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Ancient Methone Archaeological Project

Location: Pieria,, Greece

August 3, 2014 to September 13, 2014

Session dates: 
Single session

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



UCLA & Institute for Field Research

Project Director:

Dr. Sarah Morris, UCLA; Dr. John Papadopoulos, UCLA

Project Description

The Ancient Methone Archaeological Project aims to explore the dynamics of landscape and landscape change, with a focus on sea level changes and related shoreline shifts. Integrated geophysical and geomorphological investigations are aimed at reconstructing the palaeoshoreline that defines the precise location and extent of the port of ancient Methone. Identifying the location of the port will provide crucial information that will help guide and focus plans for the broader study of the Haliakmon Delta – a key geographical elements linking riverine and coastline transport/communication routes to regional models of landscape evolution. In addition, complimentary excavations planned for 2014 are aimed at exploring Methone’s early marketplace—the earliest surviving agora in the Greek world—and the important metal, glass, clay, stone, and bone/ivory production locales uncovered at the site since 2003.

Period(s) of Occupation: Late Neolithic through Hellenistic Periods

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full program

Minimum age: 
18 years old

Experience required: 
No previous experience is required

Room and Board Arrangements

Students share accommodation with team members at two local hotels in double or triple rooms (equipped with sheets, towels, bath, kitchenette, AC, TV). Breakfast supplies are provided for each room; lunch and dinner 5 days a week, and lunch on Saturdays, are arranged at two local restaurants. One hotel includes an office space for computers, scanners, printers, and a washing machine.
All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious but basic food in the tradition of local cuisine. The daily diet of food in Greece is rich in fresh vegetables and fruits, and local seafood.  However, specialized diets (vegan, kosher, gluten-free, etc.) may be difficult to satisfy in daily menus. 

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
Recommended Bibliography: 
Mee, Christopher, and Antony Spawforth. 2001. Greece: an Oxford archaeological guide. Oxford University
Biers, William R. 1980. The archaeology of Greece: an introduction. Cornell University Press, 1987.
Bintliff, John. 2012. The Complete Archaeology of Greece: From Hunter-gatherers to the 20th Century AD.
Online sources and sites:
Thessaloniki Museum (Latsis Foundation):
Pella Museum (Latsis Foundation)
METHONE PIERIAS I [in Modern Greek; English summary pp. 555-560]