Balkan Heritage Field School

The Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) is currently accepting applications from students, scholars and volunteers for eight field school projects in 2012 including four Archaeology Excavation Projects, Workshops on Ancient Greek and Roman Pottery, Workshop for Conservation of Roman Mosaics, and a “Fresco-hunting” Photo Expedition, with a wide variety of periods from the Early and Middle Balkan Neolithic (6200-5500 BC) through the Archaic Greek, Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine periods to the Medieval and Late Medieval ages.
 
Thanks to the partnership with the New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria, 6 academic credits (for the two-week projects) and 9 academic credits (for the four-week projects) will be granted upon request to students who attend to these projects.

Affiliated partner institutions/organizations: New Bulgarian University, Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History, Archaeological Museum of Sozopol (Bulgaria), Youth Cultural Center – Bitola, National Institute of Stobi, National Institute and Museum – Bitola (Macedonia), Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Nanterre (France), Queen’s University (Canada).  Balkan Heritage (BH) Field School (est. 2003) functions as a legal part of Balkan Heritage Foundation – a Bulgarian public, non-profit, non-governmental organization. It implements various educative projects in the areas of Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Folklore, Art History, Restoration and Conservation of artefacts and monuments, Fine Arts and Theology with participation of students, scholars and volunteers from all over the world. The Balkan Heritage Mission is to support study, protection, restoration and promotion of sites, artefacts and practices belonging or related to the cultural heritage of South-Eastern Europe.

“FRESCO-HUNTING” PHOTO EXPEDITION TO MEDIEVAL BALKAN CHURCHES (WESTERN BULGARIA)

An expedition for documentation of medieval frescoes preserved in abandoned churches and chapels in remote areas of Western Bulgaria. The task of the expedition envisioned for 2012 is to enhance the database created during the previous seasons by documenting frescoes and their condition as well as collecting new data on history, architecture, artefacts and environment of the ecclesiastical buildings they belong to. In 2012, for the first time the “Fresco Hunting” Photo Expedition will expand the existing iconographic schemes of imaging the Medieval Churches in Western Bulgaria by adopting Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Near Infrared Reflectroscopy (IRR).Standard Field School Session: 12 – 26 May 2012 Extended Field School Session: 12 May – 2 June, 2012Academic credits available for students: up to 9

BIRTH OF EUROPE   –   EXCAVATIONS OF THE EARLY NEOLITHIC SETTLEMENT ILINDENTSI

Excavations of one of the very first Neolithic settlements in Europe (6200-5500 BC), near Ilindentsi, Southwestern Bulgaria. Two field school sessions are available: Session 1: 17 June – 1 July, 2012Session 2: 2 – 16 July, 2012 Academic credits available for students: up to 9 new project

WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION ANDDOCUMENTATION OF ROMAN MOSAICS

The workshop will guide the participants through  the history, techniques and consequent stages of archaeological study, conservation and documentation of Roman and Late Roman (first – sixth century AD) mosaics. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on authentic Roman mosaics / mosaic fragments found in the ancient city of Stobi – the capital of Macedonia Secunda. Dates: 16 – 29 June, 2012Academic credits available for students: 6

WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION, RESTORATION  AND DOCUMENTATION OF ROMAN POTTERY

The workshop will guide the participants through the history and technology of Roman and Late Roman pottery and consequent stages of archaeological conservation, restoration, documentation and study. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on Roman pottery found in the ancient city of Stobi. During the workshop participants will work with authentic Roman shards. Dates: 16 – 29 June, 2012Academic credits available for students: 6 HERACLEA LYNCESTIS EXCAVATIONSExcavations of the ancient (Hellenistic, Roman, Late Roman) town of Heraclea Lyncestis in Bitola, Macedonia.
Two field school sessions are available: Session 1: 30 June – 14 July, 2012
Session 2: 15 – 29 July, 2012Academic credits available for students: up to 9 

APOLLONIA PONTICA EXCAVATIONS 

Excavations at the sacred precinct (temenos) of the Ancient Greek city of Apollonia Pontica on St. Kirik Island, Sozopol, Bulgaria. Periods of occupation: Archaic and Classical Greek and Early Byzantine (seventh – fifth century BC and fifth – seventh century AD). Two field school sessions are available: Session 1: 1 – 15 August 2012
Session 2: 16 – 30 August 2012Academic credits available for students: up to 9 

STOBI (THE CAPITAL CITY OF MACEDONIA SECUNDA) EXCAVATIONS

Excavations of the impressive ancient (Late Hellenistic, Roman, Early Byzantine) city of Stobi, Macedonia. Two field school sessions are available: Session 1: 29 July – 12 August 2012
Session 2: 13 – 27 August 2012Academic credits available for students: up to 9

WORKSHOP FOR RESTORATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ANCIENT GREEK POTTERY

The workshop will guide the participants through the history of ancient Greek pottery, its production and consequent stages of archaeological conservation, documentation, study, and restoration. It will take place in Emona and Sozopol (ancient Apollonia Pontica) on the Black sea coast, Bulgaria. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on Ancient Greek pottery found in Sozopol. During the workshop participants will work with authentic Ancient Greek shards.Dates: 3 – 16 September, 2012Academic credits available for students: 6

Detailed Course Syllabus of each Balkan Heritage Field School Project is available upon request! For more information please contact the BHFS Admissions Officer via e-mail at: bhfs.admissions@gmail.com !

Detailed information about all Balkan Heritage Field School Projects in 2012 is available on their website at: http://www.bhfieldschool.org/ !  On-line applications can be submitted at: http://www.bhfieldschool.org/apply.php

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Kind regards,
Anna Parmakova
BH Admissions Office
 
Admissions Office
Balkan Heritage Field School
www.bhfieldschool.org
204 Sveta Troitsa Str.
BG-6004 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
Phone/fax: +359 42 235 402
Phone: + 359 898 681 366