Kaitlyn Stiles

Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Tennessee
2015-2016 US Fulbright Student Program

Life and work in Greece over the past four months has been a non-stop thrill. On the work side of things, I have managed to connect with key individuals in both the Greek Archaeological Service and the general field of Greek archaeology. Although I have had some hurdles to overcome with regard to obtaining the proper study and transport permits, I am happy to say that this process is now complete and all of my study material is now safely in the Wiener Laboratory at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (ASCSA). It is through this process that I was able to develop a collaborative relationship with an archaeologist in the Greek Archaeological Service who has significantly helped me in my background research and practical matters. While I was waiting for my study material to become available to me, I was able to take advantage of some of the intensive educational trips offered by the ASCSA. Through these trips I was able to see many parts of Greece that I had never visited before as well as see archaeological sites and museums that are not often open to the general public. As a bioarchaeologist specializing in Mediterranean archaeology, these trips have given me a much broader and deeper appreciation for the intricacy and antiquity of Greek culture.

Over the course of the last four months I have forged friendships with my Greek colleagues in the Wiener Laboratory who have taught me about Greek traditions I was previously unfamiliar with. Their encouragement as I have acclimated to Greek life has been wonderful. I am taking a course in Modern Greek which is challenging but very much appreciated as I try to communicate more in Greek. All in all, I have learned a great deal and tried many new things in my time here so far. I am eagerly looking forward to what the next few months hold.

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