Topic ID #24021 - posted 10/17/2012 7:41 AM




Workshop for Conservation, Restoration and Documentation of Ancient Greek Pottery 2013

Location: Emona and Sozopol, Bulgaria, Bulgaria

Season Dates: September 4, 2013 - September 18, 2013

Application Deadline: August 1, 2013


Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: Balkan Heritage Field School/Foundation (BH) - Bulgaria, Apollonia Pontica Excavation Team - Bulgaria, Archaeological Museum of Sozopol - Bulgaria, New Bulgarian University (NBU) - Bulgaria

Project Director: Teodora Bogdanova (Balkan Heritage Archaeologist; PhD student - Department of Classic Archaeology, National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)

Project Description

The WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION, RESTORATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ANCIENT GREEK POTTERY, 2013 will be hosted as usual by both Balkan Heritage and the Apollonia Pontica Excavation Team, Bulgaria. It will guide the participants through the history of Ancient Greek pottery, its production and consequent stages of archaeological conservation, restoration, documentation and study. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on Ancient Greek pottery found in Sozopol (the ancient Greek city of Apollonia Pontica on the Black Sea). During the workshop participants will work with authentic Ancient Greek shards. The project includes three modules: practical work in documentation and restoration of ancient pottery; educational course (lectures, trainings and study - and behind-the-scenes visits) and excursions to the ancient coastal towns of Nesebar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Sozopol (including the Archaeological Museum in Sozopol) as well as to a traditional pottery workshop. By the end of the workshop the participants will:

  • know the basic methods of how to document and restore ancient pottery;
  • develop basic/further practical skills (depending on participant';s initial level of qualification) in ancient pottery restoration and illustration (both drawing and using graphic software);
  • deepen their knowledge through first-hand experience of Ancient Mediterranean/European History and Archaeology;
  • meet professionals,who work in the areas of Classic Archaeology and Pottery 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.

Participants will use the tools, materials and equipment available at the site.

Period(s) of Occupation: Antiquity: Ancient Greek and Hellenistic (Seventh - First century B.C.)

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 project/project session

Minimum Age: 18

Room and Board Arrangements

Full-board accommodation (including 3 meals per day) in comfortable hotel rooms with two to three beds, equipped with air-conditioning, TV, Wi Fi and bathroom (with shower and WC). Single rooms are available upon request for additional fee. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted!

Cost: Admission Fee - €1,429 (app. $1,799) including all educational and fieldwork activities, travel to and from the fieldwork venues, full-board accommodation, administrative costs, Project Handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance and excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees. Discounts off the 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 6 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,
Phone: Phone: +359 888 165 402


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