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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Macedonia - Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine city of Stobi (the capital of Macedonia Secunda)

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2010-08-07
End Date 2010-09-05

Multiple Sessions Yes
Multiple Session information Session 1: August 07 - 21, 2010 Session 2: August 22 - September 5, 2010
Archaeology Field School Location

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. $1,440 ) 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

For more than a century the ancient city of Stobi - the capital of Macedonia Secunda - has been attracting scientist from all over the World to reveal its secrets. The first historiography records that mention Stobi are provided by the Roman historian Titus Livy, and concern the victory of the Macedonian king Philip V over Dardanians in the vicinity of Stobi. In A.D. 69 Empreror Vespasian granted Stobi the rank of municipium and the right to mint its own coins. The salt trading and the good strategic position between two rivers, on the cross-road of Via Axia and branches of Via Diagonalis and Via Egnatia, brought to the city a long-lasting prosperity from first to third century A.D. In 267/69 Stobi suffered from the raids of Goths and Herules, but was rebuilt after their devastating attacks. In the fourth century A.D. the city became the seat of mighty bishops, and in the fifth century the capital city of Macedonia Secunda. It was devastated several times by the raids of Huns, Ostrogoths, Avars and Slavs, but an earthquake in A.D. 518 marked the end of the urban living in Stobi. By now only 15% of the territory of Stobi has been excavated. Season 2010 envisions excavations in three sectors: the theater (built in second century A.D.), the Western Necropolis (first century B.C. - fourth century A.D.) and an ancient Roman temple. 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 old towns of Prilep and Bitola, the archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis, and the town and lake of Ohrid (UNESCO World Heritage Site). All participants will receive a BH Field School Certificate specifying the fieldwork hours, educational modules, and sites visited.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type
Field school in Classical Archaeology
Time Period
Late Hellenistic, Roman, Early Byzantine (second century B.C. sixth century A.D.)
Field School Setting/Conditions
Accommodation, field work and educational activities will take place in the archaeological park of Stobi. Fieldwork under hot South European sun (average temperatures in the summer 25-35 C or higher) 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 base is located within the archaeological site.
What is the daily schedule for the field school
Please visit the project web page at:

Is there a professional certification for this field school
Directors and Instructors
Silvana Blazhevska (Director of NI Stobi), Gotse Pavlovski, Jovan Radnyanski, Hristiyan Talevski, Zlatko Kovanchaliev - NI Stobi (Macedonia) Angela Pencheva (PhD Candidate, Humboldt University - Berlin), Ivan Vasilev, Nayden Prahov (PhD Candidate, St. Kliment Ohridski University - Sofia) and Alia Wallace - 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 and Ohrid.
On rain days will there be lab work?
Yes. Lab work and/or lectures.
Will there be additional organized activities?
Guided visits to the St.Archangel Michael Monastery (10th century), the old towns of Prilep and Bitola, as well as to the archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis, Ohrid and Ohrid lake (UNESCO World Heritage Site) will be 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?
No, but during the weekends there are organised excursions.

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; +359 889 725 057

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