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The Archaeology of Greece: From Palace to City-State

Location: Athens, Greece

May 26, 2014 to June 21, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Program Type

Field school



Project Director:

Steve Diamant, College Year in Athens / Int'l Center for Hellenic & Mediterranean Studies

Project Description

This course is an intensive four-week journey to the key sites and museums in Crete, Attica, the Peloponnese, and central Greece to examine the art and archaeology of prehistoric and classical Greece in its original setting. Students will explore first-hand the celebrated monuments and masterpieces of the Minoan, Mycenaean and Greek civilizations, and study the changes from palatial Bronze Age society to Greek city-state democracy. As students acquaint themselves with the most influential landmarks in Greek art and architecture, they will take a critical and reflective look at their discoveries and re-evaluate the fundamental bases of Greek archaeology.

In addition to the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Ancient Agora, National Archaeological Museum, and Theatre of Dionysus, sites in Attica will include the Temple of Apollo at Sounion and the Sanctuary of Artemis at Brauron. A multi-day study-travel excursion to Crete will visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, the Minoan palaces of Knossos, Phaistos, and Mallia, and the sites of Archanes, Fourni, Vatypetro, Myrtos, Pyrgos, Gournia, and Lato. The study-travel excursion through the Peloponnese will include the sites of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Lerna, Tiryns, Sparta, Mystra, and Olympia before culminating with a visit to the central mainland site of Delphi.

Period(s) of Occupation: From the Bronze Age through the Classical era and beyond

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
Participants are required to prepare for the course by completing some reading assignments in advance. A Final paper will be due July 25, 2013

Room and Board Arrangements

Students are housed in Athens within walking distance of the CYA Academic Center in either CYA student apartments located in the Pangrati neighborhood of central Athens or in hotel accommodations arranged by CYA. CYA apartments are simply furnished and equipped with a full kitchen and air-conditioned bedrooms. Towels, linens and housekeeping service will be provided.

While traveling, students stay in simple ‘B’ or ‘C’ class hotels in double- or triple-occupancy, air-conditioned rooms with breakfast included.

During the Athens segments of the course, a mid-day meal served on weekdays in the CYA cafeteria is included in the fee.

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered 4
$3,600 including lunch while in Athens and breakfast during hotel stays


Contact Information
PO Box 390890
617 868 8200
617 868 8207
Recommended Bibliography: 

1) Camp, J., The Archaeology of Athens, The Athenian Agora

2) Dickinson, O., The Aegean Bronze Age

3) Hurwitt, J., The Art and Culture of Early Greece

4) Martin, T., Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times

5) Demand, N., A History of Ancient Greece in its Mediterranean Context, 2nd edition

6) Pedley, J., Greek Art and Archaeology

7) Stewart, A., Greek Sculpture

8) Warren, P., The Aegean Civilizations

9) Whitley, J., The Archaeology of Ancient Greece