The Australian Paliochora-Kythera Archaeological Survey (APKAS) has positions for a
maximum of 6 student volunteers for its 2018 field season. This project is conducted under
the auspices of the Australian Archaeological Institute in Athens and the University of
Sydney, and it has the approval of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Western Attica and the
Islands of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.
All of the details are in the attached form!
Background and Plans for 2018: The primary objective of the project is to produce
information to help us understand the settlement history of northern Kythera, from remote
antiquity to the present. In its early years of exploration (1999-2003) the survey identified
significant numbers of places of special interest in many periods of the past, from prehistoric
(especially Minoan), Classical, Medieval (especially Byzantine and Venetian), and modern.
Since 2016, APKAS has returned to the field in order to answer certain questions that remain
unanswered and to complete the recording of several “sites” that have the potential of
providing us with further information about activity in various periods in the past. While, in
the past, APKAS made use of intensive and systematic pedestrian survey techniques, the
forthcoming fieldwork will focus on a more targeted approach involving remote sensing,
aerial reconnaissance, and quick means to record artifact locations and densities.
Location: The project will take place in the northern part of the island of Kythera, which lies
just south of the Greek mainland on the sea-lanes toward Crete. Kythera has a fascinating
history, impacted significantly by its strategic location that all great powers in the
Mediterranean have sought to control for their own purposes. It was also important in
antiquity as the supposed “birthplace” of Aphrodite. The survey area is located in the
northern half of Kythera, which has always had close connections with Lakonia and the
Peloponnese. Our “headquarters” are in the village of Karavas, known for its springs and
flowing water, but only a 5-minute drive from the sea (20 minute hike), looking out to Cape
Malea and the mountains of the Greek mainland.
Volunteer Requirements: We are encouraging applications from students (post-graduates and
advanced undergraduates) in Classical Archaeology. Applicants should normally have some
experience in archaeological fieldwork and experience or interest in one or more of the
following specialties: archaeological survey, GIS and/or archaeological drawing, architecture
of the eastern Mediterranean area, and one or more of the following periods (preferably in the
eastern Mediterranean): Neolithic, Early Helladic, Minoan, Classical-Hellenistic, Byzantine,
Venetian, and early Modern. Knowledge of Modern Greek is helpful and First Aid
certification is highly desirable, however, neither of these is considered a requirement. Just
let us know in your application if you possess either of these.