The International Hellenic University organizes a Summer School entitled “Ancient Technology and Ancient Economies”, due to take place in Thessaloniki from July 4 to July 15, 2016.

Programme Summary

Progress and innovation in technology were of exceptional importance for the development of ancient societies and has been of great interest to many disciplines. This year, the International Hellenic University Summer School is focusing on Ancient Technology and Ancient Economies offering the opportunity to study how technological achievements of ancient cultures could regulate and promote commercial activities; subjects such as how the diffusion of improved infrastructural, organizational and mechanical technologies facilitated the production and distribution of agricultural and industrial goods, or how the transfer of technology provided enough motivation and a good impetus for ancient societies to reach high levels of economic progress and prosperity, will be discussed.

In the course of the programme, the latest historical research along with state-of-the-art scientific techniques applied to the analysis of archaeological findings will be presented by senior academics and field archaeologists who are experts in their research areas.

Excavation (July 18-22, 2016): One week field project (optional).

Structure of the programme


-Faience and glass: the first ‘high tech’ products

-The invention and the neccesity of metric systems

-The invention and early diffusion of coinage

-The innovation of ashlar masonry in building technology

-The role of timber in building technology


-Early capital investments in land transport and cargoes

-The network of Inscribed stirrup jars and the craftsmen in first Greek texts

-Luxury items and their circulation: toreutics

-Luxury items and their circulation: ceramics

-The Antikythera Shipwreck: Freight, Trade and Economy during the Hellenistic Era

-Harbors and Harbor cities in antiquity


-Investigation of alloys in metal equipment of ancient societies

-Restoration principles of ancient buildings

-Geophysical methods in the detection of buried antiquities

-Modern technology in documenting and exhibiting antiquity

Keynote Lecturer

Theodosios Tassios – National Technical University of Greece

Guest Lecturers

Magdalini Anastasiou – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Georgia Aristodemou – International Hellenic University

Panagiotis Athanasopoulos – Lechaion Harbour Project, University of Copenhagen

Themis Veleni – Telloglion Foundation of Art, AUTh

Orestis Kourakis – Fulbright Artist, Photographer, AMTh

Anna Michailidou, The National Hellenic Research Foundation

Clairy Palyvou – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Marina Panagiotaki – University of the Aegean

Charikleia Papageorgiadou – The National Hellenic Research Foundation

Vassileios Petrakis – The National Hellenic Research Foundation

John Seiradakis – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Athanasios Sideris – Economic University of Prague

Anastasios Tanoulas – Committee for the Conservation of the Acropolis Monuments Eleutheria Tsakanika – National Technical University of Greece

Charis Tselios – Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

Despoina Tsiafakis – ‘Athena’- Research & Innovation Center

Grigorios Tsokas – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Programme Director

Dr Anna Michailidou – The National Hellenic Research Foundation

Scientific Coordinator

Dr Georgia Aristodemou – International Hellenic University

Working Hours

For the period of two (2) weeks (Monday to Friday) eighteen (18) lectures will be offered (10.00 – 12.30 hrs & 14.00 – 16.30 hrs).

Total duration 50 hours, plus hours for Museum and Site Visits. All lectures will be in English and will be held at the International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Course Credits

A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the end of the program to all participants who have fulfilled the course requirements. Students/graduates taking the course for credit at their home institutions will also have to deliver an Essay in order to obtain 5 ECTS credits. Essays should be between 4000-7000 words in length. Since degree requirements vary among universities, students/graduates are advised to ensure, preferably in advance, that their college or university will recognize such certification and award the suggested credits.

Application Procedure

The Summer School on Ancient Technology and Ancient Economies welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Participants can be undergraduate students and graduates of related disciplines (Archaeology, Architecture, Museology, Conservation Studies, History, Tourism, Political Science, Engineering, Economics, etc.). Applications from other professionals with an interest in archaeology and ancient technology will also be taken into consideration. Applicants should be well acquainted with the English language.

All applicants will be notified of admission decisions by e-mail in the next 10 working days upon receiving their application.

The course is open to a maximum of 35 participants whilst IHU reserves the right to postpone the Summer Course for the next year, in case a minimum enrollment is not achieved by 31th May 2016.

In order to apply, you need to complete the online application form