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BHFS Workshop on Advanced Digital Photographic Documentation of Artifacts and Architecture 2015 + optional 5-day trip to Athens, Thessaloniki and Delphi, Greece.

Location: Stobi, Gradsko , Macedonia

June 27, 2015 to July 25, 2015

Session dates: 
Standard course: 27 June – 11 July 2015 Extended course: 27 June – 25 July 2015

Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 15, 2015

Flyer: PDF icon bh_f_2015_brochure.pdf

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

Program Type

Field school



Balkan Heritage Foundation, New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria); Queen’s University, Kingston, (Canada) and National Institution of Stobi, (Republic of Macedonia).

Project Director:

Ass.Prof. George Bevan (PhD in Archaeology), Department of Classics, Queen's University, Canada Silvana Blazhevska (Ph.D. Candidate in Archaeology), Director of NI Stobi, Republic of Macedonia

Project Description

This workshop will instruct students on the use of the latest techniques in Computational Photography to document the archaeological site of Stobi in the Republic of Macedonia. A wide range of cultural materials at various scales - buildings measuring tens of metres to coins measuring tens of millimetres - will be documented and analysed using RTI and Photogrammetry. Two courses are available: standard & extended. The standard course is suitable for those with interest in advanced techniques for documentation of monuments & artifacts & archaeological excavation; digital photography; Roman and Late Antique architecture and art. The extended course is suitable for those who want to expand their skills in Reflectance Transformation Imaging, Photogrammetry and Total Station Surveying, as well as to travel even more in Republic of Macedonia and Greece. The courses will take place at the Archaeological site of Stobi, Republic of Macedonia. The Hellenistic, Roman and Late Roman city was a significant urban center in Antiquity and capital of the Roman province Macedonia Secunda in the Late Antiquity. 

During the Workshop participants could join an optional excursion to ancient Macedonian capitals Aigai (Vergina, UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Pella, Greece. After the field school the participants could join also the optional 5-day trip to Athens, Thessaloniki and Delphi, Greece. All participants receive the BHFS Certificate of Attendance. 


Period(s) of Occupation: Roman and Late Roman/ Early Byzantine, 2nd – 6th century AD

During the Workshop participants could join an optional excursion to ancient Macedonian capitals Aigai (Vergina, UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Pella, Greece. After the field school the participants could join also the optional 5-day trip to Athens, Thessaloniki and Delphi, Greece. All participants receive the BHFS Certificate of Attendance.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: One week.

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
Yes. Participants in the workshop are expected to have some familiarity with the basic principles of photography with digital SLR cameras and are comfortable with learning new computer programs on the PC and/or MAC platforms. Experience in documentation photographic projects is an advantage.

Room and Board Arrangements

Participants will be accommodated in recently furbished cabins (furnished, air-conditioned, free Wi-Fi) at the archaeological site, in rooms with two to three beds. Every cabin has 4 bedrooms + living room, 2 bathrooms with shower and WC. There is also a washing machine available for free. 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!

Single room accopmmodation is available in a 3-star hotel 12 km away from the site.

Starting from €1,259 (app. 1599 USD). The Admission fee includes all educational and fieldwork activities, full-board accommodation, tools, materials, issue of Certificate of Attendance, excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria) and Queen's University (Canada)
Number of credits offered 6/ 9 credits for participation in the Standard/ Extended Project awarded by the New Bulgarian University. 3.0 Queen's University (Canada) credits (1 term) may be available for each two-week session for qualified students. Interested students are asked to please contact the head instructor, Dr. George Bevan for more information as soon as possible. Students must have at least second year standing and permission of the Department of Classics, Queen's University, to register.
Starting from 282 EUR (app. 355 USD) for six credit hours! Check the BHFS website for details! Participants who are not interested in academic credits don't need to pay the tuition fee..


Contact Information
Ms. Anna Parmakova
7 Tulovo St., Floor 5, Apt.7
+ 359 877 725 052
Recommended Bibliography: 

Cambridge In Colour Tutorials, particularly those under “Concepts & Terminology” and “Camera Equipment”:


Guides to RTI Capture and RTI Processing by Cultural Heritage Imaging, California:

  1. RTI: Guide to Highlight Image Capture

  2. RTI: Guide to Highligh Image Processing Version 1.4

  3. RTIViewer User Guide 1.1

  4. Glossary of Photographic and Technical Terms for RTI

Huntington, John C. Photography for Art Historical Field Research and Documentation:

US Bureau of Land Management Tech Note 428, “Aerial and Close-Range Photogrammetry Technology: Providing Resource Documentation, Interpreation, and Preservation”, September 2008:

Nikon D800/D800e User Manual and Technical Manual:

Warda Jeffrey (Editor). The AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation, AIC 2011