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Programme Summary

Progress and innovation in technology were of exceptional importance for the development of ancient societies and has been of great interest to many disciplines. This year, the International Hellenic University Summer School is focusing on Ancient Technology and Ancient Economies offering the opportunity to study how technological achievements of ancient cultures could regulate and promote commercial activities; subjects such as how the diffusion of improved infrastructural, organizational and mechanical technologies facilitated the production and distribution of agricultural and industrial goods, or how the transfer of technology provided enough motivation and a good impetus for ancient societies to reach high levels of economic progress and prosperity, will be discussed.

In the course of the programme, the latest historical research along with state-of-the-art scientific techniques applied to the analysis of archaeological findings will be presented by senior academics and field archaeologists who are experts in their research areas.

The Summer School on Ancient Technology is planned to be held annually with the aim of a) providing an international forum on technological achievements of the ancient Greek world and b) making greater use of the rich resources of Greece in terms of specialists in ancient technology research.

The aim of this 2-week intensive School is to make the participants better acquainted with aspects of ancient technologies by providing up-to-date knowledge presented and discussed by the experts of the relevant fields.

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Programme Topics & StructureReturn to top


  • Faience and glass: the first ‘high tech’ products
  • The invention and the neccesity of metric systems
  • The invention and early diffusion of coinage
  • The innovation of ashlar masonry in building technology
  • The role of timber in building technology


  • Early capital investments in land transport and cargoes
  • The network of Inscribed stirrup jars and the craftsmen in first Greek texts
  • Luxury items and their circulation: toreutics
  • Luxury items and their circulation: ceramics
  • The Antikythera Shipwreck: Freight, Trade and Economy during the Hellenistic Era
  • Harbors and Harbor cities in antiquity


  • Investigation of alloys in metal equipment of ancient societies
  • Restoration principles of ancient buildings
  • Geophysical methods in the detection of buried antiquities
  • Modern technology in documenting and exhibiting antiquity

Working HoursReturn to top

For the period of 2 weeks (Monday to Friday) 18 lectures will be offered (10.00-12.30 hrs & 14.00-16.30 hrs). Total duration 50 hours, plus hours for Museum and Site Visits. All lectures will be in English and will be held at the International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Course CreditsReturn to top

A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the end of the program to all participants who have fulfilled the course requirements. Students/graduates taking the course for credit at their home institutions will also have to deliver an Essay paper in order to obtain 6 ECTS credits. Essays should be between 4000 -7000 words in length. Since degree requirements vary among universities, students/graduates are advised to ensure, preferably in advance, that their college or university will recognize such certification and award the suggested credits.

Guest LecturersReturn to top

(in alphabetical order)

Dr Magdalene Anastasiou
Independent Researcher, AUTh

Panagiotis Athanasopoulos (MA)
Archaeologist.Assistant Director, Lechaion Harbour Project/Research Assistant, Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen

Dr Georgia Aristodemou
Academic Associate, International Hellenic University

Dr Themis Veleni
Curator, Tellogleion Foundation of Art (AUTh)

Orestis Kourakis (MA)
Photographer (MA), Fullbright Fellowship, AMTh

Dr Anna Michailidou
Research Director Emerita, Research Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, Institute of Historical Research, The National Hellenic Research Foundation

Prof. Emerita Clairy Palyvou
Professor of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Ass. Prof. Marina Panagiotaki
University of the Aegean

Dr Charikleia Papageorgiadou
Research Director, Research Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, Institute of Historical Research, The National Hellenic Research

Dr Vassileios Petrakis
Affiliated Researcher at the Research Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, Institute of Historical Research, The National Hellenic Research Foundation

Prof. John Seiradakis
Professor of Astronomy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Member of "Pulse" team that was awarded the EU 2005 Descartes Prize for Research

Dr. Athanasios Sideris
Visiting Professor, Economic University of Prague

Dr Anastasios Tanoulas
Architect Ph.D., former Director of the Restoration of the Propylaia of the Acropolis at Athens, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

Ass. Prof. Eleutheria Tsakanika
Civil engineer, School of Architecture, National Technical University, Athens, Greece

Dr Charis Tselios
Archaeologist - Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

Dr Despoina Tsiafakis
Senior Researcher - Head of the Cultural Heritage Department "Athena": Research & Innovation Center in Information, Communication & Knowledge Technologies

Dr Gregory Tsokas
Professor of Exploration Geophysics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


Directing Committee

Programme Director

  • Dr Anna Michailidou, Research Director Emerita, Research Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, Institute of Historical Research, The National Hellenic Research Foundation.

Programme Scientific Coordinator

  • Dr Georgia Aristodemou, Researcher of Roman Archaeology, Academic Associate, School of Humanities, International Hellenic University

Subject Topics And Programme StructureReturn to top

For 2016, the series of lectures offered are focusing on ancient Technology and Economy.

The series of lectures deploy around three interconnected topics.




Introductory Lecture: An Introduction to the Ancient Greek Technology, by Prof. Dr Theodosios Tassios.

Accommodation & FeesReturn to top

Participation fees

The tuition fees are 500€.

Participants will have to cover their own travel, accommodation andeveryday expenses. Participants can choose accommodation from a variety of options, with, prices starting from 150€ for the whole 2 weeks.

The extra feesfor the optional 3rdweek of field project (excavation)are 100€.


  • In case of pre-payment by 10 May 2016, total fees are only 350 €

Application ProcedureReturn to top

The Summer School on Ancient Technology and Ancient Economies welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Participants can be undergraduate students and graduates of related disciplines (Archaeology, Architecture, Museology, Conservation Studies, History, Tourism, Political Science, Engineering, Economics, etc.). Applications from other professionals with an interest in archaeology and ancient technology will also be taken into consideration. Applicants should be fluent in the English language.

All applicants will be notified of admission decisions by e-mail in the next 10 working days upon receiving their application.

The course is open to a maximum of 35 participants whilst IHU reserves the right to postpone the Summer Course for the following year, in case a minimum enrollment is not achieved by 31th May 2016.

In order to apply, you need to:

Field ProjectReturn to top

So far, the options regarding archaeological excavation field practice are:

1. The excavation site of Karabournaki, possibly of the ancient city of Therma, at the eastern suburbs of Thessaloniki. The site dates from the Late Bronze Age down to the Roman times, with a flourishing period during the Archaic times (7th - 6th centuries B.C.) and it preserves the remains of a settlement placed on the top of a low mound, with its cemeteries extended in the surrounding area and the ancient harbor reaching the lower part of the hill. The site preserves a great number of ceramics, local and imported, in a remarkable quantity as well as quality.

The actual excavation might not be carried out this year but there will be a great deal of work on studying, registering, recording, restoring, designing and photographing the archaeological material. The Aristotle University excavations at the site are directed by Assistant Professor E. Manakidou and Senior Researcher Dr. D. Tsiafaki, under the provision of Prof. Emeritus M. Tiverios.

2. The excavation site of the Ancient Agora of Pella, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia by the end of the 5th century B.C., birthplace and seat of the king Philip II and of his son, Alexander the Great! The ancient agora covers 70000 square meters and contained multiple buildings and workshops attesting to the city’s economic strength – from ceramic and sculpture studios, to metal processing, food and perfume manufacturing, administrative offices and the city’s archive, containing the clay stamps of papyrus records.

The Aristotle University excavation at the site is directed by Prof. Ioannis Akamatis. Using the public bus, the site is at about 1 hour from the centre of Thessaloniki.