Mochlos (Crete) Publication and Conservation Project

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Location: Mochlos, CR, GR

Season: June 2, 2020 to August 14, 2020

Application Deadline: April 13, 2020

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:

RPA Certified:

University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Athens

Project Director:
Jeffrey S. Soles and Costis Davaras

Project Description:

The Greek-American Excavation at Mochlos, Crete, has filled all openings for volunteers to assist in its publication and site preservation efforts for the summer of 2020. It has cancelled its regular season which runs from June 2 to August 15, but a slim possibility remains that we may still run a study season at the INSTAP Study Center in Pacheia Ammos in the late summer to work on the two publications described below. Some work on site, including photography and architectural study, but no conservation work will be allowed.

The project has uncovered a Minoan town of the Neopalatial period, c. 1700-1430 B.C.E., and is currently preparing the publication of two volumes, one dealing with the town’s main ceremonial complex, the great ashlar building B.2 and the House of the Lady with the Ivory Pyxis, and the other with the manufacturing center in the middle of the Neopalatial town. The project, which has been in the field since 1989, has published seven volumes to date and these will be our ninth and tenth. We are looking for volunteers to work on site, cleaning the excavated remains and helping with their conservation under the leadership of our permanent Greek conservators. We are also looking for volunteers to process pottery from these buildings at the Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center in Pachyammos under the leadership of the project’s permanent pottery experts.

Candidates will be interviewed by Skype or in person at the annual AIA meeting in Washington, D.C.

Period(s) of Occupation: Bronze Age Aegean, Minoan

The Neopalatial town at Mochlos, dating c. 1700-1430 BCE, was an important trading and manufacturing center in the Late Minoan period, but it was also the location of a number of shrines that made it a center of pilgrimage.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 10 weeks

Minimum Age: 19

Experience Required: none

Room and Board Arrangements:
All members of the Mochlos team are provided with rooms in Mochlos, but volunteers must arrange for their own international travel and meals in the local tavernas.  Cost: $250.00 (non-refundable deposit for new volunteers to hold your place on the project); $0 for returning volunteers.

Contact Information:

Luke Kaiser ( and/or Giorgos Doudalis (

Anthropology Department, University of Arizona; Astoria, New York City

Tucson; NYC

Arizona; New York

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