NEW BALKAN HERITAGE FIELD SCHOOL PROJECT (COURSE) 2014:
WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION, RESTORATION AND DOCUMENTATION
OF Roman POTTERY AND GLASS



 

Project type: field school (workshop). THE PROJECT IS SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS (either volunteers or students in Historical and Art conservation and Archaeology)!

Periods: Roman and Late Roman (second century BC - sixth century AD)

Venue: Archaeological site of Stobi, Macedonia - STOBI WAS INCLUDED IN THE 2012 WORLD MONUMENTS WATCH LIST AMONG THE MONUMENTS WITH UNIVERSAL SIGNIFICANCE -read more here!

The Nearest Airports: Skopje, 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.
 
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-up available 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.
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THE FIELD SCHOOL

Dates: 7 - 28 June 2014

Application Deadlines: 1 May, 2014

Minimum length of stay for volunteers: Three weeks

Minimum age: 18 (16, if the participant is accompanied by an adult family member)
 
Number of field school places available: Maximum 8
 
Language: English
 
Experience required: No

Special requirements: Good 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. The average summer temperatures in the area are 25-38 C or higher. All participants should bring clothes and cosmetics suitable for hot and sunny weather, although the weather in June might be sometimes chilly.

The Workshop: In 2014 the WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION, RESTORATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ROMAN POTTERY AND GLASS will be hosted again by the National Institution Stobi, Macedonia at the Roman city of Stobi (nowadays an archaeological park). It provides an unique opportunity for students and volunteers  to gain comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience in Roman and Late Roman pottery and glass conservation. It will guide the participants through the history and technology of Roman and Late Roman pottery and glass and consequent stages of their study, conservation, restoration and documentation. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on Roman pottery and glass found in the ancient city of Stobi. During the first two project weeks participants will work with authentic Roman and Late Roman shards and with replicas of Roman glass vessels, produced by authentic Roman technology during the third project week.The project includes three modules: practical work in documentation and restoration of Roman pottery and glass; lectures, trainings and behind-the-scenes study visits and excursions to the town of Bitola, the archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis, medieval churches and monasteries of Prilep, Ohrid and Ohrid lake (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Ancient Macedonian capitals in Pella and Vergina (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Greece as well as to a traditional pottery workshop. Refer to the Course description and Workshop agenda!

By the end of the workshop the participants will:

  • be able to develop basic/further practical skills (depending on participant�s initial level of qualification) in ancient pottery and glass conservation, restoration and illustration (both drawing and using graphic software);
  • deepen their knowledge through first-hand experience of Roman and Late Roman History and Archaeology;
  • meet professionals who work in the areas of Classical Archaeology and Pottery and Glass Conservation, Restoration and Documentation.
  • get acquainted with the basic methods of documentation, conservation and restoration of ancient pottery and glass;
  • learn about the forms, types and technology of Roman pottery and glassware.
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 9 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 an evidence of continuous occupation of Stobi rooting to the Archaic (sixth century BC) and Classical period (fifth-fourth century BC). The first historic records that mention Stobi are 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, after the Roman conquests of Macedonia, Stobi became an important center for salt trading. In 69 AD 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 the branches of Via Diagonalis and Via Egnatia, brought to the city long-term prosperity between the first and the third centuries AD. Several monumental buildings in Stobi are dated to this period: the Theater, the first City Wall, the Gate of Heraclea, part of the Forum Romanorum, Casa Romana, the Synagogue and the water supply system. In 267/269 AD 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 ruins visible today belong to buildings 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 beginning of the end of urban life in Stobi. Some records mention a small Slav community that settled and lived here in later centuries. The last historical reference regarding Stobi is about the victory of the Byzantine troops over the military crew of Stobi in the eleventh century AD.

Collaborative Universities & Institutions: The  Balkan Heritage Foundation,  National Institution Stobi and New Bulgarian University.
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THE TEAM

Project Director: Silvana Blazhevska (Director of NI Stobi, archaeologist).
 
Project Coordinators:
  • Kalina Stoyanova (Balkan Heritage affiliated archaeologist and artefact illustrator, PhD student at the Department of Classical Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences);
  • Jovan Radnyanski (archaeologist, NI Stobi).
Project conservators:
  • Bilyana Jankulovska (Senior Conservator, National Conservation Centre of Macedonia).
  • Nina Turlakova (Balkan Heritage affiliated conservator).
Other instructors and activity supervisors: Dimitar Nikolovski (archaeologist, NI Stobi).
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THE PROGRAM

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

  • Review of Basic Methods for Uncovering, "First aid", Consolidation in situ, Cleaning, Sorting out and Storing of Ceramic and Glass Artefacts (L);
  • Basic Techniques in Conservation and Restoration of Roman Pottery (L);
  • Basic Techniques in Ancient Glass Conservation and Restoration(L);
  • Ancient Traditions and Technologies in Ceramic Production (L);
  • History of Preroman and  Roman Glass Technology (L);  
  • Typology and Chronology of Roman and Late Roman Pottery and Glass (with Examples from Stobi)(L);
  • Archaeological Record and Illustration of Roman Pottery and Glass (L);
  • History of Stobi and Macedonia in the Roman and Late Roman period (second century BC - sixth century AD) (L);
  • Basic Methods for Uncovering, "First aid", Consolidation in situ, Cleaning, Sorting out and Storing of Ceramic Artefacts - training/workshop (W);
  • Conservation and Restoration of Roman Pottery (with fragmented pottery from Stobi) (W) - series of workshops;
  • Archaeological Documentation and Illustration (drawing, graphic reconstruction, image processing using graphic software, photographing, description etc.) of Roman Pottery (W) - series of workshops;
  • Basic Methods for Uncovering, "First aid", Consolidation in situ, Cleaning, Sorting out and Storing of Glass Artefacts (W) - series of workshops;
  • Recording and Documentation of Roman Glass Shards and Vessels (W);
  • Conservation and Restoration of Roman Glass Vessels (with Fragmented Replicas of Roman Vessels, Produced after Authentic Roman Glass Technology) (W) - series of workshops:
    • Composition of Ancient Glass;
    • Deterioration of Ancient Glass;
    • Cleaning of Ancient Glass;
    • Ancient Glass Restoration;
    • Gap Filling;
  • Bitola and Heraclea Lyncestis (GT);
  • Pella and Vergina (GT);
  • Ohrid (UNESCO World Heritage Site) (GT).

THE AGENDA:

Dates
Activities

7.06.14

Arrival in Stobi by 7.00 pm* - Registration and check-in. Traditional welcome dinner. Orientation walk in Gradsko and town(s) nearby

*Participants, who travel by bus/train will be picked up from Gradsko bus/railway station. Pick-up transfer from one of the nearest airports: Skopje (Macedonia) and Thessaloniki (Greece) is available upon request!

8.06.2014

Morning: Presentation of the Balkan Heritage Foundation and Field School, the National Institution Stobi, the project and the participants. Ice-breaking game. Sightseeing of the archaeological site of Stobi

Afternoon: LECTURES

9-13,16-19, 23-27.06.2014

 

7.50 - 8.30 am - Breakfast

8. 30 am - 1.00 pm - WORKSHOPS/LECTURES, with 30-min break*

1.00 - 4.00 pm - Lunch and siesta break.

4.00 - 7.30 pm - WORKSHOPS/LECTURES 

8.00 - 9.00 pm - Dinner

The WORKSHOPS and LECTURES cover different aspects of the Roman pottery and glass conservation, restoration and documentation methods and practices.

During the evenings the project team could organize or assist participants in organizing leisure activities such as films, sports and visits to the neighboring towns/villages.

 

14-15.06.2014

Guided visit of Ohrid and the Ohrid lake (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Guided visit of the Old Town Quarter of Bitola and the archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis

 

 

20.06.2014

27.06.2014

7.50 - 8.30 am - Breakfast

8. 30 am - 1.00 pm - WORKSHOPS/LECTURES with 30-min break*

1.00 - 4.00 pm - Lunch. Presentation of the workshop results.

4.00 - 8.00 pm - Free late afternoon (optional visit to the towns nearby)

8.00 pm - .....- International evening (dinner and farewell party)
21.06.2014 Day off
22.06.2014 Guided visit of Pella and Vergina (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Greece

 

 28.06.2014

Departure after breakfast

Drop-off to either Skopje (Macedonia) or Thessaloniki (Greece) airports is available upon request!

 

The archaeological base at Stobi

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ACCOMMODATION AND 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 (fresh, homemade food) 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.
 
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), medieval churches and monasteries of Prilep and Ancient Macedonian capitals in Pella and Vergina (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Greece will be organized for all field school participants and are covered by the admission fee.

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 Athens, Greece (650 km/400 mi) or Sofia, Bulgaria (300 km/190 mi). 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 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 MARCH 31st, 2014:

The Early bird admission fee for the Project is 1619 EUR (app. 2100 USD.Check current exchange rates!).

REGISTRATION AFTER MARCH 31st, 2014:

The regular admission fee for the Project is 1799 EUR (app. 2339 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 2014. (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 2014 (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 2014 (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 2014. (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!