Balkan Heritage Field School / Foundation (BH) - Bulgaria, New Bulgarian University (NBU) - Bulgaria and National Institute of Stobi - Macedonia
Silvana Blazhevska, Director of NI Stobi
The WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION, RESTORATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ROMAN POTTERY 2013 will be hosted as usual by the National Institute of Stobi, Macedonia at the Stobi Archaeological Park. It will guide the participants through the history and technology of Roman and Late Roman pottery and consequent stages of archaeological conservation, restoration, documentation and study. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on Roman pottery found in the ancient city of Stobi. During the workshop participants will work with authentic Roman shards. The project includes three modules: practical work in documentation and restoration of Roman pottery; lectures, trainings and behind-the-scenes study visits and excursions to the old town of Bitola, the archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis, Ohrid and Ohrid lake (UNESCO World Heritage Site) as well as to a traditional pottery workshop. Refer to the Course description and Workshop agenda! By the end of the workshop the participants will:
be introduced to the basic methods of how to document and restore ancient pottery;
be able to develop basic/further practical skills (depending on participant’s initial level of qualification) in ancient pottery restoration and illustration (both drawing and using graphic software);
deepen their knowledge through first-hand experience of Roman History and Archaeology;
meet professionals who work in the areas of Classical Archaeology and Pottery Conservation, Restoration and Documentation.
In 2013 the workshop will include for the first time a brief introductory course in Roman Glass Conservation and Restoration!
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.
Number of field school places available: Maximum 10
IN OCTOBER 2011 WAS ANNOUNCED THAT, STOBI WAS INCLUDED IN THE 2012 WORLD MONUMENTS WATCH AMONG THE MONUMENTS WITH UNIVERSAL SIGNIFICANCE - read more here!
Period(s) of Occupation:
Roman and Late Roman (second century B.C. - sixth century A.D.)
The Workshop (hosted by N.I. Stobi, Macedonia) will guide the participants through the history of Roman pottery, its production and consequent stages of archaeological conservation, documentation, study and restoration. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on authentic Roman shards found in Stobi, Macedonia. Students could obtain 6 academic credits upon request. Discounts off the admission fee are available! In 2013 the workshop will include for the first time a brief introductory course in Roman Glass Conservation and Restoration! EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FEE valid through April 1st 2013. Other discounts off the admission fee are available!
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers:
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 renovated, 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!
Early Bird Admision Fee (valid through April 1st 2013) €1,169 (app. $1,419) including all educational and practical activities, tools and materials, full-board accommodation (incl. meals), excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees, Project Handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance and administrative costs. Regular Admission Fee (after April 1st 2013) 1,299 EUR (app. $ 1,579 but check current exchange rates). Discounts off the regular admission fee are available in case of: 1) AIA membership; 2) Participation in more than 1 BH project or project session in 2013; 3) Small Groups (two or three people, who participate in a BH project in 2013); 4) Larger Groups (four or more people, who participate in a BH project in 2013).
Name of institution offering credit:
New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria
Number of credits offered
New Bulgarian University grants to students six academic credits for participation in the project. Transcripts are available upon request for an additional tuition fee.
For students from all EU countries - 250 EUR / for all other international students - 345 EURO for six credits. Participants who don't need academic credits, are not expected to pay the tuition fee!
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Hayes, John W. Handbook of Mediterranean Roman Pottery, 1997, British Museum Press
Peacock, D.P.S. Pottery in the Roman World, 1982, London
Wiseman, J.R.and Djordje Mano-Zissi. Stobi: A City of Ancient Macedonia, Journal of Field Archaeology, 3(3): 269-302, 1976.