Greece - Gonies


The Three Peak Sanctuaries of Central Crete project investigates Minoan peak sanctuaries in the rocky mountainous province of Malevyzi. This field school focuses on ethnographic research at the area – particularly at the village of Gonies. Our goal is to use local knowledge to inform and enrich the archaeological interpretation of the Peak Sanctuaries.  We will focus primarily on toponyms, traditional oral histories and local mythologies, and folk memory of places and structures now long gone. For 2014, we will work collaboratively with municipal social workers and a team of students from the local polytechnic university to compile an ethnographic and census database of the village. Work will involve visiting households door-to-door, gathering information about family size, age, gender, ways of livelihood, skills and material culture. Data will be entered into a digital database, which will be a valuable tool for the community itself, the municipal social services and the archaeological team.  

Greece Gonies Archaeology Field School - Institute for Field Research Field Schools Greece - Gonies18-352014-06-20
Course Dates: Jun 15 - Jul 14 2014
Enrollment Status: CLOSED 
Total Cost: $ 5,100 
Course Type: Field Archaeology
Instructor: Dr. Aris Anagnostopoulos

Course Syllabus 


Aris Anagnostopoulos

Dr. Aris Anagnostopoulos

Dr. Anagnostopoulos ( is the Assistant Director, Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens (Greece).  For more information, click here.
Lena Stefanou

Dr. Eleni Stefanou

Dr. Stefanou is an archaeologist - museologist currently working at the Hellenic Open University where she teaches the module Aspects of Cultural Phenomena in the MSc course of Cultural Organisations Management. For more information, click here.
Vasko Demou

Mr. Vasko Demou

Mr. Demou is a graduate student in archaeology at the University of Southampton. For more information, click here.


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Student Fees

Early Enrollment Begins November 15 - Full payment must be received by April 1  
(Full Payment = Deposit + Tuition)
 Payment by Cashier or Personal Check Payment by Credit Card/Debit Card
Deposit:500 USD Deposit: 510 USD 
Tuition: 4,600 USD Tuition: 4,690 USD 

Late Enrollment Begins April 2 - Full payment must be received 10 days prior to course start date
(Full Payment = Deposit + Tuition)
 Payment by Cashier or Personal Check Payment by Credit Card/Debit Card
Deposit:500 USD Deposit: 510 USD 
Tuition: 4,700 USD Tuition: 4,790 USD 


Students will live in the newly refurbished community school in Gonies.  Lodging is comfortable but basic. Students will share large common rooms, kitchen and toilets. Hot water will not always be available. 

MEALS:  All meals will be communal events at the project dining area.   Students are responsible for their own weekend meals.  Food will be basic, but plenty and nutritious, based on local produce. The local diet is based heavily on meat and dairy products and an abundance of olive oil, but fresh vegetables and legumes will also be readily available. Specialized diets (e.g. vegan, kosher) are very difficult to maintain due to the remoteness of the place. Vegetarians may attend and will be catered, but the food options may be fairly limited.  Kosher or other food restrictions are impossible to accommodate in this location.