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  • Founded in 1846 and the first foreign institute to be established in Greece, the French School at Athens is a centre of advanced research whose core mandate is the study of Greece in its Balkan and Mediterranean contexts, from its prehistory to the present.  ​

    This mission is accompanied by the training of a new generation of academics, facilitating early-career researchers’ access to the field and culture of Greece and supporting their integration within a high-level international professional context.

    The French School of Athens is: 

    • A research cluster bringing together 50 research collaborators working in different departments.
    • A library housing 92,000 works (1,800 of which are periodicals) freely open to researchers, with access to state-of-the-art e-resources.
    • A series of publications, including an internationally renowned scientific journal, 16 collections, with more than 10 volumes published annually
    • An archive of written and iconographic material from the on-site missions of the School and from the museums of Greece and other Mediterranean countries: 8,000 engravings, more than 635,000 photographs, 52,500 plans and drawings, and 240 linear metres of manuscript documents.  
    • Hosting facilities : the School welcomes more than 300 researchers annually at its headquarters in Athens, including library users. The 7 excavation houses host  researchers working on-site or in museum collections.  
    • An institute of training which recruits internationally: French or non-French research members, contractual doctoral candidates, researchers in residence hosted under international mobility schemes, grant-holders from across the world. 
    • A centre of academic meetings: organized throughout the academic year, conferences, specialist seminars and lectures cover the breadth of research on Hellenism, from antiquity to the contemporary period. The School draws in particular on its partnership with universities and museums, in France and beyond, and with the CNRS. 
    • An organization with responsability for prestigious excavation sites: as many as ten excavation missions are held annually in Greece, in Albania and in Cyprus, in collaboration with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the Greek, Cypriot and Albanian archaeological services, and with Greek, French and European universities. 
    • The development of a research hub putting French, Greek and other colleagues and institutions in contact to further the study of Greece, the Balkans, and the eastern Mediterranean, from the Ottoman period to the transformations of the twenty-first century.  

    ARCHIMAGE : The latest pictures

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    Thasos - Acropole ; Athénaion (sanctuaire d'Athéna), GTh 65 - L10034-021

    rempart sanctuaire, mur, trace, rocher, parement externe Matériau : marbre,
    Archimage is intended to gradually put online the graphic and photographic documents, kept in the Archives service of FSA.

    Archaeology in Greece ONLINE

    Ancient Thouria, Ellenika-6121
    Thouria. X. Arapogianni (ASA) reports on excavation of the sanctuary of Asklepios and also in the Ellenika location. The rock-fall at the Asklepieion in 2014 which had prevented work there occasioned the installation of a new roof. Debris was removed from the western part of the excavated area making it easier to view the ruins. It was possible to study better parts of the sanctuary and the stoa, which had not been uncovered throughout its entire length, and to protect them from rocks. Finds from the Asklepieion included Hellenistic ceramics, figurines, part of a catalogue of ephebes, coins, stamped tiles, a medical tool and a sherd with an incised dedication to Asklepios (Fig. 1). At Ellenika, apart from the lower part of a structure characterised as a peribolos the previous year
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    A collaborative project with the BSA.