Project type: field school & conservation workshop. The variety of activities and team flexibility make this project suitable for both Beginners and Advanced (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)
Workshop director: Silvana Blazhevska (Director of NI Stobi, MA in Archaeology)
Chief conservator: Bilyana Jankulovska (Senior Conservator, NI Stobi)
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: 4 - 25 June, 2016
Application Deadlines: until the places are filled, or latest 1 May, 2016
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
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.
In 2016 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, 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 below!
By the end of the workshop the participants will:
All participants will receive:
Why Stobi? The first historic records to mention Stobi were written by the Roman historian Titus Livy (ca. 197 BCE). According to Livy, Stobi became an important center for salt trading after the Roman conquest of Macedonia and the establishment of Pax Romana. In 69 CE, Emperor Vespasian granted Stobi the rank of municipium and the right to mint its own coins. Stobi was not only an important salt trading center but also strategically located at the crossroads of the ancient roads that ran along the two rivers Axios and Erigon. The first road connected the North and South of the Balkans as it does today, while the second to the southwest connected Stobi with the Via Egnatia near Heraclea Lyncestis and to the northeast continued to Serdica.
This commercial and strategic position brought Stobi long-term prosperity, especially in the period between the 1st and 3rd centuries CE. Several monumental buildings in the city are dated to this period: the Theater, the first City Wall, Porta Heraclea, the Public Building with Arches (most probably the Stobi library), the Casa Romana, the Synagogue, as well as the water supply system. In 267 CE the city suffered from raids conducted by the Goths and Herulean. At the end of the 3rd century Stobi was devastated by an earthquake; it was later rebuilt but following a different urban plan. Most of the ruins visible today belong to buildings dating to this period.
In the 4th century CE, Stobi became an important Christian center and the seat of powerful bishops. Late, in the 5th-6th centuries, Stobi was the capital city of the Roman province Macedonia Secunda, but suffered from the raids of Huns, Ostrogoths, Avars and Slavs. The constant threat of barbarian raids as well as certain climatic changes lead to the gradual abandonment of the city in the second half of the 6th century CE.Some records mention a small Slav community that settled and lived there in later centuries. The last historical reference regarding Stobi describes the victory of the Byzantine troops over Stobi’s local militia during the 11th century CE.
Lectures (L), Workshops (W) and Guided Tours (GT):
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: 4 June, 2016
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.
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 and Late 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.
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 - .....Dinner and farewell party
Guided visit of Pella and Vergina (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Greece
Departure after breakfast
Drop-off to either Skopje (Macedonia) or Thessaloniki (Greece) airports is available upon request!
Departure date: 25 June, 2016
Anderson-Stojanovic,V.R., Stobi, The Hellenistic and Roman Pottery, 1992
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
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 (13 km) and Kavadartsi (20 km) participants could get on a bus to Gradsko or on a taxi directly to Stobi.
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!
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.
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?
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!
The Early Bird admission fee for the Project is 1619 EUR (app. 1819 USD) - SAVE 180 EUR / 210 USD
The regular admission fee for the Project is 1799 EUR (app. 2019 USD
Admission Fee Transfer Options:
- Bank transfer
- On-line transfers via the Balkan Heritage virtual POS Terminal VISA, MASTERCARD & MAESTRO cards are accepted.
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Note, 5% of every admission fee for this project directly supports the Balkan Heritage Protection Fund's activities!
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.