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Location: 5WH9+CJ Ithomi, Greece
Season: July 4, 2022 to July 16, 2022
Session Dates: July 4th-July 16th, 2022
Application Deadline: May 16, 2022
Deadline Type: Rolling
Discount for AIA members: 5%
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 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.
Recommended credit: 3 credits offered by The applicant's home institution. Tuition is €1,950.
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