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Workshop for Conservation and Documentation of Roman Mosaics and Mural Paintings

Location: Stobi, Macedonia

June 7, 2014 to June 28, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, May 25, 2014

Flyer: PDF icon 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

In 2014, the Workshop will be hosted by the National Institute of Stobi, Macedonia at the ancient Hellenistic and Roman city of Stobi (nowadays an archaeological park). It provides an unique opportunity for students and volunteers  to gain comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience in Roman Mosaic and Mural Painting Art and Conservation. Participants will be guided through the consequent stages of  study, conservation, restoration and  documentation as well as the history and technology of Roman mosaics and mural paintings. During the first two project weeks they will work with either authentic Late Roman mosaic fragments or on an original Late Roman mosaic floor in situ located/found in the ancient city of Stobi and with authentic Late Roman wall-painting fragments found in Stobi during the third project week.The project includes three modules: (1) Practical work: documentation and conservation of Roman mosaics and mural paintings (2) Lectures and trainings on their history and conservation as well as (3) Excursions to Bitola, the archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis, Ohrid and Ohrid Lake (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Ancient Macedonian capitals in Pella and Vergina (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Greece. By the end of the workshop, participants will: be introduced to the basic methods for documentation and conservation of Roman (esp. Late Roman) mosaics and mural paintings; learn about the history and techniques of Roman (esp. Late Roman) mosaics and mural paintings; be able to develop basic/further practical skills (depending on the participant's initial level of qualification) in ancient mosaic and wall painting conservation and documentation; be able to recognize many of the alteration types of ancient wall-paintings and their causes; deepen their knowledge through a first-hand experience of the Roman History, Arts and Archaeology and meet professionals who work in the areas of Classical Archaeology and Archaeological and Art Conservation.

The instructions and supervision of work will be provided by professional conservators and archaeologists. All participants will receive the BHFS Certificate specifying fieldwork hours, educational modules taught, and sites visited.

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

Thе workshop provides comprehensive instruction and training with hands-on experience in Roman and Late Roman Mosaic and Mural Painting Conservation, Restoration and Documentation plus trips to Ohrid, Macedonia and Pella and Vergina, Greece. Participants will work on authentic Roman mosaics and with authentic Roman mural painting fragments. 9 credit hours available.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

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

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Accommodation is in the archaeological base at the site, in recently refurbished air-conditioned cabins (in rooms with two to three beds) with living room, two bathrooms with showers and WC. A washing machine and Wi-Fi are available for free. Three meals per day are covered by the admission fee. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted!

1899 EUR (app.2580 USD) for participation in the workshop.

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