Ancient Eleon Excavations

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Location: Arma, GR

Season: May 27, 2018 to July 7, 2018

Application Deadline: February 18, 2018

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field school, Volunteer

RPA Certified:

University of Victoria/Wellesley College

Project Director:
Brendan Burke, University of Victoria, British Columbia; Bryan Burns, Wellesley College, Massachusetts

Project Description:

Project Overview
This project investigates an unexplored settlement in central Greece (Boeotia), dating primarily to the Mycenaean (ca. 1700-1150 BC) and Classical (6-4th c. BC) periods.  Ancient Eleon operated within the orbit of the major Greek city of Thebes throughout its history.

Volunteer Program

Student volunteers will participate in all aspects of archaeological fieldwork, learning stratigraphic excavation techniques, recording methods, and artifact analysis. The program offers experiential learning and is physically strenuous.

All student volunteers must be in good physical condition and able to participate in all aspects of the fieldwork.

GRS 495 Practicum in Archaeology (3.0 Units) for University of Victoria credit. Qualified non-UVic students can get UVic transfer credit to their home institution. The course will include training sessions in field techniques, topical lectures, and optional field trips.  It is possible to participate as a volunteer in the excavation without enrolling in GRS 495 for credit.

All participants, whether enrolled in GRS 495 or not, will be required to pay a $3300 program fee which will go toward room and board for six weeks. UVic tuition for GRS 495 is separate, as is transatlantic airfare. The excavation team lives in modest, shared apartments in the nearby town of Dilesi, which offers swimming in the Euboean Gulf, internet access, and public transportation to Athens, approximately 1 hour away.

Period(s) of Occupation: Aegean Bronze Age through Classical Greece

Project Size: 25-49 participants

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: no

Room and Board Arrangements:
Program fee covers room and board. Housing is in the sea-side community of Dilesi. Meals are traditional, simple Greek meals. Evenings at a local taverna. Cost: $3300 (CAD)/$2700 USD

Academic Credit:
3.0 Units, equivalent to two courses of one-semester undergraduate courses during the academic year. credits offered by University of Victoria. Tuition is vaires.

Contact Information:

Brendan Burke

Greek and Roman Studies University of Victoria





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