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Fieldwork campaign in Greece, 22 June till 22 July 2020, open for Bachelor and Master students. Deadline application 10 March 2020.

Detail Summary
Start date 22 June 2020
End date 22 July 2020
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Excavation site

As in previous years, the University of Amsterdam, in cooperation with the Universities of Thessaly (Volos, Greece) and Groningen (The Netherlands) and the Ephorate of Magnisia, will organize an excavation campaign at Magoula Plataniotiki, near Almyros in Thessaly, Greece. The excavated site is a small urban centre, probably ancient Halos.  Where the excavated cities of antiquity are usually large and famous urban centres, this small coastal town gives us an insight in a type of polis centre which may well have been more common than the ones we know best.

2020 fieldwork will concentrate on excavating areas of Classical and Hellenistic housing, but it includes a large structure which may not be domestic.

Excavation activities

Work will include the actual excavation (we do not use workers in most trenches), basic find processing (washing, sorting of finds) and, also depending on previous experience, documentation, administration and reporting. Working hours are long, work can be physically demanding, summer temperatures highs, so it is important to be in good shape.

Besides people primarily participating in the excavation, we also have space for people who would just want to be involved in find processing or GIS.


In addition to instruction related to the site and the field work, the programme includes group excursions to Volos Museum, the Hellenistic city of Halos and some other small sites in the region. There are also voluntary weekend excursions to sites and museums in the wider area, depending on student demand. Frequently chosen destinations are Sesklo, Dimini, Kastro Kallithea, Larisa museum, Lamia museum, but possibilities also include Dion, Delphi, Pilion and Meteora.

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Accommodation and travelling

The project will provide accommodation (in airconditioned 3-4 person rooms with bathroom, near a small beach) in Amaliapolis near Almyros, and field breakfast, lunch (except Sundays) and dinner (except Saturdays). Vegetarian and vegan options are available. There is no fee for Dutch and Greek students, for others we ask a contribution in the living costs of 100 euros a week, to be paid in advance.

There is an airport nearby (Volos/Pilion) but this does not have many connections. Usually, foreign participants fly in to Athens or Thessaloniki, which both have good public bus connections to Almyros, where the team can pick people up. There are also project vans driving from and to Athens on the first and last day of work which can take participants.

Application and more information

Applications and request for more information can be sent to before 10 March.

For the Amsterdam contribution to the excavations, we are looking for UvA and VU students, but would also like to invite a limited number of additional participants, both graduates and undergraduates, with various levels of excavation experience. The minimum requirement is some basic knowledge of Mediterranean archaeology at a University level, and a basic excavation training or experience (not necessarily in the Mediterranean), but we will judge applications individually, also taking account relevant additional skills or experience.  Students preferably have to inscribe as an exchange student or (if they are from Dutch universities) as a ‘keuzevakstudent’ at the University of Amsterdam, which will also give formal credits (6 or in some cases 12 EC) for those who pass.

If we have too many applicants, we will first choose students for Dutch universities inscribed as ‘keuzevakstudent’, then foreign students inscribed as exchange student (this option may depend on your university having a formal agreement with the University of Amsterdam) and finally others. We traditionally reserve some places for students at Greek universities as well. Students planning to come for the full period are preferred, but depending on availability we may also accept students willing to come for a shorter period of at least two full weeks.

Mr prof. dr. V.V. (Vladimir) Stissi

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Archeologie