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Greece - Kephallenia Archaeological Shoreline Research Project

Location: Kephallenia, Greece

June 29, 2014 to July 26, 2014

Session dates: 
Single session

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, June 22, 2014

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



University of the Peloponnese & Institute for Field Research

Project Director:

Dr. Evyenia Yiannnouli, University of the Peloponnese

Project Description

Archaeological Shoreline Research (A. Sho.Re) is a Geo-Archaeological project set up to explore the archaeology of the Coastal Zone at the Island of Kephallenia. The project aims to establish an interdisciplinary survey methodology of maritime landscapes.  Research design draws heavily on the interface between Archaeology and Earth Sciences, the geomorphic formation processes in particular (geology, geomorphology, palaeohydrology, etc.).  Fieldwork focuses on the systematic and extensive survey along the shores of SE Kephallenia.  Work will be done mostely in the shallow water off the island coast (max depth of 2 meters) and students should expect to spend most of the day snorkeling and in the water.  Students will use GPS and underwater photography to documents site.

Students attending this program must be good swimmers and have strong stamina as we will spend most of the day working in the water.  Strict safety discipline will be practiced and instructions from safety boats must be followed.  Students will be asked to adherence to special diet (provided by the project) that will enable prolonged work in marine environment.

Period(s) of Occupation: Classical period

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full program length

Minimum age: 
18 years old

Experience required: 
No previous experience is required

Room and Board Arrangements

Students will stay in local, moderate lodgings with own bathroom (possibly kitchenette), shared between 2-4 persons. Breakfasts and lunches will be self-prepared but ingredients provided by the project. Participants in swimming and snorkeling sessions are expected to comply with dietary limitations (applies to breakfasts and lunches). Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant following the daily field assessments (at 20.30 hrs). Alternatively, a cook may prepare lunches and/or dinners.
Greece is famous for its balanced diet and inclusion of many fruits and vegetables. Yet, vegetarians may find this program challenging as vast amounts of calories are consumed daily during swimming survey. Vegan, kosher and other diets are impossible to accommodate in this program.

All room and board costs are included in tuition (excluding weekend meals)

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Connecticut College
Number of credits offered 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units)


Contact Information
Institute for Field Research
1855 Industrial St. #106
Los Angeles
United States
424 226-6130
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