Friday, April 28, 2017

Bound for Eretria; Ancient Argilos at 25 in Thessaloniki

The Institute is organizing another one of its well-known Saturday excursions on Saturday, May 13th. This time we are going to ancient (and modern) Eretria on the island of Evia. The Scientific Secretary of the Swiss School of Archaeology in Greece, Dr. Tobias Krapf, will be our expert guide to the Archaeological Museum, the West quarter and city walls, the theatre (without entering: as it is closed), the gymnasium, the Sebasteion, and the House of the Mosaics. After this meander around the excavations we will have lunch in the port at the favorite fish taverna of the Swiss archaeologists. If that is not sufficient stimulation for one day, we will then go to the Avantis Estate Winery ( outside of Chalcis for a tour and a tasting of six of their award-winning wines.

We will leave Athens (from the corner of Leof. Vas. Sofias and Gennedaiou) at 08:15 sharp (in order to catch the 10:00 ferryboat). The expected return time is 18:30/19:00.

For the Friends’ and supporters of the Institute the cost is 25€, for others it is 35€. The price includes the Pullman, the ferryboat ticket from Skala Oropos, and the wine tasting. Not included are the Museum and site entrance ticket (2€) and the lunch.

As only 25 enthusiastic individuals can join us, I urge you to contact Jonathan ( immediately to reserve your place on this most interesting cultural adventure. Participants can pay at the Institute during normal hours of operation prior to the excursion, or on the Pullman.

Ancient Argilos at 25 in Thessaloniki

It is hard to believe that the excavation at ancient Argilos in Macedonia has been conducting significant archaeological research there under the aegis of the Institute since 1992. Over the past 25 years five areas of the site has been excavated. To celebrate this important milestone in this Greek/Canadian synergasia, the Director, Dr. Zisis Bonias (Director Emeritus, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport), and the Co-Director, Prof. Jacques Y. Perreault (Université de Montréal) are organizing a three-day conference in Thessaloniki on Thursday, May 25th through Saturday, May 27th. “ARGILOS, 25 ANNÉES DE RECHERCHES. Organisation de la ville et de la campagne dans le Nord de l’Égée VIIIe – IIIe siècles av. n.è.” will take place in the auditorium of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

Besides the organizers, 33 individuals will give papers, including Gerry Schaus, Mark Lawall and Keven Ouellet from the Institute. I will offer the Institute’s firm support for this timely initiative. The full program is available from our website:

I hope to see many of our members and friends there next month to mark the 25th anniversary. The range of papers and the expertise of the speakers will make this a conference not to be missed!

David Rupp

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