The Swedish Institute at Athens can host six active field projects at a time: three collaborations with the Greek archaeological ephorates and three independent projects. Permission to conduct field research is granted by the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports.
Swedish scholars interested in conducting field research in Greece should contact the SIA Director and read the following available information.
The first Swedish archaeological campaign in Greece took place in 1894 when Sam Wide and Lennart Kjellberg undertook excavations at the Sanctuary of Poseidon at Kalaureia (today the island of Poros). Since then a total of 13 sites have been explored by Swedish archaeologists. Most of them are located in the Peloponnese, but fieldwork has also been conducted on Crete, in Central Greece and Thrace. Today three projects include active ongoing field seasons (at Kalaureia, Vlochos and Hermione) while studies of previously excavated material from several other sites are undertaken continuously.
The Swedish Institute at Athens publishes the results of its archaeological projects, conference proceedings and other original studies within the fields of Classical Archaeology, Ancient History, Art, Architecture and Philology, in its series Skrifter utgivna av Svenska Institutet i Athen. The periodical Opuscula, published yearly by the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome presents Swedish archaeological work carried out in the Mediterranean, but also welcomes original contributions regarding all aspects of the ancient Mediterranean world (Prehistory to Late Antiquity, including Philology) from an international scholarly community. Contributions are thoroughly peer-review and accepted articles become available with Open Access six months after publication. The publication process, in accordance with the highest editorial and publishing standards, is undertaken by Editorial Committee of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome (www.ecsi.se).
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Greek-Swedish collaborative fieldwork in Western Thessaly
The archaeological site of Vlochos is situated three kilometres north of the town of Palamas in western Thessaly, and consists of the large hill of Strongilovouni and its immediate surroundings. An archaeological field programme (The Vlochos Archaeological Project) was carried out here in 2016–2018 as a collaboration between the Ephorate of Antiquities of Karditsa and the Institute, aiming at surveying the extensive multi-period ancient remains found here.
The Sanctuary of Poseidon on Kalaureia is located on the island of Poros in the Saronic Gulf, c. 6 km from Poros town. The site lies on a plateau between the hills of Aghios Elias and Vigla and holds a commanding position c. 200 m above sea level. To the north there is a visual connection with the Methana peninsula as well as the islands of Angistri and Aigina, while in the far distance it is possible to see Pireus and the coastline of Attica on clear days. To the south, the visitor can catch glimpses of the sea against the background of the steep Peloponnesian coast.
The Asea valley is located between the ancient cities of Tegea and Megalopolis in the central Peloponnese. The city of Asea itself, an independent polis between the 6th and 3rd century BC, was located on and around the conspicuous Paleokastro hill at the heart of the valley. The location of the valley is important as it acted as a “main” thoroughfare between Corinthia and the Argolid in the east, and Olympia in the west, during prehistoric and ancient times. Due to few mentions in ancient literature, Asea is mainly known through the archaeological evidence.