The School of Humanities, Social Sciences & Economics of the International Hellenic University has its own archaeological excavation, about 20km from the city of Thessaloniki, in the village of Neo Rysio. The site is called “Trapeza of Neo Rysio – Kardia”, covers an area of about 20km2, and is archaeologically investigated for the first time. According to the first indications, there seems to have been an ancient settlement there that pre-existed the founding of Thessaloniki (316/5 BC).
Our postgraduate students are able to participate in the excavation, which is offered as an elective course in both Postgraduate Programmes of our School.
During our first season (June 2016), we conducted a survey, as well as cleaning the wall that surrounds the upper part of the site, so that it can be accurately drawn by our architect.
During our second season (June/July 2017), the research team dug trial trenches that brought to light parts of buildings and highly interesting archaeological finds (pottery, stone and metal tools, spindle whorls and loom weights, bones and sea-shells). At the same time, students had also the opportunity to practice at the cleaning, storing, inventorying and photographing of the excavated material.
The excavation is funded by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.
The Director of the excavation is Associate Professor Manolis Manoledakis