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Athenian Agora

Located in the heart of modern Athens and attracting more than half a million  international visitors annually, the Agora was in ancient times the business, political, and legal center of Athens, bringing together citizens and foreigners, litigants and jurors, and merchants and philosophers. The School has been excavating at the Agora since 1931, and has brought to light a rich and splendid history of continuous habitation that extends over more than 5,000 years. The major public buildings of ancient Athens are now displayed in a thoughtfully landscaped archaeological park with all of the excavated artifacts and excavation records housed in the restored Stoa of Attalos. These finds have significantly expanded our knowledge of ancient Athenian life and culture, notably the origins and practice of democracy. Each summer, the Agora trains more than 60 students from American colleges and universities in modern archaeological techniques.

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March 20, 2019

Accessing Greek Kilns Online: An Interview with Kiln WebAtlas Director and ASCSA Alumna Eleni Hasaki

Using GIS, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Classics at University of Arizona Eleni Hasaki and her colleagues created an online database for scholars to document, search, and continuously update kiln locations in Greece.

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February 25, 2019

ASCSA and Fulbright Greece Alumnus Appointed Curator in Charge at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Serving at The Met for over 20 years, Sean Hemingway has been announced as John A. and Carole O. Moran Curator in Charge, Greek and Roman Art.

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February 13, 2019

Agora Volunteers Reflect on Experience

Four former Agora volunteers — Ana Alvarez, Laura Gawlinski, Marcie Handler, Nick Popielski — discuss how digging at the Agora has influenced their lives.

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