The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) was founded in 1926, has 41 Faculties and Schools offering all kinds of studies in a vast array of scientific fields, ranging from natural and technological to social and health sciences, arts and humanities. It hosts about 81,500 students (72,140 in undergraduate programmes and 8,360 in postgraduate programmes). The University aims to offer equal opportunities for learning, research and communication; it supports research projects in a wide variety of disciplines, promotes interdisciplinary cooperation, participates in European research programmes and projects, cooperates with international institutions and organizations, and attracts researchers from within Greece and abroad.
The School of History and Archaeology has a long history in the University. It was among the first Schools to be established within the Faculty of Philosophy.
The School consists of four Departments, namely:
It also has four Departmental libraries and moreover, research and teaching at the School are supported by a number of archives, collections and Museums.
The Department of Archaeology consists of 20 professors, undertakes 20 excavations and has more or less 2,000 undergraduate, master and PhD students. The Department specializes in different thematic aspects of archaeology, namely Prehistoric, Classical and Byzantine archaeology, but covers also other themes such as Bioarchaeology, Museology etc. The department has its own cast museum and organizes each year the meeting for Archaeological Works in Macedonia and Thrace.
The Laboratory of Prehistory AUTh is situated at the building of Old Philosophy School and supports two prehistoric excavations one in Toumba Thessaloniki and the other at Paliambela Kolindros. Techniques and analysis carried out at the lab include material cultural analysis (ceramic technology, archaebotonical – archaeozological), archaeometry and chemical analysis, as well as use of new technologies (GIS, interactive interpretation of data). There is an increasing interest for the dissemination of archaeology as a practice (archaeological events in newspapers, educational programmes) but also for museology, heritage management and public outreach. In this framework European and national research projects have been implemented including Past, Temper, the Information Society, ACE project, Thalis.
Faculty of Philosophy - School of History and Archaeology
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