The Helike Project 2015 -- Call for Volunteers

Excavations at Helike, Greece

July 20 August 28, 2015

 

 

General Information

The Helike Project is recruiting students and volunteers to take part in archaeological and conservation field work and laboratory practice at Helike in Achaia, Greece, during six weeks in the summer of 2015. Participants must be 18 or older.  

Helike is located on the southwest shore of the Gulf of Corinth , about 7 km southeast of Aigion (see map). The Helike Project is managed by The Helike Society (Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, President) and the Geology and Cultural Heritage Management & New Technologies Departments of the University of Patras, with field work under a permit from the Greek Ministry of Culture.

 


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2015 Field Season

The Helike Project will accept students and volunteers for a minimum period of two weeks between July 20 and August 28, 2015.  

The main focus of the fieldwork will be archaeological excavation of the Hellenistic and Geometric sites discovered by the Helike Project in recent years. We will also use bore hole drilling and geological trenching to investigate the geographic evolution of the area and trace the occurrence of historical earthquakes triggered by the Helike Fault.  

There are no pre-requisites for participation in the expedition. All instruction is by professionals in the field. Volunteers may participate in various phases of the work, including excavation, site conservation, pottery conservation and studies in the conservation lab, as determined by the Project Director. They are expected to work Monday to Friday, with weekends free for rest or excursions in the region. 

Participants should prepare by reading on the history of ancient Greece in general and on this region in particular (see the three Proceedings volumes published by the Helike Society, www.helikeproject.gr, under The Helike Society Publications). The Helike Project will issue certificates of participation for participants on request.  

Participants can make their choice for a standard accommodation with 2 persons per room, or for an individual room. The minimum period of stay is two weeks. Payment for accommodation and participation is made to The Helike Society, is tax-deductible and covers hotel room, breakfast and dinner per day for a seven-day week, plus some Helike Project expenses. Payment will be accepted in advance or on arrival in Greece . Should the field season be canceled, the Project will refund the full contribution. For information on payments please contact the Secretary of the Helike Society, Mrs. Maria Karvela at eliki@otenet.gr.

 

Medical

All participants are responsible for their own health and accident insurance and will be asked to sign a waiver of liability (click  here for the text). They should bring their own supply of sunscreen/block, first aid items (band-aids, Neosporin and Cortisone cream recommended), and any prescription drugs they may need.

Anyone having a problem with drugs or alcohol, or a communicable disease, should not apply and will be asked to leave.

   

Weather, Dress & Supllies

The summer weather at the site is often hot, and temperatures may exceed 38C (100F). Most evenings are comfortably cool. Water temperature in the Gulf of Corinth is perfect for swimming. Expect mostly bright sunshine. Dress is informal. Participants are advised to bring the following:  

sun hat (essential)  
spare glasses/sunglasses if needed  
work clothes  
work gloves 
sturdy shoes/sneakers  
street clothes for weekends  
shoulder bag or backpack  
canteen  
bathing suit and beach towel  
personal toiletry articles  
notebook, pencils & pens  
reading material

   

Daily Schedule (Monday - Friday)

07.30-07.45  breakfast  
07.45            depart for field  
08.00-12.00  excavations  
12.00-12.30  light meal in the field

12.30-15.00  resume excavations 
15.30            return to hotel
17.00-19.00 (Tuesday and Thursday only) pottery washing
19.30-20.30  dinner

 

Hotel and Meals

Participants stay at the Hotel Themisto, at the center of  the village of Nikolaiika. The hotel provides breakfast seven days a week and dinner seven days a week is arranged by the Project in nearby tavernas, pre-paid by the contribution. The fine pebble beach at Nikolaiika allows opportunity to relax during free time and on weekends.

 

Transportation

Participants arrange their own transportation to and from Greece. Information regarding transportation between Athens and Nikolaiika is provided at www.helikeproject.gr . 

 

Contacts

The mailing address for volunteers during their stay is:


Hotel Themisto  
Nikolaiika Aigion 25100

GREECE  

Count on at least a week for a letter from the USA to reach this address. Hotel Themisto telephone: ++30-26910-81888, fax: 81990

Internet access is available at the hotel.

 

Helike Project Telephones  

Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, Project Director
Mobile phone:6937026588

 

Helike Project E-MAIL

eliki@otenet.gr  

 

Application Procedure

 Please submit the attached application form (also in ms word format) and waiver form (above) electronically at eliki@otenet.gr, Mrs. Maria Karvela and/or Ms. Eleni Georgiou including registration fee of 60 (or the current equivalent in $US) to cover processing costs. Applications should be sent the latest by June 25.

Openings are limited. We will process applications in the order received, and notify you regarding acceptance as soon as possible.

 

 

 

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