Sine Riisager, M.A., Assistant Director, The Danish Institute at Athens


The Danish Institute at Athens, founded in 1992, is a non-profit, self-governing foundation belonging to the resort of the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The Danish National Museum and the Universities of Aarhus, Copenhagen, and Southern Denmark are co-funders.

The Danish Institute at Athens is both an academic institution and a cultural institute, and supports research and studies in archaeology, history, literature, architecture, art history, cultural tradition and language, as well as the work of Danish creative artists and craftsmen, and also offers accommodation to scholars, students, and artists in the two guesthouses.
The Institute is recognized as an archaeological school by the Greek Ministry of Culture, and is among the youngest of the 17 foreign archaeological schools in Athens.

The Institute promotes cultural exchange between Denmark and Greece and organizes exhibitions, concerts and other performances on the premises and elsewhere in Athens. Cultural events arranged by the Institute, whether lectures in a foreign language, concerts, or exhibitions, are announced biannually on the Spring and Autumn program. Furthermore, newsletters are published electronically every other month, containing news from the Institute, articles and information on the Institute's cultural activities, i.a.

The institute is engaged in archaeological field-work. The results are published in Proceedings of The Danish Institute at Athens (PoDIA), one of two series of publications issued by the Institute.

Kephalonia. A survey in the western part of the Ionian island, was begun under the sponsorship of the Swedish Institute in 1992, and continued by the Danish Institute with campaigns. The project included measurings of the ancient town of Same.

Kattavia in Southern Rhodes. In 1994, a survey was conducted by the Danish Institute in co-operation with the National Museum of Copenhagen and the Ephorate of the Dodekanese in the valley around the village of Kattavia in Southern Rhodes. The ancient polis was located, as was an important workshop of amphorae. The material documented that the valley had been inhabited from the Neolithic period until early Christian times, as well as later.

Kato Vasiliki, the ancient Chalkis of Aitolia. In 1995, a co-operation with the ephorate of Patras and the Danish Institute on surveys and excavations near the village of Kato Vassiliki began. Two classical fortification walls in Pangali, the Byzantine and Classical fortification walls surrounding the hill of Aghia Triadha, and foundations of Classical and Hellenistic houses, were cleaned and measured. In 2000 a rich Hellenistic tomb was excavated, and what is believed to be an altar was discovered.

Kalydon. In 2001 the Institute embarked upon a new survey and excavation project in ancient Calydon in Aitolia, where the well-known Danish archaeologist and art historian Frederik Poulsen conducted excavations in the 1920s and 30s. Since 2001, excavations on different locations in the area have been made, among other things in order to determine a plan of the town, define public spaces, excavate and find architectural characteristics and determine use of some buildings and thus the function of the town.

Piraeus, the Zea Harbour Project (www.zeaharbourproject.dk). Combined terrestrial and marine archaelogical investigations. The project is carried out with permission and assistance of The Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and the 26th Ephorate in Piraeus. The construction of the Kantharos, Zea and Mounychia harbours in Piraeus were begun under the archonship of Themistokles in 493/492 B.C. In the late classical period the Zea Harbour was Athens most important naval harbour and housed a large part of the Athenian fleet. One of the project's aims is to investigate the architecture and function of the Zea ship-shed complex, which is vital for understanding the dimensions of the Athenian trireme, since no wrecks of ancient warships have been found.

Pilion Cave Project In 2005, the project was established as a collaborative initiative between The Danish Institute at Athens and The Ephorate Palaeoanthropology & Speleology at Northern Greece under the Greek Ministry of Culture. The aim of the project is to explore the economic, functional, historical, and spiritual use and meaning of caves from mainly the Ottoman and Modern periods. A specific goal of the project is to investigate the archaeological consequences of activities in and around caves.

The Danish Institute at Athens is situated in Plaka east of the Acropolis, Herefondos 14. For more information, please visit www.diathens.com, of or call 210 3244644


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