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International Field School on Site Formation, Stratigraphy, and Geoarchaeology in Ancient Corinth

The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science (ASCSA) in collaboration with the ASCSA Excavations at Ancient Corinth offers a full week-long Field School on Site Formation, Stratigraphy, and Geoarchaeology at Ancient Corinth. Dr. Panagiotis (Takis) Karkanas, director of the Wiener Laboratory and Paul Goldberg, Professorial Research Fellow University of Wollongong, will supervise the intensive field school. Registered students will participate in the Corinth excavation and will be involved primarily in interdisciplinary field research focused on archaeological context, geoarchaeology, and material sciences. Through field observations, on-site laboratory analysis, and lectures, the students will receive instruction in the study and analysis of archaeological sediments and deposits, as well as gain experience in the recording of stratigraphy, and the understanding site formation processes. A maximum of 12 students will be accepted for the course. Preference is given to advanced students and post-docs with a background in archaeology, and preferably some exposure to the natural sciences as well.

The cost for Room and Board is 300 euros for the entire week. Travel costs to Greece and to the site are not included.

The course will take place from June 16 to 23, 2018. Applications should be sent no later than 30th April to They should include one paragraph explaining why the candidate is interested in participating in the course, a CV, a list of grades (unofficial transcript), and names and email addresses of two referees. Participants who successfully complete the course of instruction will receive a certificate detailing the content of the field school.

Textbooks: Practical and Theoretical Geoarchaeology 2006 by Paul Goldberg and Richard I. Macphail (Blackwell) and Microarchaeology 2010 by Stephen Weiner (Cambridge University Press).

A syllabus will be emailed 3 weeks before the start of the field school.

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Highlights from the 2017 Field School, held in Ancient Corinth

Ten students participated in the very successful 2017 Field School, where the course supervisors (Dr. Panagiotis Karkanas, ASCSA; Prof. Emeritus Paul Goldberg, Boston University) involved them in interdisciplinary research primarily in the field, focused on archaeological context, geoarchaeology, and material sciences. The participants were the following:

Ms. Vasiliki Anevlavi, M.Sc.
Ms. Susanna Cereda, Ph.D. candidate
Ms. Jessica Goodman, Ph.D. candidate
Mr. Duncan Howitt-Marshall, Ph.D. candidate
Ms. Georgia Kasapidou, B.A.
Ms. Svetlana Khamnueva, Ph.D. candidate
Mr. Felix Köstelbauer, M.Sc. student
Mr. Justin Anthony Mann, Ph.D. candidate
Mr. Roey Nickelsberg, M.A. student
Ms. Mara Lou Schumacher, M.Sc.


The participants of the 2017 International Field School on Site Formation, Stratigraphy, and Geoarchaeology in Ancient Corinth. From left to right, upper row; Mr. Roey Nickelsberg, Mr. Justin Anthony Mann, Ms. Mara Lou Schumacher, Prof. Emeritus Paul Goldberg, Ms. Vasiliki Anevlavi, Mr. Duncan Howitt-Marshall, Mr. Felix Köstelbauer, Dr. Panagiotis Karkanas, lower row; Ms. Jessica Goodman, Ms. Susanna Cereda, Ms. Svetlana Khamnueva, Ms. Georgia Kasapidou.


Dr. Panagiotis Karkanas explaining the principles of sampling and sampling techniques from a stratigraphic section.


Prof. Emeritus Paul Goldberg using optical microscopy to demonstrate microstratigraphic structures.


Dr. Guy Sanders explaining the archaeology of the stratigraphic sequence.


The 2017 Field School members at work.


Highlights from the 2016 Field School, held in Ancient Corinth

Nine students participated in the very successful 2016 Field School where the three course supervisors (Dr. P. Karkanas, ASCSA; Prof. S. Weiner, Weizmann Institute; Dr. E. Boaretto, Weizmann Institute) exposed them to interdisciplinary research that involves archaeology and the natural sciences, in the field. Dr. Guy Sanders, Director of Corinth excavations, ASCSA lead the team to all relevant excavation areas and provided the necessary background and research questions. The participants were the following:

Hanan Charaf, PhD
Catherine Klesner, MSc
Robert Stein, MSc student
Nicol Anastassatou, BSc
Marta Lorenzon, PhD student
Ekaterina Sevastakis, PhD student
Christina Hildebrandt, MSc
Nathan Jankowsky, PhD
Eleana Ilade, graduate Student


Prof. Weiner discussing with (from left to right) Ms. Ilade, Dr. Charaf, Ms. Hildebrandt, Dr. Jankowsky and Dr. Karkanas the stratigraphy of the section at the background.


Dr. Karkanas, Prof. Weiner and some participants in front of the FTIR. From left to right, Dr. Charaf, Mr. Stein, Ms. Hildebrandt, Dr. Karkanas, Prof. Weiner, Dr. Jankowsky and Ms. Klesner.


Prof. Weiner, Dr. Boaretto, Dr. Karkanas and some participants recording the temperature around an experimental fire. From left to right: Prof. Weiner, Ms. Klesner, Dr. Jankowsky, Dr. E. Boaretto, Dr. Karkanas and Ms. Sevastakis.