The Kastrouli 2017 excavation season is over. We had another satisfactory period with students over all the World. We excavated a house of the settlement and interesting architectural remains were revealed. Archaeometrical applications were made in situ using pXRF, Raman spectroscopy, GPS, a Drone octacopter with high resolution, differential magnetometer gradiometer. The excavatted buildings were georeferenced in the kastrouli grid of 5x5m squares.

The excavation report is in preparation. Archaeometric results of the 2 seasons are in progress for publication and concern data of a) OSL dating of fortified stone walls, the tomb and ceramics, b) isotopic data of human bones for ancient diet, c) the last year cyberarchaeology work, d) the characterization & provenance of ceramics by XRD, XRF, SEM-EDS. thin sections & PLM.

We are making the due preparations for our 3rd season July 2018.

Some photos from Kastrouli2017 you could see here:



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 2017 in July we will have the second year of excavations at Kastrouli (Desfina near Delphi, Fokida) and we invite students over all the World to apply.

The site is of Late-Mycenean era (~ 1200 BC) and later (see Our excavations in our Master degree website

In the year 2016 we excavated many important findings that are unique in Greece in the Late Helladic period. Our activity includes methodology archaeological excavations archaeological sciences. The program expands and to a survey that will contain and area towards the Corinthian Gulf.

The planned 2017 season will run for 2 weeks after 20 July. It will be offered as a Summer School with certification 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer Units) recognized by European and World accredited Universities. The number is limited to about 20 (Greek and foreign). Expected Fees (tuition, accommodation, meals, local travel) is expected to be 800 Euros, for 12 days all inclusive (except your travel to the site).

The requirements for admission are: 1) completion of essay prior to coming in the site, 2) knowledge of English language, 3) writing up a Reflective Journal in the field.

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.

*For students from USA and China: We have an MOU between University of the Aegean and University of Science & Technology of China (USTC) Hefei, and University of California San Diego (UCSD) that includes such activities.

Prof Ioannis LIRITZIS

University of the Aegean (;; )

Project Leader: Prof. Ioannis Liritzis (

Scientific Responsible of archaeological excavations: Dr. Athanasios Sideris, University of the Aegean.

Co-PI of Kastrouli excavation Project and PI of Land-Sea Project: Prof Tom Levy, University of California San Diego


Course leader: Ioannis Liritzis, Professor of Archaeometry-Natural Sciences, University of the Aegean (

Target Group: PhD candidates, graduates, undergraduates, public & private sector

Archaeology graduates or undergraduates, cultural Heritage researchers, archaeometrists, archaeological scientists, civil servants from the public or private sector involved with heritage, scientists in cultural issues, cultural management, dissemination & documentation, museologists, graduates in cultural studies, museology, survey archaeologists, engineers in documenting cultural tourism, sustainable development from cultural heritage and museums, virtual museum learners

Course Description

Familiarization of participants with the archaeological surveys, archaeological dig, documentation, processing of excavated finds, preventive conservation issues, 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.




12 Days equivalent workload to 130 hours (incl. 20 hours essay), 9 hours/day (7.00 am – 8 pm) 5 ECTS

Desfina Village (near Delphi) 19 July – 31 July 2016

  • 1 day introduction to the current state-of-the-art of modern archaeological excavations and trends (cyberarchaeology, Archaeometry, Excavation techniques, the archaeology of the area)
  • 12 days excavation, measurements, lab processing of finds
  • 1 day museum and sanctuary of Delphi guiding and educational touring 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 Kastrouli2017 offers something more than a great academic course; including special opportunities and experiences in situ and in storage lab.

This Summer School KASTROULI2017 is a collaboration between:

  • Τhe University of the Aegean ( Dept of Mediterranean Studies (Leader)
  • University of California, San Diego, USA

MYCENEAN SITE OF KASTROULI SUMMER SCHOOL near Delphi (at Desfina village of 5 ECTS and includes 12 days of Fieldwork, portable technologies, tuition and interaction with experts in the field, but much emphasis on fieldwork and labor work in digging and learning instrumentation and a follow up of data processing at a later stage.



It is equivalent to 5 ECTS that corresponds to:

  1. a) the field activities,
  2. b) an essay submitted on arrival to Desfina Village (Potential topics are proposed about Mycenean Culture in Central Greece and Peloponesse and relevant literature is recommended),
  3. c) an essay more like a reflective journal or diary, written in situ, and submitted by the end of the Mycenean Fieldwork.

Transcript and diplomas are provided officially, signed by the University of the Aegean, and the mark is a combination of fieldwork performance (60%) and 20% essay +20% reflective journal/diary.