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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Greece - Crete - Azoria Project Volunteer Program - 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

Academic Credit

No credit if offered for this program.

Archaeology Field School Tuition

Participation fee: $3000 (includes room; transportation to site; institutional fees).

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Room included.

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

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

Archaeology Field School Description

The Azoria Project Volunteer Program is run through the Azoria Project and the Department of Classics at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with the support of the UNC Curriculum in Archaeology and the Research Laboratories of Archaeology.

The program trains students in problems, methods, and research practices in Mediterranean and Aegean archaeology by providing them with a fieldwork-and laboratory-based program in Greece. Another goal is to introduce the student to modern, traditional, and ancient cultural and physical landscapes, by providing a culturally-immersive living and working environment, and program of study. Students live in a traditional Greek village, working alongside local workmen, excavators, archaeologists and students, and will be exposed, on a daily basis, to modern and traditional cultural practices; natural and agricultural environments; and through intensive daily interaction with the research and teaching staff, diverse perspectives on diachronic cultural contexts.

Applications should be sent by email directly to Donald Haggis, the project director ( This consists of a concise letter or email, summarizing your academic training, major or primary relevant field of study, your previous fieldwork experience, and explaining why you want to participate in the project, and the relationship to your academic or professional development. One should append to the letter a list of relevant college-level courses taken in archaeology, classical archeology, ancient art, history, anthropology, or related fields. Space is limited and preference will be given to classics, anthropology, archaeology, or classical archaeology majors with a serious interest in field archaeology and conducting graduate study in classics or archaeology. Also please list the names (email, address and phone number) of two academic references (that is professors or excavation directors) who may be contacted in reviewing your application.

Applications and payments should be received no later than April 1, 2015 for consideration, though early applications will receive consideration on receipt, and space in the program is limited.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Prehistoric; classical.

Time Period

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

Field School Setting/Conditions

The site of Azoria is today a rural environment in the mountains of east Crete, with rocky terrain typical of the Cretan 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

Transportation is provided.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Excavation is conducted for seven weeks, Monday-Friday, with trench tours (on site seminars on Saturdays). Students may rotate at least once during the season to conduct finds processing.

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, Associate 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.

Melissa Eaby, Assistant Director, Field Supervisor, and small-finds specialist; Researcher, INSTAP SCEC; staff member, Halasmenos excavations; Papadiokampos excavations; Mochlos excavations.

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 are trained in basic methods of excavation, and specialist areas of zooarchaeology; archaeobotany; lithics and ceramic analysis; and archaeological conservation and site preservation.

On rain days will there be lab work?


Will there be additional organized activities?

Saturday trench tours (on site seminars); four evening lectures.

Is travel restriced during free time?

Unrestricted travel is encouraged.

Other resources students will find useful

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website:

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
Tel. (cell) 919-962-7191

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