Dickinson Excavation Project & Archaeological Survey (D.E.P.A.S.) of Mycenae

Program/Course Description

Program duration: May 30 - June 29, 2018

The Archaeology Department of Dickinson College, the Mycenaean Foundation, and the D.E.P.A.S. research project offer to interested and qualified students the unique opportunity to participate in the excavation, archaeological survey, investigation and research of the legendary Bronze Age citadel of Mycenae and its surrounding region in Greece which is conducted under the auspices of the Athens Archaeological Society. During excavation campaigns the students will be trained in field archaeology as trench assistants under the direct instruction and supervision of the program director; alternatively, during study/research summer seasons the students will conduct data collection and recording, pottery study and cataloguing, museum research, and systematic archaeological surveys (aided by remote sensing devices and techniques) of past and perspective dig sites. The program further includes field trips to nearby museums and ancient sites in Athens, Thessaloniki, Pella, Vergina, Nafplio, Argos, Tiryns, Corinth, Epidaurus, Pylos, Olympia, Delphi, Thebes, Glas, Meteora, designed to offer the students hands-on experience and a deeper understanding of Prehistoric Aegean and Classical art and archaeology, and familiarize them with modern Greek culture and language. The 2018 campaign will focus mainly on museum work, but will also include archaeogeophysical survey and targeted fieldwork (12th season).

Participants may enroll either for academic credit through Dickinson College or for a fieldwork certificate (D.E.P.A.S. of Mycenae Program). Successful completion of excavation and/or museum research, survey and associated tasks will earn a full Dickinson College course credit (equivalent to 4 semester hours), which satisfies the fieldwork requirement (for entering students) or one elective course credit (for returning students) towards the Archaeology Major/Minor (ARCH 301: Fieldwork in Classical Archaeology) of the Archaeology Department, or may be transferred to another academic institution.

Program Structure

Orientation sessions are scheduled in the spring semester of 2018 (including assigned readings).

During excavation, digging is conducted Monday through Friday, from 6:00 am to 1:30 pm, with a break at 10:30 am; in the afternoon (5:15-6:00 pm) the excavation staff is briefed by the sector supervisors and trench masters on the results and finds of the day, and the program director assigns tasks and gives detailed directions for the following day (in exceptional cases weekends may be used for dig preparation, if necessary). Excavation is hard, physical work, requiring also high-level concentration, and involving multiple tasks (including supervising the workmen, keeping a detailed daily journal, describing, measuring, recording, labeling, drawing, photographing the archaeological finds and contexts, transporting, storing and cataloguing the finds) and students should be well-prepared and trained for it.

During study/research season, museum research, archaeological survey and related tasks begin at 8:00 am and end at 3:00 pm, with a break at 12:00 pm.

Organized excursions and field trips will be scheduled on weekends (or on days of inclement weather preventing digging/surveying) to nearby museums and archaeological sites in Athens, Corinth, Epidaurus, Nafplio, Argos, Tiryns, Pylos, Olympia, Delphi, Mystras, Monemvasia, Meteora, Thessaloniki, Vergina, Pella, and select islands.

Location, Accommodation, and On-site Administration

The archaeological site of Mycenae is located in the Argolid, a region in northeastern Peloponnese, at a distance of only 2 km from the modern village of Mycenae (where the students are housed), 8-10 km from the city of Argos (the prefecture capital), 18-20 km from the shores of Nafplion, and approximately 140 km (two-hour drive) from Athens (the capital city of Greece) and the international airport "Eleftherios Venizelos".

The students are housed at furnished, air-conditioned and fully-equipped apartments (kitchen, living room, bathrooms, balcony, TV/Wi-Fi) at Nafplion (and Argos); senior staff are housed at the Petite Planet Hotel in the modern village of Mycenae (double occupancy rooms with air-conditioning, private bathroom/shower, balcony). Transportation to/from the archaeological site, and on field trips is provided by the excavation (leased vans).

The program director has more than thirty years of field experience at various sites in Greece (fifteen of which at Mycenae); the director and his assistant archaeologists are on-site throughout the campaign season, and have made arrangements with local liaisons in case of emergencies. The program director, senior staff, and the students can be reached by phone, fax and e-mail at the excavation base and at the hotel. The village of Mycenae is served by emergency medical facilities and a local physician, while the cities of Nafplion and Argos are served by hospitals and clinics.

Academic Requirements

Eligible Dickinson students who wish to participate must have fulfilled the following academic requirements prior to the commencement of the program, including the following courses offered annually at Dickinson (or equivalent):

•  Greek Art and Archaeology (ARCH 120) or Prehistoric Aegean Archaeology (ARCH 210)

•  Fundamentals of Archaeology: Theory and Field Archaeology (ARCH 300) in the dig simulator of the Keck Archaeology Lab (or previous field experience)

•  Modern Greek language: Intensive Modern Greek I (MGRE 107) for entering students; Intensive Modern Greek II (MGRE 108) for returning students

Certain eligibility criteria may be waived and equivalency of prerequisites is determined at the discretion of the program director. Academic requirements for non-Dickinson students are listed in the A.I.A. Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin. The successful applicants will be assigned readings on Mycenae during the orientation sessions in the spring semester prior to the commencement of the field campaign.


The program fee for academic credit will be approximately $6,000 and covers Dickinson tuition, room and full board, International Student Identity Card, and local transportation/excursions. The non-credit program fee (official certificate) will be $4,500. International flight to/from Greece and all other incidental expenses are the students' responsibility.

Dickinson students who are eligible for financial aid should inquire about options for summer financial assistance at the Financial Aid Office.


Apply early. Applications and all relevant documents must be submitted on-line to the Dickinson College Global Education Office at https://dickinson.studioabroad.com

Application to D.E.P.A.S. of Mycenae for academic credit

Application to D.E.P.A.S. of Mycenae for fieldwork cerificate

Completed applications must be submitted electronically and related fees for academic credit must be returned by February 1, 2018 (academic credit) or April 1, 2018 (fieldwork certificate) to the Global Education Office, Dickinson College, P.O. Box 1773, Carlisle, PA 17013-2896; tel: 717-245-1341; e-mail: global@dickinson.edu.

Schedule of Payments and Refunds

A $25.00 non-refundable application fee is due with application. This fee is used to defray processing costs. A non-refundable confirmation payment of $300.00 is due within two weeks after notification of acceptance into the program. The balance of the program fee, less any applicable financial aid, must be received by the designated deadline (cf. https://dickinson.studioabroad.com).

The application fee and confirmation are non-refundable; in order to plan and maintain service effectively, the College must make financial commitments well in advance of the beginning of the program, assuming that all participants enroll for the full program. If a student withdraws from the program prior to departure, only the amount of money that has not been committed for the student's participation can be refunded. After the student's arrival at the site, a partial refund may be made only in case of serious illness or an emergency that requires the student to return to the U.S. Refund policies in effect may be found in the Dickinson College Summer School Program Bulletin.

Student Responsibilities

Students in the program are expected to respect the rights of the other students and of the staff and the faculty. College policies for which participants are held responsible may be found in the Student Handbook. Copies are available from the program director, who serves as Judicial Hearing Officer for all alleged violations.

For More Information

Contact: Prof. Christofilis Maggidis (D.E.P.A.S. Director), Department of Archaeology, Keck Archaeology Lab, Dickinson College, P.O. Box 1773, Carlisle PA 17013-2896; tel: 717-245-1014; e-mail: maggidic@dickinson.edu or info@mycenae-excavations.org; or the Dickinson College Global Education Office, e-mail: global@dickinson.edu.

Cf. also the listing in the A.I.A. Fieldwork Opportunities.


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