Each summer the BSA 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 six 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.
There are up to 30 places offered each year to undergraduates studying at UK universities, and a number of bursaries are available to help cover the costs of travel and maintenance.
Please find below an indicative itinerary for this course. Students who wish to take this course as a module should also download the ‘Course Module’ document.
Update for the 2020-2021 academic year, in light of the covid-19 pandemic
30 students accepted places to the 2020 Undergraduate Course, and we also have a waiting list of students from the 2019-2020 admissions round. We regret that we will not be accepting additional applications this year.
– The 2021 course is currently scheduled for 22 August – 11 September.
– In the event that the course is able to take place with in-person teaching but physical distancing and room sharing regulations are still in place, the course will take place over two ‘terms’ (26 July – 13 August and 22 August – 11 September), each with half the usual number of students.
– If by May 2021 it becomes clear that it will not be possible to gather safely as a group, we will cancel the course in its original form. In its place, we will run a ten-day virtual programme. We will be able to accommodate a greater number of students on this virtual programme.