Archaeological Anthropology in Crete-Greece

Location: Eleutherna-Rethymno, CR, GR

Season: June 16, 2019 to July 7, 2019

Application Deadline: March 9, 2019

Deadline Type: Rolling


RPA Certified:

Adelphi University

Project Director:
Anagnostis P. Agelarakis, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York 11530, and Argie Agelarakis, M.A., Adjunct Professor, Adelphi University Anthropology Department, and School of Visual Arts Humanities Department, New York

Project Description:

This yearly summer project in Eleutherna-Crete, Greece, based on a four field anthropological perspective focuses on the excavation, recovery, and study of the human skeletal remains and funerary customs and practices at the burial ground of Orthi Petra (… – – ), the lab analysis of the Aposelemis Neolithic burial ground skeletal collection, as well as technical field/lab drawing tutorials in archaeology, and physical anthropology. Further, emphasis is placed in the domain of human ecology and environmental anthropology particularly in the botanical/medicinal use of plants since antiquity and the cultural dynamics of village and city life from mountainous settlements in Rethymnon prefecture in Crete to the city contexts of Rethymnon, Heraklion, and Chania in Crete, and Oia in Santorini Island.  The local cuisine is sampled, a variety of museums and archaeological sites from Minoan to post-medieval periods are visited, and cultural events are attended (i.e. art exhibits, musical, dance, and/or theatrical events) .

For relative information in order to contact the director (Dr. A. Agelarakis:, to download the 2019 flyer, additional program details, and the application platform please visit the website.

Application materials are to be sent to the Center for International Education, Shannon Harrison, Dir.,…

Period(s) of Occupation: Neolithic to Late Iron Age (Late Archaic Period)

Research Collaborators and Guest Lecturers: 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 with some experience in human skeletal research, burial customs and practices, classical studies/history, and ancient religion/mythology.

Room and Board Arrangements:
All inclusive within the program expenses are: A) Three (3) formal meals per day, nutritionally well balanced Mediterranean/Cretan diet (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 22 excursions throughout the duration of the field school, and B) Comfortable living in Eleutherna in 4 studios at the same building, nestled at the center of Eleutherna village and overlooking the archaeological site; 2 student-colleagues per studio--except in very rare cases where 1 of the 4 studios may house 3 student colleagues. Cost: $3,372.00 covers tuition costs for 4 required undergraduate credits, plus the site fee of $1250.00 (as all field relative expenses are covered). Students are also responsible for their own airfare (booking early is recommended).

Academic Credit:
4-7 undergraduate credits; 3 graduate credits credits offered by Adelphi University. Tuition is $843 per undergraduate credit for 4-7 credits.

Contact Information:

Anagnostis Agelarakis, and Argie Agelarakis

Adelphi University, Department of Anthropology, Alumnae Hall 218

Garden City

New York


United States

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