British School at Athens

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The British School at Athens ( Greek Βρετανική Σχολή Αθηνών , also British School of Archeology at Athens , abbreviated BSA ) is one of 17 foreign archaeological institutes in Greece , all of which have their headquarters in Athens .

History and tasks

The British School at Athens was founded in 1886 as the fourth such institute, after France with the École française d'Athènes since 1846 , Germany with the German Archaeological Institute in Athens since 1874 and the United States of America with the American School of Classical Studies since 1881 Athens were already represented. The task of the British School is to support and conduct research on classical antiquity and archaeological research by British scientists. There is increasing research into other areas such as epigraphy and the history of modern Greece . In addition, the school organizes lecture series and seminars, congresses and courses, also for future scientists and teachers with a focus on Athens.

Directors of the British School at Athens

Institutions and research

The British School with approximately 60,000 volumes, including one of the largest archaeological libraries in Greece and maintains the founded in 1974, Fitch Laboratory is the oldest laboratory for Archaeometry in Greece. In Palaikastro and Knossos , both located in Crete , she runs two permanent outposts for research purposes outside of Athens.

In the course of its history, the British School has carried out numerous archaeological projects and is responsible for large surveys in Laconia , Boeotia , Ithaca , numerous islands and Crete , among others . She has also carried out numerous excavations in Crete, the most important of which are in Knossos and Palaikastro. She carried out further archaeological field research in Lefkandi , Perachora , Mycenae and Sparta, among others .


The British School annually publishes The Annual of the British School at Athens , which first appeared in 1894 and reached volume 105 by 2010. Archaeological research reports appear regularly and are co- edited with the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies as Archaeological Reports . It is the only such summary of ongoing archaeological research in Greece in English. Archaeological research from other regions of ancient Greece and the Byzantine world is regularly included in the reports and presented in reports on southern Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, Albania, Cyprus, Asia Minor and the Black Sea region. New acquisitions from UK museums and collections are also covered. In addition, the British School publishes studies and supplement volumes on closed topics, primarily British research and its own research in Greece.


  • Helen Waterhouse: The British School at Athens. The First Hundred Years . British School at Athens, London 1986.
  • Elena Korka (Ed.): Foreign Archaeological Schools in Greece. 160 years . Greek Ministry of Culture, Athens 2005, pp. 52–63.
  • Michael Llewellyn Smith, Paschalis M. Kitromilides, Eleni Calligas (Eds.): Scholars, Travels, Archives. Greek History and Culture through the British School at Athens. The British School at Athens, London 2009, ISBN 978-0-904887-60-0 . Review by: Frederick G. Naerebout, in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2010-11-08 online
  • David Gill: Sifting the soil of Greece. The early years of the British School at Athens (1886-1919) , Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplement 111, Institute of Classical Studies, London 2011, ISBN 978-1-905670-32-1

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Coordinates: 37 ° 58 ′ 43.7 "  N , 23 ° 44 ′ 51.7"  E