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

Exploring Thorikos online and available!

In these times of confinement, the EBSA and the Thorikos team make the latest publication on the site available online. You have no excuse not reading all research results from our oldest excavation in Greece. Enjoy and stay safe and... Thorikos updated!

EBSA in COVID-19 period

In these difficult times, the EBSA remains accessible through phone (6936 139 605), email (info@ebsa.info or piossif@ebsa.info) and Facebook messages/comments for all urgent (or less urgent) matters. We are keep doing our job to the best possible way considering the actual situation and we want to thank our colleagues from the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Ephorates, especially those of Eastern Attika and Lasithi , for all their help and collaboration even under these circumstances. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all updates.

Stay safe!

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