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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Greece - Crete - Duke Archaeological Field Practicum - 2015

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2015-05-30
End Date 2015-07-20

Archaeology Field School Location

Kavousi, Crete, Greece

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Duke-UNC Constortium for Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology

Academic Credit

Two college courses (2 Duke University credits) or 6-8 credit hours.

Archaeology Field School Tuition

Tuition for two courses: $6,204
Program Fee *: $1,500
Total due Duke University **: $7,704

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Room is included in tuition.

Archaeology Field School Travel
ca. $1600
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Estimated other expenses (not covered by program fees):

Roundtrip airtravel: U.S. - Athens - Herakleion (Crete): $1600
Round-trip airport transportation: $30
Food($20-$30/day x 50): $1000-1500
Incidentals: $350

Archaeology Field School Description

The project is the excavation of the Early Iron Age-Archaic site of Azoria (ca. 1200-500 B.C.) on the island of Crete in the Greek Aegean. The focus is the Archaic-period city (ca. 700-480 B.C.) and the investigation of local dynamics of urbanization and sociopolitical changes in the 8th and 7th c. B.C.

The Duke Practicum is a formal field school of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology ( The project is conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Classics, under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

The program centers on the actual excavation, although formal presentations are integrated into the work schedule. These would include afternoon or evening presentations by the instructor and specialist staff—field archaeologists (e.g., trench supervisors; ceramic specialist; architect; lithics specialist), scientific staff (archaeobotanist; zooarchaeologist; biological anthropologist), and technical staff (registrar and finds manager; conservator; illustrator; and photographer)— reflecting on problems of methodology, interpretation and synthesis. Weekly trench tours given by senior staff and graduate-student trench supervisors provide an overview of the site, methods of interpretation, and the progress of excavation. Occasional visits to other nearby sites offer a broader regional, cultural, and historical perspective.

Students will also be working at the Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete (INSTAP-SCEC or SCEC) located near the excavation site, in Pacheia Ammos. The INSTAP SCEC is the research center that provides the Azoria Project storage, processing, and work space; library; laboratories; and conservation and computer facilities. Students will be working regularly in the designated labs and study areas of the INSTAP SCEC during sessions of finds processing; and will have access to the library and computer facilities during operating hours of the facility. The project will provide transportation to and from the site and the SCEC facility. At the SCEC, students will also be required to attend all regular afternoon presentations and lectures by the instructors and specialist staff, as well as four formal academic lectures given by archaeologists as part of the Summer Seminar Series of the Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Prehistoric; proto-historic; classical.

Time Period

Greek/Aegean Early Iron Age- Archaic (1200-500 B.C.)

Field School Setting/Conditions

Students participate in the primary excavation, data recovery, and processing stages of the fieldwork, working in excavation trenches as assistants to field archaeologists and various specialists learning excavation and recording techniques. The site of Azoria is today a rural environment in the mountains of east Crete, with rocky terrain typical of the Cretan and southern Mediterranean landscape. Cretan summers are dry and hot and students should expect to work long and physically as well as intellectually-demanding days. A usual day of work would involve digging or assisting with sieving and recording on site for most of the morning and early afternoon, followed by the processing of finds in the late afternoon. Regular tours of the site as well as reports by the various senior and specialist staff offer on-going discussion of archaeological methods; the historical and archaeological significance of the excavations, site, and region; and problems in field work.

How is the project area accessed each day

Students will be transported daily to and from the excavation site and research facility by vehicles of the Azoria Project.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Saturday May 30 (arrival) - Monday July 20 (departure).
Sunday May 31 orientation at SCEC.
June 1 – July 10, six weeks of full-scale excavation.
July 13 – July 18, close down on site and processing at the SCEC.
July 18 Excavation final party (evening at the ancient olive tree).
July 20 All students depart Kavousi.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
7 years
Is there a professional certification for this field school


Directors and Instructors

Donald C. Haggis, Project Director, Nicholas A. Cassas Professor of Greek Studies and Professor of Classical Archaeology, Department of Classics and Curriculum in Archaeology; Research Associate, Research Laboratories of Archaeology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Margaret S. Mook, Field Director and Pottery Specialist; Associate Professor of Classics, Department of World Languages and Cultures, Iowa State University.

C. Margaret Scarry, Paleoethnobotanist, Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology and Curriculum in Archaeology; Research Laboratories of Archaeology,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rodney D. Fitzsimons, Architect: Associate Professor, Department of Ancient History and Classics, Trent University.

Flint Dibble, Zooarchaeologist, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Cincinnati (UC), Department of Classics.

Christina Tsoraki, Ground stone specialist; Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellow, Faculty of Archaeology, Material Culture Studies, Leiden University.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Students learn basic excavation techniques commonly used in the Aegean and Mediterranean--sampling, stratigraphic, and recording methods-- as well as applications in zooarchaeology, archaeobotany, materials analysis, and archaeological conservation.

On rain days will there be lab work?

There is rarely rain in Crete in the summer months.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Occasional visits to nearby archaeological sites and museums.

Will there be additional organized activities?

There will be trench tours on alternate Saturdays--these are on-site seminars reviewing the progress of excavation in each sample unit. Also there will be four evening lectures by senior staff members.

Is travel restriced during free time?

Travel is not restricted, but encouraged.

Other resources students will find useful

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Donald C. Haggis
Department of Classics
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
212 Murphey Hall, CB 3145
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3145
Tel. (office) 919-962-7191

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