Graduate Program in Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology

Bisserka Gaydarska, Adjunct Professor, PhD

Bisserka Gaydarska, Adjunct Professor, PhD


I am a Honorary Research Fellow in Durham University and currently I work as an independent researcher and consultant in archaeology.  My research interests include the prehistory of Central and Southeastern Europe, material culture studies, identity, interdisciplinary studies, early urbanism, GIS and landscape archaeology. These interests have involved me in numerous field and research projects, excavations and museum work in my home country of Bulgaria, as well as in Romania, Greece, Serbia, Hungary and Ukraine.


I received my first degree in Sofia University and a PhD from Durham University, UK. Having being educated and having being working in the research environment of both Eastern and Western Europe, I can truly claim to have benefitted from the best of both worlds. My post-doc posts were in two British Universities - Durham and Cardiff - research that I complemented with part-time teaching.


I have taught at all levels of undergraduate studies and on the taught Masters course in Durham University and I relish the challenge of conveying difficult concepts to students.


In the little free time I have after doing research, writing books and articles, editing or reviewing other people's work, giving conference talks and seminar presentations and writing grant applications, I enjoy going to cinema and jazz concerts, reading crime novels and keeping fit by swimming, fitness and yoga.