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Program/Course Description

Program duration: May 31 - June 28, 2020

The Archaeology Department of Dickinson College, the Mycenaean Foundation, and the MY.SPE.AR. project offer to interested students the unique opportunity to participate in the excavation, archaeological survey, investigation and research of the legendary Bronze Age citadel of Mycenae, the Spercheios Valley & Akrolamia, and other Mycenaean sites in Greece. During excavation campaigns the students will be trained in field archaeology as trench assistants under the direct instruction and supervision of the program director; alternatively, during study/research summer seasons the students will conduct data collection and recording, pottery study and cataloguing, museum research, and systematic archaeological surveys (aided by remote sensing devices and techniques) of past and perspective dig sites. The program further includes field trips to nearby museums and ancient sites in Athens, Thessaloniki, Pella, Vergina, Nafplio, Argos, Tiryns, Corinth, Epidaurus, Pylos, Olympia, Delphi, Thebes, Glas, Meteora, designed to offer the students hands-on experience and a deeper understanding of Prehistoric Aegean and Classical art and archaeology, and familiarize them with modern Greek culture and language.

In June 2020 (19th campaign) we will focus on the Mycenaean Spercheios Valley Archaeological Project (MY.SPE.AR) (3rd campaign). The MY.SPE.AR field project (4 weeks) will involve archaeological survey of the Spercheios Valley, aerial survey (drone), geophysical survey (Electrical Resistivity Tomography, Geomagnetometry, and Ground Penetrating Radar) and targeted excavation (test pits) on the acropolis of Lamia.

Participants may enroll either for academic credit through the University of the Peloponnese or for a fieldwork certificate (Mycenaean Foundation). Successful completion of excavation and/or museum research, survey and associated tasks will earn a full undergraduate course credit (equivalent to 4 semester hours), which satisfies the fieldwork requirement and may be transferred to another academic institution. For the 2020 campaign, positions are limited to 20 undergraduate students and 7-8 graduate students. Positions are open on a rolling basis until filled.

Program Structure

Orientation sessions are scheduled in the spring semester of 2020 (including assigned readings).

During excavation, digging is conducted Monday through Friday, from 6:00 am to 1:30 pm, with a break at 10:30 am; in the afternoon (5:15-6:00 pm) the excavation staff is briefed by the sector supervisors and trench masters on the results and finds of the day, and the program director assigns tasks and gives detailed directions for the following day (in exceptional cases weekends may be used for dig preparation, if necessary). Excavation is hard, physical work, requiring also high-level concentration, and involving multiple tasks (including supervising the workmen, keeping a detailed daily journal, describing, measuring, recording, labeling, drawing, photographing the archaeological finds and contexts, transporting, storing and cataloguing the finds) and students should be well-prepared and trained for it.

During study/research season, museum research, archaeological survey and related tasks begin at 8:00 am and end at 3:00 pm, with a break at 12:00 pm.

Organized excursions and field trips will be scheduled on weekends (or on days of inclement weather preventing digging/surveying) to nearby museums and archaeological sites in Athens, Corinth, Epidaurus, Nafplio, Argos, Tiryns, Pylos, Olympia, Delphi, Mystras, Monemvasia, Meteora, Thessaloniki, Vergina, Pella, and select islands.

Location, Accommodation, and On-site Administration

The archaeological site of Mycenae is located in the Argolid, a region in northeastern Peloponnese, at a distance of only 2 km from the modern village of Mycenae (where the students are housed), 8-10 km from the city of Argos (the prefecture capital), 18-20 km from the shores of Nafplion, and approximately 140 km (two-hour drive) from Athens (the capital city of Greece) and the international airport "Eleftherios Venizelos". Lamia is located to the north of Athens, at a distance of 220 km (two-hour drive).

Students are accommodated in double-occupancy hotel rooms at Lamia (with private bathroom, balcony, air-condition, TV/Wifi). Transportation to/from the archaeological site, and on field trips is provided by the excavation (mini-bus and Jeeps).

The program director has more than thirty-five years of field experience at various sites in Greece (twenty of which at Mycenae); the director and his assistant archaeologists are on-site throughout the campaign season, and have made arrangements with local liaisons in case of emergencies. The program director, senior staff, and the students can be reached by phone, fax and e-mail at the excavation base and at the hotel. The village of Mycenae is served by emergency medical facilities and a local physician, while the cities of Nafplion, Argos, and Lamia are served by hospitals and clinics.

Academic Requirements

Certain eligibility criteria may be waived and equivalency of prerequisites is determined at the discretion of the program director. Academic requirements are listed in the A.I.A. Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin. The successful applicants will be assigned readings on Mycenae during the orientation sessions in the spring semester prior to the commencement of the field campaign.

Note: Eligible Dickinson students who wish to participate must have fulfilled the following academic requirement prior to the commencement of the program: Modern Greek language: Intensive Modern Greek I (MGRE 107) for entering students; Intensive Modern Greek II (MGRE 108) for returning students


The program fee for academic credit will be $4,950 and covers tuition, room and full board, International Student Identity Card, and local transportation/excursions. International flight to/from Greece and all other incidental expenses are the students' responsibility.


Apply early. Send first a letter of interest by email to (with cc to Applications and all relevant documents must be submitted on-line to the Department of History, Archeology and Cultural Resources Management of the University of the Peloponnese at (application link will be activated by October 15, 2019)

Completed applications, application fee and security deposit must be submitted electronically by March 1, 2020 to the Department of History, Archeology and Cultural Resources Management of the University of the Peloponnese at (application link will be activated by October 15, 2020); all other remaining fees must be paid directly to the Mycenaean Foundation by March 31, 2020 (guidelines for online payment will be provided).

Schedule of Payments and Refunds

A $25.00 non-refundable application fee is due with application. This fee is used to defray processing costs. A non-refundable confirmation payment (security deposit) of $350.00 is due within two weeks after notification of acceptance into the program. The balance of the program fee, less any applicable financial aid, must be received by the designated deadline.

The application fee and confirmation are non-refundable; in order to plan and maintain service effectively, the Foundation must make financial commitments well in advance of the beginning of the program, assuming that all participants enroll for the full program. If a student withdraws from the program prior to departure, only the amount of money that has not been committed for the student's participation may be partially refunded. After the student's arrival at the site, a partial refund may be made only in case of serious illness or an emergency that requires the student to return to the U.S.

Student Responsibilities

Students in the program are expected to respect the rights of the other students and of the staff and the faculty. The program director serves as Judicial Hearing Officer for all alleged violations.

For More Information

Contact: Prof. Christofilis Maggidis (Director), Department of Archaeology, Keck Archaeology Lab, Dickinson College, P.O. Box 1773, Carlisle PA 17013-2896; tel: 717-245-1014; e-mail: or; Cf. also the listing in the A.I.A. Fieldwork Opportunities.


The University of the Peloponnese is a fully accredited state university in Greece.

The University of the Peloponnese and the Mycenaean Foundation are organizations which value justice, free inquiry, diversity, and equal opportunity. It is their fundamental policy to respect pluralism and to promote tolerance, civility, and mutual understanding within its community. The above organizations do not discriminate on such bases as race, color, sex, political and religious beliefs, marital status, age, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origins, veteran's status, or disability.

The above information is accurate as of this printing, but is subject to change without notice.