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Excavations at the Neolithic Settlement of Dispilio – Greece

May 5, 2008

ExcavationSince 2003 students from the U.K., U.S.A. & Canada have participated in the International Volunteer Program of the Dispilio Excavations. Dispilio is one of the most important Neolithic sites in the Aegean, and the first prehistoric lakeside settlement to be excavated in Greece. Research started in 1992 and each year students from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as well as from other Greek Universities, have been trained into excavation and artifact recording techniques by the scientific team of the excavation, consisting of field excavators, palaeobotanologists, artifact specialists,conservators, architects etc.

All the project’s activities belong to an organized Volunteer Program, which covers all the excavation campaign including active participation to: the excavation procedure, the recording and conservation of the artifacts, informative lectures, guided tours, pottery lessons and of course, many social activities.

The campaign dates are flexible and the exact time to participate in the Dispilio Excavations can be chosen by you, providing that your minimum length of stay is 2 weeks, a time needed to obtain a more accurate image about the excavation. This year’s Volunteer Program will be on July and September.

Students will be provided with apartment style accommodations located at the Dispilio village with four people occupying each room. These residences are equipped with full kitchen and bath facilities for the members of the project team. One daily meal is included (Mon-Sat)

Cost: Euro 350 per week (+ Euro 50 for registration and booking)

Project website:  web.auth.gr/dispilio

Email:  dispilioexcavations@hist.auth.gr

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