Location: Sozopol, Bulgaria
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)
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Two weeks
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.
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.
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