Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens

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The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens ( Greek Αυστραλιανό Αρχαιολογικό Ινστιτούτο Αθηνών , AAIA for short ) is one of 17 foreign archaeological institutes in Greece , all of which have their headquarters in Athens .

The institute was founded in 1980 and raised to the rank of "Archaeological School" by the Greek Ministry of Culture. The task of the institute is to advance research on ancient, medieval and modern Greece in Australia . The Institute privately funded is supported by private foundations and following eleven Australian universities: University of Sydney , University of Tasmania , University of Queensland , Western Australia University , New England University , Macquarie University , Australian National University , University of Adelaide , La Trobe University , Newcastle University and the University of Melbourne .

The institute carried out excavations in Torone in Chalkidike and surface research in Paliochora in Kythera . In addition, finds from the excavations in Zagora on Andros are processed. Further research deals with ceramics from Naukratis , Old Smyrna , Lower Italy and Sicily. The official publication organ is the Sydney journal Mediterranean Archeology .

In accordance with Greek regulations, the institute, as a recognized foreign archaeological school, has its own library. It offers accommodation for up to five guests. Alexander Cambitoglou was the founder and director of the institute from 1980 to 2016 .


  • Elena Korka (Ed.): Foreign Archaeological Schools in Greece: 160 Years . Greek Ministry of Culture, Athens 2005, pp. 30–37.

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