Established in 1837, the Archaeological Society at Athens (www.archetai.gr)
is Greece’s oldest and most venerable archaeological organization. For the past 180 years, through excavations, restoration programs, and publications, the Society has been conducting cutting-edge archaeological research, as well as protecting and preserving Greece’s cultural heritage.
Some of the most important archaeological sites of the Classical World, including several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, have been excavated by the Society: the Acropolis of Athens, the Minoan town on Thera (Santorini), the citadel of Mycenae, and the famous medical sanctuary of Epidaurus are only a few of the Society’s important excavations. In addition, the rich archives of the Society, also dating back to 1837, consist of thousands of manuscripts, books, a
nd photographs. Its library is one of the most important archaeological libraries worldwide for ancient Greek and Byzantine studies.
In its long history, the Archaeological Society has been recognized, honored, and granted support by numerous prominent people and institutions. Among its admirers and supporters have been, for example, Otto, the first King of Greece, George Clemenceau, the President of the French Republic, and the National Bank of Greece.
To learn more about the multi-faceted work of the Society, please click the links below.