Kenchreai Archaeological Field School 2014

Archaeology, History, and Culture in Greece — 2014

The Center for Hellenic Studies is collaborating with Sunoikisis to offer scholarships for 2 Harvard students and 1 Sunoikisis student for the archaeological school at Kenchreai, the port of Corinth in Greece.  The scholarship will cover the cost of the program and will provide each student with a $1500.00 stipend to offset the costs of travel and incidentals.
DATES: May 27-June 22, 2014
DEADLINE: March 1, 2014
Kenchreai_1During 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. Frequent 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 Greece, nurtured by St. Paul. Roman Kenchreai was thus a place of vibrant pluralism: native and foreign, rich and poor, pagan and Christian.

About the Program

Kenchreai_2This 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 Excavations, directed by Professor Joe Rife and Professor Jorge Bravo, provide a unique opportunity to learn about the past first-hand at one of Greece’s most spectacular seaside archaeological sites.
During the 2014 season participants will learn about data analysis, artifact processing, and conservation, in addition to on-site exploration, architectural survey and stratigraphic documentation, all important components in archaeological fieldwork.  Students will also attend a series of seminars by leading experts in several fields, from ancient religion to ceramic analysis, the digital humanities, and biological anthropology, and they will join excursions to major sites and museums in the region, such as Corinth, Perachora, Mycenae, Nemea, Epidauros, and Nafplion.  The excavation team stays at a family-run boarding house in Archaia Korinthos, on the site of ancient Corinth, where we enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside and the easy rhythms of a traditional village community.


Apply Now!

Kenchreai_3Students interested in applying should

  • fill out the online application, and
  • include in the application contact information for two recommenders*, and
  • include a PDF attachment of his/her transcript.**
  • include a PDF attachment of his/her résumé.

*We ask that you provide us with the contact information for two faculty members who can speak to your academic work and evaluate your plans for participating in the internship program. If you cannot supply the contact information for two faculty members, please provide information for high school teachers, employers, or mentors who know you well. We will contact them directly about their recommendations.
**Application attachments MUST be in PDF format or they will not go through the system.
The deadline for applications is Friday, March 1, 2014.


Currently the CHS is collaborating with Sunoikisis in support of the archaeological fieldwork in Kenchreai.
Concentrators from any field may apply. The only requirements are intellectual curiosity and a readiness to engage directly with other cultures. Knowledge of either ancient or modern Greek is welcome but not required. Only current undergraduates are eligible to apply and participate.
Students who have participated in CHS and Sunoikisis programs in the past are still eligible to apply. However, students who have never participated in a CHS or Sunoikisis program will have priority.


If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact us via Contact page.