Gournia Excavations

This listing expired on June 24, 2013. Please contact watrous@buffalo.edu for any updated information.

Aerial View of Gournia
View of Gournia from the EastGournia Palace: North and West Facade

Location: Buffalo, New York, United States

Season Dates: June 17, 2013 - July 27, 2013
Application Deadline: April 29, 2013

Website: http://www.gournia.org

Program Type

Affiliation: University at Buffalo (SUNY)

Project Director: L. Vance Watrous

Project Description

Gournia is one of the best known archaeological sites on the island of Crete.The site is located about 20 minutes driving time east of Agios Nikolaos in East Crete, on the northern coast near to the village of Pacheia Ammos. In 190-1904 Harriet Boyd Hawes excavated the center of this Minoan town, revealing a system of cobbled streets, 47 houses, a central court, palace and cemetery. Of all sites in the Aegean, Gournia gives the visitor the clearest idea what a town in Late Bronze Greece looked like.
American excavations, under the aegis of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and with a permit from the Greek Ministry of Culture, were restarted at Gournia the summer of 2010, and will continue until 2014 (2010-2014). We work 5 and 1/2 days a week, from 7:00am to 2:00pm, and following a rest break, for two hours off-site in the afternoons. Off-site work and study are carried out the modern INSTAP East Cretan Center. We live in the nearby coastal village of Pacheia Ammos, which possesses hotels, pensions, tavernas, and cafes. Pacheia Ammos is on a main bus line connecting to all parts of Crete.
We are looking for undergraduate or graduate volunteers to do manual work in trenches and we may have 1 - 2 volunteer positions open for more mature, experienced personnel as specialized staff working at the Center.

Period(s) of Occupation: Bronze Age

Project Size: 50+ participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Six weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None, for the most part.

Room and Board Arrangements

We will find rooms in hotels or pensions. Tavernas and (internet) cafes are locally available.

Cost: Room: ca €10-15 per day. Food: ca 15 euros per day.

Academic Credit
Name of institution offering credit: University at Buffalo or student's home college
Number of credits offered: 3
Tuition: None

Contact Information
L. Vance Watrous
Dept of Visual Studies, University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York 14260

Recommended Bibliography

H. B. Hawes, Gournia, Philadelphia 1908.

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