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Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Balkan Heritage Field Schools: Season 2012



"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.

Standard Field School Session: 12 – 26 May 2012

Extended Field School Session: 12 May - 2 June, 2012

Academic credits available for students: up to 9

BIRTH OF EUROPE - EXCAVATION 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, 2012

Session 2: 2 - 16 July, 2012

Academic credits available for students: up to 9

new project WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION AND DOCUMENTATION 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, 2012

Academic 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, 2012

Academic credits available for students: 6

HERACLEA LYNCESTIS EXCAVATIONS

Excavations 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, 2012

Academic 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 2012

Academic 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 2012

Academic 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 consequently 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, 2012

Academic credits available for students: 6


For more information, go to http://bhfieldschool.org/bh2007.html

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Archaeological Field School Opportunities in Egypt

For the past 36 years from 1975 to the present, The Akhenaten Temple Project, a program initially created to study and reconstruct on paper the dismantled sun-temples of the heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten (14th Century B.C.), has undertaken archaeological work at four major sites in Egypt: At East Karnak (Luxor), our excavations have uncovered the largest temple of this king; across the river in the Theban necropolis, we initiated a tomb survey of burials and sepulchres including that of Akhenaten's butler Parennefer; at Tel el-Rub’a in the eastern Nile delta, we commenced excavation of the ancient city of Mendes; and in the Sinai, a New Kingdom fortress today known as Tel Kedwa.

The archaeological field work of the A.T.P. has made significant contributions to our knowledge of all the major time periods of Ancient Egypt, and opened untold opportunities for student participation and training. From 1998, directors, Prof. Donald Redford and Dr. Susan Redford, have combined the work of the project with a field school run under the sponsorship of Penn State Education Abroad, which has been highly successful in training undergraduates, not only in history, but also in the mechanics of archaeological field methodology, epigraphy, recording of reliefs and artifacts, human osteology, paleobotany and conservation. Since field operations always involve native Egyptian labor, the student moves within the local native community and is obliged to learn a little Arabic. It is a marvelous opportunity for the undergraduate to come into close contact with another important world culture and the Islamic way of life.

Penn State’s Summer Abroad field school offers students six credits in the area of archaeology, ancient Mediterranean studies and international cultures toward their degrees. Those who are interested in taking part in this exciting research and gaining a memorable cultural experience may find more detailed information and submit an application on-line at www.outreach.psu.edu/summerabroad/study-egypt for the up-coming 2012 expeditions. The application deadline is December 20, 2011.

This narrative was written by Professor Donald Redford and Dr. Susan Redford.

Photo courtesy Susan Redford and the Theban Tomb Survey