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Gournia Excavations

Location: Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece

June 16, 2014 to July 26, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Deadline Type: 

Program Type


RPA certified



University at Buffalo (SUNY)

Project Director:

L. Vance Watrous

Project Description

We are excavating a Minoan town site, today called Gournia, on the north coast of Crete. In the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1500 B.C.E.) Gourna was a town complete with a system of cobbled streets, over 60 houses, a town square and a Minoan palace,all of which are visible today. Of all Bronze Age archaeological sites in Greece, Gournia gives the visiitor the best idea of what an ancient town looke like.

We are lucky to  live in the nearby village of PachiaAmmos, and process/study our finds at the East Crete Study Center, a modern research center.  We work 5.5 days a week. Our project team is an experenced one and students will have a chance to learn about many aspects of archaeology. Students only pay for their room,board and transportation.

The best way to learn about our project and available positions is to visit our website:

Period(s) of Occupation: Bronze Age

Project size: 
50+ participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: ~ 6 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
Enjoys hard work, experiencing new things, and learning new concepts. No experience necessary, though good.

Room and Board Arrangements

The project will find accommodations for you in Pacheia Ammos and include hotels or pensions, all modern, some with wireless. Four restaurants, two internet cafes, grocery store, and bakery in the village.  Near to larger towns such as Agios Nikolaos and Ierapetra.

Food: 15-25 euros per day.. Board 10-20 euros per day

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Students' own university
Number of credits offered 3
see below


Contact Information
V. Watrous
Visual Studies Dept, University at Buffalo