The Melathron Center of the Mycenaean Foundation is located in the northeastern Peloponnese, approximately 140 km (two-hour drive) from Athens, the capital city of Greece. The campus of the Center extends over three acres of land atop a hill at Mycenae overlooking onto the Argolic Plain and Gulf, with a breathtaking rear view to the Mycenaean citadel of Agamemnon. The stone buildings of the Center ('Melathron' and 'McCarthy House'), property of the Mycenaean Foundation, were built in 1967-1972 by the late Professor G. Mylonas to serve as the summer base of operations for the archaeologists and students of the Mycenae excavation team, and as an archaeology research center for Greek and foreign scholars.

The buildings comprise 9,000 sq.ft. of living and work space, classrooms, offices, labs, computer rooms, the Wiener library and ceremonial Grand Hall, a central atrium surrounded by porticos, an open-air theatrical area on the hill slope suitable for classes and performances, as well as a unique, one-acre outdoor dig simulator (under construction), which will feature reconstructed ruins, portable finds, and reproduced actual stratigraphy of diagnostic archaeological contexts for ‘hands-on’ practical training in archaeological fieldwork, geophysical survey methods, and conservation (a gigantic version of the indoor Keck Simulated Excavation Field at Dickinson College, cf. http://www.dickinson.edu/info/20093/archaeology/1884/keck_archaeology_lab). The Melathron has been restored to its former glory to house the International Center for Archaeology.

 

The American Center for Archaeology at Mycenae (A.C.A.M.) will host a new undergraduate semester/year study abroad program (scheduled to commence in January 2018), which is currently being organized by the Mycenaean Foundation and an academic consortium of select American and European universities (partner institutions), in prospective collaboration with the Initiative for Heritage Conservation (IHC) (cf. http://www.inherity.org). The study abroad program will admit undergraduate students from all over the world, who will reside in a traditional, stone-built hotel (http://www.petite-planet.gr/en/hotel_uk.html), and visit the nearby cities of Argos, Nafplion, and Corinth weekly for shopping, entertainment, and cultural immersion. The Center is also planning to host an MSc program in Geoarchaeology.

The undergraduate study abroad program of the Center will offer courses in Prehistoric/Classical Archaeology, Archaeological Fieldwork, Ancient Greek Civilization, Ancient/Modern Greek, History, Geology, Geoarchaeology, Geophysics, 3D Architectural Modeling, Paleoenvironmental Studies, Archeometry, Anthropology, Bioarchaeology/Human Osteology, Cultural Heritage Management.  The students will participate in organized field trips and study tours all over mainland Greece and the islands in the weekends. Students with background and strong interest in archaeology will be given priority for field training in the summer excavations and other field projects of the Society for Prehistoric Archaeology.

Courses will be taught in English by Greek and American professors and Greek archaeologists. All courses will be cross-listed and academic credits will be approved and issued by the partner institutions. The partner institutions will serve in a consultative and advisory role regarding the program’s curriculum and operations. The study abroad program will be financially self-sustaining.

The American Center for Archaeology at Mycenae aspires to become a dynamic international platform for education and practical training, interdisciplinary faculty research, faculty-student research collaboration, and cultural immersion of students in Greece. Among other things, the Center may establish endowed scholarships and fellowships for graduate students, subsidize scholarly publications, or sponsor archaeological fieldwork, will offer accommodation for foreign scholars conducting research in the region, promote interest in archaeology and other related disciplines through lectures and seminars, and foster Greek-American collaboration.

CURRICULUM

I. Archaeological Theory, Fieldwork and museum/lab training

  • Field Archaeology (dig simulator: aerial photography, topographical survey, geophysical survey, full-scale excavation, architectural planning, 3-D site scanning, restoration and conservation)

  • Archaeological Theory and Interpretation

  • Archaeological Drawing

  • Ceramics: A Guide to Study, Recording, and Identification

  • Analytical Methods in Artifact Studies

II. Ancient Art and Archaeology

  • Neolithic Archaeology

  • Prehistoric Aegean Art and Archaeology

  • Mycenaean Art and Archaeology

  • Mediterranean Interconnections: the Aegean, Egypt, and the Near East

  • Death in Prehistoric Greece

  • Prehistoric Aegean Religions

  • Ancient Greek Religion and Sanctuaries

  • Ancient Greek Athletics

  • Ancient Greek Art I: Sculpture

  • Ancient Greek Art II: Painting Ancient Greek Architecture

  • The Monuments of Ancient Athens

  • Roman Art and Architecture

  • Byzantine Art and Architecture

  • Archaeology of Politics: Ancient Greek Democracy

  • From Villages to Cities: The Emergence of 'Civilisation' in the Prehistoric Aegean

  • Collapse of Complex Civilizations

III. Biological Anthropology/Archaeology

  • Introduction to Bioarchaeology

  • Human Osteology & Funerary Archaeology: introduction to theory and methods

  • Digging Bones: An Introduction to Field Anthropology

IV. Paleoenvironmental Studies

  • Introduction to Archaeobotany

  • Introduction to Environmental Archaeology

  • Agriculture in Prehistoric Aegean: from neolithisation to complex societies

  • Cultivating Classical Culture: installations, texts and organic remains

  • Biomolecular Archaeology

  • A Climatic History of Man

V. Geology/Geoarchaeology and Geophysics (labs)

  • Introduction to Geoarchaeology

  • Geophysical Survey: methods and techniques (lab)

  • Geophysical Prospection: Mapping Techniques

  • Sedimentology and Soil Micromorphology (lab)

VI. 3-D Architectural Modeling & G.I.S. (labs)

  • Principles of Monument Restoration (theory and workshops)

  • Graphical Documentation of Monuments and Archaeological sites (lab)

  • Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology (lab)

VII. Archeometry

  • Introduction to Archeometry

  • Topics in Archeometry

VII. Cultural Heritage Studies

  • Management of Heritage Sites and Monuments

  • Heritage and Land Use Planning

  • Heritage and Education Travel, Tourism and Archaeology

VIII. Ancient History, Classics, Modern Greek

  • Greek Civilization

  • Classical Mythology

  • Geomythology

  • Ancient History I: Archaic and Classical Greece

  • Ancient History II: the Hellenistic World

  • Intensive Ancient Greek I-III

  • Ancient Greek Epic Poetry: Homer

  • Ancient Greek Historiography: Herodotus & Thucydides (topics)

  • Ancient Greek Tragedy (topics)

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy (topics)

  • Intensive Modern Greek I-III

IX. Archaeological Field trips on weekends (mainland Greece & islands):

  • Extended weekends (3 days): Athens, Crete, Cyclades (Santorini-Mykonos/Delos or Melos), Northern Greece (Thessaloniki-Vergina-Pella-Meteora), Western Greece (Dodona-Ioannina-Lefkada)

  • Weekends: Olympia, Pylos, Delphi, Boeotia (Thebes-Orchomenos-Glas), Corinth, Tiryns, Nafplio, Argos, Epidaurus, Sparta-Mystras, Monemvasia, Mani-Methoni-Koroni, Aegina, Hydra-Spetses, Euboea