Topic ID #30387 - posted 12/17/2013 3:25 PM

Greece- Methone Field School




Dates: August 03 - September 13, 2014

Project Description: The Ancient Methone Archaeological Project aims to explore the dynamics of landscape and landscape change, with a focus on sea level changes and related shoreline shifts. Integrated geophysical and geomorphological investigations are aimed at reconstructing the palaeoshoreline that defines the precise location and extent of the port of ancient Methone. Identifying the location of the port will provide crucial information that will help guide and focus plans for the broader study of the Haliakmon Delta – a key geographical elements linking riverine and coastline transport/communication routes to regional models of landscape evolution. In addition, complementary excavations planned for 2014 are aimed at exploring Methone’s early marketplace—the earliest surviving agora in the Greek world—and the important metal, glass, clay, stone, and bone/ivory production locales uncovered at the site since 2003.


Academic Credits: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through Connecticut College.

Total Cost: $ 4,650

Accommodations: The project is based in the attractive seaside village of Makrygialos in Pieria, 3 km south of ancient Methone and ca. 45 km from Thessaloniki (Salonika). Students share accommodation with team members at two local hotels in double or triple rooms (equipped with sheets, towels, bath, kitchenette, AC, TV). 

Meals: Breakfast supplies are provided for each room. Lunch and dinner are provided at two local restaurants. Saturday dinner and Sunday meals are not covered by the project. All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious but basic food in the tradition of local cuisine. The daily diet of food in Greece is rich in fresh vegetables and fruits, and local seafood. However, specialized diets (vegan, kosher, gluten-free, etc.) may be impossible to satisfy in this location.

Travel Information: Students will be net by project staff at Thessaloniki airport (SKG). If arriving from other destination in Greece, by intercity train or bus, make you way to Katerini. From there buses or local taxis are available to Makrygialos. 

If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email to the project director.  Local cell phone numbers and other emergency contact information will be provided to all enrolled students.

Visa Requirements: Greece is a party to the Schengen Agreement. As such, US Citizens may enter Greece for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Stiff fines may be imposed for overstaying the 90-day period. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of your stay. For more information on travel in Greece, please visit the US State Department Travel Advice page

Health: For specific information regarding travel health issues pertinent to travel in Greece, consult with the Centers for Disease Control website.

Project Directors and Contact Information: Dr. Sarah Morris, UCLA (; Dr. John Papadopoulos, UCLA (

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