Balkan Heritage Foundation (BHF)

Balkan Heritage Foundation (BHF), Bulgaria is a non-profit cultural organization operating in the area of cultural heritage research, preservation, communication, management and education. It was established in 2008 by three archaeologists: Ivan Vasilev, Angela Pencheva and Nayden Prahov. In addition to Bulgaria, the Foundation is currently active in Greece, Montenegro, and North Macedonia.

Through programming and communication, the Balkan Heritage Foundation supports the study, preservation, protection, management, and utilization of cultural heritage in SE Europe and adjacent regions. The vision over the next 10 years is to build greater global appreciation and solidarity for the cultural treasures in our region, to attract new resources for their study and preservation and to pursue global collaborations in benefit of the cultural heritage of SE Europe. BHF’s supporters include J.M. Kaplan Fund; Institute for Field Research (USA); European Commission; Bulgarian Ministry of Culture; major donors and over 2,000 individuals from across the globe.

Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) is a program of the Balkan Heritage Foundation (BHF) intended for education in the field of archaeology and historic preservation and is targeted towards students and specialists, but also for anyone (18+) interested in cultural heritage study and preservation. In the period 2008 – 2022, the BHF conducted and supported numerous projects related to archaeological research and excavations, underwater archaeology, conservation and recording of cultural monuments and artifacts, training, and education in the field of cultural heritage, volunteer workcamps, exhibitions, conferences, public lectures, fundraising campaigns, and design of strategic plans for utilization of cultural heritage by municipalities.