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Workshop for Conservation, Restoration and Documentation of Ancient Greek Pottery 2014

Location: Emona, Sozopol, Bulgaria, Bulgaria

September 2, 2014 to September 16, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 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, Apollonia Pontica Excavation Team: National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Archaeological Museum of Sozopol, New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria).

Project Director:

Ass. Prof. Krastina Panayotova, PhD in Archaeology, Department of Classical Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Project Description

The large necropolis of Apollonia Pontica, dated to the 6th – 2nd century B.C., is Sozopol's most important archaeological site today. It was once outside the ramparts, along the sea coast in what is today the Harmani beach area. Here archaeologists have discovered hundreds of ancient graves. Some of them contained impressive artifacts such as painted pottery, funerary reliefs, jewels and terracotta statuettes. The most representative collection of finds is kept by the Sozopol Archaeological Museum, Bulgaria but some artifacts are now in the the Louvre Museum (Paris, France), the Hermitage Museum (St.Petersburg, Russia) and the Pergamon Museum (Berlin, Germany).

The WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION, RESTORATION AND DOCUMENTATION 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 project includes three modules: 1) practical work in conservation, restoration and documentation of ancient pottery (involving authentic pottery shards found in Apollonia Pontica); 2) lectures on topics related to archaeological context, conservation and restoration of ancient Greek pottery; 3) excursions to the ancient coastal towns of Nessebar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Sozopol (including study visits to their archaeological museums and a traditional pottery workshop).

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: Archaic and Classical Greek, Hellenistic (sixth century BC - first century BC).

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 comfortable rooms with a seaview and two to three beds (bathrooms with shower and WC) in a small hotel located very close to the workshop premises. Wi-Fi is available at the Workshop premises. Single rooms are available upon request for an additional fee. Three meals (fresh, organic, homemade Bulgarian food) per day are covered by the admission fee. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted.

Admission fee is 1429 EUR (app.1799 USD). 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.

Academic Credit

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


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

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.