The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Agora News & Events

  • Hesperia 83.3 Now Online!
    Topics in this issue include the EH II–III transition at Lerna and Tiryns, pedimental reliefs from Helike, "nonsense" inscriptions on Attic vases, Agora I 5162, and Italian sigillata stamps on Crete.
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  • The Athenian Agora: Museum Guide Published
    The Athenian Agora: Museum Guide has been published and is now available for purchase online. Author Laura Gawlinski talks about the book, the museum, and her work at the Agora.
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Summer Volunteer Program

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens announces a program for volunteer excavators wishing to participate in the archaeological excavations of the Athenian Agora during the summer. Approximately thirty-five volunteers are chosen on the basis of academic qualifications and previous archaeological field experience. Undergraduate applications are welcome, though priority is given to graduate students preparing for professional careers in classical archaeology and those willing to work the entire season.

Work of the Volunteer Staff

The Volunteer Staff will participate in all aspects of the archaeological fieldwork under the supervision of a staff of field archaeologists and technical experts, all of whom have extensive field experience and advanced academic training in classical archaeology. Volunteers will be trained in the basic techniques of excavation: working with pick, trowel, shovel, and wheelbarrow; cleaning and investigating stratigraphy; delicate cleaning of artifacts in the ground; sifting of excavated earth and techniques of flotation; washing and basic conservation of pottery and other objects; clerical work involved in the keeping of excavation records. All tasks will be assigned in rotation, and volunteers are expected to participate in them all. Room and a modest allowance for board are provided for the time volunteers are working at the excavations. Travel arrangements to and from Greece are the responsibility of each volunteer.

The 2015 Season

The excavations for 2015 are planned for eight weeks beginning early June and continuing until early August.  Fieldwork is in progress five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a 30-minute break at midmorning.  Volunteers are expected to be on the site during these hours and to work at the excavations for a minimum of six weeks. As noted above, preference is given to those applicants who can work the full eight weeks. Postmark deadline: December 15, 2014.

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