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.
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Five weeks
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.
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none
Snively, Carolyn S., Golemo Gradi‚âà¬∞te 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)  335-351.
Snively, C. S.,, "Golemo Gradište at Konjuh, 2005 and 2006 Seasons: The Northern Terrace," Macedoniae Acta Archaeologica 19 (2004-2006)  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.