The ancient Greek city of Sikyon ranks among the influential cities of the Classical world thanks to its political prominence and artistic excellence during the Archaic, Hellenistic and Roman periods. Situated strategically at the crossroads of the northeastern Peloponnese, just to the west of Corinth, the city was subject to – and participated in – the political, economic, and cultural forces that shaped the history of the eastern Mediterranean especially during the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
From 2013 through 2018, archaeological excavations in the heart of the city were undertaken for the first time in nearly 100 years. Extensive surface investigation revealed blocks of Hellenistic and Roman houses next to the ancient Agora, which were the focus of the excavations. This was an exciting opportunity for students both to engage in true archaeological discovery at a relatively unexplored but extremely important site and to improve our understanding of the domestic life of the ancient Greeks and Romans!