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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Argos on the Axios, an ancient Macedonian colony

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
2013-09-10
Start Date 2013-09-20
End Date 2013-10-06



Archaeology Field School Location

Bul V.S.Bato 19/1-23



Archaeology Field School Tuition

4 credits 250 eu provided by Euro-Balkan University-Institute for Ancient studies


Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Participants will be accommodated in the NI Stobi at their accommodation facilities. 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. Each day they will be picked up from and returned to their base. Arrangements can be made for the transport from and back to the Skopje airport/train station. In addition to the activities related to fieldwork and the processing of finds, a number of excursions are planned to archaeological and historical monuments and museums in Skopje and its environs. These are to be held on Sundays or during workdays in the evenings



Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

500 eu per session

Archaeology Field School Description


“An intensive surface artifact and architectural survey of a Hellenistic to Roman Period settlement on the Middle Vardar – the hypothetical site of Argos on the Axios, an ancient Macedonian colony”
Euro-Balkan University-Institute for Ancient studies and N.G.O Archaeologica
The specific goal of this field research project is the survey of the entire area of the ridge called Vidin Grad in the Middle Vardar Valley, not far away from the well renowned Hellenistic and Roman town of Stobi. This site is known thanks to the work of epigraphists and archaeologists in the middle decades of the past century. It’s been tentatively related to an ancient town known from the historical sources as Argos. Because of its name, size and location it has been suggested that this settlement, along with a few other centers in the Middle Vardar Valley were colonies established by the late Antigonids (the last dynasty that ruled ancient Macedonia) in the 3rd and the first half of the 2nd century BC. However, the body of archaeological evidence available so far doesn’t allow one to reject or accept this thesis. On the site Vidin Grad in particular, research has come to a standstill over the past few decades. Earlier research mostly consisted of study of epigraphic monuments and architectural sculpture, architectural survey and unsystematic gathering of surface artifacts. The importance of this site and the poor degree of research gave the main incentive to instigate a more systematic field research. In addition we point to the fact that the site is situated in the immediate catchment of a modern village and has been attacked both by agricultural activities and illicit digging.
The fieldwork component of the project will comprise two stages: quantification of surface material by irregular field blocks and total collections of surface artifacts and architectural remains by regular grid. Because of the high degree of survey intensity the survey duration is estimated at two weeks, despite the relatively small size of the survey area of less than 10 hectares (100 000 sq meters). The study of the material collected by regular grid units and of the distribution of the architectural remains visible on the surface will reveal the exact size and positioning of the site, its chronology and horizontal stratigraphy, to chart various activity zones across the site area and in its immediate surroundings and to assess the degree of preservation of the archaeological remains and the ongoing post-depositional processes. Of no lesser importance is the study of pottery and other finds, especially in circumstances where very little is known or at least published on the issue of local pottery production.
The students participating in the project will have the opportunity to get familiar and practically apply the following skills and techniques:
1. The principles of the method of intensive and systematic surface artifact survey;
2. The principles of the method of architectural survey;
3. The use of GPS and Total Station in archaeological survey
4. The use of GIS in survey archaeology
5. The basics of finds processing and analysis
Participation 500 Eur: covering lodging, a meal and transportation costs. Interested participants will stay at a hostel or a private apartment in Skopje, depending on the size and the structure of the group. Each day they will be picked up from and returned to their base. Arrangements will also be made for the transport from and back to the Skopje airport/train station. In addition to the activities related to fieldwork and the processing of finds, a number of excursions are planned to archaeological and historical monuments and museums in Skopje and its environs. These are to be held on Sundays or during workdays in the evenings

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

An intensive surface artifact and architectural survey


Time Period

Hellenistic to Roman Period



How is the project area accessed each day

Covered



Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
3
Is there a professional certification for this field school

Yes


Directors and Instructors

Phd Damjan Donev - Euro-Balkan University-Institute for Ancient studies
Radomir Ivanovic - NGO Archaeologica


Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

1. The principles of the method of intensive and systematic surface artifact survey;
2. The principles of the method of architectural survey;
3. The use of GPS and Total Station in archaeological survey
4. The use of GIS in survey archaeology
5. The basics of finds processing and analysis


On rain days will there be lab work?

Yes


Will there be additional organized activities?

Number of excursions are planned to archaeological and historical monuments and museums in Skopje and its environs. These are to be held on Sundays or during workdays in the evenings


Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes


Is travel restriced during free time?

No



Other resources students will find useful

Will be accommodated on an roman town of Stobi that its the most excavated site in Macedonia

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website: http://www.archaeologica.org.mk

Field School Contact Information



Radomir Ivanovic
Bul V.S.Bato 19/1-23, Skopje, R. Macedonia



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