Fieldwork

Excavations in the Athenian Agora Volunteer Summer Program

Location: Athens, Greece

Season: June 8, 2020 to August 14, 2020

Session Dates: early June and continuing until early August 2020

Application Deadline: December 15, 2019

Deadline Type: Exact Date

Website: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/programs/summer-volunteer-program

Program Type:
Volunteer

RPA Certified:
No

Affiliation:
American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Project Director:
John McK. Camp II

Project Description:

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens conducts a program for volunteers wishing to participate in the archaeological excavations of the Athenian Agora during the summer. Approximately thirty-five volunteers are chosen on the basis of academic qualifications and previous archaeological field experience. Undergraduate applications are welcome, although priority is given to graduate students preparing for professional careers in classical archaeology and those willing to work the entire season.

Work of the Volunteer Staff
The Volunteer Staff will participate in all aspects of the archaeological fieldwork under the supervision of a staff of field archaeologists and technical experts, all of whom have extensive field experience and advanced academic training in classical archaeology. Volunteers will be trained in the basic techniques of excavation: working with pick, trowel, shovel, and wheelbarrow; cleaning and investigating stratigraphy; delicate cleaning of artifacts in the ground; sifting of excavated earth and techniques of flotation; washing and basic conservation of pottery and other objects; clerical work involved in the keeping of excavation records. Tasks will be assigned in rotation, and volunteers are expected to participate in all of them. Room and a modest allowance for board are provided for the time volunteers are working at the excavations. Travel arrangements to and from Greece are the responsibility of each volunteer.

The Summer Season
The excavations are planned for eight weeks beginning early June and continuing until early August. Fieldwork is in progress five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a 30-minute break at midmorning. Volunteers are expected to be on the site during these hours and to work at the excavations for a minimum of six weeks. As noted above, preference is given to those applicants who can work the full eight weeks.

Information and application for the Agora Volunteer Program is located on the ASCSA web site.

Applicants can expect to receive notification after February 15, 2020.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.

Period(s) of Occupation: Finds range from scattered pieces of pottery of the late Neolithic period (ca. 3000 BC) to the contents of 19th and early 20th century basements. The Agora of the 5th and 4th centuries BC has been the main focus of attention.

Notes:
Information and application for the Agora Volunteer Program is located on the ASCSA web site at https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/programs/summer-volunteer-program.

Project Size: 25-49 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 6-8 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Room and Board Arrangements:
Room and a modest allowance for board are provided for the time volunteers are working at the excavations. Travel arrangements to and from Greece are the responsibility of each volunteer.

Contact Information:


John Camp

Department of Classics, Randolph-Macon College

Ashland

VA

23005

United States

jcamp@agathe.gr

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