* See the Program Schedule page for a more detailed itinerary, including information regarding travel to and from the program site.
The Duke University Department of Classical Studies and the Global Education Office for Undergraduates, in association with the Consortium for Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology, are pleased to offer a six-week archaeological field studies program on the island of Crete.
Based at the site of the Azoria Project, this program introduces students to diverse aspects of an archaeological excavation in Greece, including the stages of recovery, processing and primary study of the artifacts recovered, and interpretation of those objects. The program serves to increase students’ knowledge of the general archaeology of Greece in general and Crete in specific, including the periods and cultures to be found at the Azoria site itself. In addition, students are involved in projects aimed at educating the public about the site and at contributing to the conservation of valuable cultural heritage.
The Azoria Project (www.azoria.org) 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 2014 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.
For additional detailed information, please review the following information sheet: