Topic ID #39031 - posted 12/12/2017 4:28 PM

Macedonia & Bulgaria- Pottery and Glass Conservation


This is a bi-national field school, beginning at Stobi (Macedonia) and concluding in Sozopol on the Black Sea (Bulgaria)

The field school consists of two parts implemented in two neighboring European countries: The first part will take place at the Roman site of Stobi (Republic of Macedonia). The second part will take place at the site of Apollonia Pontica (Bulgaria), one of the most prosperous Ancient Greek apoikias in the Black Sea region in Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods.

The main goal of this program is to provide students with a comprehensive training and hands-on experience with pottery and glass conservation at two different sites, enabling students to evaluate and compare similarities and differences in conservation techniques, methods, material choice, etc. applied to artifacts from different archaeological contexts and environments. Students begin their training with replicas of ancient vessels and then progress to original locally produced Roman and Late Roman ceramic shapes (at Stobi) or black firnis pottery (at Apollonia) once they reach an acceptable level of skill, accuracy and precision. Excursions to important historical sites in Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria and Greece, will provide cultural context and an invaluable perspective regarding the objects studied.

  • Course Dates: Jun 2-Jul 7, 2018
  • Enrollment Status: OPEN
  • Total Cost: $4,960
  • Course Type: Conservation & Restoration
  • Instructors: Dr. Daniela Cherneva, Dr. Silvana Blazhevska


In Stobi, Republic of Macedonia
Participants will stay at renovated air-conditioned cabins at the archaeological base next to the ancient ruins of Stobi. Students will be housed in rooms with 2-3 beds each. Each cabin has four bedrooms, a living room and two bathrooms with showers. A washing machine and Wi-Fi are available for free.

The closest village to Stobi is Gradsko (4 km), where there are a couple of food & beverage shops, a pharmacy, an ATM and a medical office. The closest supermarkets, drug-stores, pharmacies, banks with ATM and hospitals are in the towns of Negotino, 12 km away, Kavadartsi, 17 km away, and Veles, 23 km away.

In Sozopol, Bulgaria
Accommodation is either at Dom Mladenovi guest house ( or at the VMK Military Club, both of which have comfortable rooms with private bathrooms, air-conditioning, refrigerators and TV. Internet is available at the lobby area of the hotels. Both hotels are located close to the town beaches, the Old Town Quarter, the Archaeological Museum, and within 15 min walking distance from the archaeological site.

Staying an extra day costs 30 USD. Single rooms are available upon request for an additional fee of 125 USD per week (The prices may slightly vary due to the USD rate fluctuations).

Alternative more luxurious accommodation (for single, double and triple rooms) is available for an additional fee of 200 to 300 USD per week upon request at Villa Kera (!/pageHome). Places are limited.

ACADEMIC CREDIT UNITS & TRANSCRIPTS Credit Units: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter credit units) through our academic partner, Connecticut College. Connecticut College is a private, highly ranked liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to undergraduate education. Students will receive a letter grade for attending this field school (see grading assessment and matrix). This field school provides a minimum of 160 direct instructional hours. Students are encouraged to discuss the transferability of credit units with faculty and registrars at their home institutions prior to attending this field school.


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