Laboratories of the School of History and Archaeology

Laboratory for the Auxiliary Sciences of History

Director: B. Gounaris, Professor, Modern History, email:

The principal mission of the Laboratory for the Auxiliary Sciences of History is to support the historical education offered by the Department of History and Archaeology. Its focus is on academic sectors, methods, languages and scientific approaches which are not part of the standard undergraduate and graduate curriculum, yet they are crucial for the development of research skills. In this context speakers are invited to lecture on the relation of History with the Social Sciences, seminars are offered on Greek and Ottoman palaeography and annual introductory language courses (Turkish and Ladino) are organised, along with other activities which aim to familiarise students with Oral, Digital, Public History, and modern trends in historiography.

Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Research in Archaeology (L.I.R.A.)

Director: S. M. Valamoti, Professor, Prehistoric Archaeology, email:

L.I.R.A. hosts the laboratory sessions of the following undergraduate courses: APR 601, APR 308.
Archaeobotanical courses are offered on a postgraduate level (M.A., PhD). The laboratory’s facilities are used by postgraduate and PhD students for the implementation of their analytical work. LIRA participates in national and European research projects (ELIDEK, ERC, Erevno-Kainotomo). It collaborates with various archaeological excavations (Toumba Thessalonikis, Nestor’s Palace-Pylos, P.O.T.A. Romanou, Dikili Tash, Kleitos, Kyparissi, Skala Sotiros and many more) and trains a small number of students in various field techniques for the retrieval of bioarchaeological remains. LIRA participates in various outreach activities.