Daily Program and Grading

Students will be introduced to:

This six credit course is open to students with a background in classics, classical archaeology, anthropology, art history and ancient history. Students from other disciplines may apply too but are encouraged to contact the project director prior to sending in their application.

NB! These courses will partially fulfill the requirements for the BA with a major in Classics, BA with minor in Classics and the Faculty of Arts Certificate in International Learning.

Artefact processing.

You will learn to recognize and date the objects found during the excavations and you will help in processing them. This includes drawing, describing and photographing various types of artefacts, such as pottery and metal implements. In addition, they will acquire knowledge about the site, its topography and its archaeological/historical setting as well as the archaeology of domestic space. In order to contextualize our archaeological observations, we will visit museums and other sites in the region as part of the course.

Human and faunal skeletal materials in an archaeological context.

Labs on human materials will cover techniques for processing, identifying, and recording fragmentary skeletal elements. You will learn how to individuate characteristics such as sex, age at death, stature, and palaeopathology. Faunal material labs will cover techniques for identifying and recording species type and creating mortality profiles. Additional topics include applications of stable isotope research of bone, mortuary practices, and broader site implications for the Thessaly region.


Dr Margriet J. Haagsma
Colette Kruyshaar (Ceramic Specialist, University of Amsterdam)
Dr. Laura Surtees (Bryn Mawr College)
Katherine Bishop (University of Alberta)
Gino Canlas (University of Alberta)
Amber Latimer (University of Alberta)
Tristan Ellenberger (University of Alberta)

CLASS 475 LBL 900
Students will be trained in:
• The Archaeology of Houses and Households in Ancient Greece
• Recording, processing, dating and drawing of ancient artifacts
• Artefact analysis, Hellenistic pottery and Hellenistic numismatics, faunal remains
• Human Osteology, creating osteobiographies, and differentiating human from faunal materials
• The context of the site at Kallithea: the history of Achaia Phthiotis



CLASS 476 LBL 900
Students will be trained in:
• Analysis of the excavation area in terms of stratigraphy and finds
• Relative dating techniques and cross-dating
• Human Pathology
• Stable isotope analysis, broader site implications


CLASS 601 SEM 900 and CLASS 602 SEM 900
• Students will work on independent study topics

A final grade will be provided on the following basis:

40% Work in the various modules
40% Administrative work (day reports, drawings, assignments etc.)
20% A short exam

A positive work attitude is essential for a good grade!