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ASCSA

Vision
The Wiener Laboratory of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens strives to become a preeminent center for archaeological science dedicated to the study of the Greek world from antiquity to the present day and its influence and interaction with the rest of the ancient world.


Mission
The Wiener Laboratory of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) advances applications of archaeological science to the development of knowledge of  the ancient Greek world and adjacent areas throughout the course of human history. It accomplishes this goal by training young scholars, sponsoring field and laboratory research, providing resources for scholarly work, and disseminating research results. Currently, the Wiener Laboratory’s specialties include bioarchaeology, geoarchaeology, paleobotany, and zooarchaeology.


Philosophy
The scientific study of Greece from antiquity to the present provides a long-term perspective upon humans in their natural and cultural environments. Such study is critical for understanding the history and cultures of the Mediterranean, Europe, and Western Asia. Deep time perspectives on the past are also useful baselines for evaluating the present and predicting future trends in human-environment interactions. Encompassing the fields of archaeology, anthropology, and the physical and natural sciences, the multidisciplinary approach of the Wiener Laboratory complements and thus enhances humanistic and multidisciplinary perspectives common to other ASCSA programs. The Wiener Laboratory, located in Greece and sponsored by a consortium of institutions of higher education in North America, makes its resources available to qualified scholars, promotes the highest standards of laboratory research, educates and trains students within its laboratory and across the ASCSA community in archaeological science, and shares the results of its work to audiences ranging from specialists to those with general interest in the ancient Greek world and surrounding areas from the advert of human kind to recent times.