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Ancient Technologies and Crafts

1-12 July 2013, Thessaloniki, Greece

 

Course Summary

Progress and innovation in technology were of exceptional importance for the development of ancient societies. Ancient technologies and crafts are of interest to archaeologists and historians but also many other scientists. The International Hellenic University Summer School in Ancient Technologies and Crafts offers the opportunity to study different aspects of the technological advances of ancient cultures, with a principal focus on ancient Greece, revealing the outstanding technological level that in fact the ancient civilizations had reached.

In the course of the programme, the latest historical research along with state-of-the-art scientific techniques applied to the analysis of archaeological findings will be presented by senior academics and field archaeologists who are experts in various research areas, such as the exploitation of natural resources, the crafts exercised in everyday life or recorded by state bureaucracy, building technology, the outcomes of the interconnection between technology and science or technology and ideology, etc.

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Program Structure

The series of lectures are arranged in three interconnected themes. Every year the school will focus on at least two research areas from each theme, with a variety of lectures offered for each field. For 2013, the series of lectures offered are:

  1. Introductory Lecture:An Introduction to the Ancient Greek Technology, by Prof. Dr Theodosios Tassios, Civil engineer, Professor Emeritus, National Technical University, Athens, Greece, President of the Association of Ancient Greek Technology Studies, Member of the Academy of Sciences of Turin.
  1. From Material Resources to Final Products
    • Textile Manufacture: From Fibre to Fabric, by Prof. Dr Marie-Louise Nosch, Director of the Centre for Textile Research (CTR), Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen, Holder of the Onassis scholarship for 2013. The course will be taught with the collaboration of Dr. Ellen Harlizius-Klück, Marie Curie Fellow (Senior Researcher) of the Gerda Henkel Foundation (2012-2014) at the Center for Textile Research, Copenhagen.
    • Pre-Roman Glassworking, by Dr Despina Ignatiadou, Curator of Metalwork, Associate Director, Archaeological Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece.
    • Roman and Byzantine Glassworking, by Dr Anastassios Antonaras, Archaeologist - Museologist, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, Greece, Secretary General of the Association Internationale pour l'Histoire du Verre.
  2. Ancient Technology and Science
    • Metal Alloys and Recipes, by Dr Yannis Bassiakos, Geologist, Research Director, Institute of Materials Science, National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos", Editor-in-Chief, J. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences (by Springer).
    • Standards in Technology and Economy, by Dr Anna Michailidou, Research Director Emerita, Research Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, Institute of Historical Research, The National Hellenic Research Foundation, Member of the research team at Akrotiri excavations, Santorini.
    • Writing as Communication Technology, by Dr Vassilis Petrakis, Affiliated Researcher at the Research Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, Institute of Historical Research, The National Hellenic Research Foundation.
    • The Antikythera Mechanism: Astronomy and Technology in Ancient Greece, by Prof. Dr John Seiradakis, Professor of Astronomy, Director of the Laboratory of Astronomy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Member of "Pulse" team that was awarded the EU 2005 Descartes Prize for Research.
    • Hydraulic Technology and Water Management in Antiquity:
      1. From the underground water systems (qanat) to the aqueducts, by Dr Manolis Manoledakis, Classical Archaeologist, Lecturer in Classical Archaeology, School of Humanities, International Hellenic University
      2. Aqueducts and monumental Fountain Structures, by Dr Georgia Aristodemou, Roman Archaeologist, Academic Assistant at the School of Humanities, International Hellenic University
  3. Technology, Art and Ideology
    • Building Technology and Archaeological Landscapes, by Prof. Dr Clairy Palyvou, Professor of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
    • Before restoring an architectural monument you need to know all about its body and soul: the case of the Propylaia, by Dr Anastasios Tanoulas, Architect, Collaborator of the Committee for the Conservation of the Acropolis Monuments.
    • Technology, Art and Ideology in Ancient Greek Painting, by Prof. Dr Chryssoula Paliadeli, Professor of Classical Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Director of the excavations at Vergina, Macedonia, Greece.
    • Archaeological Landscapes through the Eyes of Artist-Travelers, by Dr Fani-Maria Tsigakou, Art Historian, Curator of Paintings, Prints, and Drawings at the Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece.

 

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Program Director

Dr Anna Michailidou, Research Director Emerita, Research Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, Institute of Historical Research, The National Hellenic Research Foundation.

The aim of this 2-week intensive school is to make the participants more acquainted with aspects of ancient technologies by providing up-to-date knowledge presented and discussed by the experts of the relevant fields. It is of great benefit for the students to study ancient technologies and crafts in a location such as Northern Greece where in recent years major works in preservation have been accomplished by applying modern techniques and ideas and the museum exhibitions display impressive results of ancient technologies.

 

Working Hours

For the period of two weeks, the lectures will take place six hours daily (a total of 60 hours), from Monday to Friday, at the International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece. All lectures will be in English. During weekends, the School will organize optional excursions to major museums and sites of Thessaloniki and Macedonia. The individual workload is estimated to another 30 hours.

For a number of students who wish to extend their stay for another week, the summer school may arrange for them to take part in an archaeological excavation in the area of Macedonia or to gain some experience in an archaeological laboratory. If you are interested in this possibility please state it in your application form.

To see the options of archaeological sites/laboratories, click here. We will be able to offer about five positions on each option and priority will be given based on the date of application to the summer school.

 

Course Credits

A certificate of attendance will be provided at the end of the program to all participants who have fulfilled the course requirements. Students/graduates taking the course for credit at their home institutions will also have to deliver an essay paper in order to obtain 4.5 ECTS credits. Since degree requirements vary among universities, students/graduates are advised to ensure, preferably in advance, that their college or university will recognize such certification and award the suggested credits.

 

Fees and Accommodation

The tuition fees are 665€. Participants will have to cover their travel, accommodation and everyday expenses. Participants can choose accommodation from a variety of options, with prices starting from 100 € for the whole 2 weeks. The additional tuition fees for the third week of the Summer School are 135€.

 

Participants and Application Procedure

The Summer School on Ancient Technologies and crafts welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational background. Participants can be undergraduate students and graduates of related disciplines (Archaeology, Architecture, Museology, Conservation Studies, History, Tourism, Political Science, etc.). Applications from other professionals with an interest in archaeology and ancient technology will also be taken into consideration. Applicants should be well acquainted with the English language.

In order to apply, you need to:

  • Complete the online application form
  • Submit a short curriculum vitae to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. together, optionally, with copies of your degree(s), certificates of relevant work experience and a letter of recommendation.

All applicants will be notified of admission decisions by e-mail in the next 10 working days upon receiving their application.

The course is open to a maximum of 35 participants whilst IHU reserves the right to postpone the Summer Course for the next year, in case a minimum enrollment is not achieved by 31th May 2013.

 

Discounts and fellowships

Early bird registration extended: Participants who will register before 20 May 2013 will receive a discount of 10%.

International Hellenic University students and alumni are entitled to a discount of 20% while participants who intend to study at IHU in the following year will receive a major discount in their MA tuition fees. A small number of fellowships will also be offered based upon merit and financial need.

 

Options of archaeological sites and laboratories

So far, the options regarding archaeological sites/laboratories are:

  1. The laboratories, storerooms and exhibitions of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, a large museum at the centre of Thessaloniki that houses findings mainly from Thessaloniki and neighboring areas and exhibits the civilization of Macedonia from prehistoric times to late antiquity. Director of the Museum is Dr Adam - Veleni Polixeni.

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  1. The excavation site of Karabournaki, possibly of the ancient city of Therma, at the eastern suburbs of Thessaloniki. The site dates from the Late Bronze Age down to the Roman times, with a flourishing period during the Archaic times (7th - 6th centuries B.C.) and it preserves the remains of a settlement placed on the top of a low mound, with its cemeteries extended in the surrounding area and the ancient harbor reaching the lower part of the hill. The site preserves a great number of ceramics, local and imported, in a remarkable quantity as well as quality.

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The excavation might not be carried this year but there will be lots of work studying, recording, restoring, designing and photographing the findings of the site. The Aristotle University excavations at the site are carried under the directorship of Prof. M. Tiverios and his associates the Assistant Prof. E. Manakidou and the senior researcher Dr. D. Tsiafakis.

 

  1. The excavation site of the Ancient Agora of Pella, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia by the end of the 5th century B.C., birthplace and seat of the king Philip II and of his son, Alexander the Great! The ancient agora covers 70000 square meters and contained multiple buildings and workshops attesting to the city’s economic strength – from ceramic and sculpture studios, to metal processing, food and perfume manufacturing, administrative offices and the city’s archive, containing the clay stamps of papyrus records.

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The Aristotle University excavation at the site is carried under the directorship of Prof. I. Akamatis. Using the public bus, the site is at about 1 hour from the centre of Thessaloniki.

 

For more information please contact Mrs Konstadina Karaiskou at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0030-2310 807529.

 

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