Location: Nea Kerdylia, Greece
Argilos is situated on the north Aegean coast, four kilometers west of the Strymon delta. It is one of the earliest Greek colonies in this area, founded in 655/54 B.C. Excavations conducted by the University of Montreal and the Greek Ephoreia of Serres have uncovered extensive architectural remains, covering all periods of occupation. The city prospered for some 300 years and was destroyed by Philipp II, the father of Alexander the Great, in 357 B.C. Only the Arcopolis remained occupied for another 100 years.
Our main objectives for our 2016 archaeological campaign are A) to continue the excavations of a large complex of shops that we uncovered in 2013 in the South-East area of the dig. This building contains at 12 shops dating back to the 6th century B.C.; B) to explore the are East of the shop complex, where we may have located a religious complex.
Also, as we do every summer, field trips will be organized to important archaeological sites and museums in the region (Pella, Vergina, the archaeological museums in Thessaloniki, Phillipi…). An optional 3 day visit of the beautiful island of Thasos is also organized.
Only 40 students will be accepted for this excavation season, which will combine three components :
1. Theoretical: history of the site and the vast region of Macedonia / Thrace, workshops on architecture and urbanism, pottery styles, etc..
2. Practical: methodology and excavation techniques, work on the site and at the museum, cleaning and cataloging of artefacts, documentation, etc.
3. Discovery: field trips to various archaeological sites and museums in the region.
Period(s) of Occupation: Archaic and Classical periods
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
Students share rented apartments, each with kitchen and washroom, situated in the nearby village of Asprovalta. Fees include food and accommodation and weekend visits to various archaeological sites and museums in the area, but do not include travel to Greece or 3 day optional visit to the beautiful island of Thassos.
See details on our website (www.argilos.org)
J. Perreault, Z. Bonias, "After Zagora: Andrian colonisation in the Northern Aegean, the Case of Argilos », in Zagora in Context. Settlements and Intercommunal Links in the Geometric Period (900–700 BC). Proceedings of the conference held by The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens and The Archaeological Society at Athens, Athens, 20–22 May, 2012 (2015), p. 259-272.
J. Perreault, Z. Bonias, “Thasos, Argilos et les premières ‘maisons’ à pastas en Grèce du Nord”, in A. Daviault ed., Mélanges offerts à Pierre Senay, Cahiers des Études Anciennes, Supplément I, 2011, p. 37-54
J. Pereault-Z. Bonias, Argilos aux VIIe – VIe siècles, Treziny, H. (dir.), Grecs et Indigènes de la Catalogne à la mer Noire, Bibliothèque d’archéologie méditerranéenne et africaine 3 (2010) p.225-233.
J. Pereault - Z. Bonias, Argilos. A Greek Colony in Thracian Territory, The AAIA Bulletin 4, 2006/7, p.38-45