International Summer School of Archaeology and Greek language

The Summer School of Archaeology in Thessaloniki is an innovative program offered by the Toumba Excavation of the Department of Archaeology and the School of Modern Greek Language of the Aristotle University.

Program Overview

Duration: 3 weeks | Period: 10-28 July 2017
Relating fields: Archaeology, History of Art, Anthropology, Classics and History (preferably with emphasis in Ancient and Medieval periods)
Level: Preferably advanced undergraduate and graduate students
Number of participants: 15-20
Fees: 2000 euros
Language: English  
ECTS: 6

Contact: Αυτή η διεύθυνση ηλεκτρονικού ταχυδρομείου προστατεύεται από τους αυτοματισμούς αποστολέων ανεπιθύμητων μηνυμάτων. Χρειάζεται να ενεργοποιήσετε τη JavaScript για να μπορέσετε να τη δείτε.

The Modern Greek Course

During the first week of the summer school, participants will attend an intensive Greek language course at A1 and A2 level. The School of Modern Greek Language of the Aristotle University has a long-standing experience in the field of teaching Greek as a second/foreign language.

The Fieldwork

The fieldwork will take place at the Bronze and Iron Age settlement site of Thessaloniki Toumba, excavated by the Department of Archaeology, one of the top Archaeology Schools in Europe.* Work will focus on the investigation of the well preserved prehistoric houses of the site and the understanding of the various aspects of the lives of their inhabitants.

During the two weeks at the excavation the participants will be introduced to frontline fieldwork methods and archaeological theory. Students will rotate between digging in trenches and the processing of finds in the excavation shed and laboratory in order to acquire practical archaeological skills in a real research environment. Working in the trench will involve training, in the textual and three-dimensional documentation of the excavation process and the understanding of the basic principles of archaeological stratigraphy.

In the shed, students will work on the quantification, classification and cataloguing of atrtifacts and the processing of bioarchaeological remains. Fieldwork will be supplemented in the afternoon by hands on workshops on interdisciplinary approaches related to the study of excavated finds. Furthermore, through a series of lectures by specialists and fieldtrips, participants will familiarize themselves with aspects of the history and art of Northern Greece throughout the past.

*QS Top Universities: Top Archaeology Schools in Europe

Daily Schedule

Read the complete list of all Summer School activities: 
Daily Schedule (pdf)


Additional Information

For application details and more about the Program visit
School of Modern Greek Language

Find more about the Toumpa site on the articles:
The Northern Aegean in the Bronze Age
Tradition and Innovation in the Bronze Age Pottery
of the Thessaloniki Toumba

More online documents in English: 
Toumpa References