Gournia, Crete, GREECE
June 15 -
July 26, 2014
Last update: 28 October 2013
Gournia, view from the east
This program is for Kansas University students
- Students at other universities should contact the Gournia general
announcement and application.
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
for this program: 15 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]).
- 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
Lawrence, KS 66045
- The site is Gournia, a prehistoric village site in east
primarily to the Late Minoan I period (ca. 1600 BCE).
- The Director of Excavations is L. Vance Watrous, University of
- Contact person at KU and in Crete is Professor John Younger,
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
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
- 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
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
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
by the Institute for Aegean Prehistory). There, in the afternoons students
will wash pottery and do other tasks for the excavation. The Center also
a library, a kitchen and other amenities.
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
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
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.
The Villa Marcos, one of
the student residences in Pacheia Ammos
Costs are based on an exchange rate
expected to be in effect, and are
|Meals: 42 lunches (€2 for sandwich and
dinners (€8) = $14/day:|| about $
|Airfare (round trip: Kansas City to Herakleion, Crete):||about $1600
Students accepted into the program will be
sent specific information on financial aid,
lodging, suggested clothing, and
other practical matters.
meantime, questions may be addressed to
Dept. of Classics
1032 Wescoe, 1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045Tel: (785) 864-3263
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
REFUNDS WILL BE MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UNIVERSITY'S REFUND
Applicaation deadline: 1 November 2013.