Conditions in the summer expedition 2011

Our fund invites everybody to participate in a research conducted by the Eastern-Bosporus Archaeological Expedition  (EBAE). Russia (Krasnodarskii region, Anapskii district).

1. About expedition:

The Eastern-Bosporus Archaelogical Expedition is one of the oldest academic expeditions in Russia. The expedition conducts a scientific research to study archaeological monuments of the Bosporus kingdom created in the 6th century B.C by Greek colonists in Krasnodarskii region. The research is being developed in various ancient and medieval settlements and necropolises at the same time. The excavations keep going on practically all year long, but the greatest ones occur in summer, from July, 10th to September, 1st. This summer  the excavations will take place in the necropolis of an ancient city named Hermonass (the present-day Taman’ village) and in the present-day Vestnik village. In Vestnik, there will be excavations of ancient and medieval tombs, burial mounds and an ancient defensive ditch built at the time of the foundation of the city in the 6th century B.C. and studying of an ancient temple complex the finding of which became a sensation in the scientific world last year.

According to the results of the first excavations it’s possible to assume that the found construction was dedicated to Appolo the Delphian, Demeter and Persephone (watch a clip made by TVC channel).

In connection to the scale of the intended work the Archaeological Foundation and the direction of the EBA Expedition decided to organize two field camps at the same time to provide a dwelling for scientists and archaeologists coming to the expedition. One will be located near Taman’, the other one will be near Vestnik.

2. When:

The expedition will be functioning in the field from July, 10th to September, 1st in 2011.

Since the research will keep going on, it’s possible to stay for a longer period by additional agreement  with the direction of the Foundation.

The application form of an expedition participant

After you complete the application form please send it to the following address:

3. Where:


1.     The excavations take place in Russia, Krasnodarskii region (used to be a territory that belonged to the Kuban Cossack army), the very South of Russian Federation, on the shore of the Black and Azov seas. The first camp named “The Taman’ base” works in Temryukskii region near the oldest Cossack village called Taman (2 km from the field camp).  The camp is located right in the shore of the Black sea in Dymkovaya beam.

        Nearest cities with airports: Krasnodar, the capital of Krasnodarskii region (200km) and Anapa (80km).

The second camp (“Hramovniki”) functions in Anapskii district in Vsetnik. The camp is located in 15km from the Black sea. The nearest airport city is Anapa (15km).


4. Director:

Sudarev Nikolai Igorevich, candidate of the Historical Science, the Researcher of the Department of Classical Archaeology of Archaeological Institute of the Russian Scientific Academy, the director of EBAE, a major specialist in studying Bosporus necropolises.

5. Research curators:

Archaeological Institute of Russian Scientific Academy, South-Russian center of Archeological  Studies,  Taman’ Archeological Conservation Museum, non-commercial organization the Archeological Foundation.


6. Archeological objects:

Necropolis, ancient city of Hermonass (earlier-Tamatarha, Matrega, Tmutarakan’, Taman’). Hermonassa is an antique city on the Asian Bosporus, on the place where the present-day Taman’ is located. It appeared not later than in the first quarter of the 6th century B.C. and from that time on existed during all the historical periods following the ancient one practically without any pauses, changing sizes and names until present time. Hermonassa belonged to various nationalities: Greeks, Genoeses, Khazars, Tatars, Russians, Cossacks. Changing of many cultures and nationalities inhabiting Hermonass during many centuries made a unique memorial of archeology out of this city.

The temple complex in Vestnik was found in the process of fall excavations 2010. The monumental construction existed from 6th to 4th century B.C. (watch a clip by TVC channel).  Apropos this unique finding was made a report at Institute of Archeology of RSA. All scientists being present unanimously agreed that the finding of this memorial is one of the greatest sensations of last year in the world of Russian archeology.  Until this time in the Asian part of Bosporus the Kimmerian weren’t found any remains of the ancient times  being in such a great condition. The main question is how on the territory that always was thought to be an area  of populating of Barbarian nations could appear a memorial that is typical only for ancient Greece.

Ceramic terracotta findings allow to assume that this temple complex was dedicated to Demeter and Persephone. Also during the excavations was found a rare graffiti with the name of Apollo the Delphian, the patron of colonists from city of Melet.

7. Excavations:
In the process there will be made degreasing of excavations 2010, new excavations on the unsearched territories, taking a topographical plan, detecting the boreders of the memorial, excavations fixation, restavration and drawing of found artefacts with the following transmission to the Taman’ Archeological reservation Museum. The material preparation for setting the memorials in the registry for federal registration and deduction from  the land tenure with the following museumfication.


Exploring of the archeological memorials in Anapskii district  (one of the most unstudied districts in the South in the archeological plan) will be conducted using jeeps as a separate program. In the process of excavations volunteers will be guarded by experienced instructors (archeological scientists) who can answer all questions and teach primary methods of archeological excavations.

Besides, after work volunteers will be able to listen to lectures about archeology and history of ancient memorials of Crimea and Krasnodarskii region –territories on which in antique times was located the Bosporus kingdom and visit local museums and attractions where they can see artifacts found by our archeological expedition.The expedition will consist of archeological scientists and historians from the leading institutes of Russia and Ukraine, employees of the Archeology
Foundation and volunteers. 
The atmosphere is very friendly. We will be glad to see you there.
8. The amount of volunteers.

1.     Unlimited. Normally in the basic camp lives 100-150 persons. The minimal participation period is one week.

9.  Experience: 
All volunteers are welcome. Our instructors will teach you to work on the excavations, restore artifacts and draw findings. People experienced in archeological excavations are especially welcome and can work by specialty. Practically every day in the camp leading archeological and historical scientists of Russian universities and institutes lecture on history and archeology.
10. Location:
Camp 1-“Taman’ base”. A well-equipped tent field camp adapted for all-day presence of people (in camp there are water and electricity). The camp is located in a shadowy grove on the shore of the Black sea. Near the base (100 meters) there is a salty lake for great fishing. The three-time feeding is organized (in the kitchen work professional cooks).  Also were built shower rooms with male and female blocks and a few restrooms. In camp were organized spots for lecturing and cameral, restoration and art work. There are equipped areas for sports activities (football one and volleyball one) and evening gatherings (tea-spot, eating joint, and fire places).

The staff consists of the camp head of administrative work, the camp head of the scientific work, lecturers, cooks, drivers and peripheral workers.

Camp 2-“Hramovniki”. Volunteers are located in a house rented in advance and located on the village territory. Volunteers working in this camp periodically will be delivered to the sea in the expedition’s  cars. Volunteers may participate either in work of the first one or the second camp at their will on different excavation objects. Both camps are equipped with transportation vehicles.  The camp auto park consists out of jeeps.

Volunteers can be met in the airports of Krasnodar and Anapa or at the railway station, the transfer is discussed separately. They will be delivered to the archeological filed camp and undergone a short instruction. On the next day there will be a preview lection. Depending on your will after the lecture under the lead of an experienced instructors you will be able to start excavating. After the end of your stay you can be delivered to an airport or railway station to Krasnodar or Anapa. It is strongly recommended to contact administration of the Foundation to learn how to reach the archeological camp location with the greatest comfort.

11.  Equipment:

You will be equipped with all that is necessary for archeological excavations. It’s recommended to have snickers for excavations, shoes for rainy weather, a jacket and a warm sweater because sometimes nights get chilly. We also recommend to buy a mosquito repellent, a tent and a sleeping bag (we can provide our own tent from the camp requisite if it’s very urgent). For full instructions contact Tat’yana Dadykina, the director of the Foundation,

12.  Pay attention!

Staying in expedition and excavation work require some physical endurance. Field conditions are primary so you must be ready to quickly get adapted to such a lifestyle. All this compensates by the fact that for a volunteer staying in an archeological expedition a tourist trip is not passive watching but full studying of the environment, history and society of the visited area.

13. Staying price:

Another distinctive feature of our expedition is a differentiated payment approach. We announce following prices.

For our volunteers from the CIS:

  • 500 rub./day (from 1-2 weeks of staying)
  • 400rub./day (to 3 weeks)
  • 350rub./day (1 month)

For foreign volunteers:

  • 20 EUR/day (minimal period of staying is one week) so the one-week payment is 140EUR. In case if a volunteer arrives for a two-week period or longer the payment goes down to 15EUR a day

For those enthusiasts who already visited us more than once and in groups of eight must pay only 350rub. a day. The cost includes three-time feeding and living in the tent camp. All prices are given without transportation, visa and some excursions’ cost.


The expedition is not a traveling bureau  or a traveling agency.

In order to guarantee your successful participation in the archeological expedition volunteers must learn about the country, visas, medical insurance, local currency, traditions, customs and organize visa support and transportation on their own. We will try to help you solve some of the problems if we will be able to.

Participation of organized groups must be discussed with the project direction separately. E-mail us:

For more information contact Tat’yana Dadykina, the Foundation director:  E-mail us:
13 Electrodnaya st.,
bld. 4.
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