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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Crete, Greece- Gonies Field School - 2014

Europe - Crete, Greece- Gonies Field School - 2014

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2014-06-15
End Date 2014-07-14

Archaeology Field School Location
Gonies Malevyziou, Crete, Greece

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution
Institute for Field Research, University of Kent
Academic Credit
Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through Connecticut College.
Archaeology Field School Tuition
$ 5,200; includes tuition, cost of credit units, and room & board.

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs
Fee includes registration, accommodations, program activities, meals on workdays, and health insurance. Airfare, weekend meals and optional excursions are additional.

Archaeology Field School Description

The Three Peak Sanctuaries of Central Crete project is a University of Kent (UK) archaeological project that investigates Minoan peak sanctuaries in the rocky mountainous province of Malevyzi, in central Crete. This field school focuses on ethnographic research at the area particularly at the village of Gonies. The village is within walking distance from the peak sanctuary of Filiorimos, an important Minoan place of worship. Our goal is to use local knowledge to inform and enrich the archaeological interpretation of the Peak Sanctuaries. We will focus primarily on toponyms, traditional oral histories and local mythologies, and folk memory of places and structures now long gone. Until the early 1950s, Gonies was one of the largest villages in the area, with a very strong pastoralist and agricultural economy and significant contribution to the culture and history of the island. However, post-WWII out-migration and urbanization have severely depopulated the village and the surrounding area, leaving it with a mere 200 inhabitants. Our involvement in Gonies emphasizes the public aspect of the archaeological project. We would like to work closely with the local community so decisions made about research, interpretation and preservation of the archaeological sites will incorporate the goals of both the research team and those of local residents. We are also interested in devising ways in which the peak sanctuaries may be viewed as a resource that can be used to rejuvenate the local economy, community identity and civil pride in sustainable ways. Archaeological ethnography is an integral part of our research in Gonies. It aims to closely investigate the involvement of locals with their material and intangible heritage in general, and the remains of various peak sanctuaries scattered around its area in particular. We address the issues arising in the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of cultural heritage through our research and our public engagement with the village, local and national stakeholders. Our overarching goal is to develop a public archaeology program that will contribute to the sustainable development of the area. Our goals will be best achieved by fully understanding the local context, and forging strong cooperative bonds between our project and the village. Ethnography helps us to get involved deeper with the local community in creating anthropological and historical knowledge about the village, the archaeological site and its significance in changing historical settings. For 2014, we will work collaboratively with municipal social workers and a team of students from the local polytechnic university to compile an ethnographic and census database of the village. Work will involve visiting households door-to-door, gathering information about family size, age, gender, ways of livelihood, skills and material culture. Data will be entered into a digital database, which will be a valuable tool for the community itself, the municipal social services and the archaeological team. COURSE OBJECTIVES The course aims to familiarize students with the methods and concerns of archaeological ethnography; to involve them in a theoretical and practical way in the organization of sustainable community archaeology projects; and, to allow students to experiment with various inclusive methods for the presentation and dissemination of finds.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Time Period
Minoan; modern
Field School Setting/Conditions
Field work involves long hours in hot weather. You should be aware that conditions in the field are different than those you experience in your home, dorms or college town. This program operates at the mountains of Crete. During the day, temperatures under the shadow fluctuate between 70o?80oF. However, under the sun they may reach 80o?90oF. Humidity is relatively low and some mosquitoes and/or flies may be close to the research area. Please be aware that, while in the village, you represent the project, and therefore your conduct reflects on our work and our relationship with the community at large. Ethnographic work involves talking to a great variety people, of different cultural backgrounds than your own, usually in their own private homes. You should behave politely and in a way mindful of local custom at all times, during the program hours and during your times of rest and socializing. Gonies is a small, quiet village with few outlets for entertainment. You will spend most of your nights out in one of the local coffee shops, where you will be customarily offered alcoholic beverages as a treat. Please drink in moderation, the local variety of distilled alcoholic drink is very strong (40-60% alcohol by volume), and may result to alcohol poisoning if consumed in large quantities. If you have medical concerns, please consult with your doctor. For all other concerns, please consult with the project director as appropriate.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Directors and Instructors
Dr. Aris Anagnostopoulos, University of Kent (

Dr. Lena Stefanou, Hellenic Open University

Vasko Demou, University of Southampton

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn
The course aims to familiarize students with the methods and concerns of archaeological ethnography; to involve them in a theoretical and practical way in the organization of sustainable community archaeology projects; and, to allow students to experiment with various inclusive methods for the presentation and dissemination of finds Students will participate in the following research activities: The Creation of an ethnographic and census database for the village. This involves door-to-door visitation and in some cases, in depth interviewing. Digitally recording and locating of tangible and intangible cultural heritage (buildings, material objects, songs and stories) as part of the census. Digitizing the census information, as well as material from the archives of the community, and compiling a kinship database. Digitizing, identifying, and documenting photographic evidence from the archive of a local photographer and collector Mr. Andreas Smaragdis. Contributing to the creation of a digital map of the material and cultural heritage of the village. Planning and creating a public presentation/exhibition at the end of the program.

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