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The Archaeology and Topography of Ancient Greece

January 21, 2008

An intensive three week residential course:
24th August – 14th September 2008


The BSA Annual Course for Undergraduates is intended for students enrolled in UK and Irish Universities engaged primarily in the study of Classics, Classical Archaeology, Ancient History, & Art History.

Its aim is to provide an introduction to the landscape and the archaeological sites of Ancient Greece, and to relate material culture to the history of ancient Greece and its physical setting.

This is a three week intensive course covering Prehistoric, Early Iron Age, Classical, Roman, and Byzantine Greece, with specialist lectures, guided site visits, and opportunities to gain first-hand experience of objects and monuments not accessible to the individual traveller.

Course participants will gain knowledge and understanding of the material culture of Greece over a long time span, and particularly of the built environment; the relationship between sites and their environments; diachronic change in individual sites and across whole settlement patterns.

They will gain command of the methodologies appropriate to historical archaeology, in particular how to interpret archaeological evidence on site, and to apply the knowledge gained to other sites; how to evaluate historical and literary evidence in interpreting sites and the possible conflict between textual and archaeological evidence. Finalists intending to continue with postgraduate studies are encouraged to apply. Delphi


Advice should first be sought by students from their university departmental heads about the availability of grants towards the cost of the course.

The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, the Classical Association, the Gilbert Murray Trust, the Mediterranean Archaeological Trust, and the Anna Healy Trust provide every year a number of bursary awards to successful candidates for the Course.

The awards assist students who would otherwise be prevented from participating owing to financial difficulties. Applications for the above awards should accompany the application for the Course. A brief statement of financial circumstances should be attached.
30 places are available on the course, which will be based at the BSA and will include access to its outstanding Library facilities.

 The course is devoted to teaching on sites and at museums in Athens, Attica, Central Greece, and the Peloponnese; these include the Athenian Acropolis and Agora, The National Archaeological Museum, Corinth, Delphi, Epidauros, Lefkandi, Messine, Mycenae, Mystras, Olympia, Pylos, Sparta, Tiryns and many more.

Course participants will be accommodated at the BSA and in hotels when on excursions (shared rooms).
Course Module

It is optional to take the course as a Level 2, 20 credit module (suitable for substitution for any other 20 credit module) in either the first or second semester of the second year. Such an option should be first discussed with tutors within your Department/University.Possible module template (PDF, 102k).


The charge of £660 includes accommodation, entrance charges to sites and museums, transport, half-board (breakfast and packed lunch) and associate membership in the BSA for one year. For those meals not provided and for incidental expenses, students should allow not less than £350. Travel to and from Britain is the sole responsibility of the course participants, who are also required to provide their own private travel insurance.


A provisional course itinerary can be found at the BSA Web site. Copies of the application form may be downloaded here or obtained from the Secretary, British School at Athens, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope marked ‘BSA Undergraduate Course, Summer 2008’.

Completed application forms should be addressed to Robert K. Pitt, Assistant Director, British School at Athens, 52 Souedias Street, GR 10676, Athens, Greece (Tel: +30 210 7210974) or sent by e-mail to to arrive no later than the 1st April, 2008. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that his/her reference is also received by the Assistant Director in Athens by this date.
Please do not send any money with this application. If you are offered a place, a non-refundable deposit of £100 will be payable immediately and the balance of the course fee (i.e. £560) by 21st June 2008. Please note that cheques should be made payable to ‘The British School at Athens’ and sent to the London Office in the Senate House.


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