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.
The field school started: 2009
Artifacts & monuments in the project's focus:
The pottery for the workshop originates from the ancient
Greek and Hellenistic necropolis of Apollonia Pontica (6th – 2nd
century BC) which is one of the biggest ancient Greek necropoleis ever
excavated. The vessels used for conservation originate from the cult fireplaces
in the necropolis. They are provided by the Archaeological Museum – Sozopol,
Periods in the project's focus: Archaic and Classical Greek, Hellenistic (sixth century BC - first century BC)
Collaborating universities & institutions: Balkan Heritage Foundation, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria; Apollonia Pontica excavation team: National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Archaeological Museum of Sozopol.
Workshop director: : Krastina Panayotova, PhD in
Archaeology, Associated professor and Head of the Department of
Classical Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum,
Teodora Bogdanova, Ph.D. in Archaeology, Curator at Museum of Archaeology - Sozopol; Adjunct Professor, CPCE, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria
Chief Instructors: Daniela Cherneva, PhD in Archaeological Conservation, BHF affiliate conservator and Teodora Bogdanova
Field School coordinator: Nayden Prahov, PhD in Archaeology, Program Director of the Balkan Heritage Foundation and Expert Archaeologist at the National Archaeological Institute with Museum, Bulgaria.
Venue: the summer resort town of Sozopol (ancient Apollonia Pontica) on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast.
Dates: 24 June - 8 July, 2017
Application Deadlines: until the places are filled, or latest 1 June, 2017
Minimum length of stay: Two weeks.
Minimum age: 18 (16, if the participant is accompanied by an adult family member).
Number of field school places available: Maximum 8
Academic credits available: Participants could receive up to 6 European academic credits through New Bulgarian University.
Experience required: No
Special requirements: Good physical condition and command of manual operations. All participants should bring clothes and cosmetics suitable for hot and sunny weather, although the weather imight be sometimes chilly and rainy. It is recommended that participants bring their laptops having at least 20 GB free disk space and a mouse. Operation system recommended: Windows Vista 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 labs and are not expected to bring any additional equipment.
The Workshop for Conservation of Ancient Greek Pottery will guide the participants through the history of the ancient Greek pottery and the process of pottery conservation, restoration, documentation and study. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on ancient Greek pottery found in Sozopol ( the ancient Greek city of Apollonia Pontica on the Black Sea Coast ). The course includes three modules: 1) practical work in conservation of ancient pottery ( involving authentic pottery shards found in Apollonia Pontica); 2) lectures on topics related to the archaeological context of conserved vessels and to conservation process of ancient Greek pottery; 3) excursion to the ancient coastal towns of Nessebar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and a sightseeing tour of Sozopol (including study visits to their archaeological museums). Refer to the Course Program and Agenda below!
By the end of the workshop the participants will:
The workshop takes place from 2009. By far the instructors and the students have conserved more than 150 ancient Greek vases.
All participants will receive:
Apollonia Pontica (present-day Sozopol, Bulgria) is one of the most ancient towns on the Western Black Sea coast. The city, founded by Miletian colonists around 610 BC, was named Apollonia Pontica, in honour of the patron deity of Miletus - Apollo. The Ancient authors identify the philosopher named Anaximander as the founder of the city. It became an autonomous and strong democratic polis and important trade center between Ancient Greece and Thrace. Thanks to its strong navy and naturally protected harbors, Apollonia kept control of the major merchant road along the Western Black Sea Coast, called Via Pontica, for several centuries. The city preserved its independence during the campaigns of Phillip II of Macedon (342-339 BC) and Alexander the Great (335 BC) but in 72 BC it was conquered, pillaged and burned by the Roman legions of Marcus Lucullus. The victors took the most prized trophy to Rome: the colossal statue of Apollo. The city succeeded in restoring its former glory and was known in the Roman World as Apollonia Magna (Great Apollonia). Following the Christian mainstream tradition, its name was changed to Sozopol in the 4th century AD. Despite the damage, it survived the period of the Great Migration of People (4-7 century AD) and entered the Middle ages as a focal point of long-lasting Byzantine-Bulgarian conflicts.
The large necropolis of Apollonia Pontica, dated to the 6th - 2ndcentury BC and 4th - 6th century AD, is Sozopol's most important archaeological site today. It was once outside the ramparts of the town, along the sea coast in what is today the Harmani beach area and Budzhaka peninsula. Here archaeologists have discovered more than 2000 ancient graves. Some of them contained impressive artifacts such as painted pottery, funerary reliefs, jewels and terracotta statuettes.
The collection of ancient
Greek vases from the necropolis is among the richest in the world. The most
representative part of it is kept in the Archaeological Museum – Sozopol,
Bulgaria but some artifacts are now in the Louvre Museum (Paris, France), the
Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), the Pergamon Museum (Berlin,
Germany) and the National Museum of History, Sofia, Bulgaria. The vessels for conservation originate from the cult fireplaces in the necropolis. They are
provided by the
The workshop provides a minimum of 75 astronomical hours of training, instructions, lectures and guided tours as follows:
Workshops (W) and (GT):
24 June Arrival and check-inby 7.00 pm
8.00 - 9.30 pm - Traditional Bulgarian welcome dinner.
Meeting time/point on arrival date: 7:45- Dom Mladenovi guesthouse garden
Additional pick-up may be arranged from Burgas or Varna airports, train or bus stations upon request.
Morning: Presentation of the Balkan Heritage Field School and collaborative universities & institutions, the project and the participants. Ice-breaking.
Afternoon: Town sightseeing and orientation walk.
7.50 - 8.30 am - Breakfast;
8.30 - 1. 00 pm - Workshops on conservation of Ancient Greek Pottery;
1.00 - 5.00 / 5.30 pm- Lunch and free time;
5.00 / 5.30 - 7.30 pm - Lectures and workshops on documentation of Ancient Greek pottery;
7.30 - 9.00 pm - Dinner.
8.00-9.00 am - Breakfast;
10.00 am - 5.00 pm - Visit to Nessebar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) - sightseeing and free time;
7.30-9.00 pm - Dinner.
2 July 2017
8.00-10.00 am - Breakfast;
Chek-out by 11:00.
Boardman, John. The History of Greek Vases: Potters, Painters and Pictures, 2006, Thames & Hudson.
Bouzek, J. Studies of Greek Pottery in the Black Sea Area. Oxford, 2003.
Manuel Cook, Robert. Greek Painted Pottery (Handbook of Archaeology), 1997, Routledge.
Pena, J. Theodore. Pottery in the Archaeological Record, 2007.
Sparkes, Brian. Greek Pottery. The Introduction., 1991, Manchester University Press.
Venue: the summer resort town of Sozopol (Ancient Apollonia Pontica) on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast
The Nearest Airports: Burgas (60 km) and Varna (80 km) airports. Don't forget checking the low cost flight options!
Transfers may be arranged upon request from Burgas, Varna, Plovdiv, Sofia airports, bus or railway stations or hotels. The price from Burgas is app. 25 EUR, from Varna - app. 100 EUR, from Sofia - app. 200 EUR. The price may be shared between two / three participants.
Accommodation: Accommodation is either at Dom Mladenovi guest house or at VMK Military Club, both of which have comfortable rooms with ensuite, with two to three beds, bathrooms with shower and WC, equipped with air-conditioning, refrigerators, TV and Internet. The hotels are located very close to the town beaches, the Old Town Quarter, the Archaeological Museum and within 15 min walking distance from the archaeological site. Wi-Fi is available on the first floor of the hotel. Staying an extra day costs 27 EUR. Single rooms are available upon request for an additional fee of 110 EUR per week.
Alternative more luxurious accommodation (single, double or triple rooms) is available for an additional fee of 180 to 270 EUR per week upon request at Vila Kera (http://www.villa-kera.com/newsite/index.php#!/pageRooms). Places are limited.
All participants who organize and pay extra for their own accommodation will receive a discount of 75 EUR (per week) off the admission fee.
See all accommodation options on our Information page!
Meals: Three meals (fresh, organic, homemade Bulgarian food) per day are covered by the admission fee. They usually take place (except the lunch packages during the excursions) in the garden/dining room of the workshop premises in Villa Buria. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted.
Participants must pay on their own for extra days and for single room accommodation as well as for extra meals, beverages, services and products!
Free time: Guided sightseeing tours of Sozopol and Nessebar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) will be organized for all field school participants and are covered by the admission fee. Leisure activities during the free time as swimming, sunbathing, walking, etc. will be facilitated by organizers.
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:
The BHFS can assist the participants who plan to organize their own trips with trip advice 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 and excursions before/after the field school!
Insurance: The admission fee does not cover insurance. It is necessary to arrange your own insurance before your trip to Bulgaria. All EU citizens can use Bulgarian medical services, just like Bulgarian citizens, as long as they can provide evidence of their home-country health insurance with a card/certificate, etc.
Weather: Mediterranean climate dominates in both Emona and Sozopol, but the early autumn’s weather is unpredictable. It is sometimes hot (30-35 C), but rainy and chilly days in this season are not excluded. The air temperature does not affect the sea temperature that is around 22-25 C in September. Usually chilly and cloudy days, if any in the first half of September, are followed by a long warm “Indian (Gypsy) summer” that lasts till November.
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 1286 EUR (app.1444 USD) - SAVE 150 EUR / 170 USD
The regular admission fee for the Project is 1429 EUR (app.1604 USD).
All participants who are willing to organize either their food or accommodation or both separately, outside the project package, will receive a discount of 75 EUR per weeks (for each) and 150 EUR per week (for both) off the regular admission fee! For instance, if Your admission fee for two-week session is 1286 EUR (the Early Bird Special) and you prefer to organize and pay extra for your food and accommodation outside the project package, your admission fee will be reduced to 986 EUR.
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 [email protected]!
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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 6 ECTS credits to students for attending this project. Transcripts of Records (ToR) are available upon request for an additional tuition fee starting from 282 EUR for six ECTS credits. For details please read carefully the Regulations for obtaining Transcripts of Records.