Archaeological survey near Karystos

22July2018 18Aug2018


Fieldwork campaign in Greece, 22 July to 18 August, open to four BA or MA students. Deadline application 28 February 2018.

Excavation site and activities

The Southern Euboea Sea and Land Routes (SESLR) Project offers an opportunity to participate in practical fieldwork in Greece. The fieldwork is carried out around Karystos in southern Euboia and includes on-site surveys of find places and sites detected by means of remote sensing (ground truth reconnaissance), and surveys of targeted areas of interest, with special attention to land route systems and coastal zones.

The SESLR-project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and directed by Prof. Jan Paul Crielaard of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The fieldwork will be carried out by PhD researchers Ruben Brugge, Stefan Kooi and Anke Stoker. Students will assist them in their fieldwork and related tasks dealing with landscape-archaeological application of airborne and spaceborne remote sensing.

The 2018 field season will focus on three areas:

  • the area around Geraistos (present-day Kastri) that last year yielded very rich evidence for this harbour town’s flourishing from the Classical to Medieval periods;
  • the Kylindri cipollino marble quarries for which Karystos was renowned in the Roman period;
  • the Paximadhi peninsula where roads connecting the Classical farms will be investigated.

Next to that, students will spend some days in the local museum to help cleaning and sorting finds.

There is room for four BA or MA students to participate in the fieldwork project. Candidates need to be in good physical condition as the survey will take place in sometimes rough terrain. The workload will be ca. 200 hours for which 7 ects will be accredited after successful completion of the fieldwork and related tasks, and a written report (‘eindverslag’).

Picture of fieldwork

Travel and accommodation

The survey campaign will last for a period of 4 weeks and is scheduled from 24 July to 18 August 2018. Participants are requested to be in Karystos on Sunday 22 July at the latest.

Most of the costs of food and accommodation will be covered by the project. Participants are expected to pay their own travel expenses. The project members will be accommodated in a town house that is made ​​available by the Southern Euboea Exploration Project (SEEP). Living conditions are best characterized as 'simple'. Participants sleep in bunk beds in shared bedrooms. The house has a washing machine, internet and a well-equipped kitchen. Dinners take place in a restaurant in town.

How to apply

If you are interested to participate, please send an email before March 1st, 2018 to, containing:

  • a motivation letter explaining why you wish to participate (preferably in relation to your study program);
  • a brief CV.

Please give an indication of your previous experience in fieldwork, material analysis, databases, GIS or any courses that may be relevant. Aso provide other information that may be relevant (driver's license, allergies etc.).

We aim to inform you about our selection of participants around 15 March 2018. The selection will be made together with the SESLR-project members.

More information

For more information on the possibilities for the 2018 fieldwork campaign please contact Jan Paul Crielaard

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