During three weeks, between July 21 and August 11, a team of Bachelor and Master students of Ghent University, Groningen University, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, and Uppsala Universitet participated in a Field School Material Culture in Thorikos (Attika, GR).
The field school offers students an excellent opportunity to acquire real field work experience with excavations, aracheological prospects and different categories of material findings covering a broad chronological spectrum.
The highly important aspect of classification, leading up to the publication, has always been the poor cousin within the archaeological chaîne opératoire. Students normally prefer excavation with the thrill of discovery and the unexpected. As we had two small excavations with teams from Ghent and Göttingen Universities running at the same time, focusing upon the suspected city wall of Thorikos and a Classical cemetery, however, students could still change over in a rotation scheme.
A finds’ laboratory was set up in the garden and the workspaces of the Archaeological Museum of Lavrio. Under the supervision of Prof. Roald Docter (Ghent), Prof. Johannes Bergemann (Göttingen), Prof. Alexandra Alexandridou (Ioannina), Prof. Andreas Kapetanios (Corfu), Dr. Rebecca Klug (Göttingen), and two PhD candidates from Ghent, students were trained in all aspects of the study of finds: classification, general recording in the database, detailed fabric description of selected fragments, photographing, drawing, and searching for parallels in the literature.
We studied finds from two old and one new excavation in Thorikos: 1). from the Geometric House in the West Necropolis, and 2) The Theatre 1965, 1975, 1977, 2011-2012, and 3) from the city wall 2019 excavations. This allowed the students to familiarize themselves with an unprecedented chronological and functional range of finds, dating from the Final Neolithic period (4th millennium BC) to the Late Roman Period (5th/6th century AD).