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Gournia Excavations

Location: Buffalo, New York, United States

June 17, 2013 to July 27, 2013

Application Deadline: 
Monday, April 29, 2013

Program Type



University at Buffalo (SUNY)

Project Director:

L. Vance Watrous

Project Description

Gournia is one of the best known archaeological sites on the island of Crete.The site is located about 20 minutes driving time east of Agios Nikolaos in East Crete, on the northern coast near to the village of Pacheia Ammos. In 190-1904 Harriet Boyd Hawes excavated the center of this Minoan town, revealing a system of cobbled streets, 47 houses, a central court, palace and cemetery. Of all sites in the Aegean, Gournia gives the visitor the clearest idea what a town in Late Bronze Greece looked like.
American excavations, under the aegis of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and with a permit from the Greek Ministry of Culture, were restarted at Gournia the summer of 2010, and will continue until 2014 (2010-2014). We work 5 and 1/2 days a week, from 7:00am to 2:00pm, and following a rest break, for two hours off-site in the afternoons. Off-site work and study are carried out the modern INSTAP East Cretan Center. We live in the nearby coastal village of Pacheia Ammos, which possesses hotels, pensions, tavernas, and cafes. Pacheia Ammos is on a main bus line connecting to all parts of Crete.
We are looking for undergraduate or graduate volunteers to do manual work in trenches and we may have 1 - 2 volunteer positions open for more mature, experienced personnel as specialized staff working at the Center.

Period(s) of Occupation: Bronze Age

Project size: 
50+ participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Six weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
None, for the most part.

Room and Board Arrangements

We will find rooms in hotels or pensions. Tavernas and (internet) cafes are locally available.

Room: ca €10-15 per day. Food: ca 15 euros per day.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University at Buffalo or student's home college
Number of credits offered 3


Contact Information
L. Vance Watrous
Dept of Visual Studies, University at Buffalo
New York
Recommended Bibliography: 

H. B. Hawes, Gournia, Philadelphia 1908.