Workshop for Conservation of Ancient Greek Pottery 2018 (Balkan Heritage)

Location: Sozopol, Bulgaria

June 23, 2018 to July 7, 2018

Session dates: 
23 June - 7 July, 2018

Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 1, 2018

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Flyer: PDF icon bhfs_2018.pdf

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

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Balkan Heritage Foundation, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria; Apollonia Pontica excavation team: National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Archaeological Museum of Sozopol.

Project Director:

Krastina Panayotova, PhD in Archaeology, Associated professor and Head of the Department of Classical Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Teodora Bogdanova, Ph.D. in Archaeology, Curator at Museum of Archaeology - Sozopol; Adjunct Professor, CPCE, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria

Project Description


The Workshop will guide participants through the process of ancient Greek pottery conservation, documentation and study. It will take place in the Bulgarian Black Sea resort Sozopol, ancient Greek colony Apollonia Pontica. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on pottery found in the necropolis of Apollonia, dated to the 6th – 2nd century BCE. With more than 2000 discovered graves the necropolis is one of the biggest in the Greek World and Sozopol's most important archaeological site. The most representative collection of finds from the necropolis is kept in Sozopol Archaeological Museum, Bulgaria, but some artifacts are now in the Louvre Museum (France), the Hermitage Museum (Russia) and the Pergamon Museum (Germany). The workshop contributs to Sozopol Archaeological Museum’s efforts to take care and exhibit its rich collection of ancient Greek artefacts. From 2009, when the Workshop first took place, more than 150 vessels have been restored with the participation of more than 40 students from all over the World.



The project includes three modules: 1) practical work in conservation, restoration and documentation of ancient pottery (involving authentic pottery shards); 2) lectures on topics related to the archaeological context, conservation, restoration and documentation of ancient Greek pottery; 3) excursions to the ancient coastal towns of Nessebar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Sozopol (including study visits to their archaeological museums).

All participants will receive Certificate of Attendance, Project Handbook and T-shirt.


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

Major field school topics/activities: The workshop will guide the participants through the process of the Ancient Greek pottery conservation, restoration, documentation and study. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on pottery found in Sozopol, the Ancient Greek colony Apollonia Pontica on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Excursions to significant heritage sites along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast are included in the program. Academic credits are available through NBU, Bulgaria.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Two weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
No. The workshop is suitable for both beginners and advanced (either students in Historical & Art conservation or volunteers). Individual programs for experienced students.

Room and Board Arrangements

Accommodation: Accommodation is either at Dom Mladenovi guest house or at VMK Military Club, both of which have comfortable rooms with ensuite, with two to three beds, bathrooms with shower and WC, equipped with air-conditioning, refrigerators, TV. The hotels are located very close to the town beaches, the Old Town Quarter, the Archaeological Museum and within 15 min walking distance from the archaeological site. Wi-Fi is available on the first floor of the lobby area. Staying an extra day costs 27 EUR. Single rooms are available upon request for an additional fee of 110 EUR per week.

Alternative more luxurious accommodation (single, double or triple rooms) is available for an additional fee of 180 to 270 EUR per week upon request at Villa Kera. Places are limited.

For those who prefer higher class accommodation, the BHFS would recommend the following hotels in Sozopol: Hotel Casa del Mare and Hotel Fiesta.

All participants who organize and pay extra for their own accommodation will receive a discount of 75 EUR (per week) off the admission fee.

Meals: Daily breakfast and the official welcome and the farewell dinners are covered by the admition fee. Students are responsible for their own lunch and dinners.

Sozopol offers variety of restaurants that can meet everyone’s preferences and dietary requirements – from fast food options to cosy gourmet restaurants. The average meal price (soup/salad, main dish and dessert) can cost between 6 to 12 USD. The project team will recommend restaurants for different preferences (cuisine, cost, dietary needs) and will arrange discounts for the students.

The Admission fee includes: educational and fieldwork activities, bed & breakfast, tools, materials, project Handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance, excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs. The Early Bird (by January 31st, 2018) admission fee for the Project is 1136 EUR (approx.1363 USD).

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria
Number of credits offered New Bulgarian University grants 6 ECTS credits to students for attending this project.
Starting from 282 EUR for six ECTS credits. Check the BHFS website for details! Participants who are not interested in academic credits don't need to pay the tuition fee.


Contact Information
Balkan Heritage Field School
7 Tulovo St., Floor 5, Apt.7
+ 359 877 725 052
Recommended Bibliography: 

Boardman, J. 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.