Fieldwork

When Egypt Meets the Aegean: Interconnections in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean (Thera, Crete, Athens)

Location: Athens, Akrotiri (Santorini) Crete, Argolid, GR

Season: June 24, 2019 to July 20, 2019

Deadline Type: Rolling

Website: https://www.cyathens.org/31/1/course/72/

Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:
no

Affiliation:
COLLEGE YEAR IN ATHENS/DIKEMES

Project Director:
Nanno Marinatos, Angelos Papadopoulos

Project Description:

The objective of this course is to offer a deep insight into the cultures of Greece during the Bronze Age within their wider Eastern Mediterranean context.

The Egyptian Collection of the National Archaeological Museum at Athens, one of the most important worldwide, will be the platform for the teaching of the ancient Egyptian civilization and its wonders, as well as its interaction with the people of Greece. The focal point of the course is the site of Akrotiri, the “Pompeii of the Prehistoric Aegean” at the magnificent island of Thera (Santorini) in the Cyclades. The students will familiarize themselves with all aspects of the Aegean Bronze Age through visits to the site itself, the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, the caldera which is a miracle of geology and the numerous key-sites of this unique island.

An essential part of the course is the trip to the near-by island of Crete, where the newly renovated Archaeological Museum of Herakleion, the majestic sites of Knossos and Phaistos and other important locations will be explored. Of equal importance will be a trip to the citadel of Mycenae in mainland Greece, a site that gave its name to an entire civilization, followed by a visit to the close-by citadel of Tiryns. In order to see the greater picture, a one-day trip to the modern city of Thebes (under which a major Late Bronze Age town thrived) will take place and there the course participants will explore the galleries of its brand new Archaeological Museum that offers a unique insight to the Aegean palatial society and its contacts with various eastern neighbors. The course will conclude in Athens.

The students will have the extremely rare opportunity to experience hands-on activities (e.g. metal and wall painting workshops) and behind the scenes visits at a number of instances, allowing them to comprehend better and deeper the material culture through actual contact with prehistoric artefacts. Distinguished scholars and specialists of Greek archaeology will be teaching throughout the course and share with the participants their academic interests and excitement. Apart from the assigned readings, the students will be benefitted by accessing some of the richest and specialized libraries of the world regarding the cultures of Eastern Mediterranean.

Period(s) of Occupation: From the Bronze Age through the Classical era within the wider Eastern Mediterranean context

Notes:
A travel intensive and hands on course with behind the scenes visits. Students will gain a deep insight into the cultures of Greece, from the Bronze Age to the Classical period, and will comprehend better and deeper the material culture through actual contact with prehistoric artefacts. Distinguished scholars and specialists of Greek archaeology will be teaching throughout the course and share with the participants their academic interests and excitement. Class will be taught on-site at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens; at the site of Akrotiri, “the Pompeii of prehistoric Aegean” on the island of Thera (Santorini); at the palace of Minoan Knossos on the island of Crete; and on the citadel of Mycenae in the Peloponnese.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No

Room and Board Arrangements:
The program starts and ends in Athens.  Ferry tickets to and from the islands of Santorini (Thera) and Crete, as well chartered bus to the Argolid and to Thebes are included in the fee. Athens housing: Students are housed within walking distance of the CYA Academic Center in either CYA student apartments located in the Pangrati neighborhood of central Athens or in hotel accommodations arranged by CYA. CYA apartments are simply furnished and equipped with a full kitchen and air-conditioned bedrooms. Towels, linens and housekeeping service will be provided. Hotel accommodations will be simple ‘B’ or ‘C’ class, double-occupancy, air-conditioned rooms. The CYA Academic Center is located next to the Athens Marble Stadium and houses classrooms, the library, the student lounge and cafeteria, computer facilities (including wireless access for those students who choose to bring laptop computers), laundry facilities, and administrative offices. The Academic Center is accessible Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Sunday 4:00-8:00 p.m. Santorini Housing: Students are housed in double- or triple-occupancy simply furnished, airconditioned rooms with a refrigerator, in the Carlos Pansion in the town of Akrotiri. No kitchenette is available. Breakfast at the hotel is included daily.  Wi-Fi is available in the common areas of the hotel. Crete Housing: Students are housed in double- or triple-occupancy simply furnished, airconditioned rooms with a refrigerator, in a simple 'B' or 'C' class hotel in the town of Heraclion. Breakfast at the hotel is included daily.  Wi-Fi is available in the common areas of the hotel. Argolid Housing: Students are housed in double- or triple-occupancy simply furnished, airconditioned rooms with a refrigerator, in a simple 'B' or 'C' class hotel in the town of Nauplion. Breakfast at the hotel is included daily.  Wi-Fi is available in the common areas of the hotel. Cost:

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