Over three weeks of brisk but mostly sunny days in January 2020, the Perachora Peninsula Archaeological Project held its inaugural season of intensive surface survey in the region above the 8th–2nd century B.C. Sanctuary of Hera at Perachora. The project is a collaborative undertaking co-directed by Panagiota Kasimi, director of the Antiquities of the Corinthia, and Susan Lupack of Macquarie University, under the aegis of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens. Shawn Ross, also of Macquarie University, is the project’s Deputy Director, while Adela Sobotkova of Aarhus University took on the role of Survey Director, with Petra Heřmánková as her deputy. In the field our Greek colleagues, Panagiota Meleti, Maria Gkioni, and Sophia Perdike, were heavily involved in the day-to-day decision-making processes. Matthew Skuse of St Andrew’s University in the UK and Hans Beck of the University of Münster are also contributing members of the senior staff.
Fifteen eager Macquarie students worked tirelessly with the senior staff in their pursuit to fulfill the research aims of the project: to verify and document the legacy data in the region, and to complement that with the data gathered through an intensive surface survey, all with the overall goal of illuminating the nature of the settlement that surrounded and supported the sanctuary. They learned some new skills and had some fun along the way. Here are their stories . . .