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Visit Athens, Delphi, Pella and Vergina & Dig in Stobi 2015

Location: Athens, Greece & , Macedonia

June 27, 2015 to July 29, 2015

Session dates: 
Session 1: 27 June – 11 July 2015; Tour of Pella and Vergina, Greece: 11 July, 2015; Session 2: 11 July - 25 July 2015; Tour of Athens, Delphi and Thessaloniki, Greece: 25-29 July, 2015.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 15, 2015
Monday, June 1, 2015

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Flyer: PDF icon bh_f_2015_brochure_4.pdf

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

Program Type

Field school



Balkan Heritage Foundation, New Bulgarian University, Feel the Balkans (Bulgaria); National Institution of Stobi, (Republic of Macedonia), Queen's University, Department of Classics (Canada).

Project Director:

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

Project Description

For more than a century the remarkably well preserved ancient city located in the centre of Macedonia has been attracting the archaeologists from all over the World. Despite all the excavation campaigns only 15% of the territory of Stobi, surrounded by the city wall, has been excavated. In 2010 the National Institution Stobi, the Balkan Heritage Foundation and New Bulgarian University launched a field school supporting the site’s exploration.

During the last five seasons the field school participants excavated at different sectors of the site:  the Western necropolis, the Northern residential area, the temple of Isis but in 2014 they started excavation of so called Theodossian Palace that will continue in the next seasons. Their effort will contribute to further study and excavation of a large palatial edifice, found in 1930s. Its perisyle court along with some rooms - all covered with precious mosaics are the only parts of the building unearthed so far. 

Stobi is located outside modern urban zones and that is why it keeps numerous remains of the Classical civilization intact. It offers excellent opportunities for practicing fundamental archaeological field activities. Two field school sessions are available in 2015, each combines the following three modules: fieldwork including excavation at the Theodssian Palace, keeping a field journal on a daily basis, filling out context sheets and labels, drawing elevation plans/ ground plans/ cross cross-sections, 3D positioning of finds, taking coordinates with a level device, and taking photographs at the site; lectures, workshops and field training in Classical and Field Archaeology, finds' processing and documentation (including pottery drawing, cleaning, sorting, conservation and restoration of artifacts) and excursions to Bitola, the archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis as well as to Ohrid and Ohrid lake (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The participants who attend the two project sessions (1&2) will be able to develop further their skills and competences regarding the archaeological field work and finds' processing, gained during the first two-week session and to take part in a 5-day workshop on advanced digital imaging and surveying for archaeological and architectural recording alongside the excavation (it is optional and covered by the admission fee), taught by Canadian professor Dr. George Bevan (Queens University, Canada). Students will continue to excavate in the morning session but will have the option of additional training in Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and photogrammetry of small finds such as coins or wall-painting fragments in the afternoon as well as of larger-scale features in excavated units on site. Further training will be given in the operation of a Total Station and the establishing of a survey control network on site. 

Inbetween two project sessions participants could join an optional excursion to ancient Macedonian capitals Aigai (Vergina, UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Pella. After the field school the participants could join also the optional 5-day rounf trip to Athens, Thessaloniki and Delphi, Greece. Transport with mini-van or bus (departure from Stobi, Macedonia).

All participants receive the Project Handbook and the BHFS Certificate of Attendance. 

Period(s) of Occupation: Late Hellenistic, Roman, Early Byzantine (Second century BC - Sixth century AD)

Visit Athens, Delphi, Thessaloniki and ancient Macedonian capitals Pella and Aigai in Greece and take part in the excavations of the Theodossian Palace in the impressive ancient (Late Hellenistic, Roman, Early Byzantine) city of Stobi (capital city of Macedonia Secunda), Republic of Macedonia. The field school program focus is on Classical and field archaeology, finds processing and documentation, including advanced photographic techniques RTI and Photogrammetry plus study of Roman architecture and every-day culture. It envisions individual programs for advanced students and project alumni as well as a number of excursions to ancient cities, sites and museums in Republic of Macedonia. 6 to 9 credit hours awarded upon request by NBU.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

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

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
No experience required. However, the project is not recommended for individuals with solar allergies or other special illnesses that might be exacerbated during the intensive outdoor activities.

Room and Board Arrangements

In Stobi, Republic of Macedonia 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!

In Greece participants will be accommodated in 3* hotels (Bed & Breakfast). 

Regular Admission fee for participation in one / two project sessions 1299/ 2468 EUR (app. 1637 /3110 USD). Please check the website for available discounts! The Admission fee includes all educational and fieldwork activities, full-board accommodation (3 meals per day), tools, materials, Project Handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance, excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs. Tour of Pella and Vergina - 90 EUR (app. 113 USD). 5-day tour of Athens, Delphi and Thessaloniki - starting from 370 EUR (app. 470 USD). Please contact the BHFS, if you need help to calculate the best price for your trip!

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
New Bulgarian University
Number of credits offered 6/9 credit hours for participation in one/ two project sessions.
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: 

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

Boardman, J., et al. (ed.) The Oxford History of the Classical World. Oxford & New York,1986.

Brown, Peter. The World of Late Antiquity AD 150-750 (Library of World Civilization). W. W. Norton & Company, 1989.

Errington, R. M. A History of the Hellenistic World: 323-30 BC. Wiley-Blackwell 2008.

Errington, R. M. A History of Macedonia. Barnes Noble, 1994.

Grant J., Sam Gorin and Neil Fleming. The Archaeology Coursebook: an introduction to themes, sites, methods and skills. Routledge. 2008.

Renfrew, Colin and Paul Bahn. Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice. New York, 2006.

Wiseman, J.R.and Djordje Mano-Zissi. Stobi: A City of Ancient Macedonia, Journal of Field Archaeology, 3(3): 269-302, 1976.