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Staff post available for archaeological investigation at Konjuh, Macedonia

January 22, 2009

For 2009, one or two trench supervisors are needed, who are able to direct the activities of non-English speaking workmen while keeping detailed field notes, which are later transferred to computer files. Lessons in beginning Slavic Macedonian will be offered. Graduate students with an interest in Balkan archaeology and/or Late Antiquity are encouraged to apply.

Systematic excavations have been carried out at the site of Golemo Gradiste, Konjuh, Republic of Macedonia, since 2000. From 2000-2004, we worked on the Justinianic fortified acropolis of this Late Antique city site. In 2005 we began to work in the lower town, on the terrace between the foot of the acropolis and the Kriva River, and we plan to continue there in 2009. Investigations on the terrace have revealed several phases of construction, residential buildings as well as parts of others of as yet unknown function, and an apparently irregular arrangement of streets and blocks. In 2008 we carried out limited geophysical scanning in order to test some of our hypotheses about the layout of the city, in particular that it is an urban settlement created during the Late Antique period and not a rebuilding of an earlier Roman town. In 2008 we also discovered a church, located approximately in the middle of the northern terrace and presumably to be identified as the episcopal basilica of the city in the 6th century. In 2009 excavation of the church will continue along with investigation of other areas of the northern terrace.

Exact dates of the season and other details are dependent on funding and other factors but probably around 8 June – 15 August 2009

Anyone who is interested should contact Professor Snively for additional information

One Comment leave one →
  1. Thorpe permalink
    January 31, 2009 2:09 pm

    The geophysics was undertaken by a Macedonian NGO Cultural Heritage and Archaeological Resource Management.

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