Location: Stobi, Gradsko, Macedonia, Macedonia
The WORKSHOP FOR MOSAIC CONSERVATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ROMAN MOSAICS 2013 will be hosted by the National Institute of Stobi, Macedonia at the Roman city of Stobi (nowadays an archaeological park) that has numerous examples of high-quality Roman mosaic art (both mosaic floors in situ and mosaic fragments in storage). All the buildings investigated in the ancient city: the Episcopal Basilica, the Extramural Basilica, the Theodosian Palace, the Synagogue II, the "Casino", the House of Peristeria and the House of Polycharmos - all dated between third and sixth century AD had their floors decorated with mosaics. The most common mosaic techniques were: opus tesselatum and opus sectile but there are found mosaics made in opus barbaricum and opus vermiculatum as well.
The workshop will guide the participants through the history and technology of Roman and Late Roman mosaics and consequent stages of archaeological conservation, restoration, documentation and study. Both the theoretical and practical courses will be based on Roman mosaics located/found at the ancient city of Stobi. During the workshop participants will work with either authentic Roman mosaic shards or on an original Roman mosaic floor in situ! The project includes three modules: practical work in documentation and conservation of Roman mosaics; lectures and trainings as well as excursions to the St.Archangel Michael Monastery (10th century), the old towns of Prilep and Bitola, the archaeological site of Heraclea Lyncestis, Ohrid and Ohrid lake (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Refer to the Course description and the Workshop agenda!
By the end of the workshop the participants will:
All participants will receive:
Period(s) of Occupation: Roman, Late Roman/Early Byzantine (Second century B.C. - Sixth century A.D.)
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 14 days
Room and Board Arrangements
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. Participants are not expected to bring bedclothes or towels. Three meals per day are covered by the admission fee. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted!