Martin Wells, Austin College assistant professor of classics, will discuss his recent archaeological excavation in the village of Vasilikos in Greece Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the Wright Campus Center, Room 231.

Martin Wells, Austin College assistant professor of classics, will discuss his recent archaeological excavation in the village of Vasilikos in Greece Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the Wright Campus Center, Room 231.


Austin College students Jade Ross and Jodie Stautner, who also participated in the excavation, will also share their experiences at the ancient site of Sikyon in Vasilikos. The lecture will be free and open to the public.


While on the excavation from July 5 through August 14, Wells and the students spent six days a week on site, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, with the students getting a hands-on experience of a dig.


"During the project we were able to do everything that the archaeologists were doing," Stautner said.


Wells is a field archaeologist specializing in the material culture of Greece, Rome and Hellenistic Anatolia. He began teaching at Austin College in 2013 as a visiting faculty member and joined the tenure-track faculty this fall. Both students agreed that this trip was an important facet of their college careers.


"I got involved with this program because Professor Wells came to me and asked me if I was interested in joining the excavation," Ross said. "Getting the opportunity to work on a real archaeology site was something I couldn’t pass up. Going on this trip exposed me to a variety of different archaeology specializations and cultures since I was working with American, Canadian, French and Greek students."


"This project was absolutely paramount to my education," Stautner said. "It helped to solidify that I wanted to go into this field, and it allowed me to have experiences that I could put on my resume. If I was invited to go back again, I wouldn’t hesitate to accept."