Stobi, Republic of Macedonia

Workshop on Advanced Digital Photographic Documentation of Artifacts and Architecture

Period: Roman and Late Antique
Code: PH.WRK 15
Session 1: 27 June-11 July, 2015
Session 2: 27 June-25 July, 2015 (EXT)
Academic credits available: up to 9
Admission fee starting from: 1259 EUR (app. 1409 USD)

The Project and the Course   


General Information

   

Project Type: field school & 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.   

Artifacts & monuments in the project's focus: Mosaics and wall-paintings of the ancient city of Stobi, Republic of Macedonia.

Periods in the project's focus: Roman and Late Antique (second century BC - sixth century AD)

Collaborating Universities & Institutions: Balkan Heritage Foundation, Queen's University, Department of Classics, CanadaNew Bulgarian University, Bulgaria; NI Stobi, Republic of Macedonia

Chief instructor: George A. Bevan (PhD), Assoicate Professor, Department of Classics, Queen's University,Canada;

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. Stobi was included in the 2012 world monuments watch list among the monuments with universal significance - Read more here!

Dates:

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 50 GB 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

   

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.

   


 The Course Topics

Lectures (L), Workshops (W) and Field Instructions & Trainings (FIT):      

● History of Ancient Macedonia (Hellenistic, Roman and Late Roman period) (L);

● History of Ancient City of Stobi and Excavations in Stobi (L);

● Roman and Late Roman Architecture (L);

● Principals of technical photography (exposure, focus, lighting) (L);

● Lens Distortion (L)

● Colour Correction (L)

● RAW Conversion (L)

● Reflectance Transformation Imaging and Surface Normals (L, FIT);

● Camera Calibration (L, FIT)

● Dense Stereo Matching (L, FIT)

● Point Cloud and Mesh Generation and Manipulation (L, FIT)

● Colour Decorrelation (DStretch) (L, FIT)

● Practical Total Station Surveying (L, FIT)

● Practical Use of the Global Position System (L, FIT)

● Introduction to Photogrammetry (L, FIT);

● RTI and Photogrammetry Capture and Processing Practice (W);

● RTI and Photogrammetry Fieldwork for Epigraphy and reliefs (W);

● Workshop for Digital Drawing related to RTI and Photogrammetry (W).   

Only for students in the Extended course:

● Macro Photography (L, W, FIT)

● Advanced Studio Lighting with Strobes (FIT)   

● Interior Photogrammetry (W, FIT)

● UV and IR Photography (L, W, FIT)

● Least Squares Adjustments of Surveys (L,W, FIT)

● Gigapan/Panoramic Photography (L, W, FIT)

● Advanced Techniques for Drawing from 3D Data (W, FIT)

● Planning Aerial Photogrammetry Projects (L, W)

● Advanced RTI and Photogrammetry Capture and Processing Practice (W);

● Advanced RTI and Photogrammetry Fieldwork for Epigraphy and reliefs (W);

● Advanced Workshop for Digital Drawing related to RTI and Photogrammetry (W).   


● Lectures will take place at Hotel Primavera 2 and the site.  

● Workshops will take place at the site.

● Instructions and training - will take place at the site.

The Agenda

 

27 June, 2015

Arrival and check-in by 7.00 pm. Traditional welcome dinner.

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 (Republic of Macedonia) and Thessaloniki (Greece) is available upon request!

28 June, 2015

8.30-10.00 am - Breakfast

10.00 am-1.00 pm - Presentation of the Balkan Heritage Field School and colaborative universities & institutions, the project and the participants. Ice-breaking

1.00-4.00 pm - Lunch and Siesta Break

4.00-8.00 pm - Sightseeing of the archaeological site of Stobi, LECTURE and orientation walk in Gradsko and the town(s) nearby

8.00pm - 9.00 pm - Dinner

29 June, 2015

8:00-9:00 am - Breakfast

9:30-1:00 pm – LECTURE: Introduction to Technical Photography and Practical Camera Manipulation

1.00-2.00 pm - Lunch

2:30-5pm pm - LECTURE: Introduction to RTI and Photogrammetry

5.00 – 7.00 pm - LECTURE: Introduction to Surveying

8.00-9.00 pm - Dinner

30 June – 2 July, 2015

7:00-8:00 am - Breakfast

8:30-1:pm – Field training and on-site WORKSHOPS

1.00-2.00 pm - Lunch

2:30 pm- 6:00 pm - Processing of data

8.00-9.00 pm – Dinner

3 July, 2015

8:00-9:00 am - Breakfast

9:30 am - 1.00 pm – Group work to organize presentations

1.00-2.00 pm - Lunch

3:-5:00 pm - Presentation and interpretation of the week’s results

8.00-9.00 pm – Dinner

4 July, 2015

Visit to Bitola and the archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis.

​5 July, 2015

Visit to Ohrid and Ohrid lake (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

​6-9 July, 2015

7:00-8:00 am - Breakfast

8:30-1:pm – Field training and on-site WORKSHOPS

1.00-2.00 pm - Lunch

2:30 pm- 6:00 pm - Processing of data

8.00-9.00 pm – Dinner

​10 July, 2015

8:00-9:00 am - Breakfast

9:30 am - 1.00 pm – Group work to organize presentations

1.00-2.00 pm - Lunch

3:-5:00 pm - Presentation and interpretation of the project results

8.30-10.30 pm – Dinner/Farewell Party for participants in the Standard Course

​11 July, 2015

Departure for participants in the Standard Course.

Check-out by 12.30 pm. Drop-off lifts to: Skopje (Republic of Macedonia) and Thessaloniki (Greece) are available upon request.

Day off for participants in the Extended Project.

Optional excursion to the Ancient Macedonian capitals Pella and Aigai (modern Vergina, UNESCO World Heritage Site), Greece.

​12 July, 2015

Day off for participants in the Extended Project.

​13 July 2015

8:00-9:00 am - Breakfast

9:30-1:00 pm – LECTURE: Advanced Photogrammetry (Accuracy and Project Planning; Fan Photogrammetry; Panoramic Photography)

1.00-2.00 pm - Lunch

2:30-5pm pm - LECTURE: Macro Photography, Advanced RTI and Ultraviolet and IR Photography

5.00 – 7.00 pm - LECTURE: Least Squares Adjustments of Surveys

8.00-9.00 pm - Dinner

​14- 17 July, 2015

7:00-8:00 am - Breakfast

8:30-1:pm – Field training and on-site WORKSHOPS

1.00-2.00 pm - Lunch

2:30 pm- 6:00 pm - Processing of data

8.00-9.00 pm – Dinner

16 July, 2015

8:00-9:00 am - Breakfast

9:30 am - 1.00 pm – Group work to organize presentations

1.00-2.00 pm - Lunch

3:-5:00 pm - Presentation and interpretation of the week’s results

8.00-9.00 pm – Dinner

​18 July, 2015

Tour of Skopje.

​19 July, 2015

Visit to Ohrid and Ohrid lake (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

​20 - 23 July, 2015

7:00-8:00 am - Breakfast

8:30-1:pm – Field training and on-site WORKSHOPS

1.00-2.00 pm - Lunch

2:30 pm- 6:00 pm - Processing of data

8.00-9.00 pm – Dinner

​24 July, 2015

8:00-9:00 am - Breakfast

9:30 am - 1.00 pm – Group work to organize presentations

1.00-2.00 pm - Lunch

3:-5:00 pm - Presentation and interpretation of the project results

8.30-10.30 pm – Dinner/Farewell Party

​25 July, 2015

Departure.

Check-out by 12.30 pm. Drop-off lifts to: Skopje (Republic of Macedonia) and Thessaloniki (Greece) are available upon request.


Reading background
   

Cambridge In Colour Tutorials, particularly those under “Concepts & Terminology” and “Camera Equipment”: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials.htm

Guides to RTI Capture and RTI Processing by Cultural Heritage Imaging, California: (http://culturalheritageimaging.org/What_We_Offer/Downloads/)

a)RTI: Guide to Highlight Image Capture

b)RTI: Guide to Highligh Image Processing Version 1.4

c)RTIViewer User Guide 1.1

d)Glossary of Photographic and Technical Terms for RTI

Huntington, John C. Photography for Art Historical Field Research and Documentation –http://huntingtonarchive.osu.edu/resources/downloads/DigitalPhotography.pdf

US Bureau of Land Management Tech Note 428, “Aerial and Close-Range Photogrammetry Technology: Providing Resource Documentation, Interpreation, and Preservation”, September 2008 (http://www.blm.gov/nstc/library/pdf/TN428.pdf)

Nikon D800/D800e User Manual and Technical Manual: http://cdn-10.nikon-cdn.com/pdf/manuals/dslr/D800/D800_TechnicalGuide_En_v2.pdf

http://cdn-10.nikon-cdn.com/pdf/manuals/dslr/D800_EN.pdf

Warda Jeffrey (Editor). The AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation, AIC 2011

Travel & Accommodation & Practicalities    


Travel

   

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.

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.

  

Accommodation & Meals

   

Accommodation: 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. 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.      

Meals: 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.

   

Free Time & Trips   

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.

Extra trips and excursions: Participants can also join the optional trips (not covered by the admission fee) to:

  • the Ancient Macedonian capitals Pella and Aigai (modern Vergina, UNESCO World Heritage Site), Greece on 11 July, 2015
  • Athens and Delphi, Greece after the workshop on 25-29 July, 2015.

   

Technicalities & Practicalities

Insurance: The admission fee does not cover health insurance. It is necessary to arrange your own insurance before your trip to Macedonia! There are hospitals, clinics and pharmacies in all the larger towns. The service is good and prices are moderate. Foreign tourists must pay for health services,but might receive a refund if their native country has signed the Health Insurance Convention with Macedonia (you should check this information with your Ministry of Health).

Weather: Moderate continental climate dominates in Stobi. Summers there are usually hot (up to 40-45 C; 100 – 110 F). Rainy and chilly days in this season are rare but not excluded.

What to bring?

  • Work shoes and clothes that will suit outdoor work keeping in mind the diverse weather
    conditions (from rainy and cool to sunny and warm)! Don’t forget both your raincoats and suntan lotion/oil. There will be no real rugged hiking to sites this year but a pair of comfortable hiking shoes and a small backpack (for your food, bottle of water, moist wipes, camera, papers etc) are required. Long pants are recommended because of the potentially harmful plants, insects and reptiles! You will also be asked to help carry /load/ unload some of the project equipment.
  • Medication - It is not necessary to bring non-prescription medicine from your country since you can buy all basic non-prescription drugs: aspirin and bug repellant etc! It is recommended that you bring individual prescription medicines if you suffer from specific illnesses.
  • EQUIPMENT: Participants are asked to bring their individual high resolution digital photo camera. There are no specific requirements for lenses for your DSLR, but higher ISO and optical stabilization are recommended. Bear in mind that working conditions are frequently difficult - low/ no light, humid and moldy environment. The Balkan Heritage Field School has flood lights but these are only usable if there is electricity. The participants are encouraged to bring a laptop having at least 10 GB free disk space, a mouse and an USB flash drive. Operating system recommended: Windows XP or newer. Don’t forget to bring your camera USB connecting cable (esp. in case you can’t bring your laptop). You will not need to bring drawing, measuring and/or other tools - these will be provided by the field school!   
  • Don’t forget to bring also a converter to EU type electricity wall-plug if needed!
  • A good attitude for work, fun, study and discoveries ;)

The Admission fee

The Admission fee includes: educational and fieldwork activities, full-board accommodation (hotel + 3 meals per day), tools, materials, project Handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance, excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs.

The price in USD is for orientation. Please check current exchange rates! 

   

Early Bird Special by January 31st, 2015:

The Early Bird admission fee for the Standard / Extended Course is 1259 / 2429 EUR (app. 1409 / 2729 USD)  -  SAVE 140 EUR / 270 EUR

   

Regular Admission Fee - after January 31st, 2015:

The regular admission fee for the Standard / Extended Course is 1399 / 2699 EUR (app.1569 /3039)

  


Admission Fee Transfer Options:

- Bank transfer
- On-line transfers via the Balkan Heritage virtual POS Terminal VISA, MASTERCARD & MAESTRO cards are accepted.

For further information contact Admissions Office at bhfs.admissions@gmail.com!


Discounts off the regular admission fee:

   

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

● Participation in more than 1 BHFS project or project session in 2015 (5% discount is valid for all projects/sessions to be attended).

● Membership in the Archaeological Institute of America.

* 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:

● Larger Groups (four or more people, who participate in a BHFS project in 2015 (the discount is valid for each participant for all projects/ sessions to be attended).

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

* 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!

   

For more information about scholarships, low-cost flights, hotels, etc. please feel free to contact us or look at our recommended links

Academic credits

   

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 Regulations for obtaining Transcripts of Records! 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 (bevan@queensu.ca) 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.

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