Workshop for Conservation of Ancient Greek Pottery 2024 (Balkan Heritage Field School)

Location: 97JV+Q6 Debelt, Bulgaria

Season: June 23, 2024 to July 6, 2024

Session Dates: 23 June - 6 July, 2024

Application Deadline: May 23, 2024

Deadline Type: Rolling


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

Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Balkan Heritage Foundation, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria; Apollonia Pontica excavation team: National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Archaeological Museum of Sozopol.

Project Director:
Workshop directors: Krastina Panayotova, PhD in Archaeology, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Classical Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Teodora Bogdanova, Ph.D. in Archaeology, Curator at Museum of Archaeology - Sozopol; Adjunct Professor, CPCE, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria Chief Instructor: Daniela Cherneva, PhD in Archaeological Conservation, BHF affiliate conservator

Project Description:

The Workshop

The Workshop for Conservation of Ancient Greek Pottery will guide the participants through the history of Ancient Greek pottery and the process of pottery conservation, restoration, documentation and study. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on Ancient Greek pottery from sites on the Western Black Sea coast. The course includes three modules: 1) practical work in conservation of ancient pottery (involving authentic pottery shards found in the necropolis of Apollonia Pontica); 2) lectures on topics related to the archaeological context of conserved vessels and to conservation process of ancient Greek pottery; 3) excursions to the ancient coastal towns of Nessebar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and a sightseeing tour of Sozopol (including study visits to their archaeological museums). Refer to the Course Program and Agenda below.

By the end of the workshop the participants will:

  • be introduced to the basic methods for conservation and documentation of ancient pottery;
  • be able to develop basic/further practical skills (depending on participant’s initial level of qualification) in ancient pottery conservation and illustration;
  • deepen their knowledge through first-hand experience with ancient Mediterranean/European History and Archaeology;
  • meet professionals, who work in the areas of Classical Archaeology and Pottery Conservation and Documentation.

The workshop has taken place since 2009.  The instructors and the students have conserved more than 180 Ancient Greek vessels.

Period(s) of Occupation: Archaic and Classical Greek, Hellenistic (6th century BCE - 1st century BCE)

Major field school topics/activities: The workshop will guide the participants through the process of the Ancient Greek pottery conservation, restoration, documentation and study. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on pottery found in Sozopol, the Ancient Greek colony Apollonia Pontica on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Excursions to significant heritage sites along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast are included in the program.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Two weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No though participants should have command of manual operations. The participants should have medical insurance including COVID-19 treatment and repatriation. The participants should inform the project staff about any health issues, allergies, and food preferences.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Accommodation*: Accommodation will be at the archaeological base part of National Archaeological Reserve - Deultum, which is located 22 km from Burgas. It has comfortable ensuite rooms with two to three beds. Free use of wi-fi, washing machine, and kitchen. Bed linen and towels are provided. Wi-Fi is available on the first floor of the lobby area. Meals: Daily breakfast and the official welcome and the farewell dinners are covered by the reimbursement payment. Students are responsible for their own lunch and dinners. *Subject to change. May be substituted with similar level accommodation.

Academic Credit:
New Bulgarian University grants 6 ECTS credits to students for attending this project. Transcripts of Records (ToR) are available upon request for an additional tuition fee.

Contact Information:

Balkan Heritage Field School

7 Tulovo St., Floor 4, Apt.6




Phone: +359 988 250 901; +359 898 681 366 (both available on WhatsApp)

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