Republic of Macedonia

Workshop for Conservation, Restoration and Documentation of Roman Pottery and Glass

Period: Roman and Late Roman
Code: RPGDR.WRK 15
Session: 6 - 27 June, 2015
Academic credits available: 9
Admission fee starting from: 1619 EUR (app. 2100 USD)

The Project and the Course


General information

Project type: field school & conservation workshop. The variety of activities and team flexibility make this project suitable for both Beginners andAdvanced(either volunteers or students) in conservation.

Artifacts & monuments in the project's focus: Pottery of the ancient city of Stobi, Republic of Macedonia.

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

Collaborating Universities & Institutions: Balkan Heritage Foundation, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria; NI Stobi, Republic of Macedonia

Workshop director: Silvana Blazhevska (Director of NI Stobi, MA in Archaeology)

Chief conservators: Bilyana Jankulovska (Senior Conservator, NI Stobi), Nina Turlakova (Balkan Heritage affiliated  senior conservator).

Field School coordinators: Angela Pencheva (Archaeologist, Balkan Heritage Foundation; Ph.D. Candidate, Humboldt University-Berlin, Germany) and Jovan Radnyanski (archaeologist, NI Stobi)

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: 6 - 27 June, 2015

Application Deadlines: until the places are filled, or latest 1 May, 2015

Minimum length of stay: 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 physical condition and command of manual operations. Participation in the project is not recommended for individuals with solar allergies or other special illnesses that might be exacerbated during the intensive outdoor activities. 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. It is recommended that participants bring their laptops having at least 20 GB free disk space and a mouse. Operation system recommended: Windows XP or newer, Mac OSX or newer. All participants are expected to prepare for the workshop by reading at least the BHFS handbook (the BHFS e-handbook will be sent by e-mail to all registered students before the beginning of the project) and other recommended readings! Participants will use the tools and equipment available at the site and are not expected to bring any additional equipment.

   


The Workshop

In 2015 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, training 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.

   

   


Archaeological and historical context

Why Stobi? 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.


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 (UNESCO World Heritage Site) (GT);
  • Ohrid (UNESCO World Heritage Site) (GT)      
  • Lectures will take place at the cabins, lab and the site.  
  • Workshops will take place at Stobi's lab.
  • Instructions and training - will take place at Stobi's lab.

The Agenda

 

First day

Arrival at archaeological site of Stobi by 7.00 pm, check-in and registration. Short orientation walk in Gradsko.

8/8.30 - 10.30 pm - Traditional welcome dinner. 

A pick-up may be arranged from one of the nearest airports: Skopje (Macedonia) and Thessaloniki (Greece) upon request.

Participants, who travel by bus/train will be picked up from Gradsko bus station or Stobi railway station.

Arrival date: 6 June, 2015

Second Day

Morning: Presentation of the Balkan Heritage Field School and collaborating universities & institutions, the project and the participants. Ice-breaking and orientation. Sightseeing of the archaeological site of Stobi.

Afternoon: Lectures.

Work days

7.50 am - 8.30 am - Breakfast

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

1.00 pm - 4.00 pm - Lunch and siesta break.

4.00 pm - 7.30 pm - WORKSHOPS/LECTURES

8.00 pm- 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. 

First weekend

Saturday: Guided visit of Ohrid and the Ohrid Lake (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

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

Last Work day

7.50 am - 8.30 am - Breakfast

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

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

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

8.00 pm - .....- International evening (dinner and farewell party)

Second Weekend

Guided visit of Pella and Vergina (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Greece

Departure day

Departure after breakfast

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

Departure date: 27 June, 2014


Reading background   

   

Anderson-Stojanovic,V.R., Stobi, The Hellenistic and Roman Pottery, 1992

Bray Ch., Dictionary of Glass, Materials and Techniques Pennsylvania Press, 2001   

Davison S., Conservation and Restoration of Glass, Oxford, 2006

Hayes, John W., Handbook of Mediterranean Roman Pottery, 1997  

Koob S. P., Conservation and Care of Glass Objects, London, 2006

Peacock, D.P.S., Pottery in the Roman World, 1982, London

Wiseman, J.R. and Mano-Zissi D., Stobi: A City of Ancient Macedonia, Journal of Field Archaeology, 3(3): 269-302, 1976

Travel & Accommodation & Practicalities    


Travel

The Nearest Airports: 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.

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 bus stop is at Gradsko (5 km. away from Stobi), from there participants 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); tha railway is next to the site 3. from neighboring 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: in the recently renovated air-conditioned cabins at the archaeological site 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. Washing machine and Wi-Fi are available for free. There are outdoor and indoor dining and social spaces.

Meals: Three meals per day are covered by the admission fee. They usually take place (except the lunch packages during the excursions) at the site's dining room or outdoors next to it. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted. Specialized diets (vegan, kosher, gluten-free etc.) are difficult to maintain in this location.

Participants must pay on their own for extra meals, beverages, services and products! No single room accommodation is available at Stobi!


Free Time & Trips

Films, sport games and visits to the neighboring 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) as well as 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.


Technicalities & Practicalities

Insurance: The admission fee does not cover health insurance. It is necessary to arrange your own insurance before your trip to Republic of Macedonia! There are hospitals, clinics and pharmacies in all the larger towns. Foreign tourists must pay for health services, but might receive a refund if their home 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?

  • A pair of working shoes (sneakers, running shoes) and a pair of comfortable shoes for walking/hiking;
  • Clothing suitable for an outdoor working environment: sun-hat and light clothes with long sleeves and legs (protecting from the sun and insects), including a light raincoat (consider weather conditions - hot and sunny, but rain may fall as well);
  • Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop having at least 20 GB free disk space, a mouse and an USB flash drive. Operating system recommended: Windows XP or newer; Mac OS X 10.0.0 or newer.
  • Medication - only prescription medicines you may need. It is not necessary to bring non-prescription medicine from your country since you can buy all basic non-prescription drugs in Macedonia.   
  • Don’t forget to bring a converter to EU type electricity wall-plug if needed.
  • A good attitude for work, fun, study and discoveries ;)
  • Conservation & Documentation tools and materials are available at the site.

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 Project is 1619 EUR (app. 2100 USD) - SAVE 180 EUR / 240 USD   

   

Regular Admission Fee - after January 31st, 2015:

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


   

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:

  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, 5% 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 at: http://www.bhfieldschool.org/bh.links.html

Academic credits

   

New Bulgarian University grants 9 academic credits to students for participation in the course. Transcripts are available upon request for an additional tuition fee! For details please read the Regulations for obtaining Transcripts of Records!

Tuition fee: starting from 423 EUR for nine ECTS credits.

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