Testimonies by Sissi alumni

Exposé of my digging days. My name is Tatiana Thoennes, a current fourth year student completing a History of Art Specialist and a Renaissance Studies Major. Last summer, from June 24th to August 4th, 2017, I interned outside of my concentrated area of study as a volunteer archaeologist on the Sissi Archaeological Project at Sissi, Crete; and had one of the best experiences of my life. Archaeological excavations have been underway in the Aegean since before 1900 when archaeologists such as Heinrich Schliemann and Sir Arthur Evans attempted to find evidentiary support for tales told by Homer and Greek mythology. Excavating has since evolved to be more than the unearthing of tales and are now more the attempt to discover all there is to know about proto-historical civilisations. Archaeologists at Sissi, Crete celebrated their tenth year of excavation this past summer; a summer I am proud to say I was able to take part in, a summer which fuelled my love for archaeology. For the rest of the story, see




On the 21st of May, a short presentation about the Sissi Archaeological Project was given by PhD candidate and returning Sissi team-member Jacob Heywood at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Jacob’s presentation (the first on the Sissi excavations to be given in Australia) was one of a series of contributions towards a special seminar entitled “From Rome to Syria: Snapshots of Recent Fieldwork by University of Melbourne Archaeologists”. The seminar was organised in line with Australia’s ongoing “National Archaeology Week”, held annually during the third week of May. In addition to promoting the significance of protecting Australia’s own archaeological heritage to the wider public, National Archaeology Week aims to communicate work involving Australian archaeologists both locally and overseas.