Conservation of Ancient Pottery Pack 2020 (Balkan Heritage and Institute for Field Research)

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Location: Unnamed Road, Gracka, North Macedonia

Season: June 6, 2020 to July 4, 2020

Session Dates: 6 June - 4 July 2020

Application Deadline: April 10, 2020

Deadline Type: Rolling


Discount for AIA members: 5% discount off the regular admission fee (for applying directly through BHFS)

Program Type:
Field School, Volunteer

RPA Certified:

Balkan Heritage Foundation, Museum of Archaeology - Sozopol, Bulgaria and NationaI Institution Stobi, Republic of North Macedonia, New Bulgarian University, Institute for Field Research (IFR).

Project Director:
Stobi: Chief conservator: Bilyana Jankulovska - Peeva (Conservator, NI Stobi); Apollonia: Chief Instructor: Daniela Cherneva, PhD in Archaeological Conservation, BHF affiliate conservator

Project Description:

The project package is combination of two Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) projects focused on conservation, restoration and documentation of Ancient Greek and Roman pottery. It provides to both students and people interested in conservation and archaeology comprehensive learning, lab and intercultural experience for four weeks while working at two sites in two countries. Additionally, the program has amazing travel opportunities including tours of archaeological sites and historic towns in Republic of North Macedonia, Greece and Bulgaria.

Venues of the projects in the Pack:

  1. Archaeological site of Stobi, Republic of North Macedonia.The Hellenistic, Roman and Late Roman city was a significant urban center in Antiquity and capital of the Roman province Macedonia Secunda in the Late Antiquity. Stobi was included in the 2012 world monuments watch list among the monuments with universal significance – Read more here.
  2. Summer resort town of Sozopol (Ancient Apollonia Pontica) on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast

Accommodation and 3 meals per day are fully covered by the admission fee in Stobi. Accommodation and breakfast are covered in Sozopol. Please, visit each field school project’s page for all the details about accommodation, meals, free time and other practicalities.

  1. Workshops for Conservation of Roman Pottery and Glass
  2. Workshopfor Conservation of Ancient Greek Pottery


There are three application/enrollment paths for this field school:

1. All students at universities/colleges outside Europe seeking academic credit units have to apply through the Institute for Field Research (IFR), USA. Click here to apply.

2. All students at universities/colleges in Europe seeking ECTS academic credit units have to apply through the Balkan Heritage Field School. Click here to apply.

3.  Participants who don’t need academic credits have to apply through the Balkan Heritage Field School. Click here to apply.

Period(s) of Occupation: Classical Greek and Hellenistic (5th century BCE - 1st century BCE) and Roman and Late Roman (2nd century - 6th century CE)

Field school for pottery conservation. Suitable for both beginner and advanced students as well as those interested in Ancient Greek and Roman archaeology. Individual program and task assignments are available to advanced students.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Four weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No experience required. However, the project is not recommended for individuals with solar allergies or other special illnesses that might be exacerbated during the intensive outdoor activities.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Accommodation in Stobi: Participants will be accommodated in the recently renovated air-conditioned cabins at the archaeological base next to the ancient ruins of Stobi, in rooms with two to three beds. Every cabin has 4 bedrooms + living room, 2 bathrooms with showers and WC. A washing machine and Wi-Fi are available for free at the site.  In Sozopol: 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. 

Academic Credit:
New Bulgarian University grants 6 ECTS credits for participation in Workshops for Conservation of Roman Pottery and 6 ECTS credits for Workshop for Conservation of Ancient Greek Pottery. Transcripts of Records (ToR) are available upon request for an additional tuition fee. Students who study outside Europe wishing to obtain academic credits for this field school project (pack) should apply to the BHF-IFR Program for the Balkans and enroll through the Institute for Field Research (IFR), USA. They will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through Connecticut College and will receive a letter grade. The tuition fee is included in the IFR admission fee.

Contact Information:

Balkan Heritage Field School / Institute for Field Research

7 Tulovo St., Floor 5, Apt.7 / 2999 Overland Ave. #103

Sofia / Los Angeles


1504 / 90064

Bulgaria / United States

Phone: + 359 877 725 052

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