Dear Students / Participants,

Each year students from Greek and American Universities participate in the successful Summer Schools run by University of the Aegean at Delphi Greece.

In the summer 2018 in July we will have the third year of excavations at Kastrouli (Desfina near Delphi, Fokida) and we invite students from all over the World to apply.

The site date from the Mycenaean period (LH III B & C, from approx. 1300 BC onwards) and later.

In the years 2016 and 2017 we excavated many important findings that are unique in Greece in the Late Helladic period. Our activity includes the methodology of archaeological excavations & archaeological sciences. The program expands and to a survey that will contain and area towards the Corinthian Gulf. (see gallery photos of our activities)

The planned 2018 season will run for 3 weeks after 9th July 2017. It will be offered as a Summer School with certification 8 ECTS (European Credit Transfer Units) recognized by European and World Accredited Universities. NB: 1 ECTS is equivalent to 26 hours of labor i.e. lectures, reading & learning, educational trips, lab work, fieldwork).

The number is limited to about 20 (Greek and foreign). Expected Fees (tuition, accommodation, meals, local travel) is expected to be 1600 Euros, for 20 days all inclusive (except your travel to the site).



The requirements for admission & accreditation are: 1) completion of essay prior to coming in the site (press here for essay), 2) knowledge of English language, 3) writing up a Reflective Journal in the field, 4) compulsory participation in all fieldwork activities 9 hours per day (lectures, lab work data processing, excavation techniques and hands on the dig and instrumentation), 5) educational visits

The performance for your transcript will be 60% performance in the field + 20% essay + 20% reflective journal. The certificate and Annex rating are provided properly signed and stamped by the administration of the University.  Last year we had 18 students from US in the 1st summer school project with success.

Prof Ioannis LIRITZIS

University of the Aegean (;

Project Leader-PI: Prof. Ioannis Liritzis (

Director of archaeological excavations Co-PI: Dr. Athanasios Sideris, University of the Aegean.

Co-PI (Arcaheology & Archaeometry): Ass Prof Andrew Koh (Brandeis Univ. USA),, Ass. Prof Kate Birney (Wesleyan Univ USA),


  • Mainly archaeology Undergraduates but Graduates too,
  • Cultural Heritage researchers
  • Archaeometrists, archaeological scientists
  • Civil servants from the public or private sector involved with heritage
  • Graduates in cultural studies, museology,
  • Survey archaeologists
  • Engineers in documenting cultural tourism, sustainable development from cultural heritage and museums
  • Virtual museum learners

Course Description – Learning Outcomes

Familiarization of participants with the archaeological surveys, archaeological dig, documentation, processing of excavated finds, preventive conservation issues, hands on archaeometric non-destructive analysis in situ, writing excavation reports and keeping diaries. All tutoring shall be given having in mind the level for beginners in the field.

  • Introduction to the current state-of-the-art of modern archaeological excavations and trends (digital archaeology, archaeometry, excavation techniques, conservation lab in situ, the archaeology of the area)
  • 21 days excavation, measurements, lab processing of finds, classroom lectures
  • 1-day museum and sanctuary of Delphi guiding and educational touring & 1-day educational visits in adjacent areas around Delphi and Corinthian Gulf

Particular emphasis will be given to practical professional experience. Students will have a great experience and form strong bonds with their peers on a field program. For this reason, our Programme offers something more than a great academic course; including special opportunities and experiences in situ and in storage lab.

And more experiences…. try the local traditional delicious cook, mix with local people and swim in the blue Corinthian Gulf waters .….


The settlement of modern Kastrouli is situated in the modern border of Phokis and Boeotia provinces Central Greece, and both provinces are recorded in the  Book II of Homer’s Iliad (2.494-759, II.494-526) as contributing to the Greek navy task force against Troy.

In The Catalogue of Ships (νεῶν κατάλογος; neōn katalogos) is a passage in Book II of Homer’s Iliad (2.494-759) which lists the contingents of the Achaean army which sailed to Troy. The catalogue gives the name of the leader of each contingent, describes his home city, and gives the number of ships he led to Troy.

For Phokis the passage quotes:

“Schedius and Epistrophus, sons of Iphitus,
the son of great-hearted Naubolus,
commanded Phoceans—men from Cyparissus,
rocky Pytho, holy Crisa, Daulis, and Panopeus;
men from Anemorea and Hyampolis;
from around the sacred river Cephissus,
from Lilaea, beside Cephissus’ springs.
Forty black ships these two leaders brought with them.
Moving around, as soldiers armed themselves,
they set Phocean ranks by the Boeotians, on their left….”

For Boeotia the catalogue mentions:

“Peneleus, Leitus, and Arcesilaus
led the Boeotians, with Clonius and Prothoenor.
Their men came from Hyria, rocky Aulis,
Schoenus, Scolus, mountainous Eteonus,
Thespeia, Graia, spacious Mycalassus,
men holding Harma, Eilesiun, Erythrae;
men holding Eleon, Hyle, Peteon,
Ocalea, the well-built fortress Medeon,
Copae, Eutresis, Thisbe, city full of doves;
men from Coronea, grassy Haliartus;
men from Plataea, Glisas, those who held
fortified Lower Thebes and sacred Onchestus,
with Poseidon’s splendid grove; men from Arne,
land rich in grapes, Midea, sacred Nisa,
and distant Anthedon. Fifty ships came with these men,
each with one hundred and twenty young Boeotians….”

Kastrouli is in close distance to some at least identified towns, such as, Medeon, Pytho, Crisa, Cyparissos, and most probably may have a relationship to the contributing task force of Achaeans against Troy. The conjecture remains to be revealed from more excavation finds…..…


8 July Sunday: Arrivals. Bus transfer from Athens Αirport at 17.00, arrive at the site of Desfina ~20.00.

Registration and Reception in Desfina municipality Hall at 20.00-22.00

29 July Sunday: Departure from Desfina to Athens Airport

Arrival at Athens Airport ~16.00.

Programme Under Construction (9-29 July). Daily Working hours: 7:00 to 14:00 (fieldwork, dig, in situ archaeological sciences) and 17:00 – 20:00 (Lab work, sample processing. Educational trips to surrounding area / museums).

It includes:

1) dig at two locations of Kastrouli settlement with digital documentation,

2) sample processing (cleaning, drawing, photo documentation, recording),

3) hands on portable instrumentation (GPS, geophysical prospection, Raman, XRF spectroscopy, portable microscope, drone, SfM 3D reconstruction, conservation (rescue archaeology) preventive conservation in situ,

4) Lectures at classrtoon on Mycenean archaeology, SE Mediterranean archaeology at Late Bronze Age – Early Iron Age, Archaeological Sciences (dating methods, portable instrumentation, conservation methods & materials, digital archaeology & cyber archaeology, archaeometry, cultural management & sustainable development.

Invited speakers

  • Prof I.Liritzis (Univ of the Aegean) – PI, Director Archaeometry, Coordinator
  • Dr A.Sideris (Univ. of the Aegean) – co-PI, Director Archaeological Dig
  • Prof.A Georgopoulos (Nat Techn Univ Athens) – Photogrammetry
  • Prof..T.Ganetsos (Technological Educational Institute Peireus) – Portable Instrumentation, Achaeometry
  • Dr C.Karydis (Technological Educational Institute of Ioanian Islands) – Principles of Preventive Conservation
  • Prof.G.Tsokas (Dept. of Geology, Aristotle University Thesaloniki) – Geophysical Prospection
  • Dr A.Tsaroucha (Ephoria of Antiquities Phokis, Delphi) – Archaeological Service of Delphi, Ministry of Culture
  • D.Stefanakis (Univ of the Aegean) – Drones and Processing of aerial/satellite MSI images
  • Ass Prof A.Koh (Brandeis Univ, USA) – Archaeology of Late Bronze Age SE Mediterranean, Organic Residue Analysis
  • Ass Prof kate Birney (Wesleyan Univ, USA) – Mediterranean Bronze-Iron Age transition (ca. 1200 B.C.), Organic Residue Analysis

Organizing Committee

  • PI-Prof Ioannis Liritzis (Physical Sciences-Archaeometry), University of the Aegean
  • co-PI- Dr Athanasios Sideris (Archaeology), University of the Aegean
  • co-PI Ass Prof Andrew Koh (Archaeology), Brandeis University
  • co-PI Ass. Prof Kate Birney (Archaeologist), Wesleyan University
  • Pantelis Volonakis (PhD cand., Computer Sciences), University of the Aegean
  • Athena Lioliou (PhD Cand, Secretary of Masters Degree), University of the Aegean
  • Dr Asimena Vafiadou (Technician, Lab of Archaeometry) – University of the Aegean

Facilities – Venue

  • Accommodation (food and room) in local houses and tavernas of Desfina town
  • Tuition (lab, fieldwork, classes, written essays)
  • Bus service from / to Desfina – Kastrouli site offered by local municipality,
  • Bus from Athens to the Desfina town Kastrouli site and back free of cost,
  • Museum entries (bring your ID student card or other document proving your student identity – non EU Students 50%),
  • Local travel
  • Basic stationery & tee-shirts
  • Educational Visit to Delphi Museum & Sanctuary
  • Free excursion to Itea & Antikyra Beach
  • Taste local dishes and village life in the picturesque Desfina village
  • The travel from abroad to Athens is excluded..

Registration – Fees

1600 Euros for 20 days all inclusive – It includes: tuition, accommodation, bus from Athens to the site and back, museum entries, local travel, basic stationery & tee-shirts (your travel from abroad to the site is excluded).

Payment: The 300 Euros is deposited in the University of the Aegean via the online pay system with registration and concerns part of expenses (Bus travel, tuition etc.)  and the rest (1300 Euros) are paid by yourself in situ (Cash only, no credit cards at Kastrouli, but use of credit cards at Airport or Desfina ATM), concerning various local expenses including meals, breakfast, breaks, accommodation, local travel for 20 days, labor, guardian, etc.

Accommodation – Transportation – Maps

Accommodation in local family houses, lunch and dinner at local restaurants, transportation to the site by Summer School Bus from the airport or by local Bus service.……

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