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Cornellians study ancient Greece in person

July 1, 2008

In 2007, a group of 35 Cornell students spent almost three weeks visiting archaeological sites throughout Greece, including Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae, Corinth, Bassae, and Crete. They also visited major museums, completed site report projects, and enjoyed all the sights, sounds, tastes, and fragrances of The Mediterranean.

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Daniel Pederson, a history major specializing in pre-1700 Europe, says his site report on the Acrorinth was the highlight of the trip. The Acrocorinth was a fortified rocky outcropping next to Corinth in use from the bronze age to the gunpowder age.

“The project very much fit in with my major, and to see this largely intact fort we had been studying and reading about come alive so spectacularly was very meaningful to me,” Pederson says.

“I also met some great friends on the trip and I became better friends with people I already knew,” he adds. “I still feel nostalgic for the group of friends whenever I see a picture of us in Greece or am reminded of a fun thing we did — I don’t think I will ever forget the experience.”

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