CYA Gap Program: Archaeological Field Work-Excavation, Workshops and Digital Technologies

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Location: Voula, Greece

Season: September 12, 2022 to November 19, 2022

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School, Volunteer

RPA Certified:

College Year in Athens (CYA) / DIKEMES

Project Director:
The excavation will be directed by archaeologist Eftychia Lygouri and her colleagues Maria Giamalidi and Anna Maria Anagnostopoulou of the Piraeus Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities. The course lectures will be conducted by Dr. Karavas, a CYA professor and the Director of excavations at the sites of Halmyris and Gratiana (Hellenistic/Roman/Byzantine military and civilian sites). He is also the Co-director of excavations at Drajna de Sus (an early Roman site/legionary fort).

Project Description:

This unique 10-week program explores the relationship between ancient Greek and modern-day practices via hands-on, experiential learning. Through active participation in an archaeological dig in the Athenian seaside suburb of Voula, you will be introduced to the astonishing world of archaeological fieldwork. The next component of this experiential learning will cover lab-work as an opportunity to introduce you to methods of interpretation of the material culture brought to light during the excavation. This will include artifact processing and cataloging as well as artifact restoration and preservation. The engagement with new technologies in archaeological research will provide a basic theoretical knowledge on the state of the art in digital archaeology, including GIS remote-sensing technologies, tablet-based filed recording, data management, and the usefulness of giving you real-world digital skills. Trips to the island of Aegina, the island of Crete, Delphi and the Peloponnese will allow the broadening of perspective and expansion of worldview.

Program Highlights

  • Visit sites of great importance in world civilization.
  • Participate in an excavation of a 2000-year old site at the outskirts of Athens.
  • Participate in excursions to the island of Aegina, the island of Crete, the Peloponnese & Delphi.
  • Explore Athens, a modern & vibrant city where today’s life is intertwined with its glorious past.

What’s Included in the Program

  • 3-weeks participation in the excavation at Aixonidai Halai in the Athenian suburb of Voula under the instruction & supervision of CYA faculty and the Director of the Excavation.
  • 1-week participation in laboratory work related to findings at Aixonidai Halai, guided by CYA faculty.
  • Day trip to the island of Aegina
  • 6-day Field Trip to the Peloponnese & Delphi
  • 5-day Field Trip to the island of Crete
  • Visits to sites, museums, and points of historical and cultural interest: the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, Historical Walking Tour of Athens, etc. all guided by CYA faculty.
  • Visits to landmarks and points of interest such as the Greek Parliament, the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, guided by CYA faculty.
  • Entrance fees to all sites and museums visited in the course of the Program
  • Transportation during all trips as well as to/from the excavation site
  • Housing in CYA apartments in the residential neighborhood of Pangrati in central Athens
  • Hotel accommodations while on overnight Field Trips
  • Lunch on weekdays in the CYA cafeteria while in Athens
  • Breakfast daily during overnight Field Trips
  • Orientation and acculturation activities such as Modern Greek language and culture classes by CYA faculty
  • Health insurance by CISI (including medical treatment for COVID-19)
  • Certificate following the excavation work
  • Certificate following the portfolio seminar
  • Pre-departure material
  • Arrival day airport meet-and-assist service
  • Use of Library materials
  • Free Internet access in the CYA computer lab as well as free Wi-Fi for laptop users throughout the Academic Center and in the student apartments.
  • Assistance in obtaining a Greek SIM card
  • Support services

Program Fees : $9,950

Program fees do not cover personal travel (including travel between home and Athens), meals other than those mentioned above, costs associated with obtaining a visa (if one is needed), personal belongings insurance, medical care not covered under the program’s health insurance, personal expenses and incidentals.

Period(s) of Occupation: The importance of Aixonidai Halai, derived from its proximity to the city of Aixone (modern day Glyfada) and the valuable salt flats that existed along the coast. The site is located in the modern town of Voula, a coastal suburb some 20 kilometers from the center of Athens, known for its splendid sea-views and low pine hills. The site, near the church of “Aghios Nikolaos Pallon,” is in close proximity to the sea and close to the recently discovered Agora. Excavated for the first time in January 2008 by CYA students under the direction of the Greek Archeological Service, it contains ruins of large ancient blocks, suggesting the presence of a large and significant public building. Excavations to date have unearthed material from the Byzantine, Roman, Hellenistic and Classical periods, including a sarcophagus, three Roman kilns and a marble lion of as yet unknown date or purpose.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 10 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Room and Board Arrangements:
The CYA Academic Center is located next to the Athens Marble Stadium and houses classrooms, the library, the student lounge and cafeteria, computer facilities (including wireless access for those participants who choose to bring laptop computers), laundry facilities, and administrative offices. The Academic Center is accessible Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Sunday 3:00-7:00 p.m. Participants are housed within walking distance of the CYA Academic Center in residential apartments located in the Pangrati neighborhood of central Athens. CYA apartments are simply furnished and equipped with a full kitchen and air-conditioned bedrooms. Towels, linens and housekeeping service will be provided. While the group is in Athens, a full mid-day meal will be served weekdays in the CYA cafeteria between the hours of 12:00-3:00 p.m. Hotel accommodations on overnight excursions will be in simple 2- or 3-star hotels, double- or triple-occupancy, in air-conditioned rooms with breakfast included.

Contact Information:

College Year in Athens

1035 Cambridge St.Suite 21E




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