Greek-Canadian Excavations at Argilos.

Location: Nea Kerdylia, Greece

June 1, 2015 to July 11, 2015

Session dates: 
4 weeks session: June 1 -June 27 2015; 6 weeks session: June 1 - July 11, 2015

Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 15, 2015

Program Type

Field school


University of Montreal

Project Director:

Jacques Perreault, University of Montreal

Project Description

Argilos is situated on the north Aegean coast, four kilometers west of the Strymon delta. It is one of the earliest Greek colonies in this area, founded in 655/54 B.C. Excavations conducted by the University of Montreal and the Greek Ephoreia of Serres have uncovered extensive architectural remains, covering all periods of occupation. The city prospered for some 300 years and was destroyed by Philipp II, the father of Alexander the Great, in 357 B.C. Only the Arcopolis remained occupied for another 100 years.
Our main objectives for our 2015 archaeological campaign are A) to continue the excavations of a large portico or stoa that we uncovered in 2013 in the South-East area of the dig. This building contains at least ten shops dating back to the 6th century B.C.; B) to pursue the excavation of the Southern limit of the Acropolis where we found residential dwellings and part of the fortification.

Also, as we do every summer, field trips will be organized to important archaeological sites and museums in the region (Pella, Vergina, the archaeological museums in Thessaloniki, Phillipi…). An optional 3 day visit of the island of Thasos is also organized.

 Only 30 students will be accepted for this excavation season, which will combine three components :
1. Theoretical: history of the site and the vast region of Macedonia / Thrace, workshops on architecture and urbanism, pottery styles, etc..
2. Practical: methodology and excavation techniques, work on the site and at the museum, cleaning and cataloging of artefacts, documentation, etc.
3. Discovery: field trips to various archaeological sites and museums in the region.

No need to speak French ! We have a multilingual staff from Canada, USA and Australia who speak  English, French and Greek.
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Period(s) of Occupation: Archaic and Classical periods

Project size: 
25-49 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
No experience required

Room and Board Arrangements

Students share rented apartments, each with kitchen and washroom, situated in the nearby village of Asprovalta. Fees include food and accommodation and weekend visits to various archaeological sites and museums in the area, but do not include travel to Greece or 3 day optional visit to the beautiful island of Thassos.

$3,800 (4 weeks session) $4,700 (6 weeks session)

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Université de Montréal
Number of credits offered 3
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Contact Information
Prof. Jacques Perreault
Centre d'études classiques, Université de Montréal, C.P. 6128, Succ. Centre-Ville
H3C 3J7
514-343-6111, #38471