2018-01-16 07:03:55 - Feature
Hired to start an archeology program in 2012, Assistant Professor of History Angela Ziskowski could not have imagined the opportunities her skills and connections would bring for Coe students.
Many Kohawks have accompanied Ziskowski to Greece for a six-week archaeological excavation in collaboration with an international team of students, archaeologists and specialists. Ziskowski, who was promoted this summer to assistant director of the Lechaion Harbor Settlement and Land Project, will lead another team of Kohawks to Greece in 2018. The Lechaion Harbor Settlement and Land Project is an international collaborative archaeological investigation based in Corinthia, Greece. The multiyear project has been established to determine the geographic and chronological extent of the land-based facilities of the primary harbor of the city of Ancient Corinth. The field school provides the opportunity for approximately 30 undergraduates to learn excavation protocols through hands-on training.
"Coe students are getting a very unique opportunity to work on an active excavation," Ziskowski said.
Excavations and geophysical surveys from the first two seasons have revealed many exciting finds, one being the remains of two phases of a large Roman basilica situated one on top of the other. Findings like this will assist in developing a better understanding of local Corinthian history and perhaps establishing when the harbor finally went out of use.
Students receive anthropology course credit for participating in the field school. In addition to learning the methodological principles for archeological fieldwork, students receive an introduction to the history and culture of Greece through visits to major archaeological sites in the region and by living in Ancient Corinth, a traditional Greek village, for six weeks. Students are housed three to four to a room in one of two small hotels in a small village with very few American amenities.
D.J. Stanec '18, a communication studies major and history minor from Colorado Springs, CO, called participation in the excavation "the absolute highlight of my summer."
"It still seems unreal when I realize I was holding pottery that predates Christ," Stanec said. "The connections that Coe faculty are able to provide to students are amazing, and they uncover opportunities for us literally across the world."
For Corbin Grossenbacher '18, a history major who minors in anthropology and classical studies from Pearl City, IL, the excavation experience helped him envision a career path as a college professor.
"It helped me decide this is where I want to go with my life," he said. "Definitely, without Coe, I wouldn't have gone to Greece."