Andrew Poulter received his BA and MA in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and his PhD from the University of London. Since 1979, he has been a lecturer in Roman archaeology at Nottingham University, and from 1985-1992, he was the Director of the British Archaeological Expedition to Bulgaria, conducting excavations at the Roman and early Byzantine city of Nicopolis ad Istrum, one of the most important archaeological sites in that country. He has been a guest lecturer in many countries, and a Visiting Professor at Veliko Turnovo University in Bulgaria. Dr. Poulter is a prolific writer and has published many articles and books, including Nicopolis ad Istrum: a Roman, Late Roman and early Byzantine City and The Transition to Late Antiquity: On the Danube and Beyond. Fluent in Bulgarian, and intimately knowledgeable about the country, Dr. Poulter is a perfect choice to lead this trip.