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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Macedonia - The Stobi Field School - 2015

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Start Date 2015-06-27
End Date 2015-07-25

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Connecticut College

Academic Credit

8 credit hours from Connecticut College

Archaeology Field School Tuition

$ 4,550

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Included in tuition

Archaeology Field School Travel
Airfare Cost
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Students are responsible for extra costs outside of tuition, meals and room and board

Archaeology Field School Description

Stobi was an Ancient Roman port of trade, most importantly salt trade. Stobi was not only an important salt trading center, but also strategically located between two rivers and at the cross-roads of Via Diagonalis and Via Egnatia. This commercial and strategic position brought Stobi long-term prosperity, especially in the period between the 1st and 3rd centuries CE. Several monumental buildings in the city are dated to this period: the Theater, the first City Wall, the Gate of Heraclea, part of the Forum Romanorum, Casa Romana, the Synagogue and the water supply system. However, because of its success Stobi became subject to attacks, cauing it to be rebuilt frequently starting around the 4th century CE. In the 4th century CE, Stobi became an important Christian center and the seat of powerful bishops. In the 5th-6th centuries, Stobi was the capital city of the Roman province Macedonia Secunda. In 2010, the National Institution Stobi was formed as an independent state institution and has since successfully finalized numerous archaeological and conservation projects. The 2015 field season will continue on with these efforts and will focus on the most representative, residential building in Stobi – the Theodossian Palace. Work on the palace will continue and efforts made to investigate the space between the palace and an adjacent building – now called “the Jail” as numerous human remains with their hands tied were found there. The temporal and architectural relationships between the two buildings are unclear and this season will be dedicated to exploring their important issue and the architectural history of Stobi.Students will be introduced to the basics of field archaeology and find processing methods. They will be exposed to both excavation and laboratory techniques. Students will be exposed to important topics concerning the context of this archaeological site – History and Archaeology of Copper Age in Europe, Warfare in Prehistory, Chalcolithic architecture, pottery and tools.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Time Period

Ancient Roman

Directors and Instructors

Ms. Silvana Blazhevska ( - Director of National Institution Stobi, Macedonia, Balkan Heritage Foundation Affiliate.

Ms. Angela Pencheva ( - PhD student at Humboldt University, Berlin; Visiting professor at the Department of Archaeology and Center for Vocational and Continuing Education, New Bulgarian University, Sofia; Balkan Heritage Program Director

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