What students are saying about the Iklaina Study Abroad Program:
"It was all memorable. From swimming in the Bay of Navarino, to the drinking Cups of Nestor in the Pylos Platea." 2010 Participant
"This was an excellent program. I recommend it to anyone seeking field experience." 2010 Participant
Join us and experience the fascinating world of archaeology and the beauty of the country that became the cradle of western civilization! By joining us, not only will you be able to participate in real archaeological fieldwork, but you will also have the opportunity to travel to major archaeological sites and museums in Greece, and also attend lectures on Greek history, literature, philosophy, archaeology, art, and culture.
The Iklaina Archaeological Project (IKAP) is an interdisciplinary research project in the area of Pylos, Greece. The project is carried out under the auspices of the Athens Archaeological Society and the direction of Michael Cosmopoulos of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Situated at a strategic location overlooking the Ionian Sea, Iklaina appears to have been an important district capital of the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1600-1100 BC). This is the period also known as "Mycenaean" and famous for such mythical sagas as the Trojan War. The program has three components:
1. Archaeological Excavation
Excavation of the Early Helladic, Middle Helladic, and Mycenaean settlement at Iklaina
Work with the finds and ceramics at the Pylos museum. This entails:
washing and sorting pottery lots
identifying and dating pottery shapes
cataloguing important ceramics and artifact finds
2. Travel to major sites and museums in Greece This summer's expedition includes trips to the following sites and their museums:
The Palace of Nestor at Pylos, with its archive of tablets in the Linear B script, as well as its tholos tombs
Mycenae, the capital city of Greece in Homer's Iliad, and home to Agamemnon, king of the Greeks in the Trojan war
Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece
The medieval castles of Methoni and its beach
Ancient Olympia, home of the Olympic Games, where we will have special tours of the ancient stadium and athletic installations
A one-day cruise to the island of Sphakteria and adjacent Golden Beach
And there will be plenty of time to explore all of the nearby beaches of sandy Pylos
3. Evening lectures on Greek history, literature, philosophy, archaeology, art, and culture.
6:00am Wake-up call 6:30am Breakfast in the hotel lounge. Departure for the site (ride ca. 20 mins.) 7:00-11:00 Excavation 11:00-11:30 Break for a light lunch 11:30-13:00 Excavation 13:30-17:00 Free time (usually we explore the beaches of the area) 17:00-19:00 Evening lectures and/or work in the lab (drawings, writing, studying of finds, etc.) 19:30-21:30 Dinner at the hotel's seafront dining area. The rest of the evening is free.
To view additional information from previous summers, please visit this link. (For all other official program information regarding dates, fees, and application procedures, please refer to this UMSL webpage.)
Program led by Dr. Michael Cosmopoulos (firstname.lastname@example.org), Hellenic Government-Karakas Family Foundation Professor in Greek Studies and Professor of Archaeology
Credit: Participants will earn six credits: Anthro 3290: Advanced Topics in Archaeology: Greek History and Culture (3 credits) Anthro 2109: Archaeological Field School (3 credits)
Dates: June 16 - July 7, 2013
Tuition (6 credits, 2013-2014 rates)
Meals & Personal Expenses
$6,484.40 to $6,984.40
*Subject to change. Non-Credit Fee: $1680 (for members of the public—i.e. non students—who wish to participate; ages 18-88 are welcome.)
PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES:
accommodation in air-conditioned rooms with TV and private baths (double occupancy); most rooms (first-come first-serve basis) have breathtaking views of the bay of Navarino
buffet breakfast and full four-course dinner every day
entrance fees to archaeological sites and museums
travel to archaeological sites and museums and daily transportation to and from the dig site*
all trips to the beautiful sandy beaches of the area
Program Fee Does Not Include: Meals and Personal Expenses: $700 - $1200 (depends on personal habits) Airfare: $1600 (Estimate. Students purchase airfare individually)
*Students are responsible for covering transportation cost from airport to Pylos; Prof. Cosmopoulos normally arranges for bus transportation from Athens to Pylos, but students are responsible for the cost.
Applicants must submit the following documents to the Study Abroad Office. Forms are available online only.
1. UMSL Study Abroad Application Form 2. Non-refundable** $500 deposit (due at time of application) 3. Scholarship application and scholarship essay (UMSL students only) 4. Non-UMSL applicants are required to submit a $100 application fee. The application fee is separate from the program fee and is payable by check or money order to 'UMSL'. 5. Non-UMSL students must also submit a letter of recommendation and transcript.
**Deposit will be refunded only if you are not selected to participate in the program.
Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation: Faculty-led program participants are required to complete the online study abroad orientation, which covers health and safety topics, culture shock, and much more. The study abroad coordinator will provide you with further information. Please note that Non-UMSL participants do not need to complete the online quizzes. Participants will receive a site-specific orientation after they arrive in Pylos.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FEES AND REGISTRATION
FEES There are two fees for faculty-led programs: program fee and tuition. Each fee must be paid separately.
1. Program fees must be paid by check or money order made out to UMSL and sent or brought to the Study Abroad Office. Credit cards are NOT accepted for program fees.
2. Tuitionwill be billed to your student account by the Cashier's Office after registration is complete. Non-UMSL credit participants will be notified via e-mail by the Study Abroad Office as to how they can make payments online or through the Cashier's Office.
N.B. If not participating for credit, the non-credit fee is payable by check made out to UMSL and must be sent to the Study Abroad Office.