STLCC Archaeological Project in the Republic of Macedonia: June 25 - July 21, 2011
Four seasons of survey and test excavation at the Castle of King Marko on Mount Vodno have enhanced our understanding of the Medieval and Late Antique history of Skopje. The project included faculty/students from St. Louis Community College (SLCC), faculty/students from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of archaeologists and the Museum of Skopje. Fieldwork began during 2005 and was concluded during the summer of 2008. Kiro Ristov (Skopje Museum) supervised all aspects of the research design, data analysis and interpretation. The fieldwork fully mapping the castle with GPS and gathering detailed stratigraphic information on all three sectors of the castle.

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We plan to start another research/training project in the Republic of Maceadonia during the summer of 2011. The program will allow students to participate in exciting educational activities involving archaeology and art history. This is an international service learning project. Numerous field excursions will punctuate the academic program. Participants will earn six hours of academic credit. The course may be audited.

Space is limited to 20 people. Apply today!

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Dr. Michael Fuller, Professor of Anthropology, joined SLCC in 1982. He co-directed archaeological excavations at Tell Tuneinir in Syria from 1986 to 2004. His fieldwork experience include projects in Egypt, Jordan, Greece, and the USA.

Kiro Ristov, Field Archaeologist with the Museum of Skopje.

Neathery Fuller, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at SLCC, Registrar, Conservator, and Computer Specialist.

David Hanlon, Chair of the Art Department at St. Louis Community College at Meramec


All participants will enroll for 6 credit hours at SLCC. Here are the choices:
ANT 105 - Field Methods in Archaeology (6 hours of credit)
Courses may be taken for credit or non-credit.


High school graduate or equivalent; Eligible for enrollment at SLCC


Pre-acceptance interview with the program leader - Those selected will attend mandatory orientation meetings prior to departure.


Airfare is approximately $1750 from St. Louis to Skopje and back

Cost of $2,000 per person includes:
- Transfer to and from airport
- Accommodations in Ohrid
- Daily breakfast and dinner
- Scheduled Study-Field Excursions
- Use of the American Corner sponsored by US Embassy and interaction with Macedonian archaeologists
- STLCC students receive credit for international Service Learning related to our help with Cultural Resource Management
- Limited international health insurance

AIRPLANE TICKETS are your responsibilty! Find your best ticket on the web or use your parent's frequent flyer points!

$81 a credit hour is the tuition rate for residents of St. Louis County. Out of state residents, alas, pay $ 148 a credit hour. The summer dig requires that you sign up for 6 credit hours of ANT 104.

It is the same cost for student auditing the class.


St. Louis Community College ("College") has made every reasonable effort to determine that the information stated in this brochure is accurate. Courses offered and other matters contained herein are subject to change without notice by the Administration and/or Board of Trustees of the College for reasons related to enrollment, finances, scheduling, costs, or for any other reason. The College further reserves the right to add, amend or repeal any of the rules, regulations, policies, or procedures applicable to the program offered herein. Travel, housing, meals, and other logistical arrangements are provided by an independent contractor not affiliated with the College and the College assumes no responsibility therefore. Participants will be required to sign a statement releasing the College from any liability in connection with the program offered herein or the services provided by the independent contractor. Insurance coverage is recommended. The College is not responsible for losses resulting from lack of any insurance coverage.


SLCC is committed to non-discrimination and equal opportunities in its admissions, educational programs, activities and employment regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran and shall take action necessary to ensure non-discrimination.


SLCC makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you have accommodation needs please call the Cosand Center at 539-5000 or 539-5397 (TDD) at least two working days prior to the scheduled event. Documentation of disability may be required. Advance requests give the college time to ensure that accommodations and an ample supply of adaptive materials are available.

For information contact:

All participants will register for Archaeological Field Methods The class may be taken for credit or non-credit. Participants must register during the summer registration period. SLCC tuition and fees are:

In-district -- $81/credit hour
In-state -- $118/credit hour
Out-of-state -- $148/credit hour

Participants must have a pre-acceptance interview with the tour leader. Those selected will attend mandatory orientation meetings prior to departure. This will be done by telephone for students outside the St. Louis area. Yes, we are pleased to have students from across the USA participating on the excation.

A deposit check of $550 per person will hold your reservation.

Additional payments of $650 will be due by March 10, April 9, and May 10, 2011.

Any cancellations after the airline deadlines will carry a cancellation fee and could result in a non-refundable ticket. Any cancellations after March 14, 2010 will carry a non-refundable airline ticket. Cancellations after May 14, 2008 will carry an additional $200 administrative penalty.

Program cost does NOT include:

SLCC tuition; Spending money; Passport/Visa fees; Gratuities; Snacks; Optional Travel; Miscellaneous expenses; Optional travel cancellation insurance

The Program is physically demanding and requires moderate distance walking.

Recommended personal gear:
- hiking shoes that you have worn for a week before the trip
- hooded sweatshirt
- bag of new, boot socks
- 6 changes of underwear
- hat
- sunblock
- insect repellent
- pair of jeans
- hooded sweatshirt (it is cool in the morning!)

Where do we stay? At Hotel Vodno, approximately 2 kilometers from the site. The hotel is very clean and friendly. Two students per room. Each room has air conditioning, hot and cold water, a small refrigerator, and even cable television (only stations from Balkan countries). There are internet cafes and a shopping mall just 5 minutes away from our hotel.

For information contact:

Chris Sulincevski, coordinator of international programs, at 314-539-5350.

Dr. Michael Fuller: Professor of Anthropology at St. Louis Community College at Meramec; 314-984-7987

We will "probably" use Austrian Airlines for the transAtlantic crossing with tickets booked through UNIGLOBE travel agency in St. Louis. Departure will be:

St. Louis to Detroit
Detroi to Amsterdam
Amsterdam to Skopje

Return will be
Skopje to Amsterdam
Amsterdam to Detroi
Detroi to St. Louis

Architecture and artifacts from previous work at King Marko's Castle at Mt. Vodno by Yugoslavian archaeologists

Digital Images around Ohrid taken by Randy Malta, Media Director, STCC-FV

Brief Archaeological Summaries for several sites in the Republic of Macedonia

Slide show about Boston University discoveries at Stobi, Republic of Macedonia

St. Louis Community College students and Macedonian students from the Institute of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Saints Cyri and Methodius, Skopje.