Topic ID #33896 - posted 10/23/2014 12:53 AM

Stobi (Macedonia Secunda) Excavations 2015


Location: Stobi, Gradsko, Macedonia
Session dates: Session 1: 27 June – 11 July 2015 Session 2: 11 July - 25 July 2015
Period(s) of Occupation: Late Hellenistic, Roman, Early Byzantine (Second century BC - Sixth century AD).

Project Description: For more than a century the remarkably well preserved ancient roman city located in the centre of Macedonia has been attracting the archaeologists from all over the World. The first excavations started during the World War I by German archaeologist F. Krischen. In the 20th century the site was excavated by archaeologists from the National Museum (Serbia), Archaeological Museum of Skopje and the Museum of Veles (Macedonia), University of Austin, Texas and Boston University (USA). Since 2008 the site has been managed by the National Institute Stobi (Macedonia). Despite all the excavation campaigns only 15% of the territory of Stobi, surrounded by the city wall, has been excavated. In 2010 the National Institution Stobi, the Balkan Heritage Foundation and New Bulgarian University launched a field school participating in and supporting the site’s exploration. During the last five seasons the field school participants excavated different areas of  the Western Necropolis  (first century B.C.- fifth century A.D.) and the Northern Residential Area (Roman and Early Byzantine period), The Temple of Isis (second and the third century A.D.), as well as the area around the so called Theodossian Palace. The site is located outside modern urban zones and that is why it keeps numerous remains of the ancient civilization intact. It offers excellent opportunities for practicing fundamental archaeological field activities: excavating various archaeological structures and situations, analyzing stratigraphical sequences, creating and organizing field documentation (journals, locus sheets, graphic and photo documentation, etc). Two field school sessions are available in 2015, each composed by the following three modules: fieldwork including excavation, maintaining a field journal on a daily basis, filling out context sheets and labels, drawing elevation plans/ ground plans/ cross cross-sections, 3D positioning of finds, taking coordinates with a level device, and taking photographs at the site;lectures, workshops and field trainings in Classical and Field Archaeology, finds' processing and documentation (including pottery drawing, cleaning, sorting, conservation and restoration of artifacts) and  excursions to the old towns of Bitola, the archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis as well as to Ohrid and Ohrid lake (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The participants who join the two project sessions (1&2) will be able to develop further their skills and competences regarding the archaeological field work and finds' processing, gained during the first two-week session.  After the field school the participants could join also the optional 5-day trip to Athens and Delphi, Greece.  All participants receive a Project Handbook and the BHFS Certificate of Attendance. 

No experience required, however the project is not recommended for individuals with solar allergies or other special illnesses that might be exacerbated during the intensive outdoor activities.
Participants will be accommodated in the archaeological base at the site, in rooms with two to three beds in cabins (recently furnished, air-conditioned, Wi Fi). Every cabin has 4 bedrooms + living room, 2 bathrooms with shower 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: SUPER EARLY BIRD SPECIAL by November 30, 2014 is 1104 EUR / 2208 EUR (app. 1391 /2782 USD) for participation in one /two project sessions. The Admission fee includes all educational and fieldwork activities, full-board accommodation, tools, materials, Project Handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance, excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs.
Academic Credit: New Bulgarian University offers 6/9 credits for participation in one/two project sessions for an additional fee! 


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