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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Macedonia - Stobi Excavations (The Capital of Macedonia Secunda) - 2011

Europe - Macedonia - Stobi Excavations (The Capital of Macedonia Secunda) - 2011

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2011-08-03
End Date 2011-09-18

Multiple Session information Session 1: August 3-17, 2011; Session 2: August 18 - September 1, 2011; Session 3: September 4-18, 2011
Application Deadlines: Session 1 - 15 July 2011; Session 2 - 1 August 2011; Session 3 - 15 August 2011.

Archaeology Field School Location
Stobi, Gradsko, Macedonia

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution
Balkan Heritage Field School/Foundation (BH) - Bulgaria, New Bulgarian University (NBU) - Bulgaria and National Institute of Stobi - Macedonia
Academic Credit
New Bulgarian University grants to students 6 credits for participation in one project session, 9 credits for participation in two sessions and 12 credits for participation in three sessions.
Archaeology Field School Tuition
Admission fee: 1,299 EURO (ca. $1,650) including educational and fieldwork activities, full-board accommodation, excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees, tools, materials, Project Handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance and administrative costs. Discounts are available!
Archaeology Field School Room and Board
Participants will be accommodated in the archaeological base at the site, in rooms with two to three beds in cabins (recently renovated, air-conditioned, Wi Fi). Every cabin has four bedrooms + living room, two bathrooms with showers and WC. There is also a washing machine available. Three meals per day will be covered by the admission fee. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted! Participants are not expected to bring bedclothes or towels.

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs
Transcript is available upon request for an additional tuition fee - 300 EURO for six credits, 450 EURO for nine credits, 600 EURO for twelve credits (for students outside EU). Participants who don't need academic credits, are not expected to pay the tuition fee!

Archaeology Field School Description

The historical references and archaeological excavations show a picture of the continuity of occupation in Stobi. The remains of the Archaic (sixth century BC) and Classical period (fifth-fourth century BC), discovered by the excavations, point to the earliest periods of Stobi's history. However, the small quantity of finds from that time and the lack of historical records do not yet indicate much about the earliest settlement. The first historiography records that mention Stobi are provided by the Roman historian Titus Livy, and concern the period of the second century BC, when (in 197 BC) the Macedonian king Philip V defeated the Dardanians in the vicinity of Stobi. According to Livy, during the Roman conquests in Macedonia, Stobi became an important center for salt trading. In AD 69 Empreror Vespasian granted Stobi the rank of municipium and the right to mint its own coins. Salt trading and the strategic position between two rivers, on the cross-road of the ancient road along the Vardar valley and branches of Via Diagonalis and Via Egnatia, brought long-term prosperity from first to third centuries AD. Several buildings are dated to this period: the Theater, the first City Wall, Porta Heraclea, part of the Forum Romanorum, Casa Romana, the Synagogue and the water supply system. In 267/69 the city suffered from raids by Goths and Herules. After their devastating attacks, Stobi was rebuilt, but following a different urban model. Most of the building ruins visible today are dated to this period. In the fourth century AD Stobi became an important Christian center and seat of mighty bishops. In the fifth and sixth century, Stobi was the capital city of the Roman province Macedonia Secunda, but suffered from the raids of Huns, Ostrogoths, Avars and Slavs. An earthquake in 518 AD marked the end of urban living in Stobi. In later centuries there are some records for a small Slav community that settled here. The last historical reference regarding Stobi is about the victory of the Byzantine troops over the military crew of Stobi in the eleventh century AD.

For more than a century the ancient city of Stobi has been attracting scientists from all over the World to reveal its secrets. To date only 15% of the territory of Stobi, that is surrounded by the city wall has been excavated.

In 2010 the field school participants worked at the Western Necropolis of Stobi (in use from the first century BC to the fifth century AD) and an ancient temple (templum in antis type).
Next season envisions excavations at the Northern Residential Area of the Ancient Stobi, inhabited from the Late Hellenistic till the Late Roman period. The layers to be studied in 2011 concern mainly the Roman and Late Roman periods of existence of that ancient neighbourhood. They offer an amazing opportunity to all field school participants to study textbook clear stratigraphy, to practice all basic excavation techniques on field and to look through the centuries at the every-day life of Roman citizens of Stobi.

Three field school sessions of the project are available in 2011, each including the following three modules: fieldwork; educational course (lectures, workshops and field trainings in Roman Archaeology), and excursions to the St. Archangel Michael Monastery (10th century), the old towns of Prilep and Bitola, the archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis as well as to Ohrid and Ohrid lake (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Participants, who join two or three project sessions are going to have different schedule during the second and third session, including:
1. Guided visit to Skopje, Veles and/or Shtip (it will take place during the second and the third session exclusively for participants in more than one project session).
2. (In the afternoons) Field walking and site recording in the vicinity of Stobi.
3. (In the afternoons) Lab work related to the finds' processing and documentation as well as workshops focusing on:
* Roman pottery and terracotta;
* Roman and Late Roman coins.

All participants will receive:
* Project Handbook (in PDF version by e-mail and a hard copy on arrival);
* Balkan Heritage Field School Certificate specifying the fieldwork hours, educational modules, and sites visited.

Participants will use the tools and equipment available at the site and are not expected to bring any additional equipment.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type
Field school. Volunteer
Time Period
Late Hellenistic, Roman, Early Byzantine (Second century BC - Sixth century AD)

What is the daily schedule for the field school
Detailed project agenda available at:
Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation

Directors and Instructors
Silvana Blazhevska (Director of NI Stobi) and Angela Pencheva (Program Director of Balkan Heritage, PhD student at Humboldt University-Berlin, Germany)

On rain days will there be lab work?

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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

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