The American School of Classical Studies at Athens has been awarded The Medal of Honor for Achievement in Archaeology from the National Arts Club.The NAC was founded in 1898 in New York City to stimulate, foster, and promote public interest in the arts. This award stands as a testament to the American School's unwavering dedication to archaeological excellence and the preservation of cultural heritage. The Club will present the American School with the honor at a dinner to be held in New York City on January 24, 2024.
The ceremony will feature presentations by Professor John McK. Camp and Professor Mary R. Lefkowitz, esteemed members of the American School's Board of Trustees and distinguished authorities in their respective fields.
The decision by the National Arts Club to confer this distinguished honor upon the American School underscores the institution's commitment to advancing archaeological research, fostering academic excellence, and cultivating a deeper understanding of ancient civilizations.
Alexander E. Zagoreos, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the American School, will jointly accept the award alongside William T. Loomis, President of the Board. Mr. Zagoreos emphasized the institution's dedication to advancing archaeological endeavors, stating, "Receiving The Medal of Honor for Achievement in Archaeology from the National Arts Club is a profound acknowledgment of the American School's relentless pursuit of excellence in archaeological research and education. This accolade serves as both an honor and an inspiration, reinforcing our dedication to preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of ancient civilizations. We are deeply honored by this recognition and remain steadfast in our mission to advance knowledge in the field."
George Orfanakos, Executive Director of the American School added “We owe an immense debt of gratitude to the incredible archaeologists affiliated with the American School and our dedicated staff whose unwavering commitment and expertise made this award possible. Their passion for discovery and tireless efforts have truly elevated our institution's standing, and we are profoundly honored by their remarkable contributions.”
The American School serves as the primary liaison between American archaeologists and the Greek Archaeological Service under the Ministry of Culture. Responsible for overseeing all American excavations within Greece, the School plays a pivotal role in securing, allocating, and managing permits issued by the Ministry of Culture for archaeological fieldwork and other research.
The School itself conducts excavations at Ancient Corinth and the Athenian Agora—since 1896 and 1931, respectively. Excavations facilitated by the School take place throughout Greece including the sites of Samothrace, Pylos, Nemea, and Isthmia. Alongside fieldwork, the School has helped construct museums, study centers and storerooms, facilitating comprehensive research and educational opportunities for scholars, tourists, and the local communities.