Winter Intersession: Excavation

Budding Archaeologists, Welcome!

We invite students enrolled in CYA's spring semester who have a serious interest in Archaeology to come to Athens three weeks before the start of the semester to participate in the excavation of a site associated with Aixonidai Halai, one of the ten demes of ancient Attica.


The excavation site is located in the modern town of Voula, a coastal suburb of Athens. It contains ruins of large ancient blocks, suggesting the presence of a significant public building. Excavations to date have unearthed material from the Byzantine, Roman and Classical periods, including three Roman kilns and a marble lion.


Three weeks before the start of spring semester. The 2019 Voula Dig dates are: January 7 -26, 2019.  Students should plan to arrive in Athens on Friday, January 4.

The Course

The excavation will appear on your transcript as a winter intersession course. This is an INTENSIVE course with a total of 20 classroom contact hours plus 45 hours of supervised participation on-site. Students who participate in the excavation present their findings at an open assembly during the following spring semester.

Fees & Application

Participation in the three-week excavation requires the payment of a tuition fee, which covers the cost of the archaeological field work, lectures, and visits to related sites.  Housing in CYA apartments for the additional time in Athens is complimentary for students enrolled at CYA for the Spring Semester. To apply, please contact the Registrar, Maria Tsahas, at as soon as possible. Space is limited and will be assigned in the order that payment is received.

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