roman, late roman, documentation, conservation, national institute stobi, stobi, restoration, macedonia, macedonia secunda, north macedonia

Project type/s: Conservation and documentation of artifacts and field school.

Project duration: 2009-present

Location: National Institution Stobi, Republic of Macedonia

The artifacts: Roman and Late Roman pottery

Period/s: Roman and Late Roman (1th c. BCE – 5th c. CE).

Project team: Bilyana Jankulovska-Peeva, Conservator and archaeologist, National Institution Stobi; Jovan Radnyanski, archaeologist, National Institution Stobi; Kalina Stoyanova, PhD candidate at National Archaeological Institute with Museum (2009-2013; 2016), Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; Alexander Manev, PhD candidate at National Archaeological Institute with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (2014 – 2016); Dr Eva Todorova, PhD in Archaeology (2017-present), National Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

BHFS Field School Coordinator: Dr. Angela Pencheva, BHF Program Director

BHF contribution: Conserved more than 250 vessels, documented more than 50 vessels, Publication of the conserved and documented artifacts in the period 2010-2014 and involvement of more than 75 volunteers and 7 team members.

BHF project partners: National Institution Stobi, Republic of Macedonia and Institute for Field Research, USA.

Project description: Since 2009, Balkan Heritage Foundation has funded the conservation and restoration of Roman and Late Roman pottery from the Roman town Stobi, part of the collection of National Institution Stobi, Republic of Macedonia. The primary goal of the project is to support the capacity of NI Stobi for conservation and restoration of the existing collection of ceramic vessels, through fundraising and involvement of specialists, students and volunteers from all over the world. The project contributes to the preparation of complete well-timed publications, wider promotion of the site and future museum exhibitions. The vessels originate primarily from the recent archaeological excavations in the western necropolis, the so called House of Peristeria, the Theatre and elsewhere. The vessels were restored by Bilyana Jankulovska-Peeva, conservator at NI Stobi with the help of volunteers from all over the world – all participants in the Workshop for Conservation and Restoration of Roman Pottery which is part of the Balkan Heritage Field School, an educational program of the BHF. The field school is ongoing project open for participants with interests in conservation, Classical Archaeology, Museology, Art History, etc. For more information visit BHFS website.