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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.