It has been about two weeks in Olynthos. I am in northern Greece, about 45 minutes east of Thessaloniki. I am living in Nea Olynthos and digging at the ancient site of Olynthos. The excavation involves looking at the ancient site to learn more about life in the 4th century B.C. city. It’s been great so far, though exhausting intellectually and physically. I wake up at 05:30 to be on site at 06:30 Monday through Saturday. I spend all day excavating and looking for remains to tell us about the city.
As a history major and Latin minor, I know very little about Ancient Greece. I decided to come out of my academic comfort zone and travel to an ancient place I know little to nothing about. I know a lot about Rome, a fair amount about Mesopotamia, and a little about Egypt. The only knowledge I have about the ancient Greeks is their interaction with the other ancient civilizations and cultures I mentioned above. I chose this site in Greece to learn more about the major ancient region I know so little about. I have never traveled to Greece before so being exposed to the modern country while learning about the ancient city is also cool.
I actually want to ultimately go to medical school and become a geriatrician. But, as a history major, I would love to explore that before committing to medical school. My love of history really made me want to come to an ancient site to see it firsthand. I want to see this part of history. I want to see how sources are uncovered. I want to see how we interpret it. I want to see history.