The Helike Project is recruiting students and other volunteers to take part in archaeological field work at the Hellenistic, Classical, Early Bronze and Geometric sites of Helike in Achaia, Greece, during six weeks in the summer of 2013. Volunteers 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 Department of the University of Patras, with field work under a permit from the Greek Ministry of Culture.
Helike Project will accept students and volunteers for a minimum
period of two weeks between July 08 and August 16, 2013.
The main focus of the
fieldwork will be archaeological excavation of the Hellenistic,
Classical, Geometric, and Early Bronze Age 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.
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,
washing pottery and work 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.
should prepare by reading on the history of ancient Greece in
general and on this region in particular. The Helike Project will
issue certificates of participation for volunteers on request.
Volunteers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
summer weather at the site is often hot, and temperatures may exceed
38°C (100°F). Most evenings are comfortably cool. Water
temperature in the
spare glasses/sunglasses if needed
street clothes for weekends
shoulder bag or backpack
bathing suit and beach towel
personal toiletry articles
notebook, pencils & pens
07.20 depart for field
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
The volunteers stay at
Volunteers arrange their
own transportation to and from
Helike is on the southwest shore of the Gulf of Corinth in
Achaia, about 170 km west of
Take Bus #93 from the Airport terminal to the KTEL/Kifissos bus
Take a taxi to the Peloponnesos Train Station in
Train schedule may change so make sure to check the daily
schedule for July/August.
By rental car:
For optimal mobility, you may want to rent a car at the Airport (or
Road signs in Athens
can be confusing, so pay close attention. Greece
has a high accident rate, so drive carefully.
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Before leaving Athens, if you have any essential questions, you can contact us in Nikolaiika by telephone at 693-702-6588 (mobile). The Hotel Poseidon telephone is 26910-81400 and 81401.
mailing address for volunteers during their stay is:
Nikolaiika Aigion 25003
on at least a week for a letter from the USA
to reach this address. Hotel Poseidon telephone: ++30-26910-81400
and 81401, fax: 81402
access is available at the hotel and in
Aigion, the nearest town, about 15 minutes away by bus.
Internet access is available at the hotel and in Aigion, the nearest town, about 15 minutes away by bus.
Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou,
Athens: +30-210-3845658 (Tel. and Fax)
submit the attached application
in ms word format) as soon as possible. Applications should be
posted by May 31. Include a non-refundable check for €60 (or the
current equivalent in $US) to cover processing costs, payable to The
Helike Society (Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou), and mail it with the
58 Solomou Street
are limited. We will process applications in the order received, and
notify you regarding acceptance as soon as possible. After
acceptance, you may send your entire fee, payable to the Helike
Society (Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, President) to the above address. You
may also pay upon your arrival in