The Texas Foundation for Archaeological & Historical Research
For the 2009 season at Bylazora (Sveti Nikole), TFAHR again conducted an International
Field School, sponsoring 25 participants from 11 countries: USA (Texas, Arkansas,
California, New Jersey, Washington), Norway, Canada, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand,
England, Scotland, Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Participants paid their own
way to the site and TFAHR undertook the cost of their room, board, tools, and equipment.
Team members contributed to all facets of the excavation program, including: excavation
work in the field; documentation of excavations; and processing of finds and pottery
(washing, drawing, documenting, restoration). Several team members also made evening
presentations on such topics as: pottery shapes and importance to archaeology;
geophysics; site mapping; pottery drawing; and Hellenistic coins.
The TFAHR International Field School
|A volunteer presented a workshop
on drawing pottery profiles (right).
Afternoon pottery analysis,
directed by a veteran of three
seasons with the TFAHR
International Field School (left).
Rain left the site flooded and
muddy on some days. Volunteers
came prepared for cold, windy
days, as well.
|Volunteers learned conservation
and restoration techniques in a
workshop presented by experts
from a nearby museum.
|Field trip to the Stone Age observatory at Kokino.
TFAHR Photo Album - 2009 Excavations at Bylazora (Sveti Nikole), Republic of Macedonia.
|Click on photo to enlarge.
|Work starts at sun-up (5:00 am).
Working with the Finds and Documentation
In the Field
|Laying out the grid before digging.
|Discussing a stratigraphic problem.
|New volunteers are teamed with
veterans in each square.
|But rainy days provided an
opportunity for the volunteers to
work with Bylazora finds in the
Sveti Nikole Museum.
|Writing up fieldwork
|Visit to church at Kurbinovo to see 12th century frescoes.
|TFAHR provided transportation for two weekend trips to:
- Staro Nagoricane, the church of St. George
- the Stone Age observatory at Kokino
- the Late Roman ruins at Bargala
- Ohrid, with its medieval churches and Citadel
- the small church at Kurbinovo, near Lake Prespa
- the museums at Stip and Resen
To work alongside the volunteers of the International Field School, TFAHR employed 11 workmen from Sveti Nikole and Knezje. TFAHR was
also joined by volunteers from the US Peace Corps and students from the local high school in the excavations at Bylazora.