Location: Athens, Greece & , Macedonia
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)
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 session (two weeks)
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).
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