Field Schools

Applications for the 2019 Summer Field School are currently being accepted!

Have you ever considered spending a summer on an archaeological excavation? Well, now's your chance! We are currently accepting applications for this summer's archaeological field school at the Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea and the Late Bronze Age cemetery at Aidonia. The application deadline is Friday, February 1st 2019.  

The two archaeological sites in which the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology operates are both in the region of the Corinthia, in southern Greece (approximately 2 hours south of Athens). In Nemea, we work with previously-excavated materials at the on-site museum, so there are opportunities for washing pottery, sorting finds, cataloguing, drawing, 3D scanning, and more. The artifacts range in date from the prehistoric period right down through the Byzantine period - so there's material to fit every interest. At the cemetery of Aidonia, on the other hand, we run an active excavation, which means that you will have the chance to participate in just about every aspect of outdoor fieldwork - from digging and wheelbarrowing to labelling and drawing. Typically, students alternate between museum and field so that they experience the full range of activities. Work in the museum and/or on site happens 5 or 6 days per week from approximately 6:00am to 3:00pm. The afternoons are yours to relax and explore. Optional afternoon and weekend trips are organized to areas of both archaeological and cultural interest.

Course credits (4-6 units) from UC Berkeley can be obtained by registering for Classics N172A and/or an independent study (at an additional cost).  For an example of a course description, please check out Field School 2016 Nemea, GreeceCosts include two fees: approx. $1,500 for food and lodging (in the nearby village of Kleones) and an additional $1,000 to cover participation (transportation, supplies, etc.). Airfare is not included in these fees and is the responsibility of the participant. Airfare can range widely from $1,000 - $1,800 depending on where you fly from. 

The purpose of this field school is to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students from any accredited university in the U.S. to participate in ongoing archaeological research in Greece and to receive academic credit from the U.C. Berkeley Classics Department. No experience or prerequisites are required--only a desire to learn and dig! Participation, however, does mean that you will spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer heat of southern Greece. You can expect a fair amount of physical exertion while you're in the field and the optional trips sometimes include hikes or walks over rough terrain, so being in good physical condition is important. If you have old injuries or other conditions that may be aggravated from lifting, pushing, digging, hiking, etc., it is a good idea to get in touch with the director before applying.

Ready to apply? Please contact our Project Director, Dr. Kim Shelton (sheltonk@berkeley.edu) for an application and further details. Once you have filled it out, you can submit it to her via email.

      

          


 

Field School 2009 Nemea Greece

Archaeological Field School in

NEMEA GREECE

6 June - 4 July 2009

 

The Pan-Hellenic Sanctuary of Zeus
 

Directed by Dr. Kim Shelton
Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley
Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology
American School of Classical Studies at Athens

 

An opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in archaeological research in Greece and receive academic credit from the UCB Classics Department (CL N172A). No experience or prerequisites required – only a desire to learn.

                            


Course description:
Through this Field School students will participate primarily in museum study in Greece at the site of Nemea and the Classical Sanctuary of Zeus.  Through extensive travel and hands-on work, students will learn all major elements of methodology and analysis currently used in classical archaeology.

The primary goal is to teach practical archaeological skills in a real research environment while gaining an understanding of the material culture of Greece throughout various periods of its prehistory and history. Students will participate in a variety of field techniques and research methodologies including when appropriate: regional and site survey and sampling, geo-physical testing and mapping, field excavation, stratigraphic analysis, written, graphic and photographic recording of data and finds, cleaning and conservation of finds, scientific and stylistic pottery analysis, cataloguing, and presentation of research results through collection and exhibition management.

In addition, an overall knowledge of the archaeological history of Ancient Greece will be attained through the recovery and analysis of material (architecture, sculpture, metalwork and ceramics) from a wide range of periods (prehistoric through Early Christian) and especially through travel to major archaeological and cultural sites of Greece. The course also provides a valuable opportunity to learn about a foreign country and its contemporary culture while living in a traditional village community and to gain a unique perspective on the life of the ancients while living in their own landscape.

In June 2009 students will be working on three major projects in the Nemea Museum and on site:

1.    the conservation, registration and cataloguing of architectural fragments from primarily the Temple of Zeus
2.    the sorting and cataloguing of pottery from the major characteristic deposits in preparation for the publication of the volume on the “Chronology” of the site
3.    the conservation of the Early Christian Basilica

There may also be opportunities for survey, mapping and limited cleaning within the Sanctuary of Zeus and near the Stadium in connection with capital improvements on the archaeological site and in preparation for future excavation campaigns to uncover more of the earlier Archaic sanctuary and to explore the route between the temple and the stadium.

For more information and an application please contact Dr. Shelton by e-mail: sheltonk@berkeley.edu


Application deadline – January 26, 2009

More information on Nemea at http://nemeacenter.berkeley.edu

 

Field School 2009 Mycenae Greece

Archaeological Field School in

MYCENAE GREECE

4 July - 1 August 2009

 

 

The Excavation of Petsas House: a ceramic warehouse of the 14th century BCE

 

Directed by Dr. Kim Shelton
Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley
Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology
Archaeological Society of Athens

 

An opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in archaeological research in Greece and receive academic credit from the UCB Classics Department (CL N172B). No experience or prerequisites required – only a desire to dig.

 

                                     

Course description:
Through this Field School students will participate in archaeological analysis and museum study in Greece at the Bronze Age site of Mycenae (Petsas House). Through extensive travel and hands-on work, students will learn all major elements of methodology and analysis currently used in classical archaeology.

The primary goal is to teach practical archaeological skills in a real research environment while gaining an understanding of the material culture of Greece throughout various periods of its prehistory and history. Students will participate in a variety of field techniques and research methodologies including when appropriate: regional and site survey and sampling, geo-physical testing and mapping, field excavation, stratigraphic analysis, written, graphic and photographic recording of data and finds, cleaning and conservation of finds, scientific and stylistic pottery analysis, cataloguing, and presentation of research results through collection and exhibition management.

In addition, an overall knowledge of the archaeological history of Ancient Greece will be attained through the recovery and analysis of material (architecture, sculpture, metalwork and ceramics) from a wide range of periods (prehistoric through Hellenistic) and especially through travel to the major archaeological and cultural sites of Greece. The course also provides a valuable opportunity to learn about a foreign country and its contemporary culture while living in a traditional village community and to gain a unique perspective on the life of the ancients while living in their own landscape.
 
In July 2009 students will work primarily in the Mycenae Museum as part of our study season for the nine previous seasons at the site of Petsas House in the Bronze Age settlement of Mycenae. They will:
1. participate in the cleaning and conservation of finds (sherds, vases, figurines, frescos and stone artifacts).
2. catalogue sherds and small finds from past excavation seasons.
3. drawing and photographing of finds, plus registration in database format

Analysis outside the museum will also be part of the program, including:
1. site cleaning and conservation
2. assist in the planning of the site
3. flotation and sorting of soil samples and their contents.

 

For more information and an application please contact Dr. Shelton by e- mail: sheltonk@berkeley.edu 


Application deadline  – January 26, 2009

Field School 2008

Information about the Nemea Field School that occurred in 2008

 


This webpage is under "excavation"!

Past Field Schools

Archives of past field schools with participant lists, links to photo galleries, description of activities.

Field School 2009 Nemea Greece 

Field School 2009 Mycenae Greece

Field School 2008 Greece 

Field School 2010 Nemea Greece

 

Archaeological Field School in

NEMEA GREECE

31 May - 9 July 2010


The Pan-Hellenic Sanctuary of Zeus


Directed by Dr. Kim Shelton
Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley
Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology
American School of Classical Studies at Athens

An opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in archaeological research in Greece and receive academic credit from the UCB Classics Department (CL N172A). No experience or prerequisites required – only a desire to learn.

                                

Course description:
Through this Field School students will participate in field research, excavation and museum study in Greece at the site of Nemea and the Classical Sanctuary of Zeus.  Through extensive travel and hands-on work, students will learn all major elements of methodology and analysis currently used in classical archaeology. 

The primary goal is to teach practical archaeological skills in a real research environment while gaining an understanding of the material culture of Greece throughout various periods of its prehistory and history. Students will participate in a variety of field techniques and research methodologies including when appropriate: regional and site survey and sampling, geo-physical testing and mapping, field excavation, stratigraphic analysis, written, graphic and photographic recording of data and finds, cleaning and conservation of finds, scientific and stylistic pottery analysis, cataloguing, and presentation of research results through collection and exhibition management.

In addition, an overall knowledge of the archaeological history of Ancient Greece will be attained through the recovery and analysis of material (architecture, sculpture, metalwork and ceramics) from a wide range of periods (prehistoric through Early Christian) and especially through travel to major archaeological and cultural sites of Greece. The course also provides a valuable opportunity to learn about a foreign country and its contemporary culture while living in a traditional village community and to gain a unique perspective on the life of the ancients while living in their own landscape.

In 2010 students will be working primarily on excavation with additional projects on site and in the Nemea Museum: 
1.    subsurface investigation of many areas on site; excavation in a variety of trenches within the Sanctuary and on the hill of Tsoungiza with potential remains from the Byzantine period back to the Neolithic period; site mapping and recording
2.    cleaning and conservation of finds from the excavation
3.    the conservation, registration and cataloguing of architectural fragments from primarily the Temple of Zeus

4.    the sorting and cataloguing of pottery from the major characteristic deposits in preparation for the publication of the volume on the “Chronology” of the site
5.    the conservation of the Early Christian Basilica



For more information and an application please contact Dr. Shelton by e-mail: sheltonk@berkeley.edu
Application deadline – February 1st, 2010

More information on Nemea at 
nemeacenter.berkeley.edu


12/29/09 sheltonk@berkeley.edu

 

Field School 2011 Nemea Greece

 

Archaeological Field School at Nemea, June 28 - August 6, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

Directed by Dr. Kim Shelton
Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley
Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology
American School of Classical Studies at Athens

 

An opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in archaeological research in Greece and receive academic credit from the UCB Classics Department (CL N172A). No experience or prerequisites required – only a desire to learn. 

 

Course description:
Through this Field School students will participate in field research, excavation and museum study in Greece at the site of Nemea and the Classical Sanctuary of Zeus.  Through extensive travel and hands-on work, students will learn all major elements of methodology and analysis currently used in classical archaeology. 

The primary goal is to teach practical archaeological skills in a real research environment while gaining an understanding of the material culture of Greece throughout various periods of its prehistory and history. Students will participate in a variety of field techniques and research methodologies including when appropriate: regional and site survey and sampling, geo-physical testing and mapping, field excavation, stratigraphic analysis, written, graphic and photographic recording of data and finds, cleaning and conservation of finds, scientific and stylistic pottery analysis, cataloguing, and presentation of research results through collection and exhibition management.

In addition, an overall knowledge of the archaeological history of Ancient Greece will be attained through the recovery and analysis of material (architecture, sculpture, metalwork and ceramics) from a wide range of periods (prehistoric through Early Christian) and especially through travel to major archaeological and cultural sites of Greece. The course also provides a valuable opportunity to learn about a foreign country and its contemporary culture while living in a traditional village community and to gain a unique perspective on the life of the ancients while living in their own landscape.

 

In 2011 students worked primarily on excavation with additional projects on site and in the Nemea Museum.