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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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July 23, 2020

Vrysaki Featured in “To Vima”

American School Publication, Vrysaki: A Neighborhood Lost in Search of the Athenian Agora by Sylvie Dumont was featured in the Greek newspaper "To Vima"

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May 27, 2020

Hesperia 89.2 Now Online!

We are pleased to announce the publication of Hesperia 89.2. Topics in this issue include an overview of zooarchaeological evidence from the Neolithic settlement at Tsoungiza, a look at settlement patterns at Priniatikos Pyrgos in East Crete during EM III–MM IA, a study on small and miniature vases from Ancient Corinth, and an examination of a statue base in the Athenian Agora.

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May 14, 2020

ASCSA Responses to COVID-19

Please read our responses to COVID-19
Updated May 14th

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