The main objective of this programme is to promote training and research in this field of classical archaeology. In recent times it has played only a secondary role in Catalonia, despite the importance of the archaeological sites of Empúries and Roses, the interest that the Greek world has always engendered here, and the continued influence its study has had on Catalan culture. For this reason, since it was founded, the ICAC has always defined as one of its objectives the establishment of a strategic programme devoted to Greek archaeology.

With this aim, the ICAC has arranged various cooperation agreements with other institutions to rectify the lack of training in this field of archaeology and to offer students specific theoretical or practical training at specialist centres with a long tradition in Greek archaeology.

Another aim of this programme is to increase the ICAC’s participation in the organisation of activities on ancient Greece, on both a scientific and an informative level, as well as in the transfer of knowledge.

As far as research is concerned, the specific programme aims to combine the study of the archaeological sites and finds with the integration of the archaeological research data into a wider framework encompassing the historical and anthropological study of the Greek culture, from a truly interdisciplinary perspective capable of structuring the diverse sciences of antiquity. Within this framework, the ICAC is undertaking a programme focusing on Greek iconography on pottery.

In the more general area of the integration of the archaeological research into an interdisciplinary perspective of an integral study of the Greek culture, there are two main research axes to which several research projects, both past and ongoing, have been devoted. The first is the concept of space and way it was structured in the Greek world, particularly in the fields of architecture and iconography. The second is the mechanisms of constructing and representing the past in ancient Greek culture, with a special interest in the use of material culture (such as votive objects, the representation of myths in public spaces and ritual instruments) as a symbolic discourse at the service of the construction of a past that was projected onto the present of the community, generating collective identities and managing contacts between Greek towns and between Greeks and the indigenous populations in colonial areas.

Consult the different associated projects: