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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Macedonia - Excavating Vizianus - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-08-08
End Date 2016-08-21

Archaeology Field School Location

Kumanovo, Klecovce, R. Macedonia

Academic Credit


Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Participants will be accommodated in the Ethno Village complex "Timchevski", in rooms with two beds and bathroom with wireless Internet connection. Bed linen will be provided. Two meals (Breakfast and lunch) per day are covered with the admission fee. Some of the meals represent the traditional Macedonian cuisine. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted.

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

880 $

Archaeology Field School Description

N.I. Museum of Kumanovo announces the forthcoming archaeological field school “Vizianus 2016”. All students and other interested candidates will have the opportunity to take part in the investigations of an important, yet still unidentified ancient site in Macedonia, located near Kumanovo. The specially prepared program will provide all participants an unique opportunity to see the transformation of the late Roman culture into the early Christian, but also, to gain knowledge of ancient history and archaeology of Vizianus and the central Balkan region in general.

The site “Crkvište” or The Great Church, near Kle?ovce, Kumanovo – Republic of Macedonia is relatively unknown archaeological site. Mentioned one hundred years ago by Balkan travel writers who managed to notice “lots of worked stones with Latin inscriptions” it remained unexcavated until 2001, when the first trenches were set on the site. The results of the excavated area were remarkable – within few years, the roman necropolis, the settlement enclosures and a sacral building were located and partially explored. According to the results from the field surveys conducted at the pointed area, the settlement measured approximately 14 Ha. According to the found inscription, we presume that the settlement can be identified as Statio Vizianus.

Vizianus was an important road station, located in the province Moesia Superior. It lied on one of the important routes in antiquity in this region: Scupi – Pautalia – Serdica. The routes that here, over time had become a first - class economic and cultural factor significant not only for the trade traffic, but they were also the directions through which various influences from the Roman culture came to this part of the empire. Vizianus was certainly no exception. On the basis of the findings of the field survey we know that the station existed in Early Roman times, but it was especially developed in Late Antiquity when it was very close to the tripoint of the roman provinces Moesia Superior, Thracia and Macedonia.

Within the last three years, the excavations were concentrated on the previously recorded “sacral building”. It is a basilica type, one apsidal church, built in the 5th century. It`s 35m in length, combined with its complex plan (with adjoined side annexes and an atrium) speaks of an important building situated on an important road. The walls of the atrium are reused from an older building that was identified as a roman bath. So far, we have managed to excavate the caldarium with the preserved hypocaustum and the praefurnium. The remains of the others parts of the bath are still unexcavated and they will be a point of interest in the next seasons. The site offers a unique experience in monitoring the transformation of the late roman culture into the early Christian culture. Moreover, the traces of living from the Middle Byzantine Period are marking the settlement as an important crossroad, with a longue dureé expending even in the Ottoman period.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type


Time Period

Late Roman and Medieval

How is the project area accessed each day

Students are brought to the site by a car.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

07.00 - 14.00

Is there a professional certification for this field school


Directors and Instructors

Dejan Gorgievski, senior curator archaeologist from N.I. Museum of Kumanovo

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

- Preliminary research of the site
- Prospection of the site and surrounding area
- Site recording
- Use of tools and equipment (working methods)
- Methodology of excavation
- Field journal
- Photo documentation
- Pottery washing
- Introduction to archaeological documentation and pottery drawing

Will there be additional organized activities?

Participants will have two guided excursions

• First Saturday: Guided tour through the museums and cultural monuments in Kumanovo (Museum of Kumanovo and archaeological sites Konjuh, Kokino and Kuklice).
• Second Saturday: Guided tour to Ohrid and Ohrid Lake and its cultural monuments (Ohrid and Ohrid Lake are listed World Heritage Site by UNESCO)

Will there be additional organized activities?


Is travel restriced during free time?


Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Contact Information

Blvd. V.S. Bato 19/1-23, Skopje, R. Macedonia

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