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Wiener Laboratory

The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science

The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science of the ASCSA is an active research department dedicated to archaeological science in Greece. The lab provides both American and international scholars of archaeological science in the eastern Mediterranean and adjacent areas the tools and resources to answer a variety of scientifically-based questions mainly in the fields of bioarchaeology, geoarchaeology, archaeobotany and zooarchaeology (see vision, mission and philosophy).

The director of the Wiener Laboratory is Dr. Panagiotis Karkanas (CV). Dr. Dimitris Michailidis is Laboratory Coordinator. The lab provides variety of fellowships (see fellows and grants) as well as facilities for independent research, and it offers research assistance to scholars who cannot physically travel to the laboratory. The lab's present post-doc is Dr. William Flint Dibble; Dr. Eleni-Anna Prevedorou is Programmatic Post-Doctoral Research Fellow.


Committee on the Wiener Laboratory

The Wiener Laboratory Committee of the Managing Committee of the ASCSA plays a significant role in generating and discussing policy for the WL. The Committee works to support the programs of the Wiener Laboratory: funding projects for young scholars, sponsoring field and laboratory research, providing resources for scholarly work, and disseminating research results. The Committee comprises experts from different subdisciplines of Archaeological Science, such as Osteoarchaeology, Zooarchaeology, Geoarchaeology, and Archaeobotany, as well as archaeologists who have a strong record of integrating the archaeological sciences into their research. For further details, please see the Committee on the Wiener Laboratory section.

Hours and Access

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The application of scientific techniques to the study of archaeological materials offers exciting new opportunities for scholars investigating the human past, transforming our ability to reconstruct and understand the history of past societies and cultures through interdisciplinary, collaborative research.

The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science, inaugurated in June 1992, is an integral, independently funded department of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. It provides state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, extensive comparative collections, and funding for independent scientific research while simultaneously helping members of the academic community of the School better understand how scientific methods can provide new context to their own philological, classical and historical research.

The lab was founded to serve the interests of archaeological scholars in Greece through long-range, multidimensional programs of research focused primarily on human osteology, faunal analysis, organic residue studies, and a range of geoarchaeological and palaeoenvironmental research encompassing sediment, soil, lithic, ceramic, mortar/cement, spollen and palaeobotanical subjects. The geographical range of the research extends across the entire ancient Greek world and adjacent areas.

Since it opened, the lab has facilitated the independent research of over 100 scholars representing more than a dozen countries. Its facilities and equipment were designed to support the widest possible range of basic research consistent with the range of academic interests at the School. Participation in a strong collaborative network of international laboratories offers access to additional resources provided by such institutions as the Fitch Laboratory at the British School at Athens, the Institute for Archaeological Sciences of the University of Tübingen, the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science of the Weizmann Institute in Israel, Arizona State University, Boston University, University of Wollongong in Australia, among numerous other international and intra-Greece institutions.

In addition to its research resources, the Wiener Laboratory provides education to members of the School and to the local and scientific communities through lectures, independent publications, consultations, and hands-on workshops.

Hours and Access

The Wiener Lab is located on:

54 Souidias Street, GR-106 76, Athens, Greece

Phone: (+30) 213-00-02-400
Fax: (+30) 210-72-94-047

For directions:

The lab and its closed reference library are open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. year round.

Visitors to the lab should call beforehand. You must present a valid ID at the gate and introduce yourself at the Reception Desk in the Main Building. The Receptionist will direct you to the Laboratory.


Contact us

Dr. Panagiotis Karkanas, Wiener Laboratory Director
Dr. Dimitris Michailidis, Laboratory Coordinator of the Wiener Laboratory

The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
54 Souidias Street
GR-106 76 Athens
Tel: (+30) 213 000 2400
Fax: (+30) 210 729 4047