LOCATION: Troia, Portugal

Expectations, Schedule, Registration – Portugal

Expectations Schedule Registration

To reserve a space, students must pay a $1000 application fee. (Included in the price of the program). Upon acceptance into the program, one half of the program fees will be required to be paid. The remainder of the fees will be due (minus the application fee) by May 15. Application fees will not be refunded if the applicant is not selected.

Applications will be accepted until all spaces are filled. Participants will be notified of their acceptance within two weeks of the submission of their application and will receive an information packet shortly thereafter with further details.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

– Before May 15: All payments, except for $100 of the application fee, are refundable.
– After May 15: All payments are non-refundable unless your application is rejected by the program director.

Right of Refusal:

AFAR reserves the right to refuse an applicant’s selection. This is a rare occurrence and is most likely due to a person’s inability to meet health requirements or in the interest of group compatibility. Once in the field, the program directors and AFAR reserve the right to send a student away from the program should that person’s behavior compromise the safety, research objectives and general performance of the group, or violate Portuguese laws, regulations or customs.

Expectations of Students

Working on an archaeological site is hard work. Students need to be in good health and capable of using picks, shovels, trowels, and detailed instruments to excavate in a hot environment. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, be eager to learn, and capable of taking direction.

Daily Work Schedule

7:00 – Rise and eat breakfast
7:30 – Arrive at site and begin investigations at the direction of the archaeologists
10:00 – Break for snack
12:00 – Wrap up at the site for the day, clean up before lunch
1:00 – Lunch
2:30 – 4:00 Lecture/Class/Artifact Preservation
4:00 – 8:00 Free Time
8:00 – Dinner
10:30 – Bedtime


DDS Session - JUNE 15 to JUNE 30 (June 16 will be the first day onsite)




This project will be available for 18 students per session who are currently enrolled in 10th through 12th grade.


Total fees for this project are $3950.


  • itinerary
  • excursions


In addition to the Portuguese Archaeology Team that will oversee the excavations, there will be numerous staff members supporting the archaeological team. A brief description of each archaeologist and staff member can be found below: