Austrian Archaeological Institute Athens

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Building of the Austrian Archaeological Institute in Athens

The Austrian Archaeological Institute, Athens Branch ( Greek Αυστριακό Αρχαιολογικό Ινστιτούτο Αθηνών ) is one of 17 foreign archaeological institutes in Greece , all of which are headquartered in Athens .

History and tasks

The Athens branch of the Austrian Archaeological Institute was founded in 1898 as the fifth foreign archaeological institute in Athens. The building, which was completed in 1908 and which houses the Athens branch , was built according to plans by Ernst Ziller and is located on a plot of land donated by the Greek state in Leoforos Alexandras. From 1947 to 2003 the building also housed the Austrian embassy. The Athens branch was closed as a result of the Second World War in 1944 and only reopened in 1964.

The task of the Athens branch is to carry out research on classical antiquity and to support archaeological research by Austrian scientists and students. In addition, scientific events on archaeological topics are held.

Facilities and research

The library comprises around 18,000 volumes, with a focus on publications on classical archeology in Greece and the Aegean Bronze Age , as well as archaeological publications from Austria.

Current research projects are dedicated to Aigeira , Lousoi and Aigina-Kolona , there in cooperation with the Department of Ancient Studies, Classical and Early Aegean Archeology at the University of Salzburg. Furthermore, together with the Ephoria of Patras, excavations are being carried out in Gremoulias near Kalavrita . A cooperation between the University of Graz and the Ephorie of Corinth in Pheneos is currently receiving administrative support from the Athens branch .

The Athens Branch has a long tradition of research in Elis , where excavations were carried out in collaboration with the Archaeological Society of Athens . Earlier smaller excavations and surveys have been carried out in Elateia , Eastern Crete , Pleuron , the Peloponnese and Plataiai .

List of Secretaries and Branch Managers (Directors)


  • Veronika Mitsopoulos-Leon (Ed.): Hundred Years of the Austrian Archaeological Institute, Athens, 1898–1998 . Vienna and Athens 1998. ISBN 3-900305-24-2 .
  • Manfred Kandler, Gudrun Wlach (Red.): 100 Years of the Austrian Archaeological Institute 1898–1998 . ÖAI special publications 31. Vienna 1998, ISBN 3-900305-27-6 .
  • Christa Schauer: Αυστριακό Αρχαιολογικό Ινστιτούτο Αθηνών / Austrian Archaeological Institute at Athens . In: Elena Korka (ed.): Foreign Archaeological Schools in Greece: 160 Years . Greek Ministry of Culture, Athens 2005, ISBN 960-214-464-5 , pp. 38–47. - Extended 2nd edition: Elena Korka (ed.): Ξένες Αρχαιολογικές Σχολές στην Ελλάδα - από τον 19ο στον 21ο αιώνα. Foreign Archaeological Schools in Greece - from the 19th to the 21st Century. Greek Ministry of Culture, Athens 2007, ISBN 978-960-214-604-0 , pp. 46–57.

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Coordinates: 37 ° 59 ′ 27.3 "  N , 23 ° 44 ′ 5.8"  E