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Location: Lamia, GR
Season: November 10, 2020 to June 30, 2021
Session Dates: May 31 - June 29, 2021
Application Deadline: May 1, 2021
Deadline Type: Rolling
Mycenaean Foundation and the University of Peloponnese
Prof. Christofilis Maggidis (Assistant Director)
The Mycenaean Foundation in collaboration with the Department of History, Archeology and Cultural Resources Management of the University of Peloponnese offer to motivated students from around the world the unique opportunity to participate in the archaeological excavation, survey, and field research of the region of the Spercheios River valley in Greece, associated in Greek mythology with the legendary kingdom of Achilles, and receive top practical training through the MY.SPE.AR. field school.
During field campaigns the students will be trained as trench assistants by experienced field archaeologists in excavation, sifting and flotation, data collection and recording, study/cataloguing of artifacts/ecofacts, museum research, archaeological and geophysical survey (aided by remote sensing devices and techniques). The field school program also includes field trips to museums and archaeological sites in Athens, on mainland Greece (e.g. Thessaloniki, Pella, Vergina, Nafplio, Argos, Mycenae, Tiryns, Corinth, Epidaurus, Pylos, Olympia, Delphi, Thebes, Glas, Meteora) and select Greek islands, designed to offer the students hands-on experience and a deeper understanding of Prehistoric Aegean and Classical art and archaeology, and the opportunity to immerse in modern Greek culture and language.
In June 2021, the Mycenaean Spercheios Valley Archaeological (MY.SPE.AR) Project (4th campaign) will run for four and a half weeks and will involve targeted excavation (test pits) on the acropolis of Lamia, regional archaeological survey of the Spercheios Valley, aerial reconnaissance (drone), geophysical survey (Electrical Resistivity Tomography, Ground Penetrating Radar, Magnetometry).
Participants may enroll either for academic credit or for a fieldwork certificate (University of Peloponnese). Successful completion of the field school will earn 6-7 ECTS (equivalent to 3 US credits), which may be transferred to other academic institutions.
For the 2021 campaign, positions are limited to 30 undergraduate students and 6-7 graduate students. Positions are open on a rolling basis until filled – apply early.
Application procedure, schedule of payments and refunds:
1. Send a brief letter of interest by email to email@example.com
3. Submit the completed application form and all required documents (photocopy of valid passport page, unofficial transcript of grades, and a letter of recommendation) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
4. A non-refundable confirmation fee of $350 must be paid to the Laboratory of Archaeometry, Department of History, Archeology and Cultural Resources Management (University of the Peloponnese) within ten days after notification of acceptance into the program to secure a seat (instructions for payment will be provided by email, along with the notification of acceptance). Failure to do so within the deadline will result in the deactivation of your application. All applications (including confirmation deposits) must be complete by the application deadline of May 1, 2021.
5. The balance of the program fee ($4,600) must be paid directly to the Mycenaean Foundation within ten (10) days from the date of notification of admission (upon payment, please, include your name and email address to receive acknowledgement and/or payment invoice). The comprehensive fee covers all program-related costs (accommodation, board, transportation, field-trips, etc.). Failure to do so within the deadline will result in the deactivation of your application – online PayPal at http://mycenaeanfoundation.com/field-school
Period(s) of Occupation: 1. Bronze Age (Mycenaean) 2. Classical/Hellenistic periods
Hands-on experience: students will be trained as trench assistants by experienced field archaeologists in excavation, archaeological and geophysical survey, and museum research. High-tech applications to familiarize the students with digital applications in archaeology and use of Total Station, G.I.S., geophysical techniques (ERY. GPR. Magnetometry), drone reconnaissance, etc. Educational travel: the field school program includes field trips to nearby museums and ancient sites; trips may include Athens, Thessaloniki, Pella, Vergina, Nafplio, Argos, Mycenae, Tiryns, Corinth, Epidaurus, Pylos, Olympia, Delphi, Thebes, Glas, Meteora, and select Greek islands, designed to offer the students a deeper understanding of Greek art and archaeology, and the opportunity to immerse in modern Greek culture and language. Accreditation: Univ. of Peloponnese (EU-accredited Greek state university)
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4.5 weeks
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: None
Room and Board Arrangements:
The city of Lamia and the Spercheios River Valley are located at a distance of 220 km (two-hour drive) to the north of Athens (the capital city of Greece) and the international airport "Eleftherios Venizelos." Student accommodation includes, if possible, double-occupancy hotel rooms at Lamia (with private bathroom, balcony, air-condition, TV/wi-fi). Transportation to/from the airport, to/from archaeological site, and for group excursions/field trips is provided by the program (by mini-bus, vans and jeeps). The director and assistant archaeologists are on-site throughout the campaign season, and have made arrangements with local liaisons in case of emergencies. The director, senior staff, and the students can be reached by phone or e-mail. The city of Lamia is served by a state hospital and private clinics. Cost: $155 per day
6-7 ECTS (equivalent to 3 US credits) credits offered by University of the Peloponnese. Tuition is $4,950 Included in comprehensive fee: tuition fee, academic accreditation and transcript, full room, partial board, all local transportation, group excursions, museum/site entrance fees Not included in comprehensive fee: international flight to/from Greece and incidental expenses.
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