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Workshop for Conservation, Restoration and Documentation of Roman Pottery 2013

Location: Stobi, Gradsko, Macedonia, Macedonia

June 15, 2013 to June 29, 2013

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

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

Program Type

Field school



Balkan Heritage Field School / Foundation (BH) - Bulgaria, New Bulgarian University (NBU) - Bulgaria and National Institute of Stobi - Macedonia

Project Director:

Silvana Blazhevska, Director of NI Stobi

Project Description

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




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!

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 14 days

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 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).

Academic Credit

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!


Contact Information
Ms. Anna Parmakova - Admissions / Balkan Heritage Field School
204 Sveta Troitsa St.
Stara Zagora, BG-6004
Phone: +359 878 441 251
Recommended Bibliography: 

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

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.