. Годишник на Археологическия институт с музей, т. І, 333-338.

Цонев, Ц. 2002. Тодор Стойчев, Археоастрономия, праисторически свидетелства за измерване на времето. Годишник на Археологическия институт с музей, т. ІІ, 388-391.

Teaching experience
1998-2001 “Gravettian Culture and the Emergence of Mobiliary Art” seminar at the New Bulgarian University, Sofia
1999
Won course development competition of the Open Society Fund, Budapest (Hungary)
1997-1999
Lectures in Paleolithic at the Slavonic University, Sofia

Editorial Boards
Since 2004 Editor-in-Chief of Interdisciplinary Research Series (NIAM-BAS)
1999-2003
Member of the Editorial Board and Secretary of Razkopki i Prouchvania (Excavations and Research), Sofia

Membership in scientific organizations
1999-2007 
Junior representative for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the World Archeological Congress
1994-2006 
Member of the European Association of Archeologists

 



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