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Location: Nea Kerdylia, GR
Season: May 25, 2020 to July 4, 2020
Session Dates: 4 weeks: May 25 - June 20; 6 weeks: May 25 - July 4 Priority will be given to students enrolling in the 6 week session.
Application Deadline: May 1, 2020
Deadline Type: Rolling
University of Montreal
Jacques Perreault, University of Montreal
Argilos is situated on the north Aegean Coast, four kilometres west of the Strymon delta. It is one of the earliest Greek colonies in this area, founded in 655/54 B.C. Excavations conducted by the University of Montreal and the Greek Ephoreia of Serres have uncovered extensive architectural remains, covering all periods of occupation. The city prospered for some 300 years and was destroyed by Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great, in 357 B.C. Only the Acropolis remained occupied for another 100 years.
For the last 7 years, we have been excavating a unique complex of 4 major buildings, one consisting of 12 shops, the others being workshops and houses. The commercial building dates back to the 6th century BC and is unique in Greece.
Our 2020 season will be a very special one, as we will work in three areas:
A-we will continue our study of the commercial sector of Argilos, working on buildings “L” (the commercial building) and “Q” (a large residential complex next to “L”);
B- We will be working at Ancient Kerdylion, a small colony founded by Argilos and situated just a few kilometers to the East; we are particularly interested in the fortification wall of this establishment;
C- and finally, we will be at the Amphipolis museum to work on the finds uncovered during the excavations of building “L”.
Also, as we do every summer, field trips will be organized to important archaeological sites and museums in the region (Pella, Vergina, the archaeological museums in Thessaloniki, Philippi, Abdera…). An optional three day visit of the beautiful island of Thasos is also organized.
Only 30 students will be accepted for this special season, which will combine three components :
1. Theoretical: history of the site and the vast region of Macedonia / Thrace, workshops on architecture and urbanism, pottery styles, etc.
2. Practical: methodology and excavation techniques, work on the site (including architectural and stratigraphic drawing, working with electronic surveying instruments, etc.) and at the museum, cleaning and cataloguing of artefacts, profile drawing, documentation, etc.
3. Discovery: field trips to various archaeological sites and museums in the region and optional 3-day stay on the beautiful island of Thassos.
Join are international team and meet students from Greece, Canada, USA, Australia, France, England, etc. !
Period(s) of Occupation: Archaic and Classical periods (7th to 4th centuries BC)
Argilos is situated on the Northern Coast of the Aegean sea, 4 kilometers west of the Strymon delta. It is one of the earliest Greek colonies in this area, founded in 655/54 B.C. Excavations conducted by the University of Montreal and the Greek Ephoreia of Serres have uncovered extensive architectural remains, covering all periods of occupation. The city prospered for some 300 years and was destroyed by Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great, in 357 B.C. No need to speak French ! This is a multilingual excavation (all staff speak English, French and Greek) and students come from all around the world. Visit our website !
Project Size: 25-49 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks
Minimum Age: 19
Experience Required: No experience required
Room and Board Arrangements:
Students share rented apartments, each with kitchen and washroom, situated in the nearby village of Asprovalta. Fees include food (except on Sundays) and accommodation, and weekend visits to various archaeological sites and museums in the area, but do not include travel to Greece or the 3 day optional visit to the beautiful island of Thassos. See details on our website (www.argilos.net) Cost: 4 weeks session: $3200 US ($3800 CAD) 6 weeks session: $3900 US ($4700 CAD)
3 or 6 credits offered by Université de Montréal. Contact Prof Jacques Perreault for cost: Jacques.Y.Perreault@umontreal.ca.
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