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Location: 5WH9+CJ Ithomi, Greece
Season: July 2, 2023 to July 15, 2023
Session Dates: July 2nd-July 15th, 2023
Application Deadline: May 19, 2023
Deadline Type: Rolling
Hellenic Education & Research Center (HERC)
Prof. Petros Themelis
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 www.ancientmessene.gr. 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 includes snacks taken to the excavation site for the break (ca. 11am) and communal lunch during weekdays at the local taverna.
Recommended credit: 3 credits offered by The applicant's home institution. Tuition is €2,500 (Euros) and includes tuition, accommodation, field trips and the meals stated in "Room and Board Arrangements".
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