Each summer the School leads a three-week residential course for UK-based undergraduates on 'The Archaeology and Topography of Greece'. This introduces students to the physical landscape of Greece, and explores a variety of material evidence designed to complement university teaching and to expand the range of knowledge and skills which students can then bring to bear in the final years of their degrees. The programme begins with a series of ‘key theme’ lectures on Greek religion, science-based archaeology and topography, and continues with tours of the major archaeological sites and museums in Athens and Attica before leaving Athens for ten days of travel around the Peloponnese.
The range of periods and sites covered is broad: students are introduced to archaeological sites and materials from the Neolithic to the Early Modern periods. Teaching (ca. 90 contact hours) is primarily site-based, and focuses on the application of archaeology to the study of the history, language, culture, and anthropology of Greece. It is particularly relevant to university courses on Greek Archaeology, History, and Classics, but includes also the study of later periods, notably the Byzantine world with its role in preserving the Classical tradition.