Summer 2016

The third collaborative study program between Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Chiba University will be held between August 16 and 29 in Thessaloniki. This year’s host is again the School of Spatial Planning and Development, Faculty of Engineering.

TopicArchaeological Sites and their Impact on Local Development

Concept of the course: This year’s Global Study Program will consider the impact of archaeological sites on local development. The theoretical framework of the course is provided by the discipline of public archaeology (and the associated sub-discipline of community archaeology) and the fieldwork sites to be investigated are: Pella (wiki link), Dion (wiki link for English, visitor’s blog for Japanese), and Vergina (wiki link).

Organizing Committee:

Professor Kostantinos Tokmakidis, AUTh

Associate Professor Eleni Papadopoulou, AUth

Assistant Professor Ioannis Gaitanidis, Chiba U.

Assistant Professor Hiroki Igarashi, Chiba U.

Methodological framework: the extended case method (see Burawoy, 1998*)

a. first, the case-study of Vergina will be used to situate the topic within the wider social, economic, political and historical fields that structure the processes related to this year’s topic: the impact of archaeological sites on local development. Preparation on this task using case-studies from Japan will be held for Chiba University students during the pre-course education.

b. secondly, the next two case-studies of Dion and Pella will be compared to the first case of Vergina in an integrative approach, namely we will causally connect Dion and Pella to Vergina. How have the extralocal and intralocal forces that impacted on the situation in Vergina influenced Dion and Pella? Do the cases of Dion and/or Pella refute some of our conclusions reached after investigating Vergina?

c. thirdly, students will be split in groups tasked with considering complementary layers of proposals for improving the situation in the three sites, without losing sight of the entire ecological context and the possibilities offered by other contexts such as that of Japan.

*Michael Burawoy. 1998. The Extended Case Method. Sociological Theory 16 (1): 4-33.

Field research methodology: Four types of questionnaires (prepared collaborativelly between AUTh  and Chiba U students and staff), targeting archaeological sites employees, local residents, local shop owners, and visitors, will be implemented on each field site.


Yvonne Marshall. 2002. What Is Community Archaeology?  World Archaeology 34(2): 211-219.

Katsuyuki Okamura. 2011. From Object-Centered to People-Focused: Exploring a Gap Between Archaeologists and the Public in Contemporary Japan. In Katsuyuki Okamura and Akira Matsuda (eds). New Perspectives in Global Public Archaeology. London: Springer, pp.77-86.

松田 陽・岡村 勝行 2012 『入門パブリック・アーケオロジー』同成社

Evgenia G. Poulimenou. 2013. Community Participation and the Enhancement of the Roman Thermae of St Thomas, Mesolongi. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites 15(1): 45-58.

Anna Stroulia and Susan Buck Sutton. 2009. Archaeological Sites and Local Places: Connecting the Dots. Public Archaeology: Archaeological Ethnographies 8(2-3): 124-140.

Daphne Voudouri. 2010. Law and the Politics of the Past: Legal Protection of Cultural Heritage in Greece. International Journal of Cultural Property 17: 547-568.

Schedule of pre-course education (16 academic hours for Chiba U students):

[April 25]: Orientation for Chiba U students

[May 9]: Orientation for all students by AUTh organizer, Professor Tokmakidis [skype session]

[May 16]: Safety Concerns (for Chiba U students)

[May 23]: “Excavating Vergina and Managing the border between the urban web and the archeological site in Vergina ” by Professor Chrissoula Paliadeli and Mrs Kleopatra Paliadeli [skype session]

[May 30]: “Excavating Dion” by Professor Pingiatoglou and Mrs Korina Vastelli [skype session]

[June 13]:”The History of the Ancient Macedonian Empire” by Professor Chie Izumi (for Chiba U students)

[June 20]: workshop on collaborative learning (for Chiba U students)

[June 27]: workshop on the impact of archaeological sites onto local communities: finalizing interview questionnaires (for Chiba U students)

[July 4]: “Archaeological sites and their impact on local development – The case on Ancient Pella” by Mr Haris Tsougaris  [skype session]

[July 11]: “Introduction to Greek language” Ms Fumiko Yanagida, official interpreter for the Greek embassy in Japan, and owner of Girisha Plaza (for Chiba U students)

[August 8, 9, 10] (9am~12am): preparation of cultural presentations.

Schedule of main course:

[August 15 (Mon)]: departure from Tokyo

[August 16 (Tue)]: arrival in Thessaloniki, rest, walk through the city in the afternoon, welcome dinner in early evening.

[August 17 (Wed)]: Orientation, Lecture by Professor Thoidou “Culture and Local Development: Sustainability and Creativity Approaches”, cultural presentations and workshop on “culture.”

[August 18 (Thu)]~[August 20 (Sat)]: fieldwork (and stay) in Vergina*

[August 21 (Sun)]~[August 22 (Mon)]: stay at AUTh camp

[August 23 (Tue)]: fieldwork in Dion**

[August 24(Wed)]: workshop on final presentations

[August 25 (Thu)]:fieldwork in Pella

[August 26 (Fri)]:  workshop on final presentations

[August 27 (Sat)]: final presentations + feedback (in the morning)

[August 28 (Sun)]: work on the course pamphlet and video (in the morning)

[August 29 (Mon)]: free day, departure from Thessaloniki in the evening (arrival in Tokyo on Aug. 30)

*the fieldwork activities in Vergina were co-organized and facilitated by the Archaeological Site of Aigai. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Dr. Aggeliki Kottaridi, Director of the 17th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, and to Archaeologist Yiannis Grekos.

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**the fieldwork activities in Dion were co-organized and facilitated by the vice-mayor of Olympus-Litochoro, A. Kalaitzis, the archaeologist, Maria Iatrou, and the archaeologist Eleni Benaki (AUTh).

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***the fieldwork activities in Pella were co-organized and facilitated by the Director of the museum, E. Tsigarida, the archaeologist Haris Tsougaris, and the mayor of Gennitsa, Grigoris Stamkos.

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