MYCENAE Lower Town

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Location: Mykines, GR

Season: June 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020

Session Dates: Session I (fieldwork at Spercheios): 03/07/2020-01/08/2020 Session II (study season at Mycenae): 01/08/2020-31/08/2020

Application Deadline: May 1, 2020

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Athens Archaeological Society, Dickinson College, INSTAP, Mycenaean Foundation

Project Director:
Christofilis Maggidis, Dickinson College and Mycenaean Foundation

Project Description:

The Mycenaean Foundation ( offers to motivated and qualified students the unique opportunity to participate in the excavation, geophysical survey, and museum study at the legendary Bronze Age citadel of Mycenae and its surrounding region ( and

The archaeological site of Mycenae (a World Heritage site) is located in the Argolid, a region in the northeastern Peloponnese, at a distance of only 2 km from the modern village of Mycenae (where the excavation team is housed), 8-10 km from the city of Argos (the prefecture capital), 18-20 km from the shores of Nafplion, and approximately 140 km (two-hour drive) from Athens (the capital city of Greece) and the international airport Eleftherios Venizelos.

During the field campaigns the students are trained as trench assistants in archaeological excavation  (including digging, recording, plotting, drawing, dry and wet sifting), systematic geophysical survey (with use of remote sensing devices such as GPR and Gradiometer, and aided by Total Station and GPS), pottery study and museum work (recording, cataloguing, and studying artifacts and archaeobotanical/skeletal material).

The 2020 campaign will focus mainly on museum, lab, and library work at Mycenae (July), but also archaeogeophysical survey and targeted fieldwork (test pits and clearing operations) at a new site at Lamia (June). Weekend field trips to nearby museums and archaeological sites may include Athens, Thessaloniki, Nafplio, Argos, Tiryns, Corinth, Epidaurus, Pylos, Olympia, Delphi, Glas, and select islands designed to offer the students hands-on experience and a deeper understanding of Prehistoric Aegean and Classical Greek art and archaeology, and familiarize them with the modern Greek culture and language.

Students may apply either for academic course credit or non-credit (fieldwork certificate).

Applications must be submitted on-line at

Mycenae Project website:

Period(s) of Occupation: Mycenaean (mainly), Geometric, Archaic

This is the 14th season of archaeological investigation at the Lower Town of Mycenae, one of the most important prehistoric sites in the Mediterranean. The D.E.P.A.S. of Mycenae field school includes also excursions/field trips to many archaeological sites/museums in the region. Available for academic credit or field training certificate.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
Student accommodation includes, if possible, double-occupancy hotel rooms (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 and jeeps).  The program director has more than thirty-five years of field experience at various sites in Greece (Mycenae, Glas, Lamia, Archanes, Idaion Cave, Santorini); the director and his assistant archaeologists are on-site throughout the campaign season, and have made arrangements with local liaisons in case of emergencies. The program director, senior staff, and the students can be reached by phone, fax and e-mail at the excavation base and at the hotel. The cities of Lamia, Argos, and Nafplio are served by state hospitals and private clinics.  Cost: $155 per day

Academic Credit:
Participants may enroll either for academic course credit or for an archaeological fieldwork certificate (D.E.P.A.S. of Mycenae). 8 ECTS (equivalent to 3 or 4 US credits) credits offered by University of Peloponnese (for the fieldwork season). 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.

Contact Information:

Prof. Christofilis Maggidis

Department of Archaeology, Keck Archaeology Lab, Dickinson College, P.O. Box 1773





Phone: 717-245-1014

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