Grant to “The Friends of Amyclaeus” society in support of the archaeological survey at the Sanctuary of Apollo Amyclaeus in Sparta. This project and the attendant archaeological work is carried out in the context of a five-year licence issued by the Ministry of Culture with a view to enhancing the archaeological site of Amyclae.
The work scheduled for 2018 and 2019 involves the following restoration and improvement operations in the area of the Spartan sanctuary: (a) continuing the restoration of the monument’s ancient courtyard using artificial stone and maintain the ancient stonework; (b) extending restoration work to the emblematic structure of the Sanctuary, the throne of Apollo Amyclaeus; (c) extending the restoration work to the sanctuary’s altar; and (d) developing a programme for the maintenance of the original materials. The total cost is estimated at €120,000.
Grant to the Cyclades’ Ephorate of Antiquities towards the project of the partial restoration of the Portico of Philip. According to the reasoning cited in the request, Delos is among the most important archaeological sites in Greece and a restoration programme could alter the island’s landscape, preserving its precious heritage from the ravages of time and rendering Delos one of the world’s top destinations.
The restoration work is to start with the portico of Philip, due to the sufficient number of surviving architectural elements as well as the location and significance of the edifice. The restoration of the portico is seen as an ambitious project and will remain as a major restorative intervention in one of the world’s top archaeological sites.
The three-year restoration programme (2017-2019), with a budget of €550.000, will be decisive in protecting the monuments, upgrading the archaeological site of Delos and promoting Greek art and culture.
Approval of funding for the reprint of the English edition of the book Despotiko, the Sanctuary of Apollo by archaeologist Y. Kouragios; the Foundation had undertaken the original publication of the book in order to use the proceeds to support the excavation at Despotiko.
Grant to the “Opheltes” non-profit society and the Nemea Centre of Berkeley University in support of the “Tomb” project carried out in the archaeological site of Aidonia, Corinth by the Corinth Ephorate of Antiquities in collaboration with Berkeley University. The “Tomb” project builds on and completes the excavation at the Mycenaean cemetery of Aidonia and comprises the conservation, cataloguing and analysis of the finds from previous phases. The response to the request by Opheltes fits in with the aims of the Paul & Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation about promoting Greek culture.
Grant to the “DIAZOMA” non-profit society towards the construction of a reception facility in the archaeological site of Nicopolis, in collaboration with the Regional Administration of Epirus. The grant is for the final architectural, structural and EM design and the tender documents. These tasks have been assigned to DIAZOMA so that they can be integrated into the Epirus 2014-2020 Operational Programme, and will be carried out by arrangement with the Preveza Ephorate of Antiquities. The reception facility will upgrade the archaeological site of Nicopolis and will help showcase Greek Art.
Grant to the 18th annual meeting of the European Archaeological Council, of which the Ministry of Culture and Sports is a member. Organised by the General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the event was held on March 9-12 at the amphitheatre of the Acropolis Museum, and included a symposium on: “Dare to choose: Making Choices in Archaeological Heritage Management”, with papers by European experts.
The meeting of the European Archaeological Council promoted Greece’s art, culture and museums.
Grant to the American School of Classical Studies at Athens for the documentation and conservation of anthropological material from the cemetery at the Phaleron Delta.
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, dedicated to the systematic study of Greek culture from antiquity to the present day, is among the leading research and educational institutions in the world. Founded in 1881, it has always been a hospitable base for study and research in Greece to scholars and postgraduate students from some 170 affiliated colleges and universities in North America. www.ascsa.edu.gr
Grant to the 21st Ephorate of Prehistoric & Classical Antiquities of the Ministry of Culture for the work on the island of Despotiko, in aid of completing the restoration of the temple under Mr Yannos Kouragios.
The Paul & Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation supports the excavation project at the Mandra locality of Despotiko, where one of the most important archaic (6th c. BC) sanctuaries of the Cyclades, dedicated to Apollo, has been uncovered. This small yet historically and culturally important island lies very close to Antiparos but has no regular shipping connections, and the task of transporting the excavation staff to and from Despotiko is both difficult and costly. The Foundation’s grant covers the transportation costs for the staff and the Greek and foreign students who participate in the excavation.
The site’s excavation was started in the 19th century by Christos Tsountas. Since 1997 the project is carried out by the archaeologist Yannos Kouragios and supervised by the 21st Ephorate of Prehistoric & Classical Antiquities of the Ministry of Culture.
Grant to the Museum of Cycladic Art towards the exhibition “Cycladic Society 5,000 Years Ago”. In addition to the financial support for the exhibition, upon the initiative of the Foundation’s president Mr Nellos Canellopoulos the Paul & Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum loaned exhibits to achieve the aim of bringing together artefacts from many different parts of Greece.
Grant to the “Diazoma” non-profit society for the restoration of the ancient theatre of Larissa. The Society’s establishment in 2008 was based on the idea of “monuments at the core of life”, whereby monuments are restored and promoted as hubs for local development. www.diazoma.gr