Netherlands Institute in Athens

The Nederlands Instituut in Athene (Greek Ολλανδικό Ινστιτούτο Αθηνών, short NIA) 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 Athene 1976 Archaeological School van Nederland and 1984 from the Greek Ministry of Culture recognized as foreign archaeological schools under the condition to take its own seat in Athens, which must provide space for library and photo archive, and a permanently living in Greece Netherlands to appoint archaeologists as director. Already in 1976 under the aegis of Simon C. Bakhuizen launched Archaeological Survey School van Nederland in Griekenland enabled archaeological fieldwork by Dutch explorers in Greece. However, only permits for Surveys were issued. The aim of the establishment of the institute was therefore at first, to have a means, under whose leadership archaeological excavations in Greece were made possible. The Dutch government was ready to support the Institute for several years, permanent funding should be guaranteed, by the Dutch universities.

When in 1991 the government stopped its support and only by archaeological research an Institute could not be held, whose remit was extended to all areas of Greece oriented research. The bore on the one hand, the new name Het Nederlands Instituut in Athene bill, on the other hand, scientists from research areas beyond the archeology were hired. An association of friends has been launched that supports the Institute. The administrative management of the University of Amsterdam has been transferred, the other five Dutch universities of Utrecht, Leiden, Groningen, Nijmegen and the Free University of Amsterdam are involved in the Institute. In 1999, the Institute moved into a neo-classical building in the Makri 11, where it is still housed today.

The Institute has continued to extend its academic and cultural activities through the organization of seminars, through lectures and lecture series and seminars. It organizes concerts, video presentation, readings and exhibitions, which are to serve the Greek- Dutch relations and cultural exchange between the two countries.

Institutions and research

The library of the Netherlands Institute comprises about 5,500 volumes. The aim is to build up a collection on the archeology of Greece, the Greek antiquity, the ancient, Byzantine and modern Greek history as well as the modern Greek philology. Moreover, the Institute collects works on Greek religion to Athens in antiquity, for Geoarchaeology, the landscape customer and specialty areas such as the " Aegean Sea in the Ottoman period ."

Excavations by the Institute are at present in Geraki near Sparta and Thessaly Neos place halos. Surveys are conducted in Zakynthos and in Tanagra.


The Institute publishes the annual journal Pharos, which serves as a forum for researchers from the Netherlands to Greece related topics and information on the own research of the Institute. Since 1990, published in the series Publications of the Netherlands Institute at Athens monographs and conference papers.

List of Directors

  • G. J. M. J. te Riele 1982-1995
  • Margriet Haagsma 1995-2001
  • Gert Jan van Wijngaarden 2001-2006
  • Christiane Tytgat since 2006