UAlberta: Greece Archaeological Field School - Summer Program

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City: Thessaly Country: Greece


Where: Narthaki, Province of Larissa, Greece. (About 4 hrs. north of Athens)

Participate in archaeological fieldwork in Thessaly, and help in a systematic landscape survey!

What the Program has to offer:

  • A six-credit course focused on mapping, surveying and excavating in the breathtaking landscape of Achaia Phthiotis in central Greece
  • Excavation strategies
  • Assessment and recording of visible architectural remains
  • Archaeological Surface Survey Strategies
  • Use of the total station, dGPS, Photogrammetry
  • The relevance of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in archaeological research
  • Recording, processing and dating of artifacts (Neolithic to Modern times)
  • The variety in Ancient Greek mortuary culture
  • The context and history of Achaia Phthiotis
  • Everyday life in a Greek village

2024 will mark the fifth and final season of the "Central Achaia Phthiotis Survey (CAPS)" a project focused on landscape archaeology, that developed out of the site-oriented Kastro Kallithea Archaeological Project (KKAP). The Central Achaia Phthiotis Survey is a cooperation between the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, represented by the Ephorate of Antiquities in Larissa and the Canadian Institute in Greece represented by the University of Alberta, Bishop University and specialists from a variety of universities in Europe. The project is community-oriented and receives significant support from the Municipality of Pharsala.

You will be participating in this exciting project as a student team member! You will also receive first rate instruction from experienced archaeologists. The survey will focus on a landscape surrounding a very well preserved fortified Classical-Hellenistic City (Kastro) near the present day village at Kallithea in Thessaly, Greece, that our team has previously studied. The archaeological investigations at this site have now reached a stage where we have obtained sufficient information for publication.

The goal of the project (CAPS) is to study the deep history of the landscape surrounding the ancient city using a variety of archaeological field strategies, including surface survey, GIS, targeted remote sensing and ground-truthing in the form of surface clearing, recording and mapping. Our ultimate aim is to obtain better insight in the ways humans interacted with their natural resources, how they moved through the landscape (transport routes) and how their subsistence economies were embedded in larger networks of trade and exchange. We are especially interested in charting how these aspects change over time and how both landscape and society evolve and transform as part of this dynamic interaction. In our temporal focus we will move far beyond the Classical and Hellenistic habitation history of the city: we expect to find evidence for human activity dating from the Neolithic period to the Ottoman period and later.
This year, our focus will be on ‘Paleochori’ a presumably Byzantine/Ottoman settlement site and its environs.


When Can I Go?

Terms Offered: Summer

Dates & Duration: July 14-August 4, 2024

Eligibility Requirements

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. Undergraduate students will be registered in CLASS 475 - FIELD TECHNIQUES IN CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY and CLASS 476 ADVANCED FIELD - TECHNIQUES IN CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY (*6). Graduate students will be registered in CLASS 601 & CLASS 602 - STUDIES IN CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY I AND II (*6). 

Important: 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 Certificates in Archaeology, International Learning and European Studies.

Instructors: Dr. Margriet J. Haagsma and Staff

Program Information & Contact

For all questions related to eligibility, applying, deadlines, costs and program details, visit:

Dr. Margriet Haagsma
Dept. of History and Classics

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Students receive on average between $1,400-$2,000 in funding.

Over 80% of students who apply get funding.

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