Call for Applications, International Summer School on Ancient Technology 2018 in Greece

Deadline: 10 March 2018
Open to: candidates with an interest in archaeology and ancient technology
Venue: 02 - 13 July 2018 in Thessaloniki, Greece


Progress and innovation in technology were of exceptional importance for the development of ancient societies and have been of great interest to many disciplines. This year, the Ancient Technology Summer School discusses Production on Demand issues, offering the opportunity to examine how technological achievements of ancient cultures meet the needs of individuals or the wider society. Subjects such as how the diffusion of improved infrastructural, organizational and mechanical technologies facilitated the production and distribution of everyday or luxury items (e.g. faience, glassware, furniture, ceramics, toreutics, etc) or how the invention and transfer of new technologies served the needs of the ancient communities for comfort and well-being will be discussed.

In the course of the programme, the latest archaeological and historical research along with state-of-the-art scientific techniques applied to the study of antiquities will be presented by senior academics and field archaeologists who are experts in their research areas.


  • The technology of mining and metal production
  • Greek pottery production on demand
  • Ordering faience and glass for royal and religious purposes
  • Workshops of Roman and Byzantine glass
  • Writing as a communication technology
  • Modern technology serving today’s archaeology: new methods in documenting, exhibiting and teaching antiquity


  • Market-oriented commodities in Late Bronze Age
  • Circulation of Greek and related metal ware
  • Construction of commercial and military harbours
  • Coinage on demand. From normality to emergency
  • The Antikythera Shipwreck: The Cargo - The Mechanism


  • Furniture production and consumption up to the 1st millennium B.C.
  • Furniture and furnishings in Classical and Hellenistic times
  • Public architecture on demand: Mnesikles’ versatility
  • Case studies of the commissions of paintings and mosaics
  • Covering bathing needs in Hellenistic Macedonia
  • Great waterworks in Roman Greece. When utilitas meets amoenitas


The Summer School on Ancient Technology - Production on Demand welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Participants can be undergraduate students and graduates of related disciplines (Archaeology, Architecture, Museology, Conservation Studies, History, Tourism, Political Science, Engineering, Economics etc.). Applications from other professionals with an interest in archaeology and ancient technology will also be taken into consideration.


  • The tuition fees are 350€. Participants will have to cover their own travel, accommodation and everyday expenses. Participants can choose accommodation from a variety of options, available at the city of Thessaloniki.


  • Total fees of 300€ in case of pre-payment by 10 March 2018


In order to apply, you need to:

All applicants will be notified of admission decisions by e-mail within 10 working days of receipt of their application.

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