Registration for the 2021 excavation has started!

We are planning an exciting season for summer 2021. To register, simply complete the online registration form.

 

EXCAVATION APPLICATION

Thanks to the work of a great team of students supervised by our staff of competent and energetic archaeologists, the 2019 summer excavation was a great success! We excavated extremely interesting structures and reconstructed several exceptional vases, helping us to better understand the urban and economic development of Argilos in the 6th, 5th and 4th centuries BC.

Amongst these discoveries is a large portico containing 12 shops. The portico is in a remarkable state of preservation, and our excavations have shown that it dates to the middle of the 6th century BC. In addition to this building, we discovered three other ones, also containing several rooms, some serving as workshops, others as housing units.

Our 2021 season will be a very special one, as we will work in three areas:

  • We will continue our study of the commercial sector of Argilos, working on buildings “L” (the commercial building) and “Q” (a large residential complex next to “L”).
  • We will be working at Ancient Kerdylion, a small colony founded by Argilos and situated just a few kilometers to the East; we are particularly interested in the fortification wall of this establishment.
  • And finally, we will be at the Amphipolis museum to work on the finds uncovered during the excavations of building “L”.

Also, as we do every summer, field trips will be organized to important archaeological sites and museums in the region (Pella, Vergina, the archaeological museums in Thessaloniki, Philippi, Abdera…). An optional three day visit of the beautiful island of Thasos is also organized.

Excavation Program

Work on the site and at the museum is supervised by experienced archaeologists.
Only 30 students will be accepted for this special season, which will combine three components:

  1. Theoretical: history of the site and the vast region of Macedonia / Thrace, workshops on architecture and urbanism, pottery styles, etc.
  2. Practical: methodology and excavation techniques, work on the site (including architectural and stratigraphic drawing, working with electronic surveying instruments, etc.) and at the museum, cleaning and cataloguing of artefacts, profile drawing, documentation, etc.
  3. Discovery: field trips to various archaeological sites and museums in the region and optional 3-day stay on the beautiful island of Thassos.

Conditions

Dates:
4 weeks session: May 24 to June 19, 2021
6 weeks session: May 24 to July 3, 2021

Age: Minimum 19 years of age

Qualifications:
No previous experience necessary but good physical condition.

Work: Students participate to all aspects of the archaeological process, including museum study, assisted by trained professionals.

Languages: English, French and Greek (this is a multilingual excavation!)

Accomodation: Students share rented apartments, each with kitchen and washroom, situated in the nearby village of Asprovalta.

Costs:
4 weeks session: $3800 CAD ($3100 US)
6 weeks session: $4700 CAD ($3700 US)
The field school fee includes food (except on Sundays) and accommodation, and weekend visits to various archaeological sites and museums in the area, but does not include travel to Greece or the 3 day optional visit to the beautiful island of Thasos.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2021, but we encourage you to apply as quickly as possible to ensure your place on the dig.

For additional information, please contact Prof. Jacques Perreault, director of the Argilos excavations: jacques.y.perreault@umontreal.ca