North Macedonia: Stobi Roman Mosaic Conservation (IFR)

Location: Stobi, E75, North Macedonia

Session Dates: June 1-June 21, 2024

Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Institute for Field Research (IFR), Balkan Heritage Foundation (BHF)

Project Director:
Dr. Angela Pencheva, Tome Filov & Dr. Mishko Tutkovski

Project Description:

he Mosaic Conservation 3-week course provides a theoretical and hands-on training experience on mosaic conservation. Students can expect to learn the processes a mosaic floor endures after excavation and the consequences of conservation treatment and maintenance (or the lack of these). The course’s emphasis is on Roman and Late Roman mosaics, found in abundance at the Roman city of Stobi, R. of North Macedonia. Participants will either work at the site, on mosaic floors in situ, or with mosaic fragments kept in the archaeological storage facilities of Stobi Institute. This program is designed for students of Monumental Arts Conservation, Archaeological Conservation, Archaeology, Anthropology, History, Art History, and other related scientific fields. We welcome beginners in conservation as well as for experienced students willing to refresh or upgrade and develop their skills and knowledge in the field. Upon successful completion of the course, students would be capable of taking part in projects for conservation of ancient mosaics under the supervision of professional conservators.

Period(s) of Occupation: Classical, Roman

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Students are expected to stay the full length of the program.

Minimum Age: 18 years old

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
Participants stay at the recently renovated, air-conditioned cabins at the archaeological base camp next to the ancient site of Stobi. Students will be housed in rooms with 2–3 beds each. Each cabin has 4 bedrooms, a living room, and 2 bathrooms with showers. A washing machine and Wi-Fi are available for free. The Stobi cleaning staff will clean and disinfect the rooms & bathrooms and common spaces every day. In the beginning of the field school students will be introduced to the safety protocol for the hotel, the shuttle and the site upon arrival. The closest village to Stobi is Gradsko (5 km), where there are grocery stores, a pharmacy, an ATM, and medical facilities. The closest big supermarket, drug-stores, pharmacies, banks with ATM and hospitals are in the city of Negotino (13 km from Stobi). Meals: Three meals (fresh, homemade food) per day are provided. Meals usually take place at the field house premises, except for lunch packages during excursions. This field school can accommodate vegetarians, vegans and individuals with lactose-intolerance diets. Kosher and gluten-free diets are impossible to accommodate at this location.

Academic Credit:
8 seemster (12 quarter)

Contact Information:

Institute for Field Research

1855 Industrial Street, Unit 106

Los Angeles



United States

Phone: 4242091173

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