College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Gournia

 

 

KU Classics

Excavations

at

Gournia, Crete, GREECE

 

June 15 - July 26, 2014

Last update: 15 September 2013

Gournia, view from the east


This program is for Kansas University students only.

Students at other universities should contact the Gournia general announcement and application.

Preference will be given to Classics undergraduate majors/minors and graduate students, and to students who have had some introduction to Greek art and culture.

Course credit may be obtained for this program, if needed, by enrolling in CLSX 570 Study Abroad Topics in Archaeology and Art of Greece.

Application deadline for this program: 1 November 2013.

Application should include

  • cover letter expressing interest in participating on this excavation and mentioning special qualifications (e.g., relevant courses taken, prior excavation experience, capability of doing hard work, living/studying abroad, special skills acquired [e.g., drawing, photography]).
  • CV/resume
  • three letters of reference that address issues of reliability, physical stamina, personal ethics

Send all materials to:

KU CLSX Gournia
Professor John Younger
Dept of Classics
1445 Jawhawk Blvd, 1021 Wescoe Hall
Kansas University
Lawrence, KS 66045


The excavation

  • The site is Gournia, a prehistoric village site in east Crete dating primarily to the Late Minoan I period (ca. 1600 BCE).
  • The Director of Excavations is L. Vance Watrous, University of Buffalo.
  • Contact person at KU and in Crete is Professor John Younger, Department of Classics. Professor Younger will meet the students at the Herakleion airport at 3 pm on June 13, and will drive the students in a rental car to Pacheia Ammos, the village where we stay. Younger will also be responsible for the KU students during the excavation, and will drive them back to the Herakleion airport for their return home in the days immediately following the end of the excavation (July 26).
  • KU will pay for lodging for the students in Pacheia Ammos. Students will provide their own transportation from the United States to and from the Herakleion airport, their own food, and any other personal items.

 
  • Students do the excavating. This is hard work: breaking up earth with pick axes, removing the dug earth with wheelbarrows, shoveling, cleaning the site, making drawings, and other tasks. There will be some delicate work cleaning and removing artifacts, but most work involves removing earth.
  • Summers in Greece are hot (90-100 degrees most days, 70 degrees most nights) and dry.
  • Excavation starts June 16 (Mon), with an archaeological orientation on site directed by Professor Watrous the day before (June 15, Sun). Excavation runs M-F with a half-day on Saturday; Saturday afternoons and Sundays are free.
    • Daily routine: Professor Younger will provide transportation from our lodgings in Pacheia Ammos to the site at 6:45 am, Mo-Sa. Work begins on site at 7:00 am. Students bring their own water. There is a 15 minute rest at 9:00 and a half-hour rest at 11:00 ("kolatsó," a time for students to eat something). At 1:30 we pack up our tools and leave the site by 2:00. In the afternoon, after the 2nd week, students will be expected to wash pottery and do other tasks for 2 hours. On Saturdays, there is no kolatsó and work stops at noon; students have the rest of the day off. On Sundays, Professor Younger will drive KU students on free field trips to other sites.
  • In Pacheia Ammos there is the Center for East Cretan Studies (run by the Institute for Aegean Prehistory). There, in the afternoons students will wash pottery and do other tasks for the excavation. The Center also has Internet, a library, a kitchen and other amenities.
 

Pacheia Ammos


Living in Pacheia Ammos

  • Pacheia Ammos is a small village (pop. about 500) on a beach, lined with several restaurants and cafés, most of which have Internet. On the main road through the village there are two small general stores (groceries and basic pharameutical supplies [soap, shampoo, etc.]) and one bakery that also makes sandwiches (good for kolatsó). There is no bank, ATM, or pharmacy in Pacheia Ammos.
  • To the south of Pacheia Ammos is Hierapetra and to the north is Ayios Nikolaos; both are large towns with department stores, bigger restaurants (including Chinese), pharmacies, barbers, banks with ATMs, and other amenities. Professor Younger and various staff members will have the use of rental cars and will make regular runs into Hierapetra and Ayios Nikolaos for student needs (mostly pharmacies, ATMs, relaxing at beach-side cafes).
  • Students will be housed in small apartment buildings or in one of the two hotels in the village.
     
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The Villa Marcos, one of the student residences in Pacheia Ammos

 

Expenses, estimated

Meals: 42 lunches (€2 for sandwich and drink) and dinners (€8) = $14/day: about $ 600
Airfare (round trip: Kansas City to Herakleion, Crete): about $1600
TOTAL about $2200

Costs are based on an exchange rate expected to be in effect, and are subject to increase.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Students accepted into the program will be sent specific information on financial aid, lodging, suggested clothing, and other practical matters.

In the meantime, questions may be addressed to

Professor John Younger
Dept. of Classics
1032 Wescoe, 1445 Jayhawk Blvd
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045
Tel: (785)864-3263
Fax: (785)864-5566
email: jyounger@ku.edu

ALL APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, HANDICAP, SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR PREFERENCE, SEX OR AGE.

THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CANCEL THIS PROGRAM. SHOULD IT DO SO, REFUNDS WILL BE MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UNIVERSITY'S REFUND POLICY.

Application deadline: 1 November 2013.

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