The Helike Project is recruiting students and volunteers to take part in archaeological and conservation field work and laboratory practice at Helike in Achaia, Greece, during six weeks in the summer of 2018. Participants must be 18 or older.
Helike is located on the
southwest shore of the
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The Helike Project will
accept students and volunteers for a minimum period of two weeks
between July 30 and September 07, 2018.
The main focus of the archaeological fieldwork will be carried out at the Hellenistic and Geometric sites discovered by the Helike Project in recent years. Surveying with GNSS-Global Navigation Satellite System will be continued in the major Helike area to map the archaeological record of the Helike sites ranging from the Early Bronze Age to Late Roman times. We will also use bore hole drilling to investigate the geographic evolution of the area and trace the occurrence of historical earthquakes triggered by the Helike Fault. Laboratory work includes large scale conservation, classification and recording of excavation finds from the Early Helladic, Geometric-Archaic, Classical-Hellenistic and Roman Helike sites. Conservation will also take place at the extraordinary Hellenistic industrial complex consisting of workshop areas and domestic quarters, containing well preserved foundation walls and a large array of industrial features such as vats, rare storage vessels, well-built pebble floor tanks and other specialized findings.
There are no pre-requisites for participation in the expedition. All instruction is by professionals in the field and in the lab. Volunteers may participate in various phases of the work, including excavation, site conservation, pottery and other finds conservation and studies in the conservation lab, as determined by the Project Director. They are expected to work Monday to Friday, with weekends free for rest or excursions in the region.
Participants should prepare by reading on the history of ancient Greece in general and on this region in particular. See www.helikeproject.gr, under The Helike Society Publications; also relevant articles of Dora Katsonopoulou and associates can be accessed at https://cornell.academia.edu/DoraKatsonopoulou.
The Helike Project will
issue certificates of participation for participants on request.
Participants can make
their choice for a standard accommodation with 2 persons per room,
or for an individual room. The minimum period of stay is two weeks.
Payment for accommodation and participation is made to The Helike
Society, is tax-deductible and covers hotel room, breakfast and
dinner per day for a five-day week, plus some Helike Project
expenses. Payment will be accepted in advance or on arrival in
All participants are responsible for their own health and accident insurance and will be asked to sign a waiver of liability (click here for the text). They should bring their own supply of sunscreen/block, first aid items (band-aids, Neosporin and Cortisone cream recommended), and any prescription drugs they may need.
Anyone having a problem with drugs or alcohol, or a communicable disease, should not apply and will be asked to leave.
The summer weather at the
site is often hot, and temperatures may exceed 38°C (100°F). Most
evenings are comfortably cool. Water temperature in the
spare glasses/sunglasses if needed
street clothes for weekends
shoulder bag or backpack
bathing suit and beach towel
personal toiletry articles
notebook, pencils & pens
08.00 depart for field/lab
11.45-12.30 light meal
12.30-15.00 resume excavations/labwork
15.30 return to hotel
Participants stay at the
Hotel Themisto, at the center of the
village of Nikolaiika. Dinner five days a week (Monday-Friday) is
arranged by the Project in a nearby seaside restaurant, pre-paid by
the contribution. The fine pebble beach at Nikolaiika allows
opportunity to relax during free time and on weekends.
Participants arrange their own transportation to and from Greece. Information regarding transportation between Athens and Nikolaiika is provided at www.helikeproject.gr.
Helike is on the southwest shore of the Gulf of Corinth in
Achaia, about 180 km west of
Take Bus #93 from the Airport terminal to the KTEL/Kifissos bus
By rental car:
For optimal mobility, you may want to rent a car at the Airport (or
Road signs in Athens
can be confusing, so pay close attention. Greece
has a high accident rate, so drive carefully.
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Before leaving Athens, if you have any essential questions, you can contact us in Nikolaiika by telephone at 693-702-6588 (mobile). The Hotel Themisto telephone is +30-26910-81888.
The mailing address for volunteers during their stay is:
Nikolaiika Aigion 25100
on at least a week for a letter from the USA
to reach this address. Hotel Themisto telephone: ++30-26910-81888,
Internet access is
available at the hotel and the Helike lab.
Internet access is available at the hotel and the Helike lab.
Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou,
Please submit the attached application form (also in ms word format) and waiver form (above) electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org, Mrs. Maria Karvela and/or Ms. Eleni Georgiou including registration fee of €60. Applications should be sent the latest by July 10.
are limited. We will process applications in the order received, and
notify you regarding acceptance as soon as possible.