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Greek-Swedish collaborative fieldwork in Western Thessaly


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Photo 2 Possibly late Archaic fortification wall on the hilltop. Photo 3 Well-preserved Late Classical-Hellenistic fortification walls on the hilltop.

Vlochos Archaeological Project (VLAP)

The Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports decided in 2016 to grant permission to the Vlochos Archaeological Project (VLAP), a new archaeological project on the plains of Western Thessaly...

Malthi Mapping Project


The third season of work at the fortified settlement of Malthi in Messenia started on June 5th. Excavation will be carried out for the coming four weeks. The overarching aim is to establish a chronological sequence for the settlement’s architecture and pottery. Preliminary results suggest that the settlement was occupied from Middle Helladic II to Late Helladic IIB/IIIA1 Early, but that most of the architecture visible today, including the impressive fortification, was erected in Late Helladic I.



At Midea in the Argolid a Greek-Swedish project has been going on since 1983 under the direction of Katie Demakopoulou. Since 2000 Ann-Louise Schallin has been in charge of the Swedish side of the project.

Ancient Kalaureia: The Site


View of the sanctuary from the west. The island of Aigina is seen in the background. Photo: Berit Wells
View of the sanctuary from the west. The island of Aigina is seen in the background. Photo: Berit Wells

Today Poros consists of two islands: Spheria, which is the modern town of Poros, and Kalaureia, the larger and less populated island. The archaeological site of Kalaureia lies on the island with the same name c. 6 km from Poros town, and can be approached by a winding road either from the town or from the village of Askeli on Kalaureia. The site is on a plateau between the hills of Aghios Elias and Vigla and has a commanding position c. 200 m above the sea level. To the north there is a visual connection with the peninsula of Methana and the islands of Angistri and Aigina, and to the south it is possible to catch glimpses of the sea against the background of the steep Peloponnesian coast. Beyond Aigina, Pireus and the coastline of Attica are visible on clear days.



Malthi is a fortified hilltop settlement overlooking the Soulima Valley in northern Messenia. It was excavated in the 1930s by Natan Valmin and the results were published in The Swedish Messenia Expedition, Lund 1938…


A new Greek-Swedish collaboration focusing on the ancient city of Hermione


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Ancient Hermione is mostly hidden under the modern city. Photo: Jenny Wallensten

A Greek cityscape and its people. A study of Ancient Hermion/Hermione

In 2015, together with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Argolida, the Swedish Institute at Athens commenced work on a joint three-year study of Hermione or Hermion, an ancient city known through written sources and archaeological remains identified through surveys and scattered rescue excavations. The General Director of this project is Dr Alcestis Papadimitriou, Ephorate of Antiquities of Argolida, and Dr Jenny Wallensten is responsible for the Swedish team...



Excavations at the Sanctuary of Poseidon at Kalaureia on Poros were recommenced in June 2015 under the direction of Arto Penttinen.



From 2010 onwards the Swedish Institute and the Archaeological Ephorate in Lamia have jointly been carrying out archaeological investigations in the western Spercheios Valley, in the modern municipality of Makrakomi, as part of the Makrakomi Archaeological Landscapes Project (MALP) under the general direction of the director of the Ephorate, Maria-Photeini Papakonstantinou…

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