Sponsored by: Ephorate of Antiquities of Achaea
The Ephorate of Antiquities of Achaea, Ministry of Culture and Sports, Patras, Greece will celebrate this year’s International Archaeology Day with a two-session educational event that will be held on October 17th and 18th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Mycenaean archaeological park of Voudeni, Patras. The event addresses to school groups of students aged 10-12 years and it is provided free of charge, pre-registration being required.
Archaeologists, conservators and drawing specialists will be on hand to talk with the students about the science of Archaeology and explain excavation practices, dating methods and issues of conservation. The students will be subsequently guided into becoming themselves “archaeologists for a day”. Each one will be assigned a specific role (archaeologist, conservator, worker, drawing specialist, photographer) and participate in a simulated dig, which will be held in purpose-made “trenches”. Each trench holds copies of artefacts suggestive of the Mycenaean period. Upon finding these artefacts, the children will learn how to record the finds and their position in the grid, while being encouraged to analyze their meaning and purpose of use and will practice on basic conservation methods.
The “Archaeologists for a Day” event is jointly organized and presented by Konstantina Aktypi, Michalis Gazis and Konstantina Soura, archaeologists, with the participation of Niki Zacharopoulou, conservator and Athena Sofianopoulou, drawing specialist.