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Global Consortium: Mycenae

The American Center for Archaeology at Mycenae (ACAM) program is a new study abroad opportunity for undergraduate students at Mycenae and Nafplion in Greece.

Program Description

The program will take place at the legendary site of ancient Mycenae and the beautiful town of Nafplion, Greece during Spring, Maymester, and Summer 2019. Although the focus is on archaeology, interdisciplinary academic courses about art, architecture, cultural heritage, and more are offered. There is a state-of-the-art outdoor simulator and an open-air theatrical area where some classes may be held. Classes will be taught in English by American and Greek professors. 

Courses & Credit

This course focuses on archaeological field and laboratory methods through readings, lectures, and mainly hands-on experiences (dig simulator) and the data these practices generate. It will cover the essential field methods employed in archaeological survey (ground, aerial, geophysical), excavation, restoration/conservation. This will include the fundamentals of documentation including note taking, drawing, photography, and map-making.

A general introduction to the art and archaeology of Mycenaean Greece, with consideration of both the Aegean sites and the Mycenaean trade-posts and colonies in Asia Minor, Cyprus, the Levant, Palestine and Egypt. A survey of architecture (palatial, secular, temple and funerary), pottery, sculpture, frescoes, seal-stones, metalwork (metallic vases, weapons, jewelry), stone- and ivory-carving in class and museum field trips; comparative study of typological, iconographical, stylistic, and technical aspects and developments.

Archaeometry/Archaeological Science makes use of available laboratory and portable instrumentations for the characterisation and analyses of artefacts and materials associated with past human activities and cultures, to tackle questions related with their chronology, use, trade-routs and provenance arguments.

The course focuses on the relation between tourism and archaeology in modern Greece. It offers both an overview of the historical development of this relation, and an introduction to the contemporary cultural tourism industry as this is exemplified in Greece, with particular reference to archaeology. Greece offers an extraordinarily rich perspective on cultural tourism because, unlike many countries where this is a recent trend, archaeology and culture have been the principal interests of travelers to Greek lands since the 15th century AD.

The course focuses on the cross-cultural interconnections in the eastern Mediterranean basin between the Aegean, Egypt and the Near East. It examines modes of cultural transmissions and materiality from the Bronze Age (3rd and 2nd millennia BC) to the Classical Period. It provides an interpetive survey and a thematic coverage of important aspects of Egypt and the Aegean with a special focus on the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age.

This introductory course provides students with a comprehensive and solid understanding of the major theoretical paradigms that defined Archaeology as a discipline and continue to ‘shape’ its diverse approaches to the study of the Past. Moreover, as it will 'unfold', students will become accustomed with a wide range of cutting-edge excavation methodologies and modern scientific practices which archaeologists and archaeological scientists alike employ in order to assign meaning/-s onto the different categories of the ancient material culture.

This course intends to introduce Archaeoastronomy to archaeologists. After a short history of Archaeoastronomy, its major topics will be presented, including archaeoastronomical artifacts, arts and inscriptions, calendars and their development, cosmology and astronomy in the myths, geography and navigation. Afterwards, students will get a short, but in depth, lecture in probabilities and statistics, focused and taylored to their practical needs on the excavation sites.

This course is conceived as an introductory survey of the European art extending over ten centuries, from the Romanesque art of the eleven-century to that of the early-twentieth century avant-garde movements. It also covers a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, architecture, drawings and prints.

This is a unique course taught on-site during faculty-led weekend field trips to various archaeological sites, historical landscapes and museums in Greece. This course aims to familiarize the students with key ancient cities, monuments, masterpieces of art, and the history of ancient Greece. One-day field trips will include locations in the region of the Peloponnese (Olympia, Pylos, Corinth, Tiryns, Nafplio, Argos, Epidaurus, Sparta-Mystras, Monemvasia, Mani-Methoni-Koroni, Aegina, Hydra-Spetses), and Sterea (Delphi, Thebes, Orchomenos/Glas, Euboea).

This course includes the necessary knowledge in Computational and Quantitative methods required for Archaeology students, GIS and 3D modelling, Statistical Evaluation of Analytical Data, E-Research and Management, Visualisation and Modelling Practices which are essential elements in modern archaeological research.

A general introduction to the art and archaeology of the Prehistoric Aegean, including the Neolithic, Cycladic, NE Aegean and Trojan, Minoan, Helladic and Mycenaean civilizations, with consideration of both the Aegean sites and the Minoan/Mycenaean trade-posts and colonies in Asia Minor, Cyprus, the Levant, Palestine and Egypt.

The growth of geological concepts, scientific and non-scientific. The impact of geological factors on human affairs. The role of time and evolution (biological and physical). In practice, the course is about how Earth Sciences are tightly interwoven with human affairs and culture.  For example, international politics and resources, climate change, natural disasters, use of resources through time.  It is truly interdisciplinary that could attract majors from various disciplines, and easy to focus on the Mediterranean (plenty of crises there, from antiquity until today).

A comprehensive study of the origin and development of the major structural features of the ocean basins and the continental margins. Discussion of the techniques used in obtaining geologic data and the interpretation of sedimentary processes, vulcanism, and the stratigraphy of the ocean basins. Considering the active tectonics in Greece, we could make the geology of Eastern Mediterranean a key teaching component of this course.

Analysis of environmental issues and the role of science in their identification and resolution. (Non-science majors only)

This course examines texts, archaeological finds, environmental data, air photographs, and satellite imagery for evidence of the relationship of ancient cities to the countrysides that sustained them, and of the environmental impacts of imperial expansion across those landscapes. All majors, especially ENVR/ENVS, ANTH, GEOG, CLAS, HIST, Global Studies.

This course focuses on landscape drawing and painting, aiming to expand the students' horizons to a variety of landscapes and encourage them to create and use colors differently. Classes include practice on drawing and painting in the beautiful settings and diverse landscapes of Mycenae, Nafplion, and nearby places and islands, lectures, readings, roundtable discussions and slide presentations about various artists and their work, visits at museums and art galleries to experience landscape art.

The process of activation of Greco-Roman art has played a substantial role in the aesthetic ideas and inspiration of Renaissance artists. The seminar explores the concept of the Renaissance, defined by Erwin Panofsky as the great revival of arts and letters under the influence of classical models, which began in Italy in the fourteenth century and continued during the fifteenth and sixteenth.

This seminar will focus on ancient Athens, the most renowned ancient city in the world: the cradle of democracy and birthplace of rhetoric, philosophy, historiography, drama and theater, classical art and architecture (5th/4th centuries BC), and home of the first modern Olympic Games (AD 1896). The course aims to familiarize the students with the long history and complex archaeology of Athens.

This course introduces the field of medical anthropology, which is the study of human health, disease and healing from a cross-cultural perspective. The political economy of health as a result of modernization is a central focus. Topics covered include cross-cultural understandings of illness and healing, the social context of biomedical interventions, and the impacts of emerging and re-emerging diseases such as AIDS, malaria, and Tuberculosis on world health. The underlying theme of the course is the use of anthropological concepts and methods in domestic and international public health contexts.

To better accomplish these goals, we will utilize medical ethnographies, class discussion and exercises, movies, and mini-projects throughout the semester.

Cost Breakdown

Spring Semester Program cost of $14,959 includes:

  • Tuition for four courses
  • Lodging
  • Advising
  • Entrance fees to museums & archaeological sites
  • Local transportation & travel
  • Special events (guest lectures, activities, and performances)
  • Health Insurance
  • Administrative fees

Maymester Program cost of $4,500 includes:

  • Tuition for one course
  • Lodging
  • Advising
  • Local transportation & travel
  • Health Insurance
  • Administrative fees

Summer Program cost of $5,100 includes: 

  • Tuition for one course
  • Lodging
  • Advising
  • Entrance fees to museums & archaeological sites
  • Local transportation & travel
  • Health insurance
  • Administrative fees

The program fees do not include:

  • Study abroad application fee
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals

Spring: Four courses are included in the cost, as well as a TOUR excursion course. A fifth content course, upgraded apartment lodging, Spring Break cruise, and meal package can be added for $4,100.

Maymester: One course is included in the cost, as well as a TOUR excursion course. TOUR for credit will be $500 more. A second content course can be added for $1,000.

Summer: One course is included in cost, as well as a TOUR excursion course. TOUR for credit will be $500 more. A second content course can be added for $1,000.

Application Information

If interested, please fill out this survey:  https://uscips.wufoo.com/forms/rzrs8gf12pnpc1/ and information about the program will be emailed to you. The application deadline is December 1, 2018 for Spring and March 15, 2019 for Summer and Maymester.