Topic ID #24016 - posted 10/17/2012 5:34 AM





Location: Stobi, Gradsko, Macedonia

Session Dates: 15 - 29 June, 2013
Application Deadline: May 1, 2013


Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: Balkan Heritage Field School/Foundation, National Institute of Stobi and New Bulgarian University

Project Description

The WORKSHOP FOR  MOSAIC CONSERVATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ROMAN MOSAICS 2013 will be hosted by the National Institute of Stobi, Macedonia at the Roman city of Stobi (nowadays an archaeological park) that has numerous examples of high-quality Roman mosaic art (both mosaic floors in situ and mosaic fragments in storage). All the buildings investigated in the ancient city: the Episcopal Basilica, the Extramural Basilica, the Theodosian Palace, the Synagogue II, the "Casino", the House of Peristeria and the House of Polycharmos - all dated between third and sixth century AD had their floors decorated with mosaics. The most common mosaic techniques were: opus tesselatum and opus sectile but there are found mosaics made in opus barbaricum and opus vermiculatum as well.

The workshop will guide the participants through the history and technology of Roman and Late Roman mosaics and consequent stages of archaeological conservation, restoration, documentation and study. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on Roman mosaics located/found at the ancient city of Stobi. During the workshop participants will work with either authentic Roman mosaic shards or on an original Roman mosaic floor in situ! The project includes three modules: practical work in documentation and conservation of Roman mosaics; lectures and trainings  as well as excursions to the St.Archangel Michael Monastery (10th century), the old towns of Prilep and Bitola, the archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis, Ohrid and Ohrid lake (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Refer to the Course description and the Workshop agenda!

By the end of the workshop the participants will:

  • be introduced to the basic methods for documentation and conservation of Roman mosaics;
  • be able to develop basic/further practical skills (depending on participant’s initial level of qualification) in ancient mosaic conservation and illustration (both drawing and using graphic software);
  • deepen their knowledge through first-hand experience of Roman History and Archaeology;
  • meet professionals, who work in the areas of Classical Archaeology and Mosaic Conservation, Restoration and Documentation.

All participants will receive:

  • Project handbook (in PDF version by e-mail and a hard copy on arrival);
  • Balkan Heritage Field School Certificate specifying the fieldwork hours, educational modules, and sites visited.

Period(s) of Occupation: Roman, Late Roman/Early Byzantine (Second century BC - Sixth century AD)

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 14 days

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No

Room and Board Arrangements

Participants will be accommodated in the archaeological base at the site, in rooms with two to three beds in cabins (recently renovated, air-conditioned, Wi Fi). Every cabin has 4 bedrooms + living room, 2 bathrooms with showers and WC. There is also a washing machine available. Participants are not expected to bring bedclothes or towels. Three meals per day are covered by the admission fee. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted!

Cost: Early Bird Admision Fee (valid through April 1st 2013) €1,169 (app. $1,419) including all educational and practical activities, tools and materials, full-board accommodation (incl. meals), excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees, Project Handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance and administrative costs. Regular Admission Fee (after April 1st 2013) 1,299 EUR (app. $ 1,579 but check current exchange rates). Discounts off the regular admission fee are available in case of: 1) AIA membership; 2) Participation in more than 1 BH project or project session in 2013; 3) Small Groups (two or three people, who participate in a BH project in 2013); 4) Larger Groups (four or more people, who participate in a BH project in 2013).

Academic Credit
Name of institution offering credit: New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria
Number of credits offered: New Bulgarian University grants to students six academic credits for participation in the project. Transcripts are available upon request for an additional tuition fee.

Contact Information
Ms. Anna Parmakova - Admissions / Balkan Heritage Field School
204 Sveta Troitsa St.
Stara Zagora, BG-6004, 6004
Phone: Phone: +359 878 441 251


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