Workshop for Archaeometry and 3D Documentation of Ancient Greek Pottery 2019 (Balkan Heritage)

Location: Xanthi, GR

Season: June 14, 2019 to June 22, 2019

Session Dates: 14 - 22 June 2019

Application Deadline: May 1, 2019

Deadline Type: Exact date


Discount for AIA members: 5% discount off the regular admission fee

Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

Balkan Heritage Foundation, New Bulgarian University, "Athena" Research & Innovation Center in Information, Communication & Knowledge Technologies/ Xanthi Division

Project Director:
Dr. Despoina Tsiafaki ("Athena" RC)

Project Description:

In 2019, the Workshop for Archaeometry and 3D Documentation of Ancient Greek Pottery will be hosted for the first time by the “Athena” Research Centre in Xanthi (Greece). It provides a unique opportunity for students and other participants to gain comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience in the contribution of Archaeometry and 3D Documentation to the study of Ancient Greek Pottery. Participants will be guided through the life cycle of Ancient Greek pottery, from manufacture to consumption, while taking part in a dig simulation, field training and on-site work including logging, labeling, cleaning and sorting fragments.

Theoretical and practical courses regarding both archaeometry (TL/OSL Dating, clay analysis and provenance of ceramics, TL Dating measurements and data analysis, μ-XRF analysis and data manipulation) and 3D Documentation (Theory – Current state of the art techniques, 3D digital replicas for Web dissemination and other applications, Image-based 3D reconstruction, Data post-processing and preparation for 3D printing) will take place at the labs of the “Athena” Research Centre.

The archaeological approach and methods in pottery documentation will be combined with technologies and methods for 3D geometrical and spectral documentation (3D digitization). This will cover basic material related to the digitization of cultural heritage. General principles of digitization and digital technology will be outlined and the available methods for 3D digitization will be described within the framework of the challenges posed by cultural heritage applications. Examples will demonstrate the capabilities and limitations of current digital technologies. Specific successful methods will be presented and will be set as the primary topic of the hands-on workshops.  

During the project, the participants will work with replicas and original  fragments of Ancient Greek pottery. The project includes three modules: 1) practical work in archaeology, archaeometry and 3D documentation; 2) theoretical work including lectures and instructions and, 3) study visits and excursions to the old town of Xanthi and the Abdera archaeological site and Museum.

Period(s) of Occupation: Ancient Greek

The workshop aims to acquaint participants with Ancient Greek pottery and the contemporary methods of its study and documentation. It will offer full experience, from the discovery to the preparation for publication/exhibition of the finds. Participants will gain comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience in Ancient Greek pottery employing Archaeometry and 3D Documentation in its study, interpretation and presentation. Pottery cleaning, documenting and sorting, dating and analysis (TL/OSL Dating measurements and data analysis, analysis by X-rays and μ-XRF) as well as innovative 3D applications in pottery research and trends for future developments will be presented. Guided visit to the old town of Xanthi as well as to the ancient city of Abdera, the homeland of Democritus (archaeological site and museum) will take place during the workshop.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 8 days

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
Accommodation: Elena Hotel is situated by the river, walking distance from the old town of Xanthi. The welcoming environment along with the high standard of service will make your stay memorable. Elena Hotel comprises attractively furnished rooms with two to three beds, with bathrooms with shower and WC, TV, air-conditioning and a fridge. The rooms are beautifully decorated with panoramic view. Laundry service and free Wi-Fi are available at the hotel. Participants are not expected to bring any additional equipment, linens or towels. Single rooms are available upon request for the supplement of 40 EUR per night per person including breakfast. Staying an extra day at the hotel costs 50 EUR (per night per person) including breakfast for the double room.    Meals: The admission fee covers only breakfast. Lunches and dinners are not included. The prices at  inexpensive and mid-ranged restaurants vary between 10 - 20 Euros for a three-course menu.        Cost: Early Bird Admission fee for a project session is 1214 EUR / approx. 1457 USD

Academic Credit:
New Bulgarian University grants 3 ECTS credits to students for attending the entire course. credits offered by New Bulgarian University. Tuition is Transcripts of Records (ToR) are available upon request for an additional tuition fee..

Contact Information:

Balkan Heritage Field School

Tulovo 7, 5th Floor




Phone: + 359 877 725 052

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