Balkan Heritage projects 2012:
HERACLEA LYNCESTIS EXCAVATION PROJECT
Project type: field school (excavations)
Site/s: HERACLEA LYNCESTIS (founded in the fourth century BC by Philip of Macedon and conquered by the Romans two centuries later) was one of the key urban centers on Via Egnatia road that connected Rome and Asia Minor in Antiquity.
All participants will receive:
New Bulgarian University grants 6 credits to students for participation in one project session and 9 credits for participation in two sessions. Transcripts are available upon request for an additional tuition fee! Click for details!
Archaeological and historical context: Heraclea Lyncestis (founded in 4 century BC) is situated on a low hill at the crossroads of Via Egnatia (called so after 148 BC) and the road connecting Pelagonia with the Vardar valley. Such a location made Heraclea strategically important, and it became the principal town and administrative center of the district of Lyncestis (a fertile plain surrounded by wooded mountains). Heraclea is mentioned in the chronicles describing the campaigns of Julius Caesar during the civil wars as a supply depot, and inscriptions of veterans who settled here date as early as the turn of the new era. Numerous private and official inscriptions as well as discovered monuments and artifacts, attest to the town’s importance during the Roman period. Many names of bishops from Heraclea came from the fourth, fifth, and sixth- century sources. The Ostrogoths, led by their king Theodorich, sacked the town in AD 472 and again in AD 479, but it was restored in the late 5th and early 6th century. In the late 6th century the Slavs conquered Pelagonia and Heraclea’s urban history came to the end.
Excavations have revealed several sections of the fortification wall on the acropolis and two basilicas in the main part of the town. Both basilicas have well-preserved mosaics from the fifth and sixth century AD, depicting geometric and figured patterns. The most interesting of the mosaics, remarkable for its size and decoration structure was found in the narthex of the large basilica – the rectangle framework (110 sq.m) contains 36 octagonal panels with images of fishes, water birds and mythological figures; the panels are linked by intricate meanders. Excavations near both basilicas have uncovered fourth and fifth century AD streets and buildings. Mosaics cover the floors of several private and public buildings near the basilicas.
A large part of the ancient theater, built on the slopes of the acropolis in the second century AD, has been excavated and the auditorium has been recently restored.
Affiliation: Balkan Heritage Field School/Foundation, National Institute and Museum– Bitola (Macedonia) and New Bulgarian University
Dig Directors: Anica Georgievska and Engin Nasuh (archaeologists and curators at National Institute and Museum – Bitola, Macedonia)
Project coordinator: Angela Pencheva (archaeologist, Balkan Heritage; PhD student at Humboldt University-Berlin, Germany)
Season dates: 30 June - 29 July, 2012
Field school session 1: 30 June - 14 July, 2012
Field school session 2: 15 - 29 July, 2012
Field school session 1: 15 June 2012
Field school session 2: 1 July 2012
Minimum length of stay for volunteers: 1 session (two weeks)
Minimum age: 18 (16, if participant is accompanied by an adult family member)
Number of field school places available: Maximum 35
Special requirements: The project is not recommended for individuals with solar allergies or other special illnesses that might be exacerbated during the intensive outdoor activities. The average summer temperatures in the area are 25-35 C or higher. All participants should bring clothes and cosmetics suitable for hot and sunny weather. All participants are expected to have some (at least theoretical) background in archaeological field techniques and methods. Participants will use the tools and equipment available at the site and are not expected to bring any additional equipment.
Experience required: No
Instructors/Trainers: Anica Georgievska, Engin Nasuh (archaeologists and curators at National Institute and Museum – Bitola, Macedonia), Angela Pencheva (Program Director of Balkan Heritage, PhD student at Humboldt University-Berlin, Germany), Dr. Eva Todorova (Balkan Heritage archaeologist), Dimitar Georgievski (Balkan Heritage affiliated archaeologist, MA student - Skopje University, Macedonia), Georgi Dimovski (senior conservator at National Institute and Museum – Bitola, Macedonia), Toni Nikolovski (senior conservator and finds illustrator at National Institute and Museum – Bitola, Macedonia), Matthew Schueller (field instructor, MA student - University of Evansville, USA)
Lectures, workshops and field trainings:
Designing of archaeological research
Field and graphic documentation
Historical and cultural context of the site
Room and Board arrangements: In comfortable hotel rooms (with two to three beds, bathroom with WC and shower), equipped with air-conditioning, TV and Wi Fi (single rooms are available upon request for an additional fee of 300 EUR). The hotel is located in the down town, close to the town’s main pedestrian street. Three meals per day are covered by the admission fee. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted!
Free time: Guided visits around the town of Bitola, Ohrid and Ohrid Lake as well as the archaeological site of Stobi are organized for all field school participants. The town of Bitola offers a lot of opportunities for sport and entertainment. For more information look at http://www.bitolatourist.info!
Look-up at the suggested travel ideas before/after the field school (not included in the project package and not covered by the admission fee)!
The Admission fee for one project session includes educational and fieldwork activities, tools, materials, full-board accommodation (hotel + 3 meals per day), Project Handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance, excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs.
EARLY REGISTRATION BY APRIL 1st, 2012:
The Early bird admission fee for 1 project session is 1214 EUR (app.1569 USD Check current exchange rates!).
The Early bird admission fee for 2 project sessions is 2428 EUR (app. 3139 USD Check current exchange rates!)
REGISTRATION AFTER APRIL 1st, 2012
The regular admission fee for 1 project session is 1349 EUR (app.1739 USD. Check current exchange rates!)
The regular admission fee for 2 project sessions is 2563 EUR (app. 3319 USD. Check current exchange rates!)
DISCOUNTS OFF THE REGULAR ADMISSION FEE:
NOTE, 5% OF EVERY ADMISSION FEE FOR THIS PROJECT DIRECTLY SUPPORTS THE BALKAN HERITAGE PROTECTION FUND’S ACTIVITIES!