view of Nemea Valley  


a website sponsored by
the National Endowment for the Humanities
and Bryn Mawr College



This web site is designed to help you see how artifacts from a real archaeological dig move from the ground to a museum. There are many important steps in this process -- from good excavation (digging), to careful cleaning and note taking, and finally to display at a museum.

This web site tries to answer questions that kids from John Lyman School and Cold Spring School asked me.  This past spring, I visited 5 different classrooms at these schools.  I told the students about our dig, and then wrote down any questions that they had. 

If you have other questions that you would like answered, you can email me at


This project is sponsored by a Curatorial Internship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Bryn Mawr College.  Thanks to both of these organizations for making this web site possible. 


Thanks also to these 2006-2007 classes:

Cold Spring School, New Haven, CT

Karen Zwick's 4th-5th grade class

Kate Walker's 2nd-3rd grade class

Penny Serafin's 2nd-3rd grade class

John Lyman School, Middlefield, CT

Gail Freeman's 3rd-4th grade class

Sue Martinez's 1st-2nd grade class


Acknowledgment of Funding:

The excavations at Ayia Sotira are sponsored by:

  • Brock University, St. Catherine's, Ontario under the aegis of the Canadian Institute in Greece

Funding is provided by:

  • Brock Univeristy
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • The Alwin Carus Land and Mineral Trust
  • The Canadian Foundation for Innovation
  • Faculty Research Fund of Bryn Mawr College
  • Hetty Goldman Research Fund of Bryn Mawr College
  • Humanities Research Institute of Brock University
  • Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP)
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Private donors




Take a look at this map to see the area where we work. We can get to Nemea in a car in about 2 hours from Athens. Nemea is where we live when we are at the dig.

Ayia Sotira is the name of our site.  This means "Saint Savior" in Greek.  It is called this because the tombs are near a church with the same name.  The dig is actually in a town called Koutsomodi.



Stella Diakou is the expert Greek translator -- thank you!

Thanks to Diane Amoroso-O'Conner, who helped with web design!

Copyright © 2007 Johanna Best and Ayia Sotira