The summer school “Engaging local communities in heritage management through Archaeological Ethnography” will take place in Gonies, Crete from 25 June to 22 July, 2017.

This Archaeological Ethnography field school aims to closely investigate the involvement of locals with their material and intangible heritage in general, and the remains of various heritage sites scattered around the area of our lab-area, Gonies, Crete.

According to the announcement of the summer school: “We address the issues arising in the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of cultural heritage through our research and our public engagement with the village of Gonies, as well as local and national stakeholders. Our goal is to develop a public archaeology program that will contribute to the sustainable development of the area, engage with the locals and render them more active in the protection of their own heritage.

“To achieve this we need to fully understand the local context, but also forge strong cooperative bonds between our project and the village. Ethnography helps us to involve more deeply the local population in creating anthropological and historical knowledge about the village, the archaeological site and its significance in changing historical settings.

“This summer program gives you a unique opportunity to live the life of a village that is romantically stuck in the 19th century, in an all imposing scenery, the foot of mount Ida. It also gives you the opportunity to partake in a cutting edge project that aims to create, sustain and enlist local support for the benefit of local heritage.”

Field School Objectives

Strategic Learning Outcomes: Students learn how to incorporate ethnography into their research so as to include local views on heritage in the research agenda; they also learn to engage with local communities that need to be activated and often turned from negative to positive stakeholders in the protection of their heritage. HMO’s highly rated social impact was largely because of this program.


There are no prerequisites. Students should be aware that this is an archaeological project and work will be done mostly outdoors; weather conditions, therefore, will have an impact on work and students should come prepared for any weather conditions, especially hot, dry, and sunny.

The language of instruction is English. Command of the Greek language is an advantage as only 4 places are reserved for non-Greek speakers.

Program Fees and Course Credit

The participation cost for this program is $5000. This covers all course costs including: registration; tuition; program materials; shared accommodation; full board meals (excluding free days). Airfare and optional trips on field days are not included in the program cost.

There is a number of tutorial post-graduate half-fellowships available for this field school– fellowships are awarded after acceptance into the program, so please apply early for eligibility. Please contact us for more information

If  you would like to take this course for credit, the suggested credit amount for this program is equivalent to one nine-credit semester / term module, based on contact hours, field work, and course content. We prefer to allow students’ home institutions to calculate credit hours and award credit accordingly. We will support your request for credit by supplying any relevant documentation and or supporting materials.


Students will stay in adequate, clean and basic accommodation in the village of Gonies. Rooms are shared and full board meals are catered (including breakfast, sandwich lunch, and dinner – some special dietary needs may be accommodated, please contact us for details).

Project Directors

Dr. Lena Stefanou, HMO.Public, [email protected]

Dr. Evangelos Kyriakidis, Director, HMO, [email protected]

Field School Instructors:

Dr. Lena Stefanou, HMO.Public, [email protected]

Dr. Celine Murphy, HMO.Athens, [email protected]

Find an indicative Syllabus here.

Application Deadline (for 2017): 22 April, 2017

Please apply for 2017 or 2018 and visit again for updates!

You may fill out an application form here!

For further information please feel free to write us at [email protected]