Archaeology at Kenchreai, Greece

Panoramic view of Kenchreai, Greece.

The Kenchreai Archaeology Fieldschool in Greece

Luther’s Classics Department, in partnership with Vanderbilt University and the University of Maryland, offers any Luther student the opportunity to participate and earn credit in archaeological excavations at Kenchreai in Greece.

During the Roman Empire, Kenchreai, the port of the great city of Corinth on the Aegean Sea, was one of the busiest harbors in southeastern Europe. Ships arrived from distant lands bringing travelers of diverse backgrounds and a bountiful cargo of wine, spices, marble, and exotic wares. Kenchreai flourished as a port where Greeks, Romans, and eastern immigrants lived together in prosperity. Their deities came from all over the ancient world. The community possessed not only one of the most famous mystery-cults of the Egyptian goddess Isis but also one of the oldest Christian congregations in Europe, nurtured by St. Paul.

This four-week summer program introduces students to the archaeology, history and culture of Greece through participation in a field school and accompanying seminars and excursions. The Kenchreai Archaeology Project provides a unique opportunity to learn about the past first-hand at one of Greece’s most spectacular seaside archaeological sites. Students learn what it means to be an archaeologist—excavation techniques, mapping and architectural survey, digital reconstruction, data analysis, artifact processing, and conservation. Students also attend a series of seminars by leading experts in several fields, from ancient religion to biological anthropology, and join excursions to major sites and museums in the region, such as Corinth, Perachora, Mycenae, Nemea, Epidauros, and Nauplio.

The excavation team stays in a resort hotel on the Aegean Sea where they enjoy the natural beauty of the coast and countryside and the easy rhythms of a traditional village community.

Scholarships and travel assistance available. For more information, contact Professors Dan Davis or Philip Freeman in Classics.