Stobi (Macedonia Secunda) Excavations 2014

Location: Stobi, Macedonia

Sunday, June 29, 2014 to Monday, July 28, 2014

Session dates: 
Field school session 1: 29 June - 13 July, 2014 & Field school session 2: 14 July - 28 July, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, June 15, 2014

Flyer: bhfs_brochure_season_2014.pdf

Discount for AIA members: 
5% discount off the regular admission fee

Program Type

Field school


The Balkan Heritage Foundation, National Institution Stobi, and New Bulgarian University

Project Director:

Silvana Blazhevska (Director of NI Stobi, MA in Archaeology)

Project Description

For more than a century the remarkably well preserved city has been attracting the interest of archaeologists from all over the World. The first excavations started during World War I by German officers and the archaeologist F. Krischen. In the 20th century the site has been excavated by archaeologists from the National Museum of  Serbia, Archaeological Museum of Skopje, the Museum of Veles (Macedonia), University of Austin, Texas, Boston University (USA), and since 2008 by the National Institute Stobi (Macedonia).

Despite the excavation campaigns only 15% of the territory of Stobi, surrounded by  the city wall, has been excavated. In 2010 the National Institute Stobi, New Bulgarian University and Balkan Heritage Foundation launched a field school participating and supporting the city’s exploration. The last three field seasons the participants worked at  the Western Necropolis of Stobi (first century B.C.- fifth century A.D.), at  The Temple of Isis (second and the third century A.D.), at the Northern Residential Area ( Roman and Late Roman period).

The site offers excellent opportunities for practicing fundamental archaeological field activities: excavating of complex situations, analyzing stratigraphical sequences, creating and organizing field documentation (journals, locus sheets, graphic and photo documentation, etc).

Two field school sessions of the project are available in 2014, each including the following three modules: fieldwork including maintaining a field journal on a daily basis, filling out locus sheets and labels, drawing an elevation plan/a ground plan/a cross-section, 3D positioning of finds, taking coordinates with a level device, and taking photographs at the site; lectures, workshops and field trainings in Classic and Field Archaeology as well as Finds' processing and Documentation; and excursions to the old towns of Prilep and Bitola, the archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis as well as to Ohrid and Ohrid lake (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Participants, who join all the two project sessions are going to have different schedule during the second session, including:
  1. an optional excursion to the ancient Macedonian capital Pella and the royal burial complexes in Vergina (Greece);
  2. (In the afternoons) Field survey and site recording in the vicinity of Stobi; Extra lab work related to the finds' processing and documentation as well as workshops for:
  • Basic Techniques in Conservation and Restoration of Roman Pottery – Workshop;
  • Production of Roman Glass – Basic Techniques and Forms – Lecture;

All participants will receive:

  • Project handbook (in PDF version by e-mail and a hard copy on arrival);
  • Balkan Heritage Field School Certificate specifying the fieldwork hours, educational modules, and sites visited.

Period(s) of Occupation: Late Hellenistic, Roman, Early Byzantine (Second century BC - Sixth century AD)

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 session (two weeks)

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Participants will be accommodated in the archaeological base at the site, in rooms with two to three beds in cabins (recently furnished, air-conditioned, Wi Fi). Every cabin has 4 bedrooms + living room, 2 bathrooms with shower and WC. There is also a washing machine available. Participants are not expected to bring bedclothes or towels. Three meals per day are covered by the admission fee. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted!

The regular admission fee is 1299 /2468 EUR (app.1729 / 3319 USD) for participation in one / two project sessions. The Admission fee includes educational and fieldwork activities, tools, materials, full-board accommodation (including three meals per day), Project Handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance, excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs..

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
New Bulgarian University
Number of credits offered 6/9 credit hours
starting from 345 EUR


Contact Information
Ms. Anna Parmakova
204 Sveta Troitsa St.
Stara Zagora
+ 359 877 725 052
Recommended Bibliography: 

Anderson-Stojanovic, V.R. Stobi, The Hellenistic and Roman Pottery, 1992, Princeton University Press.

Boardman, J., et al. (ed.) The Oxford History of the Classical World. Oxford & New York,1986.

Brown, Peter. The World of Late Antiquity AD 150-750 (Library of World Civilization). W. W. Norton & Company, 1989.

Errington, R. M. A History of the Hellenistic World: 323-30 BC. Wiley-Blackwell 2008.

Errington, R. M. A History of Macedonia. Barnes Noble, 1994.

Grant J., Sam Gorin and Neil Fleming. The Archaeology Coursebook: an introduction to themes, sites, methods and skills. Routledge. 2008.

Renfrew, Colin and Paul Bahn. Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice. New York, 2006.

Wiseman, J.R.and Djordje Mano-Zissi. Stobi: A City of Ancient Macedonia, Journal of Field Archaeology, 3(3): 269-302, 1976.