Excavating in Ancient Messene in the Peloponnese (Greece)

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Location: 5WH9+CJ Ithomi, Greece

Season: July 10, 2022 to July 23, 2022

Session Dates: July 10th-July 23th, 2022

Application Deadline: May 16, 2022

Deadline Type: Rolling


Discount for AIA members: 5%

Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Hellenic Education & Research Center (HERC)

Project Director:
Prof. Petros Themelis

Project Description:

Ancient Messene was the most prominent city of the entire region in the Peloponnese during the Hellenistic and Roman Periods. It was founded in 369 BCE by the Theban general Epameinondas who liberated the Messenians from Spartan domination. The excavation of Ancient Messene is one of the most prominent archaeological projects of Greece held under the direction of Professor Petros Themelis who has been active on the site since 1986. The site’s website is The archaeological site is vast and there is a museum located on site.

Period(s) of Occupation: Hellenistic and Roman (4th c. BCE - 5th c. CE)

Ancient Messene, Messenia, Kalamata, Peloponnese, Greece

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full length of program

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students will share hotel rooms in the village of Mavromati, located right above the excavation site.. The program fee also includes snacks that will be taken to the excavation site for the break that will take place ca. 11am and communal lunch at the local taverna.

Academic Credit:
Recommended credit: 3 credits offered by The applicant's home institution. Tuition is €1,950.

Contact Information:

Dr. Andronike Makres

15 Tholou Street





Phone: +306944571283

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