Archaeology/Field School

Get down and dirty in foreign countries digging up ancient artifacts and ruins. Digging can be both exhilarating and grueling. You live on or near your site and work hard in the field during the day. Often, your room and board is covered, but you pay for your own travel costs.

This list is compiled for your information and convenience. The Department of Classics does not necessarily endorse these programs. You should always conduct your own due diligence before attending any program overseas.


  • The American Institute of Archaeology lists digs and scholarship opportunities. It is North America’s oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology.
  • The Hellenic Education and Research Center is currently excavating a bronze age site in Peloponnese region.
  • Montclair State University is offering a "Villa of the Antonines" archaeological field school"  in the Alban Hills just outside Rome. Two scholarships of $1,000 each are available to students from any American university.
  • Apply to dig with the Center for Hellenic Studies at Kenchreai. Kenchreai was the port city of Corinth and one of the busiest port cities in Eastern Europe during the Roman Empire.
  • The Azoria Project works on a site in the mountains of Northeastern Crete.
  • Dig at Tel Dor, which is an ancient harbor now located within Israel.
  • Learn how to preserve ancient pottery, paper or books as well as other cultural preservation techniques in Italy with the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program.
  • The University of Arizona is offering an intensive four week course this summer in the Greek Islands called Arizona in the Aegean. The program aims to offer a dynamic interdisciplinary curriculum inviting students to experience ancient production sites, compare ancient and modern environmental practices, and immerse themselves in hands-on learning.
  • RomaniaNewField is offering archaeological opportunities this summer to dig in Southern Translyvania at the site of a Roman province.
  • Dig at the location of one of Rome's rivals! Dig with the Gabii Project, an archaeological project run through University of Michigan.
  • Improve your knowledge of European archaeology with particular attention to Italy. Summer school of Archaeology - University of Pisa.
  • Join Dr. Manolis Korres, who was Chief Architect on the Acropolis Restoration Project, as well as Dr. Fani Mallouchou Tufano, an expert of restoration and former director of the Documentation Office of the Acropolis Restoration Service for "Athens: Heritage and Modernity" a 12 day visit and study of the Acropolis.
  • Do like Hadrian and escape the heat and crowds of Rome by digging at the Imperial Villa at Tivoli!

Northern Europe

  • Dig near Hadrian’s Wall in Britain and learn about the Roman army at Vindolanda.
  • York Archaeological Trust allows you to participate in a training excavation in York, England. England is rich in Roman antiquities—Hadrian’s Wall, Bath, British Museum, York. You get hands-on experience digging on a medieval or ancient site. This program is very flexible; you can attend for as little as one week.
  • Take a five-week course on the Romans in Britain on the site of the beautiful bath complex in Bath, England.
  • Learn at the largest open air ethnographic museum in Europe! Spend three weeks learning about Roman metal, ceramic and wood use at the Brukenthal Museum in Transylvania, Romania.




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