Canadian Institute in Greece

The Canadian Institute in Greece or Institute Canadien en Grèce (Greek Καναδικό Ινστιτούτο στην Ελλάδα, CIG or short ICG) is one of 17 foreign archaeological institutes in Greece, all of which have their head office in Athens.

History and tasks

The Institute was founded in 1974 by decision of the Government of Canada as Canadian Archaeological Institute at Athens in 1976 and recognized by the Greek Ministry of Culture as a foreign archaeological school. From 1980, the Institute was housed at the Canadian Embassy in Athens before it could refer to its own premises in 1982. After the closure of the Canadian academic institutions in Rome (Canadian Academic Centre in Italy) and Cairo ( Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities ) in 1994 it was the only Canadian research facility in the Mediterranean. This year, the Institute was larger rooms for his office, for lectures and events, and relate his library. Also accommodation could now be offered for two visitors to the Institute.

In 2005 the Institute was renamed the Canadian Institute in Greece to bring this more general name of the whole range of his scientific and cultural activities expressed. 2006 more space was leased, so that not only expanded the library, but also up to four visitors can be accommodated. Institute is headed by David W. Rupp.

The privately funded and established as a non- profit organization Canadian Institute in Greece has the task to promote, research and training of Canadian scientists and students in all aspects of Greek history and culture from ancient times to the present. It organizes this seminar, lecture series and conferences. It also supports Canada's cultural activities in Greece. Compared with the Greek government, it is responsible for all Canadian archaeological fieldwork.

Institutions and research

The library of the Canadian Institute comprises about 6,000 volumes, which - covering the entire Mediterranean to cultural anthropology, archeology, history and literature - with a significant weighting Greek content. In addition, the Institute has the in-house archive to field research and correspondence with international scientists.

In digital form, the collection of photo negatives of the Institute is present, in addition, it has the Frederick E. Winter collection of photo negatives, so that the total collection documents a wide range of archaeological sites in the Mediterranean region with a focus on Greece.

Excavations by the Institute are currently being held in the Macedonian and Thessalian Argilos Kastro Kallithea. Earlier excavations and surveys have been made in Tanagra, Mytilene, Kamares, Stymphalus in Zaraka and Sfakia and other places. Larger underwater investigations, the Institute in Kalamianos in the Saronic Gulf and in the context of a survey shipwrecks of the Persian Wars.


For its members, the Institute publishes a biannual bulletin, which informs about the latest activities and excavation results and published scientific papers of its members. Since 1991, published in the series Publications of the Canadian Archaeological Institute at Athens monographs and conference papers.