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Field School Announcement
Sponsor: Balkan Heritage Field School/Foundation, National Institute of Stobi (Macedonia) and the New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria)
Contact Information
Ms. Anna Parmakova
204 Sveta Troitsa Str
Stara Zagora 6004 Bulgaria
Phone: +359 878 441 251
For more than a century the ancient city of Stobi has been attracting scientists from all over the World to reveal its secrets. The first reported excavations started during World War I by German officers and the archaeologist F. Krischen. Periods of excavations: 1923 to 1940 - Excavations, directed by Balduin Saria and R. Eger, Kj. Truhelka, V. Petkovic, J. Petrovic, Dj. Mano-Zissi - the National Museum of Belgrade (Serbia); 1955 to 1969 - Excavations carried out by the Archaeological Museum of Skopje and the Agency for Protection of Monuments of Culture (Macedonia); 1970-1980 - Excavations, directed by Dj. Mano-Zissi and J. Wiseman - the Museum of Veles (Macedonia), University of Austin, Texas, and later Boston University (USA). 1992 -1995 - rescue excavations by the Agency for Protection of Monuments of Culture (Macedonia); Since 2008 a large-scale excavation campaign has begun, focusing on finishing the previous partly excavated buildings and uncovering new areas. 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 B.C. to the fifth century A.D.) and an ancient temple (templum in antis type) dated to the second and the third century A.D. The excavations in 2011 were focused on the Northern Residential Area of the Ancient Stobi, inhabited from the Late Hellenistic till the Late Roman period. Next season envisions further excavations at the same area in correspondence to the efforts of NI Stobi to preserve and display this part of the site. The layers to be studied in 2012 mainly concern the Roman and Late Roman periods of that ancient neighborhood in existence. They offer an amazing opportunity to all field school participants to study textbook clear stratigraphy, to practice all basic excavation techniques in the field and to look through centuries of the everyday life of the Roman citizens of Stobi. Two field school sessions of the project are available in 2013, each including the following three modules: fieldwork including maintaining a field journal on a daily basis, filling out context sheets and labels, drawing an elevation plan/a ground plan/a cross-section, 3D positioning of finds, taking coordinates with a level device, and taking photographs at the site; lectures, workshops and field trainings in Classic and Field Archaeology as well as Finds' processing and Documentation 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)
This announcement will be displayed until: 12/30/2012
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