Italian School of Archaeology at Athens

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The Phaistos Disk, found during the Italian excavations at the Minoan Palace.

The Italian School of Archaeology at Athens (Italian: Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene (SAIA); Greek: Ἰταλικὴ Ἀρχαιολογικὴ Σχολὴ Ἀθηνῶν) is one of the 17 foreign archaeological institutes headquartered in Athens, Greece, with branch offices in Crete, Limnos and Rome.

Following earlier Italian research in Greece (as an archaeological "expedition" or "mission"), the School was established in 1909. The School operates a sizeable library in Athens. It has conducted archaeological surveys in Aigialeia (Arcadia) and Thouria (Messenia), and excavations on Lemnos at Poliochne, Hephaistia, and Chloe, as well as on Crete, at the Minoan Palace at Phaistos and the nearby Minoan town of Agia Triada, and also in the Archaic through Roman city of Gortyn.[1]


  1. ^ Korka, pp. 108-115.


  • E. Korka et al. (eds.): Foreign Archaeological Schools in Greece, 160 Years, Athens, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, 2006.

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