The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
ASCSA
Laser mapping at Skoteino Cave in Crete. Jon Frey, Antonia Stamos, and Susannah Van Horn set up the equipment. Photo: L. Tyree

Information About Permits

EXCAVATION AND SURVEY COMMITTEE

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Non-voting Participants
John McK. Camp II, Director of Agora Excavations
Guy D.R. Sanders, Director of Corinth Excavations
James C. Wright, Director of the School

Table of Contents

(Full version of the document can be downloaded here)
1. General Information About Permits
2. Permit Availability
      a. List of Current Permits
      b. Historical List of ASCSA Permits
3. Permits for Excavation and Survey Work in Greece.
      a. Instructions for Applying for a Permit
      b. Acquisition of property for excavation.
      c. Procedures for obtaining a permit from the School.
      d. Procedures for obtaining a permit from the Greek Archaeological Service via the School
      e. Reporting requirements for permit holders.
4. Other Information
      a. Guidelines for Importing Archaeological Equipment into Greece
      b. Permission for analysis of archaeological material
      c. Policy on Director of Record
      d. Greek Law 3028/2002 governing archaeological research
      e. Terms and conditions for archaeological research in Greece from organizations
          that do not belong to the Greek Archaeological Service. Prot. # YPPO/GDA/ARCH/A3/Φ30/70868/2539


 

General Information About Permits

 


According to the policy of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the rules adopted by the Managing Committee of the American School, all American scholars who wish to conduct field work in Greece, or to study, photograph or draw objects in Greek museums, storerooms and sites or subject such objects to scientific analyses should request that appropriate application for permission be made to the Greek authorities on their behalf by the American School.  For the policy statement of the Ministry of Culture, see below under §4d, e.

Permit requests fall into three categories:

1. Requests for excavations, field surveys, and synergasia field projects. These must be submitted through the School to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in November. Submission is made to the Director and the Chair of the Committee on Excavation and Survey.  The procedure is described below on a separate page: Permits for Excavation and Survey Work in Greece.

Persons considering applying for a permit are strongly encouraged to consult beforehand with the Director of the School and the chair of the Excavation and Survey Committee.  They will be happy to provide advice in planning the formal request for a permit.

The list of current permits and their availability can be found here.

2. Requests for taking samples and sending them abroad for analysis must be submitted through the School to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. They should be sent to Administrative Assistant of the School (Ioanna Damanaki)

.  Applications must include:

  • a detailed list of objects, sherds or organic materials from which samples will be taken.
  • a description of the chemical or physical method/analysis which will be used.
  • the size or weight of the sample to be taken.
  • a statement of whether the analytical method is destructive or non-destructive.
  • photographs of all objects from which samples will be taken and will be analyzed.

The export of samples is discouraged and granted only when it can be demonstrated that analysis is impossible in Greece due to lack of technical facilities. These requests may be made at any time. A fuller statement extracted from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism document of 26 April 2004 (and a copy of that document) may be found below: Permission for analysis of archaeological material:

Permission for analysis of archaeological material
Additional Statement of 26 April 2004

3. Requests to study, draw, and/or photograph objects must be submitted through the School to the relevant Ephoreias of Antiquities. They should be sent to the Administrative Assistant of the School (Ioanna Damanaki)

.  These requests may be made at any time.

  • Requests for permission to study fully published objects should include precise bibliographical reference(s) for each item as well as museum inventory numbers, when possible.
  • Requests for permission to study unpublished objects should include a letter of authorization from the excavator or other relevant authority, including the Greek Archaeological Society, if appropriate.
  • Requests to study any material from excavations of other Foreign Schools, Greek Universities or the Archaeological Society must be accompanied by a letter of consent from the head of the relevant institution. Such documents should be obtained before applying to the School, and should be included with the request to the School.

Processing under (1) and (2) is expected to take up to six months or more; under (3) it takes a variable amount of time, ranging from a few weeks to several months. Requests submitted to the School should be as complete as possible.

The applicant will receive a copy of the School’s request(s) on his/her behalf, and, as soon as a permit is received, will be given a copy of the permit and any other relevant documents; the original will remain on file at the American School.

Please note that for submitting permit requests (categories 2 and 3) the applicant must first become a member of the School.

Continue to:

Permits for Excavation and Survey Work in Greece

Other information: Guidelines for Importing Archaeological Equipment into Greece, and Permission for Analysis of Archaeological Material

Revised August 2012