Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria


Period: Greek and Roman Antiquity
Code: CAPG.PACK 17
Session: 3 June - 8 July, 2017
Academic credits available: up to 15
Admission fee starting from: 2995 EUR (3324 USD)

The Project and Course

General Information

Description: The project package is combination of two Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) projects focused on conservation, restoration and documentation of Ancient Greek and Roman pottery and glass. It provides to both students and people interested in conservation and archaeology comprehensive learning, lab and intercultural experience for five weeks while working at two sites in two countries. What is more, choosing to participate in the Conservation pack the BHFS students will benefit from the considerably reduced admission fees and faster registration. Besides the program has amazing travel opportunities including tours of archaeological sites and historic towns in Macedonia, Greece and Bulgaria.

Package type: Field school & pottery / glass conservation. Suitable for both beginner and advanced students as well as those interested in Ancient Greek and Roman archaeology. Individual program and task assignments are available to advanced students.

Artifacts & monuments in the project's focus: Ancient Greek pottery from the necropolis of Apollonia Pontica, Bulgaria, and Late Roman pottery from the Roman city of Stobi in Republic of Macedonia.

Periods in the project's focus: Classical Greek and Hellenistic (fifth century BC - first century BC) and Roman and Late Roman (second century - sixth century AD)

Projects' partners: Balkan Heritage Foundation, Museum of Archaeology - Sozopol, Bulgaria and NationaI Institution Stobi, Republic of Macedonia, New Bulgarian University, Institute for Field Research (IFR).

Venues of the projects in the Pack: Stobi, Macedonia and Sozopol, Bulgaria   

Pack sessions available: 3 June - 8 July, 2017

Application deadline: Until the places are filled, or latest 1 May, 2017

Minimum length of stay: five weeks

Minimum age: 18 (16, if the participant is accompanied by an adult family member)

Number of field school places available: 8

Project language: English

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 might 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 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 labs and are not expected to bring any additional equipment.

The Project Package

Please visit the field school project web pages above for details concerning the field school's program, the pottery and glass for conservation, recommended readings, travel & accommodation information and other practicalities!

Our admission officer is ready to answer all your questions concerning the PACK at [email protected] Besides the BHFS can provide alumni’s contacts for further feedback about the field school projects in the package.

The Pack Details


Conservation and Restoration of Ancient Pottery and Glass Pack (CAPG.PACK) - 3 June - 8 July 2017

Content and Dates:

Combines the following field school project sessions:

Workshop for Conservation and Restorationof Roman Pottery and Glass -  Three-week session (3 June - 23 June 2017)

Workshop for Conservation and Restoration of Ancient Greek Pottery    -  Two-week session (24 June - 8 July 2017)

Fees and Credits:

Admission fee: 2995 EUR (app. 3149 USD)

Number of credit hours available: 15

Travel & Accommodation   


Venues of the projects in the Pack:

  1. 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!     
  2. Summer resort town of Sozopol (Ancient Apollonia Pontica) on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast

The nearest air terminal:

  1. To Stobi: Skopje, Macedonia (80 km/50 mi), Thessaloniki, Greece (160 km/100 mi) and Sofia (Bulgaria, 300 km/186 mi) - don't forget checking the low cost flight options! If participants arrive at the first two airports, a transfer to Stobi may be arranged by request (Please, specify this in your application form!). Individual or group transfers' price may vary depending on both distance and number of passengers from 30 to 110 EUR.


  2. To Sozopol: Burgas (40 km/ 24 mi), Varna (150 km / 93 mi) f- don't forget to check the low cost flight options! A drop-off transfer may be arranged by request (Please, specify this in your application form!). Individual or group transfers' price may vary depending on number of passengers from 30 to 100 EUR.

How to get there: Stobi is located in the center of the Republic of Macedonia. It can be easily accessed by: 1.  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.

Travel between the field school projects in the Pack: Stobi - Sozopol

Stobi, Macedonia is located about 700 km/430 mi from Sozopol, Bulgaria. The last could be reached by:

  1. (train/bus) Stobi (i.e. Gradsko) - Skopje, Macedonia- 1-1½ hrs then
  2. (bus) Skopje, Macedonia - Sofia, Bulgaria - 4½ hrs then
  3. (bus) Sofia - Sozopol- 5½ hrs
  4. or (bus) Sofia - Burgas - Sozopol (NB! Change buses at Burgas!) - 6 hrs.

Approximate cost of the entire trip: 35 EUR / 37 USD.

Participants will be fully supported by the BHFS when planning and arranging their trips between the pack's locations.

Accommodation & Meals & Free Time & Practicalities

Accommodation and 3 meals per day are fully covered by the admission fee. Please, visit each field school project's page for all the details about accommodation, meals, free time and other practicalities.   

  1. Workshop for Conservation and Restoration of Roman Pottery and Glass  
  2. Workshop for Conservation and Restoration of Ancient Greek Pottery

The Admission Fee   


2995 EURO / 3324 USD       The fees in USD are approximate.Please check current exchange rates!

The Admission fee includes: Educational and work activities, full-board accommodation (accommodation + 3 meals per day), tools, materials, project handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance, excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs. It does not cover the travel and accommodation costs for the days between the two field school sessions in the Pack!

Academic Credits   


New Bulgarian University grants 9 ECTS credits for participation in Workshop for Conservation and Restorationof Roman Pottery and Glass and 6 ECTS credits for Workshop for Conservation and Restoration of Ancient Greek Pottery. Transcripts of Records (ToR) are available upon request for an additional tuition fee. For details please read the Regulations for obtaining Transcripts of Records!   


Students who study outside Europe wishing to obtain academic credits for this field school project (pack) should apply to the BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans and enroll through the Institute for Field Research (IFR), USA. They will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA-Extension) and will receive a letter grade. The tuition fee is included in the IFR admission fee.



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