BALKAN HERITAGE FIELD SCHOOL PROJECT (COURSE) 2015:
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. 

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THE FIELD SCHOOL

 
Dates: 1 - 15 September, 2015
 
Application Deadline: 15 August, 2015
 
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:

  • be introduced to the basic methods for documentation and restoration of ancient pottery;
  • be able to develop basic/further practical skills (depending on participant's initial level of qualification) in ancient pottery restoration and illustration (both drawing and using graphic software);
  • deepen their knowledge through first-hand experience with ancient Mediterranean/European History and Archaeology;
  • meet professionals, who work in the areas of Classical Archaeology and Pottery Conservation, Restoration and Documentation.

All participants will receive:

  • Project handbook (in PDF version by e-mail and a hard copy on arrival);
  • Balkan Heritage Field School Certificate specifying the fieldwork hours, educational modules, and sites visited.
Credit hours: New Bulgarian University grants 6 academic credits  to students for participation in the project. Transcripts are available upon request for an additional tuition fee! For details please read the BHFS Regulations for obtaining ToR!

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 of the town, along the sea coast in what is today the Harmani beach area and Budzhaka peninsula. Here archaeologists have discovered more than 2000 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).
 
 

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THE TEAM

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.

Nikolay Zlatanov, Balkan Heritage Foundation projecтs organizer

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THE PROGRAM

Lectures (L), Workshops (W) and Guided Tours (GT):

  • Conservation and Restoration of Ancient Greek Pottery (L);
  • Technology, Typology and Chronology of the Greek and Hellenistic Pottery with Examples from Apollonia Pontica (L);
  • Review of Basic Methods for Uncovering, "First aid", Consolidation in Situ, Cleaning, Sorting out and Storing of Ceramic Artefacts (L);
  • Ancient Greek Cemeteries and Funeral Rites with Examples from the Western Black Sea Coast (According to Historical and Archaeological Evidences)(L);
  • Conservation and Restoration of Ancient Greek Pottery (with fragmented original pottery from Apollonia Pontica (W);
  • Archaeological Documentation of Ancient Greek and Hellenistic Pottery (drawing, graphic reconstruction,  image  processing  using  graphic  software,  photographing,  description  etc) (W);
  • Guided visit of Sozopol: the Old Town Quarter and Archaeological Museum (GT);
  • Guided visit of Nessebar: the Old Town Quarter, Archaeological Museum and a traditional pottery workshop (GT).

THE AGENDA:

Dates
Activities
Notes

First Day

Arrival in Obzor before 6.00 pm. Two pick-up lifts from Obzor Bus Station to Emona at 4.00 pm and 6.00 pm. Arrival to Emona by 6.40 pm, registration and check-in.

8.00 - 10.00 pm - Traditional Bulgarian welcome dinner.

Additional pick-up may be arranged from Burgas or Varna airports, train or bus stations upon request.

Second day

9.00-10.00 am - Breakfast;
10.00-12.00 am - Presentation of: Balkan Heritage Foundation and Field School, the project and participants. Ice-breaking.
12.00 am-1.00 pm
-
Review of basic methods for uncovering, "first aid", consolidation in situ, cleaning, sorting out and storing of ceramic artefacts - LECTURE;
1.00-4.30 pm - Lunch break and free time*;
4.30.00-7.15 pm - Conservation and Restoration of Ancient Greek Pottery - LECTURE AND WORKSHOP;
7.30-9.00 pm - Dinner.

* Optional visits to the beaches in the area and/or the town of Obzor 

 

Working Day

7.50 - 8.30 am - Breakfast;
8.30 -
1. 00 pm - Conservation and Restoration of Ancient Greek Pottery - WORKSHOP;
1.00 - 4.30 pm- Lunch break and free time*;
4.30 - 7.15 pm - Technology, Typology and Chronology of  Ancient Greek and Hellenistic Pottery with Examples from Apollonia Pontica - LECTURE AND WORKSHOP;

7.30 - 9.00 pm - Dinner.

* Optional visits to the beaches in the area and/or the town of Obzor 

 

 

Working Day

7.50-8.30 am - Breakfast;
8
.30 am - 1.00 pm - Conservation and Restoration of Ancient Greek Pottery - WORKSHOP;
1.00 - 4.30 pm - Lunch break and free time*;
4.30 - 7.15 pm - Archaeological Record and Illustration of Ancient Greek Pottery - LECTURE AND WORKSHOP;
7.30-9.00 pm - Dinner.

* Optional visits to the beaches in the area and/or the town of Obzor 

 

 

Mid-session

weekend

8.00-9.00 am - Breakfast;
9.00 am - 5.00 pm - Visit to Nessebar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Sunny Beach - sightseeing and free time;
7.30-9.00 pm - Dinner.


 

Working Day

7.50-8.30 am - Breakfast;
8.30 am - 1.00 pm - Conservation and Restoration of Ancient Greek Pottery - WORKSHOP;
1.00 - 4.30 pm - Lunch break and free time*;
4.30 - 7.15 pm - Archaeological Record and Illustration of Ancient Greek Pottery - WORKSHOP;
7.00-9.00 pm - Dinner.

* Optional visits to the beaches in the area and/or the town of Obzor 

 

Working Day

7.50-8.30 am - Breakfast;
8.30 am - 1.00 pm - Conservation and Restoration of Ancient Greek Pottery-WORKSHOP.
1.00 - 4.30 pm - Lunch break and free time*
;
4.30 - 7.15 pm - Conservation and Restoration of Ancient Greek Pottery - WORKSHOP;
7.30-9.00 pm - Dinner.

* Optional visits to the beaches in the area and/or the town of Obzor
 

 

 

Working Day
7.50-8.30 am - Breakfast;
8.30 am - 1.00 pm - Conservation and Restoration of Ancient Greek Pottery -WORKSHOP.
1.00 - 3.00 pm - Lunch break;
3.00 pm - Departure from Emona. Trip to Sozopol;
5.00/5.30 pm - Hotel check-in at Sozopol;
6.00 - 8.00 pm - Sightseeing in Sozopol Old Town Quarter
and Free time;
8.00-9.00 pm - Dinner.

 

 

Last Working
Day

7.50-8.30 am - Breakfast;
10.00 - 11.00 am - Ancient Greek Cemeteries and Funeral Rites with Examples from the Western Black Sea Coast (According to Historical and Archaeological Evidences) - LECTURE;
11.30 - 1.00 pm - visit to the Sozopol Archaeological Museum;
1.30 - 2.30 pm - Lunch;
2.30 - 7.30 pm - Free time;
7.30 pm - Farewell party.



 

Departure day

8.00-10.00 am - Breakfast;
Departure from Sozopol.


 


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ACCOMMODATION AND FREE TIME

 
Accommodation and Food
In Emona-  in comfortable rooms with sea view and two to three beds (bathrooms with shower and WC) in a guest house located very close to the workshop premises. Wi-Fi is available at the Workshop premises.  
In Sozopol: in comfortable rooms with two to three beds, bathroom with shower, TV, WiFi and fridge in a nice guest house, located close to the city beaches, the Old Town Quarter and the Archaeological Museum. 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!
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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.


EARLY BIRD SPECIAL by Jan 31st, 2015 ( SAVE app. 150 EUR / 200 USD ):

The Early Bird Admission fee for the Project is 1286 EUR (app.1719 USD.Check current exchange rates!).

REGULAR Admission Fee after Jan 31st, 2015:

The regular admission fee for the Project is 1429 EUR (app.1919 USD. Check current exchange rates!)


Admission fee transfer options (for further information contact Admissions Office at bhfs.admissions@gmail.com):

  • Bank transfer

  • On-line transfers  

 

DISCOUNTS OFF THE REGULAR ADMISSION FEE:

* 5% DISCOUNT OFF the regular admission fee available in case of:

  1. Participation in more than 1 BHFS project or project session in 2015. (5% discount is valid for all projects/sessions to be attended).
  2. Membership in the Archaeological Institute of America.

* 10% DISCOUNT OFF the regular admission fee available in case of:

  1. Participation in any BHFS project/s in the past.

* 12% DISCOUNT OFF the regular admission fee available in case of:

  1. Group Participation (three or more people, who participate together in one project session in 2015 (the discount is valid for each participant)
* 15% DISCOUNT OFF the regular admission fee is available in case of:
  1. Group Participation (three or more people, who participate together in more than one BHFS project or project session in 2015 (the discount is valid for each participant for all projects/ sessions to be attended).
  2. BHFS alumni, who participate in more than one BHFS project or project session in 2015. (15% discount is valid only for the second, third etc. project/session to be attended).
 
NOTE, 7% OF EVERY ADMISSION FEE FOR THIS PROJECT DIRECTLY SUPPORTS THE BALKAN HERITAGE PROTECTION FUND'S ACTIVITIES!
 

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