Students will work at the excavation during week days from 7.30 am to 12:30m. This will include excavation, archaeological method and practice, pottery cleaning and archaeological drawing. In the afternoon selected literary texts and inscriptions on the history of Messenia will be read.
Students who have no knowledge of Ancient Greek will read the texts of inscriptions in translation. If there are enough students enrolled with knowledge of Ancient Greek several Ancient Greek literary texts and inscriptions will be read in the original.
Also, pottery drawing will take place in the afternoons along with lectures on the history and archaeology of Messenia, as well as on the excavation technique and how historical evidence is extracted from archaeological objects.
Scheduled fieldtrips will take students to sites of great archaeological and historical importance such as Ancient Sparta, the archaeological site of Ancient Messene, Ancient Olympia and other sites, including the archaeological museum of Messenia, located in Kalamata.
From Kalamata there is frequent bus connection to all parts of the Peloponnese for weekend travel and it is a 2.5 hours drive from Athens.