Greek-Canadian Excavations at Argilos.

Location: Nea Kerdylia, Greece

Monday, June 2, 2014 to Saturday, July 12, 2014

Session dates: 
4 weeks session: June 2 -June 28 2014; 6 weeks session: June 2 - July 12, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 16, 2014

Program Type

Field school


University of Montreal

Project Director:

Jacques Perreault, University of Montreal

Project Description

Argilos is situated on the north Aegean coast, four kilometers west of the Strymon delta. It is one of the earliest Greek colonies in this area, founded in 655/54 B.C. Excavations conducted by the University of Montreal and the Greek Ephoreia of Serres have uncovered extensive architectural remains, covering all periods of occupation. The city prospered for some 300 years and was destroyed by Philipp II, the father of Alexander the Great, in 357 B.C. Only the Arcopolis remained occupied for another 100 years.
Our main objectives for our 2014 archaeological campaign are A) to continue the excavations of a large portico or stoa that we uncovered in 2013 in the South-East area of the dig. This building contains at least seven shops dating back to the 6th century B.C.; B) to pursue the excavation of the area East of the Hellenistic mansion on the Acropolis where we found residential dwellings and part  of the fortification.

Also, as we do every summer, field trips will be organized to important archaeological sites and museums in the region (Pella, Vergina, the archaeological museums in Thessaloniki, Phillipi…). A 3 day visit of the island of Thasos is also organized.

 Only 30 students will be accepted for this excavation season, which will combine three components :
1. Theoretical: history of the site and the vast region of Macedonia / Thrace, workshops on architecture and urbanism, pottery styles, etc..
2. Practical: methodology and excavation techniques, work on the site and at the museum, cleaning and cataloging of artefacts, documentation, etc.
3. Discovery: field trips to various archaeological sites and museums in the region.

No need to speak French ! This is a trilingual excavation and satff members speak  English, French and Greek.
Please visit our website !

Period(s) of Occupation: Archaic and Classical periods

Project size: 
25-49 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
No experience required

Room and Board Arrangements

Students share rented apartments, each with kitchen and washroom, situated in the nearby village of Asprovalta. Fees include food and accommodation and weekend visits to various archaeological sites and museums in the area, but do not include travel to Greece.

$3,350 (4 weeks session) $4,600 (6 weeks session)

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Université de Montréal
Number of credits offered 3
$800 CAD


Contact Information
Prof. Jacques Perreault
Centre d'études classiques, Université de Montréal, C.P. 6128, Succ. Centre-Ville
H3C 3J7
514-343-6111, #38471
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