In 2013 she completed her Master’s degree in Prehistory through the successful defending of her master dissertation “Pits from the eastern Upper Thracian Valley during the Early Iron Age” at the same University. In 2014 she completed a second master’s degree in Maritime Archaeology at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton with the master dissertation “Logboats from the Bulgarian Black Sea coast”.
Meanwhile, Zdravka has obtained additional skills related to her career in Maritime Archaeology: an advanced scuba diver; a completion of a basic course in underwater archaeology based on the programme of the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar under the auspices of UNESCO; a completion of NAS Part I in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology to the Nautical Archaeology Society, United Kingdom.
Between 2009 and 2014 she took part as a field archaeologist in various archaeological excavations in Bulgaria and in the UK. Her thorough career in Maritime Archaeology started in 2015 with the excavation on a late medieval ship wrecked in the bay of Chernomoretz, a project organized by the Centre for Underwater Archaeology, Sozopol. Ever since, Zdravka has been a researcher to the Bulgarian Center for Underwater Archaeology and actively takes part in every project.