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Location: Zakynthos, GR
Season: May 17, 2020 to June 6, 2020
Session Dates: Session 1: 17 - 23 May (Paper); Session 2: 17 -30 May (Paper & Metal); Session 3: 24 - 30 May (Metal); Session 4: 24 May - 6 June (Metal & Textiles) Session 5: 31 May - 6 June (Textiles) Session 6: 17 May - 6 June (Full course)
Application Deadline: April 5, 2020
Deadline Type: Rolling
Discount for AIA members: 5%
Field School, Volunteer
Balkan Heritage Field School, Ionian University - Division Conservation of Antiquities & Works of Art (I.U) and New Bulgarian University
Dr Angela Pencheva (Archaeologist, Balkan Heritage Foundation) and Dr Christos Karydis (Conservator, Ionian University - Division Conservation of Antiquities & Works of Art (I.U))
In 2020, the Workshop for Interventive & Preventive Conservation of Textiles, Paper & Metal will again be hosted by the Ionian University – Division Conservation of Antiquities & Works of Art in Zakynthos island (Greece). It provides a unique opportunity for students and volunteers to gain comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience on the conservation and preservation of organic and inorganic artifacts. Participants will be guided through the history and technology of ecclesiastical, historical and ethnographic textiles, papers and metal objects and consequent stages of their study, conservation and documentation. Both the theoretical and practical courses will take place at the labs of the Division Conservation of Antiquities & Works of Art at the Ionian University. During the project weeks, participants will work with authentic and replicas of textiles, archival materials and metal objects. The project includes three modules: practical work in the documentation and restoration of textiles, paper and metal; lectures, training, study visits and excursions to the General Archives of Zakynthos (paper), to the Ecclesiastical Museum of St. Dionysious (textiles) and one day trip to the famous Shipwreck at Navagio (metal).
By the end of the workshop the participants will:
The course consists of three separate educative modules depending on the subject in their focus: 1) PAPER, 2) METAL, 3) TEXTILES. Each of them consists of approx. 33 hours of lectures, workshops and study visits to significant sites on the island of Zakynthos.
Period(s) of Occupation: Middle Ages, Modern
The workshop will enable participants to gain comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience in textile, paper and metal conservation. Documentation and scientific analysis (optical microscopy & XRF, XRD analysis) will also be presented. The participants will document original materials and work on replicas.
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 week
Minimum Age: 18
Room and Board Arrangements:
Accommodation*: In the family-run hotel Yria near the historical center of the town of Zakynthos (Zante), in comfortable rooms with two to four beds (bathrooms with shower and WC, TV, 24 hour room service, lockers, hair dryers, LAN plugin connection, a/c and a fridge). Laundry service and free Wi-Fi are available at the hotel. Participants are not expected to bring any additional equipment, bedclothes or towels. Single rooms are available upon request for the supplement of 150 EUR per week. Staying an extra day at the hotel costs 45 EUR (per night per person). *Subject to change. May be substituted with similar level accommodation. Meals: The admission fee covers only breakfast. Lunches and dinners are not included. The prices of the inexpensive and mid-ranged restaurants vary between 10 - 20 Euros for a three-course menu.
3/6/9 ECTS credits from New Bulgarian University for an additional tuition fee. Participants who are not interested in academic credits don't need to pay the tuition fee.
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