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CURRICULUM VITAE

 

TSANOVA Tsenka

E-mails: ttsenka@yahoo.fr
tsenka_tsanova@eva.mpg.de

 

Education

Currently held position 2009-2011 - Post-doctoral researcher in Paleolithic archaeology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
Research project: "Cultural Dynamics for the late Middle Paleolithic and the early Upper Paleolithic in the East Balkans. Taphonomic approach and techno-economic analysis of the lithic series"

2007-2008 - Post-doctoral researcher, Anthropology Department, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
Research project: "The origins of cultural modernity: techno-economic analysis of lithic industries towards a comparison between reference sequences of the Iranian Zagros and the South-African Drakensberg (80-35 Ka BP)"

  • Director: H. Dibble
  • Funding: Fyssen Foundation Grant

2001-2006 - PhD in Prehistory and Quaternary Geology, University of Bordeaux 1, France
"The Debut of the Upper Palaeolithic in the East-Balkans. Taphonomic and techno-economic analysis of lithic assemblages from Bacho Kiro Cave (layer II), Temnata (layers VI and 4) and Kozarnika (level VII)."

  • Directors: M. Lenoir et N. Sirakov
  • Jury members: J. Jaubert, L. Meignen, J. Svoboda, F. Bon, M. Lenoir, N. Sirakov and J.-P. Raynal
  • Presented on the 12th of December, 2006
  • Honours:très honorable and félicitations orales du jury
  • Partial Funding: joint thesis supervision France/Bulgaria by the French Ministry of Research

2000-2001 DEA in Physical Anthropology and Prehistory, Institute of Prehistory and Quaternary Geology, University of Bordeaux 1, France
Dissertation topic: "Techno-typological study of the Gravettian level IVb of Kozarnika Cave (Northern Bulgaria)"

  • Funding: French Government's Ministry or Foreign Affairs

1998-1999 Masters degree in Archaeology, Bulgarian New University, Sofia, Bulgaria

1993-1997 Bachelors degree in Archaeology, Bulgarian New University, Sofia, Bulgaria

 

Skills

  • Prehistorian specialised in the study of lithic assemblages on different scales: taphonomic, technological, typological and economic analysis
  • Finds illustrator: lithic, bone, ceramic, plan and stratigraphic drawings
  • Field experience: archaeological excavations in Bulgaria and France

 

Presentations and Publications

  • 10 international conference talks (7 of which as first author)
  • 1 invited conference
  • 1 book; 10 papers in journals (of which, 2 are in press and 2 in preparation; 7 of these are as first author)

 

Fieldwork Experience

2008 - July : Roc de Marsal, Dordogne, France. Middle Palaeolithic excavation. Directors : H. Dibble & S. McPherron
August: Kozarnika, Bulgarie

1996-2004 - Kozarnika Cave, Northern Bulgaria. Franco-Bulgarian Mission: «Les manifestations humaines les plus anciennes en Europe du Sud-Est» - scientific collaboration between AIM-BAS, Sofia (Bulgarie) / IPGQ - Université Bordeaux I, CNRS (France), directors: Jean-Luc Guadelli and Nikolay Sirakov.

2004 - Le Piage, Lot, France. Upper Palaeolithic excavation. Directors : J.-G. Bordes and F. Ricalens-Le Brun.

2003 - Pech de l'Azé IV, Dordogne, France. Middle Palaeolithic excavation. Directors: H. Dibble & S. McPherron

2001 - Caminade, Dordogne, France. Upper Palaeolithic excavation. Directors: J.-G. Bordes and A. Lenoble>
- Artenac, Charents, France. Middle Palaeolithic excavation. Directors: A. Delagne, J.-F. Tournepiche and D. Armand

1997 - Archaeological field survey in the region of North-Western Bulgaria - Institute and Museum of Archaeology - Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia (Bulgaria)

1994-1995 - Devetachkata Cave, Northern Bulgaria. Neolithic and Palaeolithic excavation, test-pits I, II and III, Institute and Museum of Archaeology - Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia (Bulgaria)

1994 - Saint-Ilia Sanctuary, Dupnitsa, South-Western Bulgaria, medieval excavation - Institute and Museum of Archaeology - Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia (Bulgaria)

1993 - Sozopol, Black Sea, Bulgaria. Classic period excavation and medieval - National History Museum

 

Workshops

18th-22nd October 2006, Vauvert, Languedoc: Visit to Aurignacian sites and examination of Chatelperronian and Aurignacian lithic assemblages, organized by University of Bordeaux 1 and the Centre de Recherche et de Documentation préhistoriques du Gard, led by J.-G. Bordes (Lecturer at University of Bordeaux 1) and Frédéric Bazile (UMR 5059 CNRS, Montpellier).

7th-16th October 2003, Valbonne Sophia-Antipolis: «Technological analysis of prehistoric knapped stone and experimentation», organized by the CNRS, director: Pierre-Jean Texier (Director of Research at CNRS).

 

Teaching Experience

2nd-15th April 2007, Le Piage and Les Eyzies (Dordogne): Field-school for Prehistory master students organized by J.-G. Bordes, lecturer at University of Bordeaux 1. Field methods, experimentation and lithic technology.

30th March - 6th April 2006. Le Piage (Lot): Field-school for Prehistory first-year master students organized by J.-G. Bordes, lecturer at University of Bordeaux 1. Field methods, experimentation and lithic technology.

 

Language Skills

  • Bulgarian - mother tongue
  • French - read, spoken and written - fluent
  • Spanish - read and spoken - fluent
  • English - read and spoken
  • Russian - read and spoken

 

Activities

Cultural and Prehistory guide, commented walks, illustrations, running, cycling, gymnastics, dance, canoeing, travelling, mountain, desert and jungle expeditions.

 

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