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Archaeology in the Field
Komotini, Greece (Outgoing Program)
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (summer)
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Archaeology in the Field

ART 304 : Archaeology in the Field is taught by Nathan Arrington, Associate Professor of Art and Archaeology.
Excavate in Greece this summer and earn course credit! ART 304 provides a unique, hands-on introduction to the methods, theories, and practice of excavation and archaeological survey. Students explore an ancient city and its surrounding  territory on the northern coast of Greece. On-site experience is complemented by seminars, guest lectures, and trips. The course is ideal for anyone interested in the ancient world who wants to travel and work outdoors.

The Archaeological Site

The site was a sizeable 7th-4th cen. BC Greek colony and trading port reoccupied in the 4th cen. AD. Archaeological research aims to elucidate Greek-Thracian interaction, to investigate the form and function of a trading port, to map trade and connectivity, and to evaluate the changing relationship between the settlement and the environment.

Academic Program

Students participate in the daily excavation, survey, recording, and preservation of the site, learning the skills and methods of archaeology. They rotate in small groups through excavation, survey, and museum/lab, and are introduced to a variety  of archaeological disciplines such as archaeobotany and zooarchaeology. Lectures and seminars provide an introduction to Greek archaeology and offer opportunities to discuss the team’s findings. Students write weekly papers and daily journal entries. A weekly modern Greek class helps students make the most of their time abroad.

Program Dates

June 13 - July 25, 2020

Sample Weekly Schedule
  • 5:00: breakfast
  • 5:30: depart from hotel
  • 6:00-9:30: excavation, survey, or museum work
  • 9:30-10:00: snack
  • 10:00-13:00: excavation, survey, or museum work
  • 13:30-14:00: lunch
  • 15:00-17:00: optional museum/lab work
  • 18:00-20:00: Tue: modern Greek
  • 18:00-20:00: Wed: lecture
  • 18:00-20:00: Fri: seminar
  • Trips to regional archaeological sites
  • Free


No academic prerequisites. The course will entail lifting and other physical labor in the heat, including extensive walks during survey work. Students should be prepared to engage in a collaborative work environment.

Student Life

Students have free time many weekday afternoons and on Sundays. The city of Komotini offers museums, restaurants, cafes, and stores. Beaches and nearby cities of interest such as Xanthi and Alexandroupolis are accessible by bus and taxi.


Students stay in a hotel (two students per room) at the center of the city of Komotini, a 30-minute drive from the archaeological site.


Students are responsible for their airfare, weekday dinners, and weekend meals. The project covers the costs of the hotel, breakfast, snack, lunch, weekly site transportation, airport transfer to/from Thessaloniki, and Saturday trips (transportation and museum/site fees).

Generous financial aid is available from the Program in Archaeology/the Department of Art and Archaeology. Students are also urged to seek funding from sources such as Hellenic Studies and the Dean’s Fund for Study Abroad. 

Application Process

Complete the online study abroad application within GPS, including a CV and a letter of recommendation (not necessarily from a faculty member). Deadline to apply is February 10, 2020. Questions about the application process should be directed to Gisella Gisolo, Director of Study Abroad.

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