Every afternoon the program directors will prepare classroom sessions that will include seminars and workshops concerning the fieldwork and the Greek history.
Topics include the following:
– History of Greece
– Introduction into Archaeology including Stratigraphy, Artifact Collection and Archaeological Recording
– Keeping an Archaeological Journal
– Introduction to life in the time of Alexander the Great
An archaeologist’s work is incomplete unless he or she can sit back and reflect on the day’s excavation. Therefore, the group will take time to experience Greece away from the shovels and wheelbarrows, either by relaxing at a café or by visiting nearby sites.
We believe that visiting the region’s historical sites is essential to understanding the context of the archaeological work at Mieza. Excursions may change depending on the excavation schedule and unforeseen events. Probable excursions include the following:
Aigai is the first city and cradle of the ancient kingdom of Macedon, located at the moder village of Vergina, roughly 30 minutes away from the hotel. It was here in 336 BC where Philip II was assassinated at the theatre and Alexander the Great was proclaimed king and started his campaign to the East. The site became internationally famous in 1977, when the Greek archaeologist, prof. Manolis Andronikos, excavated the so-called ‘’Great Tumulus’’ and unearthed the burial cluster of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, and his family, containing the tomb of Alexander IV, the son of Alexander the Great and Roxanne. Both tombs were unplundered . The looted tomb of a queen, belonging probably to one of Phlilp’s wife, Nicessipolis, contain the extraordinary mural painting of the Rape of Persephone, one of the most exquisite painted works from ancient Greece. The remains of another Macedonian tomb, and a building dedicated to the cult of the hero kings were also under the ‘’Great Tumulus’’. Philip’s burial cluster in now protected under a tumulus shaped shelter, which exhibits the finds of this legendary excavation. Since now two other royal burial clusters have been unearthed, the so-called Temenids’ burial cluster and the Queens’ cluster, containing the tomb of Eurudice, the mother of Philip II. The palace built by Philip II is the most prominent and extensive public building in classical Greece. A new museum is being constructed and its new exhibitions are under preparation. The archaeological site of Aigai is since 1996 a Unesco Monument of Extraordinary Universal Significance and the most visited site in northern Greece.
Dion is an ancient city in Greece with a number of Greek and Roman ruins. In the 5th century BC, Dion was a religious center of the Macedonian kingdom. Onsite are many Greek temples, including the large Temple of Zeus as well as temples to Demeter, Isis and Asclepius.
Pela is an ancient city that was formerly the Macedonian Capital.