Kenchreai Archaeological Field School

Archaeology, History, and Culture in Greece

The CHS is collaborating with Sunoikisis to fund 2 Harvard students and 1 Sunoikisis student for the archaeological school at Kenchreai, the port of Corinth.  The Center 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: June 1-28, 2012

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. 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

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 Excavations, directed by Professor Joe Rife, provide a unique opportunity to learn about the past first-hand at one of Greece’s most spectacular seaside archaeological sites. During the 2012 season participants will learn about data analysis, artifact processing, and conservation, in addition to 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 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.


The deadline for applications is March 16, 2012.

Students 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 an electronic copy of his/her transcript.

*After submitting your application, the CHS will contact your references directly for recommendations.


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 freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply and participate.

Students who have participated in CHS programs in the past are eligible to apply. However, students who have never participated in a CHS program will have priority.


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