Varna Regional Museum of History
Department of Archaeology
Vassil Tenekedjiev received his MA and PhD from Sofia University in Archaeology. He is presently an Assistant Professor at the Varna Regional Museum of History in the Department of Archaeology. He graduated high school with an English language degree, and is fluent in four languages – English, French, Russian and Bulgarian. Since 2008, he has been a featured lecturer to the Union of Bulgarian Tourist Guides on archaeology, history and ancient art. For almost two decades, Dr. Tenekedjiev has excavated at archaeological sites all over eastern Bulgaria, and for the last two years, he has been the co-director of an Early Christian Monastery near Varna.
Dr. Tenekedjiev is manager of the Varna branch of the Balkan Heritage Foundation, a non-governmental organization (NGO) created to support the protection, conservation, management and promotion of the cultural and historical heritage of southeastern Europe. He has also been a speaker at conferences in several countries in Europe, a featured lecturer on Bulgarian National Television, and co-author, producer and radio-presenter on archaeology on Radio Varna.
Dr. Tenekedjiev’s knowledge of Bulgaria’s past, his teaching skills and his entertaining personality will enlighten and captivate you!
‘Dr. Tenekedjiev was outstanding, personable (approachable) and very knowledgeable. His English was good and easily understood. He was always willing to answer any question’ – Nancy Gregory
‘Excellent! Vassil was very knowledgeable, and well organized. His history outlines and references back to things we had already seen and how they related to the present visit were helpful. Questions were well addressed. His enthusiasm was contagious. And he’s good company, good humored!’ – Roberta McIlhenny‘
Very good trip! Vassil and Gregory were excellent guides. Their expertise was amazing. Kind, courteous, funny, helpful – just great.’ – Letty and Del Newkirk