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Location: Nea Kerdylia, GR
Season: May 30, 2022 to July 9, 2022
Session Dates: 4 weeks session: May 30 - June 25, 2022 6 weeks session: May 30 - July 9, 2022
Application Deadline: May 1, 2022
Deadline Type: Rolling
Field School, Volunteer
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 8 years, we have been excavating a unique complex of 4 major buildings: two commercial buildings, one consisting of 12 shops, the other of 10 shops, one building containig workshops and one complex of 13 housing units. The commercial buildings go back to the 6th century BC and are unique in Greece.
Our 2022 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 the commercial buildings “L” and “P”, and the large residential complex “Q”);
B- we will also 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, which we partially uncovered in 2021;
C- and finally, we will be at the Amphipolis museum to work on the finds uncovered during the excavations.
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 to 40 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. Fee includes food (except on Sundays) and accommodation, and weekend visits to various archaeological sites and museums in the area, but does not include travel to Greece or the 3 day optional visit to the beautiful island of Thasos. See details on our website (www.argilos.net) Cost: 4 weeks session: $3900 CAD ($3200 US*) 6 weeks session: $4800 CAD ($3800 US*). *Actual US price depends on exchange rate
3 or 6 credits offered by Université de Montréal. Contact Prof Jacques Perreault for cost: Jacques.Y.Perreault@umontreal.ca.
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