Balkan heritage projects 2013:
WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION AND DOCUMENTATION
OF ROMAN MOSAICS
Project type: field school (workshop)
Venue: Archaeological site of Stobi, Macedonia - STOBI
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The nearest air terminals: Skopje, Macedonia (80 km) and Thessaloniki, Greece (160 km) - don't forget to check the low cost flight options! If participants arrive by plane to these airports, a transfer to Stobi may be arranged by request. Individual or group transfers’ price may vary depending on both distance and number of passengers from 30 to 110 EUR.
Travel/access to the site: Stobi is located in the center of the Republic of Macedonia. It can be easily accessed by: 1. travelling by bus or car on the highway E-75 (from Athens, Greece to Belgrade, Serbia and Central Europe across Macedonia) - the highway exit STOBI is just in front of the site's entrance; 2. catching a bus/train from Skopje (Macedonia), Thessaloniki (Greece) - the stop is at Gradsko (5 km. away from Stobi), from there participants/visitors could get a taxi to Stobi or request a free pick-up available from 8 am to 8 pm (please ask for details); 3. from neighbouring towns of Negotino (15 km) and Kavadartsi (20 km) participants/visitors could get on a bus to Gradsko or on a taxi directly to Stobi.
Description: In 2013 the WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ROMAN MOSAICS will be hosted for a second time by the National Institution Stobi, Macedonia at the Roman city of Stobi (nowadays an archaeological park).
Approximately 1560 square meters of the excavated territory of the ancient city of Stobi are covered with entirely or partly preserved mosaics, dated mainly between the second and sixth century AD. Most of them were discovered in the public or residential Roman and Late Roman buildings at the site: the Episcopal Basilica, the Extramural Basilica, the Theodosian Palace, the Synagogue II, the "Casino", the House of Peristeria and the House of Polycharmos.
The Episcopal Basilica has several construction phases dated between the 4th century AD and the end of the 6th century AD (see the plan). The two major construction phases of the Episcopal Basilica are clearly reflected in the architecture, wall paintings and the mosaic floor decoration.
During the workshop participants will be guided through the consequent stages of the conservation, restoration and documentation, as well as the history and technology, of Roman and Late Roman mosaics. They will work with either authentic Late Roman mosaic fragments or on an original Late Roman mosaic floor in situ located/found in the ancient city of Stobi !
By the end of the workshop the participants will:
All participants will receive:
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: The historical references and archaeological excavations provide a picture of the continuity of occupation in Stobi. The remains of the Archaic (sixth century BC) and Classical period (fifth-fourth century BC), discovered by the excavations, point to the earliest periods of Stobi's history. However, the small quantity of finds from that time and the lack of historical records do not yet indicate much about the earliest settlement. The first historiography records that mention Stobi are provided by the Roman historian Titus Livy, and concern the period of the second century BC, when (in 197 BC) the Macedonian king Philip V defeated the Dardanians in the vicinity of Stobi. According to Livy, during the Roman conquests in Macedonia, Stobi became an important center for salt trading. In AD 69 Empreror Vespasian granted Stobi the rank of municipium and the right to mint its own coins. Salt trading and the strategic position between two rivers, on the cross-road of the ancient road along the Vardar valley and branches of Via Diagonalis and Via Egnatia, brought long-term prosperity from first to third centuries AD. Several buildings are dated to this period: the Theater, the first City Wall, Porta Heraclea, part of the Forum Romanorum, Casa Romana, the Synagogue and the water supply system. In 267/69 the city suffered from raids by Goths and Herules. After their devastating attacks, Stobi was rebuilt, but following a different urban model. Most of the building ruins visible today are dated to this period. In the fourth century AD Stobi became an important Christian center and seat of mighty bishops. In the fifth and sixth century, Stobi was the capital city of the Roman province Macedonia Secunda, but suffered from the raids of Huns, Ostrogoths, Avars and Slavs. An earthquake in 518 AD marked the end of urban living in Stobi. In later centuries there are some records for a small Slav community that settled here. The last historical reference regarding Stobi is about the victory of the Byzantine troops over the military crew of Stobi in eleventh century AD.
Affiliation: Balkan Heritage Field School/Foundation, National Institution Stobi and New Bulgarian University
Project Director: Silvana Blazhevska (Director of NI Stobi, archaeologist)
Project Coordinators: Angela Pencheva (Balkan Heritage archaeologist; PhD student in Classic Archaeology at Humboldt University-Berlin, Germany); Dimitar Nikolovski (archaeologist, NI Stobi)
Session dates: 15 - 29 June 2013
Application Deadlines: until the places are filled or latest 1 May, 2013
Minimum length of stay for volunteers: 1 session (14 days)
Minimum age: 18 (16, if the participant is accompanied by an adult family member)
Number of field school places available: Maximum 12
Special requirements: Good physical condition and command of manual operations. 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, Mac OSX or newer.
Experience required: No
Room and Board arrangements: Participants will be accommodated in the archaeological base at the site, in rooms with two to three beds in cabins (recently renovated, air-conditioned, Wi Fi). Every cabin has 4 bedrooms + living room, 2 bathrooms with showers and WC. There is also a washing machine available. Participants are not expected to bring bedclothes or towels. Three meals per day are covered by the admission fee. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted!
Free time: Films and visits to the neighbouring towns/villages are the options for the free time in the evenings. Guided visits to the towns of Bitola, Prilep and Ohrid and Ohrid lake (UNESCO World Heritage site) are organized for all field school participants during the weekend. 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 includes educational and fieldwork activities, tools, materials, full-board accommodation (including three meals per day), Project Handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance, excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs.
EARLY REGISTRATION BY APRIL 1st, 2013:
The Early bird admission fee for the Project is 1169 EUR (app.1419 USD. Check current exchange rates!).
REGISTRATION AFTER APRIL 1st, 2013
The regular admission fee for the Project is 1299 EUR (app.1579 USD. Check current exchange rates!)
DISCOUNTS OFF THE REGULAR ADMISSION FEE:
Admission fee transfer options (for further information contact Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org):
NOTE, 7% OF EVERY ADMISSION FEE FOR THIS PROJECT DIRECTLY SUPPORTS THE BALKAN HERITAGE PROTECTION FUND’S ACTIVITIES!
BHFS Lecturers and Trainers:
Lectures and Workshops:
• History of Stobi and Macedonia in the Roman period (second century BC - sixth century AD);
• Introduction to the Floor Mosaics from Stobi: History and Techniques;
• Review of Basic Methods and Techniques in Mosaic Conservation;
• Mosaics from Macedonia (4th – 6th cent. AD);
• Preliminary Initial Report: Description of the mosaic technique, technology and mosaic condition; Initial Mosaic Documentation: Drawing 1:1; photo documentation; digital technical documentation; Documenting Mosaic Damage;Consolidation of the Mosaic’s Front Side;
• Consolidation of the Mosaic’s Back Side;
• Set up on a New Carrier;
• Chemical and Mechanical Cleaning of the Mosaic's Surface;
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