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  • Locations: Crete, Greece; Kavousi, Greece; Pacheia Ammos, Greece
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Guthrie, Nancy
Program Director:
Mook, Margaret
Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Greek
Iowa State
ISU Course:
cl st 395
Program Group: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Program Description:

Archaeology of Greece: Excavation
7 Week Program, LAST YEAR for the EXCAVATION version of this program!

viewDates Arrive on Crete, Saturday, May 27 (leave USA on May 26); depart Crete on Monday, July 17, 2017.

Excavate an early Greek city on the island of Crete! Students will be involved in all aspects of
excavation and processing, with opportunities to work with a range of specialists. The focus of exploration is the 7th to early 5th centuries BCE and investigation of the process of urbanization. (Subject areas: Classical Studies, Archaeology, Ancient Greece). 

Earn 2 to 6 credits of Classical Studies 395. A maximum of 10 students will be accepted. Students accepted on the program must complete the 2-credit orientation course, Cl St 394, during Spring 2017.

To apply, click the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this brochure page. Students who are Classical Studies majors or minors will be given priority. All students must have satisfactory academic standing (GPA 2.5 or above), submit all pre-decision items (including an unofficial transcript from AccessPlus, 2 online recommendations from ISU professors, and schedule an interview with Dr. Mook once your other application materials are complete. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of their interest in archaeology and/or the ancient world, as indicated by course work and other relevant experience. Apparent ability to function in a responsible and collegial manner during the program should also be evidenced in the letters of recommendation and during the interview. Ability to engage in some manual labor required.

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Prof. Mook has:
• 35 years of experience studying, traveling, and living in Greece,
• 33 years of excavation and field archaeology experience in Greece (2-3 months every summer since 1984), and
• Served as director of 14 ISU study-abroad programs in Greece since 1997, most recently in 2016.

More information is available from Prof. Mook at, 3144 Pearson Hall.
Participants from the 2015 program talk about their experiences in the September issue of the World Languages and Cultures Newsletter, read what they have to say here:

Aiden's trench 2016The purpose of this program is to provide students with first-hand experience of the archaeology of ancient Greek societies and to explore the cultural and historical contexts of these societies. Participants in the program will be members of the Azoria Project (of which Mook is the Field Director and Pottery Specialist), the excavation of an Archaic (ca. 700-480 B.C.) Greek city in eastern Crete, investigating the process of urbanization. Varied aspects of Prehistoric, Classical through Hellenistic, and  present-day Greece will also be addressed in the program.

1. Fundamental Content Knowledge: Students will have knowledge about the cultures of ancient Greece.

2. Discovery and Critical Thinking: Students will use accepted techniques of discovery and acquire the ability to apply critical thinking within the discipline area. Doing so enables the student to  solve problems independently and evaluate opinions and outcomes at the personal scholarly and professional level. Students learn to interpret cultural remains and understand the issues that underlie those interpretations.

3. Communication: Students will be able to use effective written and oral communication skills to present information, concepts, and ideas about aspects of the Greek world.

4. Cultural Awareness: Students will be able to compare and contrast a wide range of values and experiences in different times and social and historical experiences.
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For more information, Contact:
Margaret Mook @

Nancy Guthrie @

This program is currently not accepting applications.