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The Azoria Project seeks volunteers for final excavation season (2017)

August 27, 2016 - Fieldwork & research
The Azoria Project seeks volunteers for final excavation season (2017)

The Azoria Project (www.azoria.org) is conducting its final full-scale excavation season in May-July 2017, and seeks student volunteers to participate as trench assistants. The program trains students in problems, methods, and research practices in Mediterranean and Aegean archaeology by providing them with a fieldwork-and laboratory-based program in Greece. This summer of 2017 will be the 10th excavation season and the 16th year of the Project. Since 2002, the Azoria Project has trained over 35 graduate students in classics, archaeology, and anthropology (trench supervisors and area specialists); and more than 200 undergraduate and graduate student trench assistants. At least 20 of our undergraduate staff members have continued into graduate work (including two NSF fellows) in classics, classical archaeology, anthropology, and archaeology. Student participants have come from Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, France, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Barbados.

The Azoria Project is the excavation of the Early Iron Age-Archaic site of Azoria (ca. 1200-500 B.C.) on the island of Crete in the Greek Aegean. The focus is the Archaic-period city (ca. 700-480 B.C.) and the investigation of local dynamics of urbanization and sociopolitical changes in the 8th and 7th c. B.C. Current fieldwork (2013-2017) is exploring the topography of the archaic civic center archaic-period residential complexes (6th and early 5th c. B.C.), and conducting a number of stratigraphic soundings in the area of the civic buildings in order to refine our understanding of the chronology and early history of the site.

For more information on how to participate in the 2017 season of excavations at Azoria, please follow the links at the Project website (www.azoria.org), or contact the Project Director, Donald Haggis, at dchaggis@email.unc.edu.