Graduate Program in Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology

Heritage conservation and historic preservation

As a graduate student in our program you can take applied conservation courses in partnership with the Balkan Heritage Foundation.

These courses can bring you to the wonderful island of Zakynthos in the Ionian sea, to Pella and Vergina in Northern Greece, to the peninsula of Apollonia Pontica (modern Sozopol) in the Black Sea, or to the Theodossian palace in Stobi, North Macedonia. Our conservation courses encompass a broad spectrum of skills and topics ranging from hard scientific work to applied arts.


Ancient Greek pottery

Roman pottery and glassware

Roman mosaics

Historic metal, paper and textiles

Conservation of ancient pottery pack



Why take practical conservation courses when you're taking an archaeological graduate program?


- you like applied, hands on skills and you want to improve your manual dexterity;
- you would like to work with original artifacts like Greek pottery from Apollonia Pontica or Roman mosaics from the Theodossian palace in Stobi;
- you want to learn more about the scientific properties of ceramics, glass, metal, textiles and paper;
- you want to learn more about technical photography, optical microscopy, XRF, and XRD analysis;
- you want to take part to experiments with pottery making on Zakynthos;
- you are interested in the ethics of conservation and you care about the never to be definitively answered question of how much to intervene in the alteration of your finds.

Our Conservation of Ancient Pottery Pack-course offers more ambitious students the chance to compare and take the best from two different conservation and preservation schools (Apollonia Pontica in Bulgaria and Stobi in the Republic of North Macedonia).



At work during the Workshop for Interventive & Preventive Conservation of Metal, Paper and Textiles in Zakynthos, Greece