Location: Mykines, Greece
The A.TR.E.U.S. Comprehensive Fieldwork Certificate in Terrestrial & Maritime Archaeology
A unique dig simulator of unparalleled complexity and unprecedented size (300 m2 or 3,000 sq. feet, 1-1.5 m deep) will be constructed on the lowest terrace of the hillside, south of the ‘Melathron’ at Mycenae (Simulated Excavation Field). This is designed to be an outdoor, monumental version of the Keck Archaeological Laboratory dig simulator at Dickinson College, which has proven highly efficient and pivotal for student training in archaeological fieldwork.
The A.TR.E.U.S. field program (Archaeological Training in Excavation and Underground Survey) and the dig simulator at Mycenae, which finds no parallel in Greece, will facilitate intensive, interdisciplinary ‘hands-on’ education and practical field training for undergraduate and graduate students in real conditions in the controlled environment of a simulated excavation field (aerial, ground, and geophysical survey, excavation, restoration, digital applications). The dig simulator will also be made available to archaeologists of the Greek Archaeological Service so that they may be trained on the latest field methods and use of electronic equipment.
The dig simulator will feature reconstructed architectural ruins and diagnostic archaeological contexts (hearths, kiln, well, houses, shrine, cist and pit graves, a rock-cut chamber tomb, part of a collapsed fortification wall), plotted portable finds and spatial distribution of physical remains, including artifacts (reproduced pieces of pottery, figurines, jewelry, tools and weapons) and ecofacts (casts of human skeletons, animal bones and teeth, carbonized wood, organic remains and other bioarchaeological material), and reproduced stratigraphy filled with different types of sediment (occupation layers, destruction layers, floor levels, burnt deposits).
The students will be trained in:
In addition to the intensive field training course in the dig simulator (accredited by the University of South carolina), the students may also elect to participate in an intensive practical training in underwater archaeology workshop in collaboration with the University of the Peloponnese to earn a comprehensive fieldwork certificate in land/underwater archaeology (A.TR.E.U.S. Fieldwork Certificate).
The dig simulator will not only serve for field training, but will also facilitate experimental archaeology: faculty and students will be experimenting with the application of different geophysical survey methods (including pioneer methods, such as drone-mounted gradiometer) and their varying degree of effectiveness with different types of sediment, depths, and diagnostic contexts (melted clay, burnt mud brick, hearths, wells, graves, pressed earth floors, etc.), thus generating gradually a reference index for equipment behavior, which may prove invaluable in fieldwork for recognizing and identifying possible features in geophysical surveys.
Period(s) of Occupation: Dig simulator will contain contexts and finds ranging from the Mycenaean to the Classical/Hellenistic period.
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1-3 months
Room and Board Arrangements
Students will reside in furnished apartments at Nafplion (and Argos): apartments are air-conditioned, heated, fully furnished, equipped with kitchen facilities, bathrooms/shower, living room, dining room, private balconies, wi-fi.
Meal package available at extra cost
Free daily transportation by van to/from Mycenae, free local transportation for organized group excursions and faculty-led field trips, free entrance to archaeological sites and museums
Burke, H., C. Smith, and L.J. Zimmerman, The Archaeologist’s Field Handbook, 2009
Renfrew, C. and P. Bahn, Archaeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice, 20044