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Field School 2009 Nemea Greece

Archaeological Field School in


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:

Application deadline – January 26, 2009

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