Archaeological Field School in


1 June - 10 July 2016 Season


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, site planning, and museum study in Greece at the site of Nemea and the Classical Sanctuary of Zeus and in 2016, at the Mycenaean Cemetery of Aidonia.  Through extensive travel and hands-on work, students will learn the 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 2016 students will be working primarily in the Nemea Museum with additional projects on site and at the Bronze Age Cemetery at Aidonia, and for a few days at Petsas House, Mycenae:
1.    the cleaning and conservation of finds from the recent excavation
2.    the registration, cataloging, and analysis of finds from recent and older excavations on site
3.    surface investigation and planning of many areas on site including excavation area and elsewhere

4.    the sorting and cataloging of pottery from the major characteristic deposits in preparation for publication, esp. of  prehistoric, Hellenistic, and Byzantine materials
5.    preparation of exhibit on Temple Reconstruction project

For more information and an application please contact Dr. Shelton by e-mail:
Application deadline – January 30th, 2016

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