Location: Stobi, Macedonia, Macedonia
In 2014, the Workshop will be hosted by the National Institute of Stobi, Macedonia at the ancient Hellenistic and 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 Pottery and Glass Conservation. Participants will be guided through the consequent stages of study, conservation, restoration and documentation as well as the history and technology of Roman pottery and glass. 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, trainings 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. By the end of the workshop the participants will: learn about the forms, types and technology of Roman pottery and glassware; get acquainted with the basic methods of documentation, conservation and restoration of ancient pottery and glass; 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 and meet professionals who work in the areas of Classical Archaeology and Pottery and Glass Conservation, Restoration and Documentation.
The instructions and supervision of work will be provided by professional conservators and archaeologists. All participants will receive the BHFS Certificate specifying fieldwork hours, educational modules taught, and sites visited.
Period(s) of Occupation: Roman and Late Roman (Early Byzantine), 2nd – 6th century AD
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 session (two weeks)
Room and Board Arrangements
Accommodation is in the archaeological base at the site, in recently refurbished air-conditioned cabins (in rooms with two to three beds) with living room, two bathrooms with showers and WC. A washing machine and Wi-Fi are available for free. Three meals per day are covered by the admission fee. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted!