Tread the paths once walked by Aristotle and Alexander the Great in the ancient Greek city of Mieza. This project offers students an unparalleled opportunity to investigate a site where a small but impressive part of the ancient city and its cemeteries have been excavated over the past fifty years. Over the course of this two-week project, students will examine the location where Aristotle taught Alexander and the royal pages, a large ancient theater, impressive tombs with beautifully painted facades, and villas which housed prominent citizens during the Macedonian Kingdom and Roman times.
This summer, our team will collaborate with Greek archaeologists who are leading a project vital for the economic vitality of the region. Today, Mieza exists as a collection of disparate monuments strewn about the landscape. This project aims to fully connect the monuments and historically significant locations across the site including areas currently inaccessible to the public. The intent is to build a more historically complete view of the site and to allow for its preservation. This work will not only ensure the protection of the site, but will hopefully lead to an influx of visitors. We will expand upon several major discoveries made during last field season, including nine early Christian tombs, six mosaic floors, and a previously unknown section of the ancient walled city that was remarkably well-preserved.