Active Fieldwork Projects | Former Fieldwork Projects | Other Research | Conferences and Lectures

As an academic institute, the Finnish Institute at Athens is classified in Greece as an archaeological school. This status allows it to carry out archaeological fieldwork in Greece. The Institute’s fieldwork is funded by external means from various foundations and funding bodies and/or by the Institute’s Support Delegation.

Before the Finnish Institute at Athens started field archaeology projects of its own, Finnish scholars gained archaeological training in different Greek and Nordic projects. One example of such a joint Nordic project is the excavation at the sanctuary of Agios Elias in Asea, Arcadia, in 1997. This project brought together researchers from Finland, Norway, and Sweden. 

The Finnish Institute’s first own excavation projects were led by Arja Karivieri between 1999 and 2004 and focused on the Early Christian Basilica in Arethousa, Macedonia. Around the same time, in 2001–2002, Jari Pakkanen and his team worked in Stratos in western Greece on the Temple of Zeus at Stratos providing new measurements and reconstruction of the building.

In the research project Verse Inscriptions of Roman Greece led by Erkki Sironen between 2003 and 2010, Finnish scholars studied epigrams cut in stone during the Roman period. Jari Pakkanen initiated Kyllene harbour project between 2007 and 2017 as well as a research project on the City plan of Naxos, a Greek colony in Sicily, from 2012 to 2017. Pakkanen directed also the Salamis Urban Landscape project on the island of Salamis between 2016 and 2019.

Thesprotia Expedition and Agia Paraskevi of Arachamitai have already reached their post-excavation and publishing stage. Fieldwork in Thesprotia was carried out in 2004–2010, 2015 and 2020, and in Agia Paraskevi of Arachamitai in 2006–2008 and 2010–2019, although the study of the material will continue for years to come. The Photike Archaeological Project excavated a Roman colonial town in 2019–2023.

In 2019 was initiated a new Rethymno Hilly Countryside Archaeological Project on the countryside southwest of Rethymnon, Crete. From the year 2022, the Institute’s Melitaia Archaeological Programme has done fieldwork in ancient Melitaia in the municipality of Domokos.


Rethymno Hilly Countryside Archaeological Project

Rethymno Hilly Countryside Archaeological Project (ReHCAP) is an interdisciplinary regional archaeological project of the Finnish Institute at Athens, co-directed by...
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Melitaia Archaeological Programme

The Melitaia Archaeological Programme (MELAP) is a co-operation between the Ephoreia of Antiquities of Phthiotida and Evrytania and the Finnish...
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Agia Paraskevi of Arachamitai

Agia Paraskevi of Arachamitai is a site located at the highest point of the pass leading from Asea to Arachamitai...
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Photike Archaeological Project

Photike is located in the northern part of the Kokytos valley, close to modern Paramythia in Thesprotia. It was a...
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The Early Christian Basilica of Paliambela

The Early Christian basilica of Paliambela at Arethousa, located ca. 20 km west of Amphipolis in Northern Greece, was discovered...
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Thesprotia Expedition – A Regional, Interdisciplinary Survey Project in Northwestern Greece

The Thesprotia Expedition is an interdisciplinary project combining archaeology, geology, and history with the aim of writing the diachronic history...
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The Temple of Zeus at Stratos

The target of this research was the unfinished Doric temple of Zeus at Stratos in Western Greece, built at the...
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Verse Inscriptions of Roman Greece

The project focusing on stone poetry, which started in 2003, aims to collect and publish the over 1,000 known Greek...
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The Greek colony of Naxos in Sicily: mapping the town plan and geophysical survey

The fifth-century BC orthogonal city grid is the best-known and most-researched aspect of urban Naxos, the first Greek colonial foundation...
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Kyllene Harbour Project

The Kyllene Harbour Project was initiated in 2007, and the survey has been continued in 2008 and 2009. It is...
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Salamis Urban Landscape Project 2016–2020

The collaboration between the Ephorate of Antiquities of West Attica, Piraeus and the Islands and the Finnish Institute at Athens...
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The Final Pagan Renaissance of Athens, AD 267 – 529

1985 – 1988

Paavo Castrén, Risto Aikonen, Arja Karivieri, Julia Burman, Vappu Pyykkö, Gunnar af Hällström, Erkki Sironen

Hellenistic Athens, 323 – 30 BC

1988 – 1992

Jaakko Frösén, Mika Hakkarainen, Kenneth Lönnqvist, Tuula Korhonen, Minna Lönnqvist, Martti Leiwo, Petra Pentikäinen, Tiina Purola, Erja Salmenkivi

Dionysius the Areopagite in History and Legend

1993 – 1995

Gunnar af Hällström, Jeanette Lindblom, Markku Nikulin, Eino Palin, Leena Mari Peltomaa, Hanna-Riitta Toivanen

Mythical Bodies: Greek Myths and European Thought

1995 – 1998

Kirsti Simonsuuri, Outi Alanko-Kahiluoto, Risto Heikkinen, Kalle Kuusimäki, Martti-Tapio Kuuskoski, Mikael Olin, Anna Pietiläinen, Anne Siikaluoma-Tervonen, Leena Viitaniemi

Late Classical and Hellenistic Heroa

2000 – 2004

Leena Pietilä-Castrén, Mari Mikkola, Mikko Suoninen, Tiina Tuukkanen, Hanne Wikström

August Myhrberg and North-European Philhellenism: Building the Myth of a Hero

2005 2006

Petra Pakkanen

The Image of Finland in the Greek Press during the Winter War of 1939 – 1940

2001 2010

Kira Kaurinkoski, Maria Martzoukou, Maria Gourdouba

Open Data of the Scientific Institutes -project

2018 – 2019

Manna Satama

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An important part of the scholarly activities of the Finnish Institute at Athens consists of organising international conferences and lectures. Some of the proceedings are later published in the Institute’s PMFIA series. Since 2006 the Institute has organised an annual Johannes Sundwall lecture, given by an internationally-renowned scholar with a broad scholarly output dealing with topics that are similar to those of Sundwall’s own research.


(Organized partly in co-operation with others)

Ancient Medicine, 4. – 10.10.1986

Ancient Technology, 30.3. – 4.4.1987

Roman Onomastics, 17.9.1990

National Themes in Greek and Finnish Music, 4. – 5.5.1992

Roman Onomastics in the Greek-speaking Provinces: Social and Political Aspects, 7. – 9.9.1993

Athens in the Sixth Century AD, 18. – 19.5.1994

The Pnyx in the History of Athens, 7. – 9.10.1994

Greek and Roman Religions According to the Church Fathers, 17. – 18.5.1995

The Writing Woman: Ritual and Religious Perspectives, 21. – 22.5.1997

Recent Research in Arcadia, 27. – 28.1.1998

The Greek East in the Roman Context, 21. – 22.5.1999

Scribes, Language and Textual Tradition, 25.1.2001

The Eastern Mediterranean in the Late Antiquity and Early Byzantine Periods, 24.1.2003

Thesprotian Colloquium, 12. – 13.5.2006

Experience of Empire – Responses from the Provinces, 19. – 21.6.2006

Langnet seminar, 1. – 4.10.2008

Defining and Interpreting Ancient Greek Cult Deposits, 24. – 27.10.2008

Life is a (Greek) Tragedy II, 9. – 10.2.2009

Styles of Political Theorizing: Exploring Concepts and Rhetorical Practices in History, 19. – 20.2.2009

Variation and Change in Greek and Latin: Problems and Methods, 17. – 20.9.2009

The Ottoman Past in the Balkan Present: Music and Mediation, 30.9. – 2.10.2010

Greek Building Projects, 23. – 24.5.2014

The Greek Apologists of the Second Century, 20. – 21.10.2016

ARISTOTLE – Timeless and Scientifically Timely (organised with the Academy of Athens and the Centre for Historical Ontology), the Academy of Athens, 14. – 17.1.2017

Act of the Scribe: Interfaces Between Scribal Work and Language Use (organised by a project funded by the Academy of Finland: ”Act of the Scribe: Transmitting Linguistic Knowledge and Scribal Practices in Graeco-Roman Antiquity”), 6. – 8.4.2017

Creating and Strengthening Identities: Greek and Roman Stereotypes of the East, 8 – 9.2.2019

Symposium in the memory of Konstantina Peppas Delmousou (organised with the Epigraphical Museum and the Swedish Institute at Athens), Epigraphical Museum of Athens, 15.3.2019

Approaches to Classical Lands: Travellers, Scholars, Tourists, 31.5. – 1.6.2019

Markers of Northernness in Greek Ethnography and Geography, 10. – 11.12.2022

Protection of the Environment in Armed Conflicts (organised with the Toxic Crimes Project, Athens PIL and National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), 4.5.2023

Places and Canvases of Communication: Identity of Odessa and altering walls, 8. – 9.6.2023

La laideur: Du corps physique au corps politique (organised with the Swedish Institute at Athens, l’Université Paris I, l’Université de Bretagne-Sud and University of Thessaly), Swedish Institute at Athens, 21. – 22.9.2023


Jack L. Davis (University of Cincinnati), ‘Remembering and Forgetting Nestor: Pylian Pasts Pluperfect?’, 8.11.2006

Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge), ‘How the Gauls Broke the Frame: A Hellenistic Revolution in Theology on the Athenian Acropolis’, 30.11.2007

Lorna Hardwick (Open University), ‘Ancient and Modern Societies in Dialogue: the Role of Greek Drama’, 19.11.2009

Cynthia W. Shelmerdine (University of Texas at Austin), ‘Mycenaean Scribes and Literacy’, 18.11.2010

Mark Janse (Ghent University), ‘The Cappadocians and their Languages, 1911 BC–AD 2011’, 15.11.2011

Joseph Maran (University of Heidelberg), ‘Gods and Rulers in Mycenean Citadels: a Very Special Relationship’, 14.11.2013

A. Bernard Knapp, ‘Bronze Age Trade in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean: The Case of Maritime Transport Containers’, 6.11.2014

Olga Palagia (University of Athens), ‘The Sculpture from the sanctuary of Apollo Amyklaios in Sparta’, 5.11.2015

Stephen Lambert (Cardiff University), ‘Demokrates the democrat?’ 24.11.2016

Sofia Voutsaki (University of Groningen), ‘The North Cemetery at Ayios Vasilios and the Transformation of Early Mycenaean Society’, 20.12.2017

Mary E. Voyatzis (University of Arizona), ‘A Tale of Two Arcadian Sanctuaries: Comparing Zeus on Mt. Lykaion with Athena Alea at Tegea’, 4.12.2018

Anna Lucia D’Agata (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Roma), ‘Making Gender with Things: Gendered Identities and Material Culture in Late Minoan III Crete’, 25.11.2019

Frederick Whitling (European University Institute), ‘“Greek Genius in Roman Body” – Johannes Sundwall, ‘the Grand Old Man of Classical Research in Finland’ and ‘the Great Minoan Riddle’’, 15.11.2021, SAIA

Lilian Karali (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), ‘Contribution of Archaeomalacological Research to Aegean Archaeology’, 25.11.2022


Margareta Steinby (All Souls College, Oxford), ‘Monumenta: Who Built What in Ancient Rome’, 17.5.2001

Jussi Nuorteva (University of Helsinki), ‘Finnish Literature from Kalevala Epics to Modern Translations’, 23.5.2002

Paavo Castrén (University of Helsinki), ‘Hellenism and Romanization in Pompeji’, 20.5.2003

Maarit Kaimio (University of Helsinki), ‘Quarrelsome Women in a Greek Papyrus from Petra’, 21.5.2004

William Bowden (University of East Anglia), ‘Thesprotia in the Context of Late Roman Epirus Vetus’, 19.5.2005

Γεώργιος Ρήγινος , ‘Η Ελέα και η Ελεάτιδα στην ύστερη Κλασική και Ελληνιστική Περίοδο’, 19.5.2005

James R. Wiseman (University of Boston), ‘From the Acheron River Valley to the Loutros Delta: Human Settlement from Classical Times to Late Antiquity’, 12.5.2006

Γεώργιος Ρήγινος, ‘Οικιστική οργάνωση στην αρχαία Θεσπρωτία την ύστερη Κλασική και Ελληνιστική Περίοδο’, 12.5.2006

Gilles Touchais (University of Paris), ‘South Illyria in the Bronze Age and its Connections with the Aegean’, 22.5.2007

Leena Pietilä-Castrén (University of Helsinki), ‘In Pursuit of Hero Monuments’, 22.5.2008

Jari Pakkanen (Royal Holloway University of London), ‘Underwater Investigations of the Ancient and Medieval Harbour at Kyllene’, 14.5.2009

Jaakko Frösén (University of Helsinki), ‘From Carbonized Papyri to the Monastery of Saint Aaron at Petra’, Jordan, 20.5.2010

Björn Forsén (University of Helsinki), ‘Thesprotia Expedition:  Seven  Years  of Archaeological Field Work’, 19.5.2011

Risto Pekka Pennanen (University of Helsinki), ‘Ottoman  Popular  Music  in  Greece  –  Nationalization and Beyond’, 18.5.2012

Mika Kajava (University of Helsinki), ‘Ancient Oracles and Epigraphy’, 23.5.2013

Manólis Korrés (National Technical University of Athens), ‘The Olympieion at Athens’, 22.5.2014

Paavo Castrén (University of Helsinki), ‘Suomen Ateenan-instituutin perustaminen’, 21.5.2015

Alexander Mazarakis Ainian (University of Thessaly), ‘A View from the Heights: Public and Religious Buildings of Ancient Kythnos’, 21.4.2016

Boris Rankov (Royal Holloway University of London), ‘Understanding Ancient Warships’, 18.5.2017

Björn Forsén (Finnish Institute at Athens), ‘From Arkas to Hadrian: Cult and Politics at the Sanctuary of Artemis Lykoatis, Arcadia’, 17.5.2018

Torsten Mattern (Trier), ‘From Herakles to the Franks: New Research in Kleonai (Argolido-Corinthia)’, 14.5.2019

John K. Papadopoulos (UCLA), ’Framing Victory: Salamis, the Athenian Acropolis and the Agora’, 20.5.2021

Arja Karivieri (Stockholm University), ‘Athenian Lamps: Images of Gods and Ritual Use?’, 23.5.2022

Judith M. Barringer (University of Edinburgh), ‘The Workings of Treasuries in Greek Sanctuaries’, 17.5.2023


Yannis Lolos (University of Thessaly), ‘The Sikyon Project: The Challenges of an Intensive Urban Survey’, 1.12.2005

Nikolaos Efstratiou (Aristoteleio Univeristy of Thessaloniki), ‘Exploring Two Contrasting Landscapes in Greece: Lowland Thrace and Highland Grevena’, 20.2.2006

David Pettegrew (Ohio State University), ‘The New Breed of Hyper-intensive Survey: A Case Study from the Eastern Korinthia’, 10.5.2006

Gert Jan van Wijngaarden (Netherlands institute in Athens), ‘The Zakynthos Archaeology Project’, 23.10.2006

Georgia Kokkorou-Alevras (University of Athens) and Konstantinos Kopanias (German Archaeological Institute), ‘Επιφανειακή Έρευνα στον Αρχαίο Δήμο των Αλασαρνιτών (σύγχρ. Καρδάμαινα) στην Κω’, 27.11.2006

John Bintlif (Leiden University), ‘Regional Field Survey in Greece – A Short History and a Review of Its Strengths and Weaknesses for Writing History’, 25.1.2007

Kostas Sbonias (Ionian University), ‘Surveying in a Mountainous Landscape. Vrysinas on Western Crete as a Case Study’, 13.2.2007

Timothy E. Gregory (Ohio State University), ‘The Australian Paliochora-Kythera Archaeological Survey: A Low-Impact, Long-Term Experience in Archaeological Investigation’, 30.4.2007


April – June 2016

October – December 2016

January – May 2017

November – December 2017

January – May 2018


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