Xavier

I will be volunteering as an archeological fieldworker at the Kastro Kallithea Archeological Field School in Narthaki, in the region of Thessaly, in northern Greece. This stretch activity’s relationship to leadership is twofold. Firstly, archeological fieldwork is done in teams of individuals with varying backgrounds, levels of commitment and experience. I will be assuming what is formally a mid-level leadership position, of team management and team instruction. Though all team activities require the demonstration of leadership skills, the high social intensity of working with a team abroad amplifies the challenges that face team members: this will especially highlight the necessity and effectiveness of certain leadership styles. Furthermore, Archeological evidence plays a much greater role in the construction of communal identity than the non-specialist layman might assume: in particular, the local communities of Thessaly derive their sense of unity, cultural values, and even their official legitimacy from narratives constructed through their understanding of the past. Being a part of the relationship the between academics who study and the local community who value archeology will give me emic insight into international and interclass relationships. My experience will be documented through a series of vlogs, or a vodcast/documentary style film focussing on the interactions between archeologists, and the local Greek community

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