BALKAN HERITAGE FIELD SCHOOL PROJECT (COURSE) 2015:
WORKSHOP ON ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTATION OF ARTIFACTS AND ARCHITECTURE (RTI AND PHOTOGRAMMETRY)
Project Type: Course with two versions: Standard and Extended.
The standard course is suitable for those with interest in and have some familiarity with the basic principles of photography, digital SLR cameras and those who are comfortable with learning new computer programs. Students, young specialists and people with interests in: advanced techniques for documentation of monuments & artifacts & archaeological excavation; digital photography; Roman and Late Antique architecture and art as well as travel are welcome. The extended course is suitable for those who want to expand their skills in Reflectance Transformation Imaging, Photogrammetry and Total Station Surveying, as well as to travel even more in Republic of Macedonia and Greece.
Venue: Archaeological site of Stobi, Republic of Macedonia. The Hellenistic, Roman and Late Roman city was a significant urban center in Antiquity and capital of the Roman province Macedonia Secunda in the Late Antiquity.
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Period(s): Roman and Late Antique (second century BC - sixth century AD)
Standard course (PH.WRK 15): 27 June-11 July, 2015
Extended course (PH.WRK 15 EXT): 27 June-25 July, 2015
Application Deadline: 15 May, 2015
Minimum length of stay: Two weeks
Minimum age: 18
Number of course places available: 12
Project language: English
Experience required: Yes. Participants in the workshop are expected to have some familiarity with the basic principles of photography with digital SLR cameras and are comfortable with learning new computer programs on the PC and/or MAC platforms. Experience in documentation photographic projects is an advantage.
Special requirements: The project is not recommended for individuals with special illnesses that might be exacerbated during the outdoor activities. Each participant is expected to bring a laptop having at least 50GB free disk space, at least 4GB of RAM, a mouse, a USB flash drive and an external hard drive with at least 500 GB of free space. If students would like to participate in the processing of 3D models with their own computers, they are strongly recommended to have a laptop no more than two years old with at least 8GB of RAM. If students own a Digital SLR camera of 12 mega-pixels or greater they are encouraged to bring it. Students are strongly recommended to contact the instructor if they have any questions about any of these recommendations and requirements.
The Workshop: This workshop will instruct students on the use of the latest techniques in Computational Photography to document the archaeological site of Stobi in the Republic of Macedonia. A wide range of cultural materials at various scales --- buildings measuring tens of metres to coins measuring tens of millimetres --- will be documented and analyzed using advanced photographic techniques. The instruction will focus on the use of flexible, non-destructive and low-cost documentation techniques to capture 3D data using digital cameras. These techniques will include Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), a powerful technique to record minute surface details by dynamic relighting, and close-range photogrammetry, which uses overlapping images to create true 3D models or architectural and epigraphic features. Discussed as well will be image processing techniques to enhance faded images on frescos using colour decorrelation. Additionally, the students will also get basic skills in Total Station surveying such as taking a backsight, resectioning, as well as loop and open traverses.
The students will begin by learning the basics of good technical photography, and the theory of both RTI and photogrammetry. They will, by the end of the Extended course, be able to set-up, shoot and post-process RTI images. The students on the extended project will also gain experience in setting up survey network and using a Least Squares Adjustment to correct for survey errors. The students should also be able to plan and execute close-range photogrammetry projects, including the creation and manipulation of colour point-clouds and the generation of orthophotos. By the end of the Extended course students will be able to plan and execute large-scale photogrammetry projects of buildings. The students will work with staff of the NI Stobi excavation team to integrate the new data into the record of the excavation.
The Standard course is comprised of:
Introductory lectures on Roman history and archaeology; Workshops related to Advanced Digital Photographic Documentation of Artifacts and Architecture; Basic Principles of Technical Photography; Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI); Photogrammetry; Digital Drawing using Adobe Illustrator and AutoCAD; 3D Visualization; Basic Principles of Total Station Surveying; Field training on RTI, Photogrammetry; Guided visits of Bitola and Ohrid on the Lake Ohrid (UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Republic of Macedonia and optional trip to the Ancient Macedonian capitals Pella and Aigai (modern Vergina, UNESCO World Heritage Site), Greece.
The Extended course is comprised of:
Advanced techniques in RTI and Photogrammetry, particularly large-scale projects that integrate the two techniques to record large buildings; the analysis of RTI and photogrammetric accuracy; the use of a Gigapan system to create high-resolution panoramas; Macro photography to record coins using a ring-flash; an introduction to Ultraviolet and IR photography to examine ancient paintings; planning for aerial photogrammetry using a total station and a UAV. Focus Guided visits of Bitola, Skopje and Ohrid on the Lake Ohrid (UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Republic of Macedonia and optional trips to Athens, Delphi and the Ancient Macedonian capitals Pella and Aigai (modern Vergina, UNESCO World Heritage Site), Greece.
All participants will receive the Balkan Heritage Field School Certificate specifying the course topics and hours as well as sites visited.
Collaborating Universities & Institutions: the Balkan Heritage Foundation, Bulgaria; NI Stobi, Republic of Macedonia; Queen's University, Department of Classics, Canada and New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria.
Chief instructor: George A. Bevan (PhD), Assoicate Professor, Department of Classics, Queen's University, Canada;
Credit hours (New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria) grants 6 credits to students for participation in the Standard Course and 9 credits (ECTF) for participation in the Extended Course. Transcripts of Records (ToR) are available upon request for an additional tuition fee. For details please read the BHFS Regulations for obtaining ToR. Tuition fee starting from 282 EUR
for six ECTS credits
Credit hours (Queen�s University, Canada): 3.0 Queen�s University credits (1 term) may be available for each two-week session for qualified students. Interested students are asked to please contact the head instructor, Dr. George Bevan (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information as soon as possible. Students must have at least second year standing and permission of the Department of Classics, Queen�s University, to register.
THE COURSE TOPICS
Lectures (L), Workshops (W) and Field Instructions & Trainings (FIT):
Only for students in the Extended course:
The archaeological base at Stobi
How to get there? 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-upavailable from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm on the arrival day (please ask for details);
3. from neighbouring towns of Negotino (15 km) and Kavadartsi (20 km) participants could get on a bus to Gradsko or on a taxi directly to Stobi.
The nearest air terminals: Skopje, Republic of Macedonia (80 km) and Thessaloniki, Greece (160 km) - don't forget checking 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.\
ACCOMMODATION & FREE TIME
Accommodation and Food: Participants will be accommodated in the recently renovated air-conditioned cabins at the archaeological base next to the ancient ruins of Stobi, in rooms with two to three beds. Every cabin has 4 bedrooms + living room, 2 bathrooms with showers and WC. A washing machine and Wi-Fi are available for free. Three meals per day are covered by the admission fee. They usually take place (except the lunch packages during the excursions) at the base's premises. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted. Single rooms are available (in a hotel, located 15 km away from Stobi in the town of Negotino) upon request for the supplement of 245 EUR (per week, including return transportation to and from the site on daily basis). Staying an extra day before or after the course is also possible at the same hotel � BB accommodation costs 35 EUR per night.
Free time: Films, sport games and visits to the neighbouring towns/villages are the options for the free time in the evenings. Guided visits to the town of Bitola, the archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis, Ohrid and Ohrid lake (UNESCO World Heritage Site) will be organized for all field school participants and are covered by the admission fee. Participants can also join the optional (not covered by the admission fee) trip to the Ancient Macedonian capitals Pella and Aigai (modern Vergina, UNESCO World Heritage Site), Greece on 11 July, 2015 and the tour of Athens and Delphi, Greece after the workshop on 25-29 July, 2015.
THE ADMISSION FEE
EARLY REGISTRATION BY JANUARY 31st, 2015:
The Early bird admission fee for the Standard/Extended Course is 1259/2429 EUR (app. 1586/3060 USD. Check current exchange rates!).
REGISTRATION AFTER JANUARY 31st, 2015:
The regular admission fee for the Standard Project/Extended Course is 1399/2699 EUR (app.1762/3400 USD. Check current exchange rates!)
fee transfer options (for
further information contact Admissions Office at email@example.com):
DISCOUNTS OFF THE ADMISSION FEE:
* 5% DISCOUNT OFF the regular admission fee available in case of:
* 7% DISCOUNT OFF the regular admission fee is available for Small Groups (two or three people, who participate in a BHFS project in 2015 (the discount is valid for each participant for all projects/sessions to be attended).
* 10% DISCOUNT OFF the regular admission fee available in case of:
* 15% DISCOUNT OFF the regular admission fee is available for 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!