BALKAN HERITAGE FIELD SCHOOL PROJECT (COURSE) 2014:
WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION, RESTORATION AND DOCUMENTATION
OF ANCIENT GREEK POTTERY
Project type: field school (workshop).
THE PROJECT IS
SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS (either volunteers or students in Historical and Art conservation)!
Period(s) in focus: Archaic and Classical Greek, Hellenistic (sixth century BC - first century BC)
Venue: the small and picturesque village of Emona and the ancient town of Sozopol - both located on the Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria. The village of Emona (Nesebar Municipality, Bulgaria), where the project takes place first and most of time, is located 20 km away from the small coastal town of Obzor between the major cities: Varna and Burgas (Bulgaria).
The Nearest Airports: Burgas (60 km) and Varna (80 km) airports. Don't forget checking the low cost flight options! If participants arrive at the one of these airports, a transfer to Emona may be arranged by request (Please, specify this in your application form!). Individual or group transfers' price may vary depending on both distance and number of passengers from 35 to 80 EUR. Ask for details!
How to get there?: On the arrival day all participants will be expected to arrive in Obzor by 6.00 pm. From there (meeting point is the Obzor bus station) they will be given a free lift to Emona. Bus lines connect Obzor with all the major Bulgarian cities with international airports: Varna, Burgas, Plovdiv and Sofia.
THE FIELD SCHOOL
Dates: 2-16 September, 2014
Application Deadline: 15 August, 2014
Minimum length of stay: Two weeks
Minimum age: 18 (16, if the participant is accompanied by an adult family member)
Number of field school places available: Maximum 8
Project language: English
Experience required: No
Special requirements: It is recommended that participants bring their laptops having at least 5 GB free disk space and a mouse. Operation system recommended: Windows XP or newer.
The Workshop: The WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION, RESTORATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ANCIENT GREEK POTTERY will guide the participants through the history of the ancient Greek pottery and the process of pottery conservation, restoration, documentation and study. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on ancient Greek pottery found in Sozopol (the ancient Greek city of Apollonia Pontica on the Black Sea Coast). The project includes three modules: 1) practical work in conservation, restoration and documentation of ancient pottery (involving authentic pottery shards found in Apollonia Pontica); 2) lectures on topics related to archaeological context, conservation and restoration of ancient Greek pottery; 3) excursions to the ancient coastal towns of Nessebar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Sozopol (including study visits to their archaeological museums and a traditional pottery workshop). Refer to the Course Program and Agenda!
By the end of the workshop the participants will:
All participants will receive:
Archaeological and historical context: Apollonia Pontica (present-day Sozopol, Bulgria) is one of the most ancient towns on the Western Black Sea coast. The city, founded by Miletian colonists around 610 BC, was named Apollonia Pontica, in honour of the patron deity of Miletus - Apollo. The Ancient authors identify the philosopher named Anaximander as the founder of the city. It became an autonomous and strong democratic polis and important trade center between Ancient Greece and Thrace. Thanks to its strong navy and naturally protected harbors, Apollonia kept control of the major merchant road along the Western Black Sea Coast, called Via Pontica, for several centuries. The city preserved its independence during the campaigns of Phillip II of Macedon (342-339 BC) and Alexander the Great (335 BC) but in 72 BC it was conquered, pillaged and burned by the Roman legions of Marcus Lucullus. The victors took the most prized trophy to Rome: the colossal statue of Apollo. The city succeeded in restoring its former glory and was known in the Roman World as Apollonia Magna (Great Apollonia). Following the Christian mainstream tradition, its name was changed to Sozopol in the 4th century AD. Despite the damage, it survived the period of the Great Migration of People (4-7 century AD) and entered the Middle ages as a focal point of long-lasting Byzantine-Bulgarian conflicts.
The large necropolis of Apollonia Pontica, dated to the 6th - 2nd century BC, is Sozopol's most important archaeological site today. It was once outside the ramparts, along the sea coast in what is today the Harmani beach area. Here archaeologists have discovered hundreds of ancient graves. Some of them contained impressive artifacts such as painted pottery, funerary reliefs, jewels and terracotta statuettes. The most representative collection of finds is kept by the Sozopol Archaeological Museum, Bulgaria but some artifacts are now in the the Louvre Museum (Paris, France), the Hermitage Museum (St.Petersburg, Russia) and the Pergamon Museum (Berlin, Germany).
Collaborative Universities & Institutions: the Balkan Heritage Foundation, Apollonia Pontica Excavation Team: National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Archaeological Museum of Sozopol, New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria).
Project Director: Ass. Prof. Krastina Panayotova, PhD in Archaeology, Department of Classical Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences;
Chief Instructor: Teodora Bogdanova, PhD candidate, Department of Classical Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences;
Chief conservator: Daniela Cherneva, PhD in Archaeological Conservation and Restoration, Senior Conservator at the Central Laboratory for Conservation Treatment and Restoration, National Museum of History.
Project Coordinator: Nayden Prahov, PhD in Archaeology, Program Director of the Balkan Heritage Foundation and Expert Archaeologist at the National Centre of Underwater Archaeology, Ministry of Culture.
ACCOMMODATION AND FREE TIME
Accommodation and Food: in comfortable rooms with a seaview and two to three beds (bathrooms with shower and WC) in a small hotel located very close to the workshop premises. Wi-Fi is available at the Workshop premises. Staying an extra day at the hotel costs 25 EUR. Single rooms are available upon request for an additional fee of 300 EUR for two weeks. Three meals (fresh, organic, homemade Bulgarian food) per day are covered by the admission fee. They usually take place (except the lunch packages during the excursions) in the garden/dining room of the Workshop premises. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted.
Free time: Guided visits to the towns of Sozopol and Nesebar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) will be organized for all field school participants and are covered by the admission fee. Leisure activities during the siesta and days off in and around Emona such as swimming, sunbathing, walking in the environmentally protected area around cape Emine and Irakli beach, picnics in the forest or at the beach etc. will be facilitated by organizers.
Extra trips and excursions: The BHFS participants could take advantage of their stay in the Balkans and take trips to some worth seeing historical sites and towns nearby. The BHFS encourages participants in the current project to visit after the field school either the ancient city of Plovdiv on their way to the Bulgarian capital Sofia (the entire trip from Sozopol is about 370 km/ 230 mi) or Istanbul, Turkey (340 km/ 215 mi from Sozopol). The BHFS can assist the participants who plan to organize their own trips with trip advices and recommendations, accommodation and tickets reservations, by providing historical information about the sites to be visited, arranging travel insurance and other tips. With our help these excursions could be cheap, easy, safe and pleasant. Look-up at other suggested travel ideas before/after the field school!
THE ADMISSION FEE
The Admission fee includes all educational and practical activities, tools and materials, full-board accommodation (hotel + 3 meals per day), project handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance, excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs.
LAST MINUTE REGISTRATION - BY MAY 31st, 2014:
The last minute registration admission fee is 1286 EUR (app.1600 USD. Check current exchange rates!).
REGULAR ADMISSION FEE:
The regular admission fee is 1429 EUR (app.1799 USD. Check current exchange rates!)
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NOTE, 7% OF EVERY ADMISSION FEE FOR THIS PROJECT DIRECTLY SUPPORTS THE BALKAN HERITAGE PROTECTION FUND'S ACTIVITIES!