Duke University : Global Education for Undergraduates

Duke Archaeological Field Practicum in Crete

May 30 - July 20, 2015*

* See the Program Schedule page for a more detailed itinerary, including information regarding travel to and from the program site.

About the Program

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.

PROGRAM NOTE: The program is strenuous. Students will be actively partecipating in the excavation which is a physically and intellectually arduous endeavor. This experience requires students to innovate in daily problem solving while digging; to adapt physically, culturally, and intellectually to the daily life in a rural agrarian village; the intensive methodological and practical situations presented by data recovery; and the socially and academically challenging environment of a large scale research program. Students should be prepared for hard work.

Our experience has been that participants must be in good physical condition to be able to participate successfully. Therefore, we ask that you consider your general health, physical abilities, and stamina (including problems with diet and medication) before applying to this program.

For additional detailed information, please review the following information sheet:

http://www.unc.edu/~dchaggis/General information sheet.html

Check out more about the Azoria Project by visiting their Facebook page

Read about how the Azoria Project started, what they have found, and feedback from students working at the site in this article by the News & Observer.

Read "Ghost Cities of Greece" about the Azoria Project:

    • View of Azoria
    • View of Azoria

    • Excavation at Azoria
    • Excavation at Azoria

  • View of Azoria from Southwest