During three weeks, between July 16 and August 4, a team of Bachelor and Master students of Ghent University, Groningen University, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, and Uppsala Universitet participated in a Fieldschool Material Culture in Thorikos (Attika, GR).
This highly important aspect, 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 a small excavation with a team from Utrecht University running at the same time, focusing upon the suspected city wall of Thorikos, 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. Margarita Nazou (Louvain-La-Neuve/Ghent), Dr. Rebecca Klug (Göttingen), and three 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 seven different old and new excavations in Thorikos: 1). From the Central Trench on the Acropolis 1965, 2). From the East Trench on the Acropolis, extension 2014, 3) from the West Necropolis 1963, and 4) the extention 2014, 5) The Theatre 1963-1965, 1975, 1977, 2011-2012. 6) from House no. 5 in the Industrial Quarter 1971-1973, and 7) from the city wall 2018. 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).