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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Macedonia - Heraclea Lyncestis Excavation Project

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Start Date 2010-07-03
End Date 2010-08-01

Multiple Sessions Yes
Multiple Session information

Session 1: July 3- 17, 2010; Session 2: July 18- August 1, 2010

Archaeology Field School Location

Pelagonia, Macedonia

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

New Bulgarian University - Sofia, Bulgaria

Academic Credit

6 credits for participation in one project session; 9 credits for participation in two sessions.

Archaeology Field School Tuition

All educational activities are covered by the admission fee. However, transcripts (necessary for obtaining of academic credits) are available upon request for an additional tuition fee. Fees for six / nine academic credits are as follows: - for EU students – 216 / 324 EUR - for all other international students – 300 / 450 EUR. Participants who don't need academic credits, are not expected to pay the tuition fee!

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Covered by the admission fee!

Archaeology Field School Travel
In-country travel costs (to the site, excursions etc.) during the field school are covered by the admission fee!
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Admission fee: €1,199 (app. $1,600 ) including all educational and fieldwork activities, travel to and from the fieldwork venues, full-board accommodation, administrative costs and excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees.

Archaeology Field School Description

According to the Athenian orator and lawyer Demosthenes, Heraclea was founded by Philip II (the father of Alexander the Great), as a strategic centre of the north-western Macedonian province of Lyncestis. Heraclea was named in honour of Heracles (Hercules), the claimed progenitor of the ruling Macedonian dynasty which Philip belonged to. The epithet “Lyncestis” means “the Land of the Lynx” in Greek. Nowadays the ruins of the ancient city lie at the western side of modern town of Bitola. In 1950s state authorities declared archaeological heritage there for an archaeological reserve. During last half century significant monuments of Antiquity: Forum, Theater, Early Christian basilicas and residential buildings (many of them decorated with polychrome mosaics)have been uncovered and restored. Season 2010 envisions excavations in two sectors: the Acropolis or the area across the river (presumably Hellenistic and Early Roman), the area around the Theater (Roman and Late Roman). Two field school sessions are available in 2010. The program includes following three modules: fieldwork; educational course (lectures, workshops and field trainings), as well as excursions to the UNESCO heritage town and lake of Ohrid, and the Roman city of Stobi.Field school participants will work on random excavation sector with possibility to shift to another sector. Participants, who join both project sessions will have different schedule during the second session - the activities in the afternoons will include: Workshop in mosaic-making, field surveys, finds' processing and documentation; excursions to Pelister National Park and local monasteries will replace the standard excursions in the second session.All participants are to receive a Balkan Heritage Field School Certificate specifying fieldwork hours, educational modules and sights visited.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Field School in Classical Archaeology

Time Period

Hellenistic, Roman, Late Roman (fourth century B.C. – sixth century A.D.)

Field School Setting/Conditions

Accommodation and educational activities will take place in the beautiful down town of Bitola. The fieldwork is under hot South European sun (average temperatures in the summer 30-35 C or higher) and is not recommended for individuals with solar allergies or other special illnesses. All participants should bring clothes and cosmetics suitable for hot and sunny weather.

How is the project area accessed each day

The site is located in the town of Bitola (Macedonia), in a walking distance from the project's hotel.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Please visit the project web page at:

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Directors and Instructors

Anica Georgievska, Engin Nasuh, Dimitar Georgievski, Georgi Dimovski and Toni Nikolovski - National Institute, Museum and Gallery– Bitola (Macedonia);

Angela Pencheva (PhD Candidate, Humboldt University - Berlin), Ivan Vasilev, Nayden Prahov (PhD Candidate, St. Kliment Ohridski University - Sofia), David Mitchell and Andrea Almeida - Balkan Heritage

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

During the program each student will be introduced to all aspects of field archaeology and will receive hands on experience in on-site record keeping, documentation, and laboratory practice, including data management and the interpretation of archaeological evidence, especially ceramics. Students will also be exposed to the rich ancient and contemporary ways of life of Macedonia through cultural activities and weekend excursions to historical and archaeological sites in Bitola, Ohrid and Stobi.

On rain days will there be lab work?

Yes. Lab work and/or lectures.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Guided visits around the town of Bitola and its environs, as well as to the UNESCO heritage town and lake of Ohrid, and the Roman city of Stobi are organized for all field school participants. Participants could join the optional excursion ANCIENT MACEDONIA (Greece) right after the field school.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Lectures usually are in the late afternoons and rain days.

Is travel restriced during free time?

Generally not, but the project does not offer much of free time but the siesta-time, the evenings and the weekends (when 2 excursions are organized).

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website:

Field School Contact Information

Mr. Ivan Ginchev
Balkan Heritage Field School
204 Sveta Troica str.
Stara Zagora, BG-6004
+359 42 235 402

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