Modern-day Olynthos is an inland village of about 1,200 people in Halkidiki. The area is mostly agricultural but nearby beaches attract some tourists. The villagers are very supportive of the Project and we strive to make the Project supportive of them. As for services, there are a couple of minimarkets, a few bakeries, a handful of restaurants and a kiosk (periptero). Most of these close in the middle of the day, and you need to be mindful of siesta and get your shopping done either before or after it. There are supermarkets and more services at Nea Moudania, which can be reached by bus or taxi.
Work on the Project is rewarding but at times tiring. We begin work at about 6am, which means leaving for the site at 5.30am at latest. We continue work up on the site until about 1pm, followed by a short break and finds processing until 3-4pm. Temperatures easily climb up to the 90s and occasionally into the 100s F (40C), and the hills we work on provide little shade. The work is physically demanding, because of the heat, awkward working positions and regularly lifting heavy things. Accommodation is in village homes and A/C or WiFi are not guaranteed. Staying in a small village with a large team means close quarters that creates camaraderie but can get tiresome at times.
All this should not be taken as discouragement, as both the fieldwork and experiencing life in a rural Greek village can be immensely educational, rewarding and fun. With good preparation, a positive attitude and a curious mind, life and work at Olynthos are an experience to remember!