MY.SPE.AR. Field School 

Type: archaeological fieldwork (Mycenaean & Classical archaeology)

Duration: Sunday, May 31 - June 28, 2020 (4 weeks)

Location: Spercheios Valley & Lamia, Greece 

Accreditation: 6-7 ECTS (equivalent to 3 US credits) (Univ. of Peloponnese) 

Total cost: $4,950 (academic credit)

Included in comprehensive fee: tuition fee, academic accreditation and transcriptfull room, partial board, all local transportation, group excursions, museum/site entrance fees

Not included in comprehensive fee: international flight to/from Greece and incidental personal expenses

Positions: 30 undergraduate students

University of Peloponnese - Department of History, Archaeology, & Cultural Resources Management  

AIA Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin 

MY.SPE.AR project

Program Description

The Mycenaean Foundation in collaboration with the Department of History, Archeology and Cultural Resources Management of the University of Peloponnese offer to motivated students from around the world the unique opportunity to participate in the archaeological excavation, survey, and field research of the region of the Spercheios River valley in Greece, associated in Greek mythology with the legendary kingdom of Achilles, and receive top practical training through the MY.SPE.AR. field school. 

During field campaigns the students will be trained as trench assistants by experienced field archaeologists in excavation, sifting and flotation, data collection and recording, study/cataloguing of artifacts/ecofacts, museum research, archaeological and geophysical survey (aided by remote sensing devices and techniques). The field school program also 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, and select Greek islands, designed to offer the students hands-on experience and a deeper understanding of Prehistoric Aegean and Classical art and archaeology, and the opportunity to immerse in modern Greek culture and language.

In June 2020, the Mycenaean Spercheios Valley Archaeological (MY.SPE.AR) Project (3rd campaign) will run for four weeks and will involve targeted excavation (test pits) on the acropolis of Lamia, regional archaeological survey of the Spercheios Valley, aerial reconnaissance (drone), geophysical survey (Electrical Resistivity Tomography, Ground Penetrating Radar, Magnetometry). 

Participants may enroll either for academic credit (University of Peloponnese) or for a fieldwork certificate (Mycenaean Foundation). Successful completion of the field school will earn 6-7 ECTS (equivalent to 3 US credits), which can be transferred to other academic institutions.

For the 2020 campaign, positions are open to 30 undergraduate students and 5-6 graduate students. Positions are open on a rolling basis until filled. 

Program Structure

Orientation sessions are scheduled in the spring semester of 2020 (including assigned readings). 

During excavation, digging is conducted Monday through Friday, from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, with a lunch break at noon; 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 (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, sifting, transporting, storing and cataloguing the finds) and students should be well prepared and trained for it. 

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, such as Athens, Thessaloniki, Pella, Vergina, Nafplio, Argos, Tiryns, Corinth, Epidaurus, Pylos, Olympia, Delphi, Thebes, Glas, Meteora, Mystras, Monemvasia, and select Greek islands. 

Location, Accommodation, and On-site Administration 

The city of Lamia and the Spercheios River Valley are located at a distance of 220 km (two-hour drive) to the north of Athens (the capital city of Greece) and the international airport "Eleftherios Venizelos."

Student accommodation includes double-occupancy hotel rooms at Lamia (with private bathroom, balcony, air-condition, TV/wi-fi). Transportation to/from the airport, to/from archaeological site, and for group excursions/field trips is provided by the program (by mini-bus, vans and jeeps). Dinner is served in designated local restaurants.

The program director has more than thirty-five years of field experience at various sites in Greece (Mycenae, Glas, Archanes, Idaion Cave, Santorini); 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 city of Lamia is served by a state hospital and private clinics. 

Academic Requirements 

Academic requirements 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.

Certain eligibility criteria may be waived and equivalency of prerequisites is determined at the discretion of the program director (note: Dickinson students who wish to participate must have fulfilled the following academic requirement prior to the commencement of the program: MGRE 107 Intensive Modern Greek I for entering students; MGRE 108 Intensive Modern Greek II for returning students). 


The comprehensive program fee is set at $4,950. This comprehensive fee covers tuition, academic accreditation and transcript, room, partial board (breakfast and dinner during weekdays M-F), International Students Insurance, all local transportation, group excursions, museum/site entrance fees. International flight to/from Greece and incidental personal expenses are not covered by the field school program. 

Application and Schedule of Payments

Apply early; positions are limited and open on a rolling basis until filled.

Application procedure, schedule of payments and refunds:

  1. Send a brief letter of interest by email to (cc:
  2. Visit at (application link is now open), read the instructions, download and fill out the application form 
  3. Submit the completed application form and all required documents (photocopy of valid passport page, unofficial transcript of grades, and a letter of recommendation) by email to 
  4. A non-refundable confirmation fee of $350 must be paid to the Laboratory of Archaeometry, Department of History, Archeology and Cultural Resources Management (University of the Peloponnese) within ten days after notification of acceptance into the program to secure a seat (instructions for payment will be provided by email, along with the notification of acceptance). Failure to do so within the deadline will result in the deactivation of your application. All applications (including confirmation deposits) must be complete by the application deadline of March 1, 2020.
  5. The balance of the program fee ($4,600) must be paid directly to the Mycenaean Foundation by the final deadline of March 31, 2020 (upon payment, please, include your name and email address to receive acknowledgement and payment invoice):

Submit payment by PayPal or ebanking (payment instructions will be promptly emailed)

MY.SPE.AR. Field School

Refund Policy 

In order to plan and maintain service effectively, the Mycenaean Foundation 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 may 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 home. 

Student Responsibilities 

Students in the program are expected to respect the rights of the other students, the staff and the faculty. The program director serves as Judicial Hearing Officer for all alleged violations. 

For More Information 

Contact: Prof. Christofilis Maggidis (Director), Department of Archaeology, Keck Archaeology Lab, Dickinson College, P.O. Box 1773, Carlisle PA 17013-2896; tel: 717-245-1014; e-mail: or; Cf. also the listing in the A.I.A. Fieldwork Opportunities.

Accreditation and Statement  

The University of the Peloponnese is a fully accredited state university in Greece and the European Union. 

The University of the Peloponnese and the Mycenaean Foundation are organizations that value free inquiry and justice, respect pluralism, diversity, and equal opportunity, promote tolerance, civility, and mutual understanding. The above organizations do not discriminate on such bases as race, color, sex, political and religious beliefs, marital status, age, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origins, veteran's status, or disability. 

The above information is accurate as of this printing, but is subject to change without notice.