This is our longest field school, taking place over seven weeks. Tuition covers accommodations, cost of 12 credit units & instruction. Students will pay for their own food. See details below.
The Azoria Project Field School in Crete is an introduction to field methods in the context of a large-scale, multidisciplinary excavation of an Archaic-period urban center. Located on the island of Crete in the Greek Aegean, Azoria was a vibrant settlement from the 7th and through the 5th centuries BCE. This program engages diverse methodological perspectives on the prehistoric and historical periods, while introducing students to the archaeology of Crete, and the periods, cultures, and environmental contexts that shaped Azoria. Students will work with various specialists, learning excavation, recording, and conservation techniques first-hand.
The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general information (tuition, health insurance, and payment schedule) can be found under the ‘Students’ tab above. Any further questions may be addressed to IFR staff. Additional details about research, course schedule, travel, accommodation, and safety can be found on the syllabus. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.
Prof. Donald C. Haggis
Prof. Haggis is a Professor of Classical Archaeology and Nicholas A. Cassas Professor of Greek Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Prof. Margaret S. Mook
Prof. Mook is the Director of the Classical Studies Program and Associate Professor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Iowa State University.
Prof. C. Margaret Scarry
Prof. Scarry is a Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
The field school at Azoria in 2015 was a fantastic and unique experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. Not only did we learn and develop the basic principles of field excavation but Dr. Haggis and Tim Shea went out of their way to take us to other sites in the region, providing us with a greater understanding of the development of civilization on Crete. Azoria was a full hands-on approach to excavation and with bi-weekly lectures discussing the site which allowed us to begin to understand the transformation that the site went through. I would highly recommend this field school for anyone who wants to grasp a greater understanding of archaeology and Aegean history.
Benedict Parfit, B.A. student, Department of Classics, Duke University
Crete is a special place which I’ve grown to love over the years, mostly thanks to the Azoria Project, which has continually fostered my growth as an archaeologist and my familiarity with modern Greece. I first worked at Azoria in 2013 as an undergraduate trench master, a role in which I learned more about both how to dig and how to think about the past than in any field school I had attended. In the following years (2014-2016) I worked with the site’s architect on the topographic mapping of the site, eventually taking on the full-time role of topographer. Throughout my time there, the incredibly supportive and knowledgeable staff, the interesting problems the site poses, and the welcoming villages of Kavousi and Pachia Ammos have determined the path of my ongoing research in archaeology and have increased my awareness of the relationship between the work we do and the impact it has on local communities.
Andrew Cabaniss, Ph.D. student, Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan
My participation in the Azoria project during the summer of 2013 was incredibly informative, as it was my first time in the field. Although I was studying art history, I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to contextualize my research in the way that Azoria allowed. While I had little experience in archaeological practice, I appreciated that I was expected to participate in a meaningful way, both on site and in the lab, and was given the guidance to do so. I enjoyed my time in Kavousi and I am grateful for the experience that I had with Dr. Haggis and his team.
Tara Trahey, PhD Candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Costs of instruction
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A deposit of $500 is required. Once your application is accepted, the deposit fee secures your seat in this project. This program requires an application. There is no application fee. Only accepted students are provided with the link to pay the deposit fee.
A 2.5% Processing Fee is automatically assessed for all credit/debit card payments
A $100 Late Fee will be assessed if full tuition payment is not completed by the deadline.
Look at the field school syllabus above for room & board details.
Rooms are provided in local pensions and hotels (rental rooms) in the village of Kavousi. Students will share a room with one or two other project members. All facilities provide basic sheets, pillows and blankets, and have attached toilet and shower facilities. Sheets will be changed by the pensions weekly. Soap and toilet paper are sometimes provided, but are never sufficient for American consumers, so expect to be buying your own soap and most of your own toilet paper (available at markets within the village).
Meals: Food will not be provided by the project. Students should allocate additional $1,400-$1,600 for food for the duration of the project. Small markets for buying sundries, breakfast and lunch supplies, as well as a bakery, are located in Kavousi. We will facilitate a visit to the bakery every morning before work. For evening meal, it is recommended that students patronize the local tavernas and other eating establishments where a variety of short-order and prepared food can be found. There are presently three cafes in the plateia (Central Square) of the village that will prepare food in the evening; two tavernas on the main highway in the village and one at the Tholos Beach Hotel, where most students will be staying.
Students should plan to arrive on Crete and at Kavousi village on Saturday, May 27. We cannot accommodate arrivals earlier than that date. Students should fly into Herakleion International Airport (HER). A project staff member will meet students at the arrival area of the airport. Please email project director your flight arrival information (airline, flight number and date/time of arrival). If you plan to arrive by some other means (boat from Piraeus; traveling on Crete before the 27th, etc.), please let us know when you plan to arrive in Kavousi village. Also see the Project’s General Information Sheet for more detailed travel and arrival instructions.
VISA REQUIREMENTS: Greece is a party to the Schengen Agreement. As such, US Citizens may enter Greece for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Stiff fines may be imposed for overstaying the 90-day period. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of your stay. For more information on travel in Greece, please visit the US State Department Travel Advice page.
Student safety is paramount for the IFR. Unlike many universities who are self-insured, the IFR purchases a range of high end insurance policies from some of the largest insurers in the world. Students in all our international programs have a comprehensive health insurance policy. It covers sickness, and chronic and mental health conditions at 100% of the cost. We have a strong evacuation and extraction policy. We can remove students from any location anywhere in the world with one phone call – whether medical evacuation, political or natural disaster extraction and anything in between. We purchase intelligence services from a global private provider and monitor the world 24/7. We automatically enroll our students to the US State Department STEP program. All of our students receive safety orientations both before and on the first day of each program. Our faculty have all been working in the areas where we operate field schools for years. They are intimately familiar with local customs and traditions, know the landscape well and have deep relationships with local communities.
All our domestic programs are coordinated with local authorities which are informed of our operations. Students in domestic programs are covered by their own health insurance and evacuations are managed by local emergency services, as appropriate.
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