To apply for field research in Greece

Published: 2021-01-13

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.

Attached files:

Att ansöka om tillstånd för arkeologiskt fältarbete i Grekland.

Policydokument angående hantering av overhead vid Svenska institutet i Athen.

Archaeological Projects

Published: 2020-04-10

<p>Map showing the location of fieldwork conducted by the Swedish Institute at Athens</p>

Map showing the location of fieldwork conducted by the Swedish Institute at Athens

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.

Ongoing archaeological projects

Under Publication


Vulnerability and Resilience of Assyrian and Yazidi Refugees in a Transit Migration

Naures Atto, Senior Research Associate Uppsala University

Published: 2021-04-02

<p>”My guardian” by Jelbert Karami</p>

"My guardian" by Jelbert Karami

During my guest researcher stay at the Swedish Institute in Athens, I aim to research the vulnerability and resilience strategies of Assyrian and Yazidi refugees in a transit migration context by making use of an ethnographic research design supported by archival research at several institutions in Greece. So far, no specific studies have been conducted among these groups in Greece. This study will help me to understand how these groups experience vulnerability in a transit migration context and how they build their resilience in different socio-cultural environments.

Contact and Conflict: The Greeks in Ancient Cyrenaica

Kristian Göransson, Ph.D.

Published: 2021-03-09

<p><span>The Sanctuary of Apollo in Cyrene</span></p>

The Sanctuary of Apollo in Cyrene

The project aims at studying a time and a place in the history of the Mediterranean that has not received the attention it deserves. For 600 years a flourishing Greek culture existed in today’s Eastern Libya. The area was dominated by Cyrene, a Greek colony founded in the 7th century BC, which in turn founded several Greek cities in this part of North Africa known as Cyrenaica.

Cyclic cities: Urbanisation and de-urbanisation in Archaic to Roman Greece

Robin Rönnlund, Wenner-Gren Fellow

Published: 2021-03-01

One of the greatest challenges to the global economy and ecology is the escalating urbanisation of the world population. By 2050, according to UN predictions, 66% of all humans will be settled in cities, putting enormous strain on food production and infrastructure, with further risks of epidemic disease and international conflict as consequences. To many, urbanisation appears to be an irreversible force, a tale of the triumph of the city and the degradation of the countryside to a productive unit.

Vlochos, Thessaly (2015– ongoing)

Greek-Swedish collaborative fieldwork in Western Thessaly

Published: 2020-04-07

<p>Fig. 1: Map over the site of Vlochos (Basemap: Google maps satellite image).</p>

Fig. 1: Map over the site of Vlochos (Basemap: Google maps satellite image).

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.

Hermione, The Argolid (2015- ongoing)

Published: 2021-02-10

<p>Fig. 1: Map over Hermione (Basemap: Google maps satellite image).</p>

Fig. 1: Map over Hermione (Basemap: Google maps satellite image).

Ancient Hermione was one of the city states of the southern Argolis region. Today the remains of the polis mostly lie under the homonymous modern town, located on a long narrow peninsula. Its tip, known as the Bisti, is a park, whereas today’s Hermione covers the east slope of the 70-meter tall Pron hill. A fertile plain, once hosting a water course, is found between the Pron and the mountainous Peloponnesian landscape in the north. Both sides of the Hermione peninsula feature excellent natural harbours.

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