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BHFS Workshop for Conservation of Ancient Greek Pottery 2015

Location: Emona, Sozopol, Bulgaria, Bulgaria

September 1, 2015 to September 15, 2015

Application Deadline: 
Monday, August 10, 2015

Flyer: PDF icon bh_f_2015_brochure.pdf

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

Program Type

Field school



The Balkan Heritage Foundation, Apollonia Pontica Excavation Team: National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Archaeological Museum of Sozopol, New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria).

Project Director:

Ass. Prof. Krastina Panayotova, PhD in Archaeology, Department of Classical Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Project Description

The Workshop will guide the participants through the process of conservation, restoration, documentation and study of ancient Greek pottery. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on original pottery found in the necropolis of the ancient Greek city Apollonia Pontica (present-day Bulgarian coastal city of Sozopol). The necropolis is dated to the 6th – 2nd century B.C. and nowadays is Sozopol's most important archaeological site. It was once outside the ramparts of the town, along the coastal road Via Pontica. Here archaeologists have discovered hundreds of ancient graves. Some of them contained impressive artifacts such as painted pottery, funerary reliefs, jewels and terracotta statuettes. The most representative collection of finds is kept by the Sozopol Archaeological Museum, Bulgaria but some artifacts are now in the Louvre Museum (France), the Hermitage Museum (Russia) and the Pergamon Museum (Germany).


Period(s) of Occupation: Archaic and Classical Greek, Hellenistic (sixth century BC - first century BC).

The BHFS participants could take advantage of their stay in the Balkans and take trips to some worth seeing historical sites and towns nearby. The BHFS encourages participants in the current project to visit after the field school either the ancient city of Plovdiv on their way to the Bulgarian capital Sofia (the entire trip from Sozopol is about 370 km/ 230 mi) or Istanbul, Turkey (340 km/ 215 mi from Sozopol). The BHFS can assist the participants who plan to organize their own trips with trip advices and recommendations, accommodation and tickets reservations, by providing historical information about the sites to be visited, arranging travel insurance and other tips. With our help these excursions could be cheap, easy, safe and pleasant.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

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

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Participants will be accommodated in comfortable rooms with a seaview and two to three beds (bathrooms with shower and WC) in a small hotel located very close to the workshop premises. Wi-Fi is available at the Workshop premises. Single rooms are available upon request for an additional fee. Three meals (fresh, organic, homemade Bulgarian food) per day are covered by the admission fee. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted.

Please check the website for available discounts! The admission fee includes educational and fieldwork activities, full-board accommodation (hotel + 3 meals per day), tools, materials, project Handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance; excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
New Bulgarian University
Number of credits offered 6 credit hours
starting from 345 EUR


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

Boardman, John. The History of Greek Vases: Potters, Painters and Pictures, 2006, Thames & Hudson.

Bouzek, J. Studies of Greek Pottery in the Black Sea Area. Oxford, 2003.

Manuel Cook, Robert. Greek Painted Pottery (Handbook of Archaeology), 1997, Routledge.

Pena, J. Theodore. Pottery in the Archaeological Record, 2007.

Sparkes, Brian. Greek Pottery. The Introduction., 1991, Manchester University Press.