Academic Program

The Arizona in the Aegean program focuses on Mediterranean technologies, societies, and environments. It aims to offer a dynamic interdisciplinary curriculum which will invite students to explore the connectivity between periods, cultures, and disciplines byproviding an intellectual home for faculty from various disciplines including Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Classics, Economics, Engineering, Geology, and History. Undegraduate and graduate students from the above disciplines—and a host of others—will find the program meaningful as they explore the connections between periods, cultures, and disciplines. 

Summer 2016 (June 6-July 3, 2016): The undergraduate and graduate academic curriculum for Summer 2014 will  focus on Mediterranean Craft Technologies and Environmental Strategies [ANTH 341/CLAS 341 (6 credits); ANTH 599]. A course on Mediterranean craft technologies from past and present finds its natural home on the island of Paros. Famous in antiquity both for its marble and its honey, modern Paros retains still many traditional aspects, providing thus the ideal setting for a diachronic exploration of key archaeological and anthropological questions on crafts and society. Students will visit ancient production sites, such as marble quarries and pottery workshops, and study how ancient and modern craftspeople transform their natural resources into works of art in the archaeological museum of Paros. Through interviews with the active community of traditional craftspeople on Paros student will also realize how toolkits and techniques have changed little since antiquity. The traditional windmills on Paros, its beekeeping tradition, and the seafaring experience, will easily demonstrate that interacting with the environment has similarly undergone little change since ancient times. Interviews with farmers and fishermen and visits to folklore museums on the island will invite students to critically compare ancient and modern environmental strategies. Fieldtrips to Delos, Naxos, and Santorini (Thera) will further expose the participants to large-scale constructions (Naxos: sanctuaries, water management) as well as massive environmental destructions (Thera Volcano). This immersive learning with scholarship, hands-on replication projects, and interviews with craft practitioners will equip the students with unique experiences and critical skills that can be used most beneficially for the study of ancient and modern societies, their technologies, and economies in the Mediterranean and beyond.

For the 2012 syllabus on ANTH/CLAS 341, click here.

For more information, please contact Dr. Eleni Hasaki at hasakie@email.arizona.edu