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Archaeological Investigation at Konjuh

Location: Macedonia

June 10, 2013 to July 15, 2013

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, April 14, 2013

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Program Type

Staff position

RPA certified



Gettysburg College, Gettysburg PA, and the Museum of Macedonia, Skopje

Project Director:

Carolyn S. Snively, Gettysburg College and Goran Sanev, Museum of Macedonia

Project Description

Systematic excavations have been carried out at the site of Golemo Gradiste, Konjuh, Republic of Macedonia, since 2000. From 2000-2004, we worked on the Justinianic fortified acropolis of this Late Antique city site. In 2005 we began to work in the lower town, on the terrace between the foot of the acropolis and the Kriva River, and we plan to continue there in 2013. Investigations on the terrace have revealed several phases of construction, residential buildings as well as parts of others of as yet unknown function, and an apparently irregular arrangement of streets and blocks. In 2008 we carried out limited geophysical scanning in order to test some of our hypotheses about the layout of the city, in particular that it is an urban settlement created during the Late Antique period and not a rebuilding of an earlier Roman town. 

 In 2008 we also discovered a church, located approximately in the middle of the northern terrace and presumably to be identified as the episcopal basilica of the city in the sixth century. In recent seasons we have focused on the excavation of the basilica, which displays a number of unusual features, and of a large residence located just north of the church; the extent of the residence to north and west remains unknown.   In 2013 excavation of the church and of the northern residence will continue

For 2013, one or two trench supervisors are needed, who are able to direct the activities of non-English speaking work persons while keeping detailed field notes, which are later transferred to computer files. Lessons in beginning Slavic Macedonian will be offered. Graduate students with an interest in Balkan archaeology and/or Late Antiquity are encouraged to apply.  Exact dates of the season and other details are dependent on funding and other factors. Anyone who is interested should contact Professor Snively for additional information, e.g., per diem, copies of the articles listed below, why you might wish to work at Konjuh, etc.

Period(s) of Occupation: Late Antique/fifth-sixth centuries A.D.

Two sixth century churches that may throw light on liturgical arrangements in the province of Dardania.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Five weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
Preferably BA or BS and at least two seasons of field experience, preferably in Europe or the Mediterranean area, on sites with architectural remains.

Room and Board Arrangements

We expect to live again in a house half a kilometer from the site. The conditions are somewhat primitive: electricity most of the time but frequently weak; a functioning bathroom when the pump works, otherwise  an outhouse and outdoor shower. Two large rooms in the house serve as dormitories for men and women. Beds and basic bedding are provided. The project employs a local cook, who fixes breakfast and lunch. The American staff members often spend weekends (Saturday afternoon to Monday morning) traveling or in an apartment in Skopje.

Transportation to Skopje;

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Carolyn S. Snively
Gettysburg College, Department of Classics
717 337-6562
717 337-8565
Recommended Bibliography: 

Snively, Carolyn S., Golemo Gradište at Konjuh: Report on the Excavations in 2000, Dumbarton Oaks Papers, 56: 293-302, 2002, Washington, D.C.
Snively, C. S., “Golemo Gradište at Konjuh, Republic of Macedonia: Prolegomena to the Study of a Late Antique Fortification,”  Niš & Byzantium 4 (2006) 229-244.
Snively, C. S.,  “Archaeological Excavations on the Acropolis of Golemo Gradište, Konjuh: 2000-2004,” Macedoniae Acta Archaeologica 18 (2002-2004) [2008] 335-351.
Snively, C. S.,, "Golemo Gradište at Konjuh, 2005 and 2006 Seasons: The Northern Terrace,"  Macedoniae Acta Archaeologica 19 (2004-2006) [2010] 375-389.
Snively, C. S.,, The New Basilica at Golemo Gradište, Konjuh: a Sixth Century Church in the Province of Dardania, Niš & Byzantium 9 (2011) 187-201.
Sanev, G., Snively, C. S., and Stojanoski, M., "Excavations on the Northern Terrace at Golemo Gradište, Konjuh, 2007-2010," Macedoniae Acta Archaeologica 20 (2011) 347-364.