Amykles Research Project

Summer school at the Amyklaion

The Ionian University organises a Summer School on: Excavation techniques, first aid for finds & preventive conservation

Dates to be held: 8 to 12 July 2019
Venue: Amyklaion Archaeological Site , Sparta

Maximum number of participants: 12 people (minimum 10)

Organising and teaching:
Asst. Prof. Stavros Vlizos , Director of the Systematic Excavation at the archaeological site of Amyklaion and Department of Archives, Library and Museology, Ionian University.
Asst. Prof. Christos Karydis and Asst. Prof. Panagiota Manti, Department of the Environment, Conservation of Antiquities & Works of Art Program, Ionian University.


The Department of the Environment and the Department of Archives, Library Science and Museology of the Ionian University organise for the first time a Summer School on “Excavation techniques, first aid for finds and preventive conservation of excavated material” which is to be held at the excavation of the archaeological site of Amyklaion near Sparta between 8-12 July 2019. 

The Summer School is targeted to students and graduates of archaeology programs, art and antiquities conservation, museology, architecture and cultural heritage management. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in the active excavation of the Amyklaion, which is one of the most important sanctuaries of ancient Sparta.

The aim of the Summer School is to introduce theoretical and practical aspects of excavation techniques, on-site documentation and field conservation (lifting and first aid for finds) in a real working excavation environment. The program covers the complete range of work involved in an excavation and includes modern techniques for recording and preserving architectural and portable finds. The program focuses on understanding theoretical and practical means of stratigraphy, aerial photography via the use of drone systems, other documentation techniques and photography, as well as in situ first aid for finds, lifting, and packing for transport and storage of portable finds.



Applications are accepted until Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 (01/05/2019). To register, please send an email to Asst. Prof. Stavros Vlizos at

Full registration fee: 250 €
Student discount (-20%): 200 €
Registration in one of the two parts (2.5 days): 125 €

Registration fees include all materials, a field trip to Mystras on Saturday, transportation to the excavation from Sparta and back, and coffee/ snacks at the excavation break. Successful candidates will be informed about the result of their application by mid May 2019 and they will be notified of how to transfer the tuition fees to the university bank account.

The first column

The first column of the Throne of Amykles has been set up in its original place!

For the full article in greek visit this link

Fiction and the Amyklaion: just published novel from Italy


Excavation report for 2015

The excavation report for 2015 has been released! You can read the full report here.

About the book presentation and the Amyklaion …

For the full article visit this link

The first collective publication …

For information click here

Excavation fieldwork completion 2015

Field work for 2015 has been successfully completed on the hill of Hagia Kyriaki! For excavation outcomes you can consult the following links (in greek):

or download the press release here (also in greek).

An interview with Stavros Vlizos

You can read the interview here

Tara’s Parthenians

They would have their revenge one day, these bastard children, sons of bitches and Helot slaves, they were filthy mutts, unworthy of Spartan rights and citizenship. Their Spartiate fathers had disowned them after the First Messenian war, their Helot mothers tried to protect their puny sons, but they were better off to be thrown over Mount Taygetos, down into the chasm of the Apothetae. They were named, the Parthenians, the sons of virgins, born out of wedlock, and wherever they went, they were attacked with cacophonous insults from the Spartans, that scathed their hearts. For they were inferiors, half-bloods; but they would have their rancorous vengeance, oh yes they would, for the gods themselves willed it.


You can read the whole article by Claire Catacouzinos here !

In the light of Amyklaion

This is a summary of the first documentary about the investigations at the Spartan sanctuary of Apollo Amyklaios, created in the summer of 2013 in the framework of the Amykles Research Project.

You can view the HD version of the video here !

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