Location: Bankya, Sofia, Bulgaria
“Fresco-Hunting” Photo Research Expedition to Medieval Balkan Churches provides a unique opportunity to students and volunteers to take part in an expedition for documentation of abandoned medieval churches/chapels and their frescoes in Western Bulgaria and to visit many other Christian Orthodox churches and monasteries, museums and archaeological sites in Sofia, Western Bulgaria and Eastern Serbia.
The number of monuments in the project focus has been permanently decreasing due to the lack of effort to preserve and protect them from weather damage and vandalization. During the last six years the “Fresco-Hunting” Photo Expedition upgraded the existing database of drawn and photographic records of eleven churches and chapels in Western Bulgaria. The objective is: the publication of a ‘Corpus of Medieval Frescoes from Western Bulgaria’ and development of further projects to support the sites in danger through conservation,restoration, development/improvement of the site's management and fund-raising.
In 2014 the expedition envisions to enhance the database created during the previous seasons by documenting architecture and frescoes (and their condition) of two to three medieval Christian Orthodox chapels and small churches in Western Bulgaria and collecting new data on their history, artifacts and environment. The target region is geographically and culturally very close to present-day Eastern Serbia, where a photo-excursion will take place. The students will be able to find paralels and make comparisons with ecclesiastic monuments across the border.
Project Venue: a hotel in Bankya, a small SPA town in the Sofia Metropolitan Area, Bulgaria. The fieldwork during the work days will involve travel to the church sites (app. 60-80 km away from Bankya) and the transport will be arranged by the Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS).
The Field School Project has two versions: Standard (17-31 May, 2014) and Extended (17 May - 7 June, 2014).
The STANDARD PROJECT is suitable for students, young specialists and people with interests in european medieval studies, orthodox architecture and art, fresco restoration and conservation as well as photography.
The EXTENDED PROJECT is suitable also for those with interest in digital photography and documentation of artifacts and architecture and have some familiarity with the basic principles of photography, digital slr cameras and those who are comfortable with learning new computer programs.
The Standard Field School Project (17 - 31 May, 2014) is comprised of:
The Extended Field School Project (17 May - 7 June, 2014) is comprised of:
All participants will receive:
Period(s) of Occupation: Late Medieval period (fourteenth to seventeenth century).
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Two weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
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