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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Greece - Crete - Field School in Classical Archaeology, Azoria Project - 2013

Europe - Greece - Crete - Field School in Classical Archaeology, Azoria Project - 2013

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2013-06-01
End Date 2013-07-20

Archaeology Field School Location

Azoria, Kavousi, Ierapetra, Crete, Greece

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Duke University; Duke-UNC Consortium for Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology.

Academic Credit

All students are registered for a course entitled Field School in Classical Archaeology, CLST 342A. Students earn two Duke credits, which is equivalent to eight semester credits at most other U.S. universities.

Archaeology Field School Tuition

Tuition for two courses: $5,790; plus program fee: $TBD

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Room, tuition (course credit), institutional fees, and daily local transportation to excavation site are covered by the tuition fee.

Archaeology Field School Travel
Travel from US to Crete, ca. $1200-1500.

Archaeology Field School Description

Application and registration for this program opens November 1, 2012, and space is limited to 40 students. Program total cost TBA.

The Azoria Project is the on-going excavation of an ancient Greek city (7th-6th c. B.C.) on the island of Crete in the Greek Aegean. Excavations planned for 2013 will investigate the transition from the Early Iron Age (1200-700 B.C.) to Archaic periods (700-500 B.C.) at the site, the early development of the city, and the material correlates for emerging social and political institutions. The excavation constitutes the first case study of the political economy of Archaic Crete, while augmenting our knowledge of the agropastoral resource base of Aegean communities in early stages of urbanization.

Students will participate in the primary excavation stage of the project, working principally as assistants to field archaeologists and specialists, learning excavation and recording techniques first-hand.

The Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete (INSTAP-SCEC), located near the excavation site in Pacheia Ammos, is the base of operations. 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 conservation lab 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.

Site preservation is conducted along with excavation and study phases of the project, and participants will work with local villagers, members of regional cultural groups, and researchers, with the goal of preserving and presenting the results of the excavation to the general public. Conservation work on site forms an important service-learning part of the Field School course. The goal is to encourage local ownership of the site as a cultural and educational resource in the region, while establishing sustainable local, national, and international government and private sources of financial support for site upkeep and maintenance, and educational programs.

For more information, please contact:

Prof. Carla Antonaccio
Professor of Archaeology and Chair, Department of Classical Studies
Duke University
Box 90103
Tel: (919) 684-3013, Fax: (919) 681-4262

or the Global Education Office:

Global Education Office for Undergraduates
Duke University
Smith Warehouse
Bay 6, 2nd Floor
114 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Box 90057
Durham, NC 27708-0057
Tel: 919-684-2174, Fax: 919-684-3083

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Early Iron Age-Archaic Greek archaeology.

Time Period

Early Iron Age-Archaic Greece (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 and 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 are delivered to and from the site by truck or off-road vehicle.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Monday-Friday, fieldwork on site, 6:30 AM-3:00 PM; some afternoon lab work may be required (3:00-5:30 PM)
Saturday (alternating), trench tours, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Sunday, free day

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
5 years

Directors and Instructors

Donald C. Haggis, Professor of Classical Archaeology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Carla Antonaccio, Professor of Archaeology and Chair, Department of Classical Studies, Duke University.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

The primary goal of the program is to introduce students to problems, methods, and research practices in Mediterranean and Aegean archaeology. Students learn excavation and conservation methods, and ways of recovering, documenting, and interpreting material culture.

Will there be additional organized activities?

While the program will center on the actual excavation, formal presentations are integrated into the work schedule: these would include regular afternoon 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.

Will there be additional organized activities?

At the INSTAP SCEC students will 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 evening Summer Lecture Series of the Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete.

Is travel restriced during free time?

Free time travel is not restricted and encouraged.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website:

Field School Contact Information

Professor Donald C. Haggis
Director, Azoria Project
Department of Classics
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
212 Murphey Hall, CB 3145
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3145

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