Field School on Site Formation, Stratigraphy, and Geoarchaeology

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Wiener Lab Field School

The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science in collaboration with the American School's Agora Excavations offers a full week-long Field School on Site Formation, Stratigraphy, and Geoarchaeology in the Athenian Agora.

Deadline for applications: January 15, 2024
Applicants will be notified in March

The course will take place from June 1 to June 8, 2024, Athens, Greece.


The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science in collaboration with the ASCSA Excavations at the Athenian Agora offers a full week-long Field School on Site Formation, Stratigraphy, and Geoarchaeology in the Athenian Agora. Dr. Panagiotis (Takis) Karkanas, Director of the Wiener Laboratory, and Dr. Paul Goldberg, Senior Visiting Professor, Institut für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie (INA), University of Tübingen, will supervise the intensive field school.

Registered students will be involved in interdisciplinary field research in the Athenian Agora primarily focused on archaeological context, geoarchaeology, and material sciences. Through field observations, laboratory analysis, and lectures, students will receive instruction in the study and analysis of archaeological sediments and deposits, as well as gain experience in the recording of stratigraphy and the understanding of site formation processes. 

A maximum of 12 students will be accepted for the course. Preference is given to advanced students and post-docs with a background in archaeology, and preferably some exposure to the natural sciences. 

Participants who successfully complete a course of instruction will receive a certificate detailing the content of the course.

Textbooks: Reconstructing Archaeological Sites 2019 by Panagiotis Karkanas and Paul Goldberg (Wiley Blackwell), Practical and Theoretical Geoarchaeology, 2nd edition 2022 by Paul Goldberg, Richard I. Macphail, C Carey, and Y Zhuang (Blackwell), and Microarchaeology 2010 by Stephen Weiner (Cambridge University Press). 

A syllabus will be emailed three weeks before the start of the field school.


Training fee is 450 euros for the entire week. Accommodation is not provided, but we will offer recommendations and assistance to course participants in order to arrange accommodation themselves. 

Travel costs to and within Athens are not included. 


Applications should be submitted no later than January 15, 2024 via the online application form.

An application will include a brief cover letter outlining the candidate’s background and interest in participating in the course, a CV, and names and email addresses of two referees. Referees might be contacted for references after the application deadline, if necessary. Applications for the International Field School will also submit a list of grades (unofficial transcript) as part of the application.

Applicants will be notified before the end of February. 

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