With a dynamic team of nearly 40 students, supervised by professional archaeologists and with the help of energetic workmen, the 2016 excavation was a great success! We have identified some very interesting structures which help us better understand the urban development and economic activities at Ancient Argilos.

Among these was the discovery of a large portico containing 12 shops. The building is in a remarkable state of preservation, and 12 rooms have been partially excavated this year. In its early state, the building  dates back to the 6th century BC !

All this is very promising for 2017 ! Our main objectives for our 2017 campaign, which will be a study campaign, are A) to continue our exploration of a large complex of shops; B) to continue our study of the newly (2016) uncovered rooms to the North and East of the commercial building, C) to study the remains of 6th and 5th century buildings uncovered on the Acropolis.

Moreover, as we do every summer, field trips will be organized to visit other archaeological sites and museums in the region (Pella, Vergina, the archaeological museums in Thessaloniki, Phillipi…).

Please download the ARGILOS program 2017.

As always, the work will take place under the supervision of qualified archaeologists.

Only 20 students will be accepted for this campaign (4 weeks session), which will combine three components:

1. Theoretical: history of the site and the vast region of Macedonia / Thrace, workshops on architecture and urbanism, pottery styles, etc.
2. Practical: methodology and excavation techniques, work on the site (including architectural and stratigraphic drawing, working with electronic surveying instruments, etc.) and at the museum, cleaning and cataloguing of artefacts, profile drawing, documentation, study of Greek regional pottery styles, etc.
3. Discovery: field trips to various archaeological sites and museums in the region and optional 3-day stay on the beautiful island of Thassos.



Dates: 4-week session: June 10 – July 8, 2017

Age: Minimum 19 years of age.

Qualifications: No previous experience necessary but godod physical condition.

Work: Students participate to all aspects of the dig, assisted by trained professionals.

Languages spoken on the dig: English, French and Greek (this is a multilingual excavation!)

Accomodation: Students share rented apartments situated in the nearby village of Asprovalta, each with kitchen and washroom.

Cost: 4 week session $4200 CAD ($3300 US)
Price includes food (except on Sundays) and accommodation and weekend visits to various archaeological sites and museums in the area.
It does not include airfare to Greece and optional three day visit to the Island of Thassos (see excavation program).

University credits: Students can receive university credits (3) if they enroll in the field school course.
Please contact us for more information :

Application deadline: May 26 2017, but we encourage you to apply as quickly as possible to ensure your place on the dig.


> ARGILOS program 2017

We are planning an exciting campaign for 2017 !

Join are international team and meet students from Canada, USA, Australia, France, England, Greece and as far as Japan ! Just fill out the application form.