General Information


The Iklaina Project is an archaeological fieldschool open to students of both the University of Missouri-St. Louis and other universities. Students can receive 6 cr. hrs. as a combination of the two courses mentioned below; if a student does not need the credit, he/she can still register for these courses on a non-credit basis:

1) Anthropology 3290, Current Issues in Anthropology: Greek History and Culture (3.0 cr. h.)

2) Anthropology 2109, Archaeological Field School (3.0 cr. h.)

For a copy of the 2015 course syllabus please click here: Syllabus 2015

NOTE TO NON-UMSL STUDENTS:   All students must register with the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  We strongly recommend that you receive  prior approval by your home department/student advisor for the transfer of credit.

The field school has two components:

  1. Archaeological Excavation
  • excavation of the Mycenaean site 
  • work with the finds and ceramics in the lab. This entails:
    -washing and sorting pottery lots
    -identifying and dating pottery shapes
    -cataloguing important ceramics and artifact finds
    -sorting heavy fraction from flotation

2. Evening lectures on Greek history, literature, philosophy, archaeology, art, and culture.  Detailed list is included in the Course Syllabus.

Optional excursions can be arranged to Sphakteria, Mycenae, and Olympia.

Daily Schedule 6:00am Wake-up call 6:30am Breakfast in the hotel lounge. Departure for the site (ride ca. 20 mins.) 7:00-11:00 Excavation 11:00-11:30 Break for a light lunch 11:30-13:00 Excavation 13:30-17:00 Free time (usually we explore the beaches of the area) 17:00-19:00 Evening lectures and/or work in the lab (drawings, writing, studying of finds, etc.) 19:30-21:30 Dinner at the hotel’s seafront dining area. The rest of the evening is free.