Welcome to the website of the Belgian School at Athens. We are primarily engaged in archaeological research in Greece, which especially includes excavation and survey but also material studies and the publication, presentation and preservation of results. Our main projects are the excavations at Thorikos in South Attica (Lavrion Attikis), and, on the island of Crete, at Sissi (Agiou Nikolaou) and at Itanos (Sitias), both in the Lasithi province.

Apart from these projects, we host a library with a large number of Belgian publications on Greek archaeology, we organise conferences, seminars, courses, and colloquia.

Through this website we hope to reach all those interested in Greek archaeology. Our calendar highlights not only our activities in Greece but also scientific activities related to Greek archaeology organized in Belgium. You can also find guidelines on excavation and research permits, Belgian academic institutions involved in research on Greek soil and heritage

The director
Jan Driessen

Activities in Greece

Annual Meeting 2019

This year's Annual Meeting of the Belgian School will be taking place at the Italian School of Athens (Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene) the very last day of May.
The director of the EBSA, after a brief welcome speech by H.E. the Ambassador of Belgium Mr Luc Liebaut, will present the exciting field activities at Thorikos, Sissi, and Itanos while also reporting on the numerous other academic activities which took place in 2018.
This presentation will be followed by an intriguing lecture by Prof. Dr Stefan Schorn (KULeuven) on "Bouphonia: ancient Athens' strangest sacrifice?".
These lectures will be followed by a reception offered, as always, by the Ambassador in the magnificent terrace of the SAIA.
You are all welcome to attend!
When: May 31st
Time: 6:45 pm
Where: Scuola Archaeologica Italiana di Atene, Parthenonos 14, Athens

Numismatic Seminar May 6th, 2019: Zakharov & Smirnov

The seventh and penultimate lecture of this year's Numismatic Seminar is taking place in one week from now, Monday May 6th. It is the "mysterious" TBA lecture of the original program and this year's surpise. 
Below, you will find the poster of this lecture to be delivered by Evgeny Zakharov (Senior Research Fellow and Curator of Greek and Byeantine Coins at the State Historical Museum) and Svyatoslav Smirnov (Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of World History of Russian Academy of Sciences) on the following topic:
"New Seleucid Coins in Russian Museum Collections" (lecture in English).
Please take note of the following changes related to previous years; the seminar starts at 7 pm and second, it will take place (for the whole seminar) at the ground floor seminar room of the National Research Foundation, Vassileos Konstantinou 48.
You are all welcome!
When: Monday, May 6th, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Seminar room of the National Research Foundation, Vassileos Konstantinou 48

Activities in Belgium

Discussing the... Minoans: Le Monde and RTBF

EBSA's putting forward one of the many aspects of its specialization: Minoan Crete. Our director, Prof. Jan Driessen, discussed "Europe's first civilization" both in "Le Monde" and answered questions live from Cyprus for La Première of the RTBF.
1) Le Monde
The Minoan civilization under the spots of "Le Monde" and the Belgian teams of the EBSA are among the most important.
2) La Première (RTBF)
If you want to know everything about Minoan languages and society organisation in 10 minutes by one of the top specialists, follow the interview by our director Jan Driessen on Belgian Radio (RTBF) in French. Interview given from Pyla, Cyprus where another Belgian team is excavating!


AEGIS Day IV: Current Research in AEGIS


Annelies Van de Ven, Never-ending Stories. Writing the Artefact Biography of a Catacomb Squeeze

Diana Wolf, Micro-Scale vs. Macro-Scale 'Monsters'? Composite Creatures on Minoan Seals and Sealings

Sylviane Déderix and Aurore Schmitt, News from the Tombs. Primary Burials, Secondary Deposits and Secondary Burials in Protopalatial Sissi

Anthi Balitsari, Investigating the Middle Bronze Age in Attica: The Case of Marathon

Workshop organized by UCLouvain, INCAL, CEMA and AEGIS.

When: Tuesday, April 2nd 2019

Time: 9-12 am

Where: GRAAL C.444 UCLouvain

Information: maud.devolder@uclouvain.be