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

Appel à candidatures - Itanos 2020

Le CReA-Patrimoine reprend cette année un nouveau programme de fouilles (2020-2024), sous la direction d’Athéna Tsingarida et Didier Viviers, sur le site d’Itanos (nécropole) en Crète orientale. En 2020, 8 places sont ouvertes aux étudiants en archéologie (à partir du Bloc 3 - BA3), qui auront l’occasion de développer leur expertise à la fois sur le terrain (fouille et relevés) et en laboratoire (gestion et traitement du matériel). Une expérience de fouille préalable est requise. Les frais de voyage et de logement seront pris en charge par la mission.
Les dossiers de candidature doivent être adressés à Monsieur Antoine Attout (antoine.attout*ulb.ac.be) pour le 29 février 2020, au plus tard. Ils comprendront un CV et une lettre de motivation. Un entretien sera prévu avec les étudiants
présélectionnés dans le courant du mois de mars. Les dates du séjour sont les suivantes :
• Arrivée aux alentours du 5 juillet (en fonction des disponibilités de transport) – début de la fouille le 6 juillet ;
• Départ aux alentours du 2 août (en fonction des disponibilités de transport) – fin du postfouille
terrain le 31 juillet.
Pour des informations sur le programme archéologique mené par le CReA-Patrimoine à Itanos, https://crea.centresphisoc.ulb.be/fr/node/5540

Numismatic Seminar 24 February 2020

We are happy to announce that our next Numismatic Seminar is taking place next Monday, February 24th and the topic delivered by David Weidgenannt (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main) is: "Old News from Arcadia? The Arkadikon Coinage revisited".
This promises to be an exciting lecture on a hot topic since Arcadian coinage was the focus of an important conference organized recently by the KIKPE foundation and the Ephorate of Antiquities of Arkadia. You are all welcome!
When: Monday 24th, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: National Hellenic Research Foundation, Seminar Room, Ground floor, Vasileos Konstantinou 48, Athens

Activities in Belgium

Jean-Pierre Olivier 1939-2020

This post is to convey the news that Jean-Pierre Olivier has passed away in Brussels on 6 January. Until the end of 2019, despite serious health problems, he kept on working actively
on his projects, but in the new year his condition deteriorated very quickly.
Jean-Pierre (b. 1939) was a former member of the French School at Athens and an emeritus research director at the Belgian FNRS. A student of Claire Préaux at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, he belonged to the first generation of scholars who engaged from the 1960s onward with the study of Linear B, inspired by its then recent decipherment by Michael Ventris in collaboration with John Chadwick. He subsequently developed into one of the most prolific and significant researchers in the field of Aegean and Cypriot
syllabic scripts and edited or co-edited several corpora of texts in the Cretan Hieroglyphic, Linear A, Linear B and Cypro-Minoan. In the field of Linear B studies in particular, he was instrumental in the editing of corpora of texts from Pylos, Knossos, Tiryns, Thebes and Mycenae. He is also the author of a seminal study on the Mycenaean scribes from Knossos, as well as of numerous philological and historical contributions on the economy, administration and tax system of the Mycenaean kingdoms.
For all of those who knew him personally and have been taught by him his passing is a great loss. He was a unique scholar and a fiercely loyal friend and, although he will be greatly missed, he is certain not to be forgotten. He is survived by his long-time companion Frieda Vandenabeele and a small company of cats that descend from the proud generation of Pipituna, a Cretan cat adopted by him in Malia.

INCAL Invited Scholar 2019

This end of the year is a period of intense activity on Greek archaeology in Belgium organized by members of the EBSA. In this case, the director of the School invited Dr Angelos Papadopoulos as visiting researcher of the INCAL (ULC) for 2019.

In this framework, Dr Papadopoulos will deliver three lectures focusing on the eastern Mediterranean Bronze Age. The three lectures are having the following titles:

1. "The Journey of a stirrup jar: Trade and exchange between the Aegean, Cyprus and the Levant"
2.  "Violence and (lack of) bloodshed? Mycenaean iconography, art and propaganda"
3.  "Searching for the Cypriot merchant in the Late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean: Some methodological considerations".
All lectures are starting at 5:00 pm and will be taking place at Room GRAAL C444-Salle Mertens, Place Mercier 53, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium starting November 27th and followed by the second and third lectures on the 28th and 29th respectively.
Those in the area, you are all invited.
When: November 27, 28 and 29, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm
Where: Room GRAAL C444-Salle Mertens, Place Mercier 53, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium