The Texas Foundation for Archaeological & Historical Research
1993.  Silistra, Bulgaria.
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TFAHR Past Archaeology Projects
Excavations of
A Christian basilica of the 6th century AD
More than 30 graves in a medieval cemetery
1994.  Ulanci, Republic of Macedonia.
Excavations of
A Bronze Age necropolis of the 13th and 12th centuries BC
A Hellenistic fort overlooking the Vardar River valley
1995 - 1996.  Vardarski Rid (Gevgelija), Republic of Macedonia.
TFAHR excavated this site on the Vardar River in close cooperation with our Macedonian colleagues
led by Dr. Dragi Mitrevski.  An extensive section of the Hellenistic town was uncovered, within which we
discovered numerous coins, a great deal of pottery, several pottery kilns, many loom weights used in
weaving, several terracotta religious figurines, and the foundations of a large civic building, probably a
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1998 - 2000.  The Abbey of Valmagne, France.
A TFAHR team worked with professors and students from Texas A&M University on the survey and
excavation at the Cistercian Abbey of Valmagne in southern France.  The A&M team concentrated on
survey work while the TFAHR group conducted several excavations.  Finds included walls from an
earlier church at the site, and a tomb built into the wall of the church itself, possibly for the abbot
responsible for the rebuilding of the church - a most unusual feature in Cistercian architecture.  
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Figurines from Vardarski Rid.
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Publication of Vardarski Rid
excavations, in Macedonian
and English.
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The Abbey of Valmagne.
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2005.  Eastern shore of Lake Prespa, Republic of Macedonia.
A team of teachers from Texas worked with archaeology students from the University of Sts. Cyril and
Methodius in Skopje, directed by Dr. Dragi Mitrevski,  to excavate a Roman pottery kiln and ceramic
complex.  On weekends the TFAHR-sponsored teachers investigated archaeological sites throughout
western Macedonia and northern Greece, and in Albania.  
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June - July 2006.  Gloska Čuka (Grciste), Republic of Macedonia.
Gloska Čuka is a site some ten kilometers north of the Greek-Macedonian border on the shores of
the Vardar River.  TFAHR archaeologists visited this remote site in 1994, but decided at that time
that the logistics involved in excavating the site were too daunting.  Since that time, a road has been
laid to the nearby village of Grciste, making the site more accessible to archaeologists - and to grave
robbers.  Our colleagues from the University of Saints Cyril and Methodius (Skopje) informed us in
2005 that there had been considerable clandestine activity at the site and that it would be important
to properly excavate the site before it was thoroughly destroyed.

Gloska Čuka, a hill whose summit rises some 120 meters above sea level, consists of a high plateau
(the acropolis), some lower terraces, and surrounding burial fields in the plains.  TFAHR and our
Macedonian colleagues decided to begin excavating on both the acropolis and on one of the lower

On the lower terrace the remains of an Iron Age house with an infant burial in the center were

On the acropolis eight 5 x 5 meter trenches were opened at various locations to ascertain the nature
of the settlement there.  A wealth of ceramics, terracotta figurines, metal objects, and coins was
discovered, the dating of which led us to surmise that the acropolis was inhabited from at least the
fifth century BC to, perhaps, the first century BC or AD.  It must be stressed, however, that bedrock
or virgin soil was not reached in all trenches.  The evidence from two of the trenches suggests that
there were at least four distinct building phases on the acropolis.  
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July 2006.  Morodvis, Republic of Macedonia.
The village of Morodvis is what remains of the medieval town of Morobisdon, an important episcopal
center of the Byzantine era.  Excavation of the site began twenty years ago under the direction of
Macedonian archaeologists, uncovering at that time three churches, one built atop the other, dating
from the fifth to the thirteenth century, and an extensive cemetery of over 250 graves that was dug
into the area after the last church fell into ruin.  In 2006 TFAHR was invited to help resume work on
the site, after excavations had been interrupted for eight years.

We decided to concentrate our excavations north of the narthex of the last church, where a number
of graves had already been unearthed.  Not only did we excavate another four graves, but we
discovered unexpected remains from the last church and from earlier periods.  
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of the site.
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