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

Awards for Sissi

We are happy and proud to announce that our excavation at Sissi, Lasithi, Crete under the direction of the School's director, Professor Jan Driessen, won in two of the five categories of the "Archaeological Institute of America 2019 Photo Contest". More precisely, the works of Gavin McGuire, won the first position in the categories: "Field life" with the work "Painting Ghosts," and "Fun finds" with a picture entitled "Ghostly Images of the Present Past."
[(c) Gavin McGuire and EBSA]
You can see all winner and categories by following the link: https://www.archaeological.org/news/aianews/32055…
Congratulations Gavin, congratulations Jan!

Francine Blondé passed away

It is with great sadness that the Belgian School at Athens was informed of the passing away of Francine Blondé. Francine did her studies at the University of Ghent, graduating with a PhD on the lamps of Thorikos. She participated for many years in the excavations and studies at Thorikos before becoming a Belgian member of the French School at Athens (1982-1987). Afterwards she became lecturer at several French Universities before integrating the CNRS team at Lille. She worked intensively on Thasos but also at Phari, in Egypt, Syria and Turkey. Her research and many publications focussed on ceramics and workshops, always trying to find the individual behind the mere production. She will be dearly missed. Some photos in memory of her stay at Thorikos.....

Activities in Belgium

Conférence fouilles de Sissi le 26 mars

For those in Liège area, in Belgium, you are cordially invited to a lecture by our director, Prof. Jan Driessen:

L'a.s.b.l. "Liège Athènes du Nord" a programmé le mardi 26 mars une conférence de Jan Driessen, professeur à l'UCL et directeur de l'EBSA, sur les fouilles archéologiques belges de Sissi.

Lecture by Dr Eleni-Eva Toumbakari

You are cordially invited to a lecture by Dr Eleni-Eva Toumbakari (Greek Ministry for Culture and Sports) with the following title: "Consolidation and Restoration of Ancient Monuments and Protection of their Environment: Principles and Study Cases." [lecture in French]

The lecture is organized by UCLouvain and the group AEGIS.

When: February 26th, 2019

Time: 6 pm

Where: GRAAL, Salle Mertens, UCLouvain