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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.

John Camp: A Life at the Athenian Agora

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April 19, 2024

Video archive: Annual Open Meeting 2024

Watch a recording of our 2024 Annual Open Meeting

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February 22, 2024

Lucy Talcott Honored With Room in Loring Hall

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce a room in Loring Hall in memory of Lucy Talcott, who was Secretary of the Agora Excavations from 1931 to 1958.

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January 4, 2024

John Camp to be honored with AIA’s 2024 Gold Medal

John Camp will be honored this weekend, with the AIA Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement.

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