The ancient acropolis of Halai, in the present seaside town of Theologos, Greece, was located near major land and sea routes in antiquity, and its well preserved remains are easily accessible today. The site flourished from about 6000 to 5300 B.C. during the Neolithic period and, after a hiatus, in Greek, Roman and early Christian times. The well-stratified Neolithic levels give evidence for domestic life and regional interconnections. In the Archaic Period, it was a fortified city with civic and secular buildings bisected by a major NW-SE artery leading to the temple of Athena. In the Hellenistic period it was a florishing harbor town that furnished the passing naval and commercial traffic with food and water. In early Christian times, the temple was replaced with a church, which has yielded a sixth-century mosaic featuring birds. Fishing, farming and trade were principal activities at all times. Past seasons, during which many volunteers have participated, included surface survey (1988-89), excavation (1990-92 and 1996), and study seasons (1993-95, 1997-2010).
VOLUNTEERS AT HALAI FOR SUMMER 2012
The Cornell Halai and East Lokris Project is looking for several volunteers to take part in our six week field season in Greece during the coming summer (July 2-August 12).
Our focus is on the archaeological site of Halai, in the village of Theologos, on the North Euboean gulf about 75 miles northwest of Athens (2 hours by bus). The site was a settlement in the Neolithic period, followed after a hiatus by a Greco-Roman town with a small fortified seaside acropolis. The main later periods of the town are Archaic, Hellenistic and Late Roman (Early Christian).
Volunteers in 2012 will help with description and
recording of artifacts from Halai in the project's
study and conservation at the site. They
plan to spend a full six weeks with the project.
Volunteers will work with specialists
studying the material at Halai for publication. Graduate
with specialties in the periods during which the
site was occupied (Neolithic, Archaic, Hellenistic and
Late Roman) are
especially welcome. Other potential
volunteers should have
at least some archaeological training, a serious
interest in learning
all aspects of field archaeology, a tolerance for
working at close
quarters with others and an appetite for hard work.
study is in its final stages and we are looking
those with experience in working with Neolithic and
Archaic pottery. Some
conservation work involving volunteers will probably
also take place on
the site of Halai.
Ability to drive a stick-shift vehicle and willingness to drive on the secondary roads between Vivos, the site of Halai and the workrooms at Tragana are sometimes helpful. Potential drivers must obtain an international drivers licence before their arrival in Greece.
Living quarters are at our camp at Vivos, 2 miles
the site, and a 5-minute walk from the nearest bay.
Our storerooms are
at Tragana, 21/2
miles from the camp. Besides swimming, oportunities
include walks in the
beautiful hills and valleys in the area.
POTENTIAL VOLUNTEERS ON HALAI
STUDY SEASON, July 2-August 12, 2012
If you have any questions, please send mail or
Coleman, Department of Classics, 120 Goldwin Smith
University, Ithaca, NY 14853; firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd
like to thank
everybody who has contacted us already to express an
interest in the
project. Opportunities for participation are limited
and we are still
lining up some staff members, so it may be
some time before we will make final decisions about
We are always interested in in showing visitors around the site of Halai, so if you are in Greece, please contact us to see if a site visit is possible. See information on getting to Halai.