Archaeological Anthropology in Crete-Greece

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Location: Epar.Od. Aggelianon-Elefthernas 123, Eleftherna 740 52, Greece

Season: June 14, 2019 to July 5, 2020

Application Deadline: March 16, 2019

Deadline Type: Rolling


Discount for AIA members: Members of the student team who are also AIA members may apply for 2 small scholarship awards from the Panayotis Agelarakis Scholarship Fund at Adelphi University. The granting of two $250.00 awards is allocated based on academic merit. The allocation of funds takes place after the completion of the field school.

Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Adelphi University

Project Director:
Anagnostis P. Agelarakis, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology in the Department of History, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York 11530

Project Description:

This yearly summer project is headed by Dr. Agelarakis, A. P, Professor of Anthropology in the Department of History, at Adelphi University.

Collaborating researchers and contributors are Drs. N. Stampolidis, Director of Museum of Cycladic Art, and A. Kanta, Director Emerita of Antiquities, Herakleion, Crete.

The field school is a unique experience in bioarchaeology and history at the Archaic to Classical period burial ground of Orthi Petra, and the ProtoByzantine Basilica site and burials of St. Eirini in Eleutherna of Rethymno in Crete Additionally, we are working with the Neolithic (6th mill.) Aposelemis site skeletal collection.  Our student team collaborates with the team of University of Crete archaeology students.

The project is based at the archaeological sites and Museum of Eleutherna in Rethymnon. Along with our research, and tied into the regional mosaic of mythology, history, and human ecology guided tours to ancient sites include the Idaean cave of Zeus, the Minoan palatial site of Knossos, archaeological Museums, and significant sites and landmarks from Minoan to Venetian periods from the north to the south shores of Crete; including the old towns of Rethymnon, and Chania.

As part of an important component of the field school we participate in many local cultural events of art, music and dance, traditional ways of ceramic production, in sheep shearing and cheese making events, the exploration of medicinal and culinary uses of regional plants in the splendors of the Cretan diet, while also trekking the beautiful E4 pathways within the national archaeological park of Eleutherna.

The experience and hands on training of this course will enhance and inspire in depth studies in Bioarchaeology/Paleopathology, History, Ancient Religion, Burial Customs, and the Classics.

The project covers all local transportation, all group excursions and fees, room and board. The project requires participation in a team effort, and ability to work in complex archaeological contexts and lab activities. Preference is given to students in Bioarchaeology, History/Classics, Human Ecology, and Museum Studies.

Inquiries are e-mailed to Prof. A.P. Agelarakis:                  Application materials are submitted to the Center for International Education, to Shannon Harrison, Dir., at


Period(s) of Occupation: Neolithic (6th millenium BC/BCE) to ProtoByzantine (4th-7th centuries) periods.

Research collaborators and contributors are : Dr. Nicholas Chr. Stampolidis, Professor of Archaeology, Excavator of Ancient Eleutherna and Orthi Petra Burial Ground, and Director of the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, Greece, and Dr. Athanasia Kanta, Director of Antiquities Emerita of Herakleion Prefecture, and Excavator of several sites in Crete (including the Minoan Monastiraki site in Rethymnon prefecture) and Cyprus Islands.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: Preference is given to students who are willing to "Participate, Experience, Learn and Discover". It would be helpful if there was some interest and even better if there was some experience in bio-archaeology, burial customs and practices, classical studies/history, ancient religion/mythology, and museum studies.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Our student team has a maximum of 7 members. All inclusive within the program expenses are: A) Three (3) formal meals per day, nutritionally well balanced Mediterranean/Cretan diet (limited options for vegetarians), nothing frozen or precooked (!), minimal food production ecological foot-print, at Eleutherna's four restaurants  and/or anywhere we may be as we carry on about 20 excursions throughout the duration of the field school, and B) Comfortable living in Eleutherna in 3-4 studios of the same building, nestled at the center of Eleutherna village and overlooking the archaeological site; 2 student-colleagues per studio--except in rare cases where 1 of the 4 studios may house 3 student colleagues. Example cost: $3,372.00 covers tuition costs for 4 undergraduate credits, plus the site fee of $1500.00 (as All field relative expenses are covered). Students are responsible for their own airfare (booking early is recommended).

Academic Credit:
4-6 undergraduate credits; 3 graduate credits credits offered by Adelphi University. Tuition is ca. $843 per undergraduate credit for 4-6 credits.

Contact Information:

Anagnostis Agelarakis

Adelphi University, Department of History, Blodgett Hall 220

Garden City

New York


United States

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