This website was created back in May 1997 by the Thetis Science for Art & History in the company’s activities in order to form the nucleus of an electronic space for the multidisciplinary approach of the Greek archaeological material and cultural information management.
It used to hosts the activities of Greek Archaeometry and other non-profit entities related with culture. It also provides online edition of Archaeometry Youth magazine – Archaeology and Arts. Because of the diverse research, projects and publications published on the site, it offered primary information for the comprehensive utilization by other researchers, archaeologists, conservators and those interested in the Greek Prehistory and Antiquity.
Hellenic Society of Archaeology
The Greek Society for Archaeometry (GSA) was a nonprofit Association founded on 1982. Its purpose was to promote the application of Science and Technology to the fields of Archaeology, History of Art and generally in all issues involving the cultural heritage. GSA members formed the overwhelming majority of scholars engaged in such activities, in Universities, Archaeological Service and Research Centers as well as in the private sector.
Since its founding in 1982, GSA activities included the organisation of three Conferences on Archaeometry in Greece (Athens 1990, Thessaloniki 1993, Athens 1996) as well as numerous seminars, public lectures and a detailed survey on Greek Archaeometry activities.
THETIS AUTHENTICS Ltd
It was formed in 1999 and originates from THETIS – Science and Techniques for Art-History-Conservation Ltd (1994-2000). The company offered products and services based on the application of scientific methods and techniques to cultural heritage.
Their services included expert opinion and consultancy with respect to authenticity tests, provenance and technology studies and the investigation of manufacturing processes through laboratory experiments. The laboratory and reproduction experiments were often performed in order to explore the functional use of archaeological objects (experimental archaeology).
THETIS also had interests in the field of conservation of ceramics, especially from the Archaeological Service Departments, and they helped to combine the provenience and technological studies of ceramics with conservation and replication.
The company’s policy was to deal with each project in an individual way by mobilizing the most suitable team of experts from the fields of Physical and Natural Sciences, Information Technology, Archaeology and Art History using its own facilities or in collaboration with Greek and Foreign Institutions.
Thetis was also active in the field of research focusing on the use and development of non-destructive analytical techniques for the analysis of Museum artifacts. It initiated, coordinated and participated in research programmes which are funded by non-profit organizations or partly by the GSRT / Ministry of Development.
Their products and services made use of both the modern technologies and the very traditional techniques:
Archiving and handling of data in archaeology and history of art by using web technologies, i.e. a webcentric data-base (1997) for the presentation of multidimensional information on a single screen including photos, videos, texts, dynamically generated XRF-spectra which was pioneering at the time.
This web site, also created in 1997, hosted the activities of the Hellenic Society of Archaeometry, the Conservation Laboratory of the Benaki Museum and other small non-profit societies dealing with the preservation of cultural heritage.
An obvious application of the knowledge produced from the studies and understanding of ancient technologies was the modern reproduction of ancient artifacts by following the original, ancient manufacturing processes.
Their products and services were addressed to the Greek and International markets and concern Public and Private Museums, the Greek Archaeological Service, Archaeological Schools, Private Collectors, Antique and Art Dealers, Conservators, Artisans, and Educational Institutions.
In the course of various application programmes they collaborated with The Museum of Cycladic Art, the Benaki Museum, The Metropolitan Museum NY, The Archaeological Museum of Nicosia, The Louvre Museum, the 1st & 11th Ephorates of Antiquities, The Wiener Laboratory of the American School for Classical Studies in Athens, the Society of Messenian Archaeological Studies, the University of the Aegean and ATTIKO METRO S.A., the Athens METRO company and other institutions.
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I’ve always been interested in archaeology, and as I rebuilt this site, I will be detailing some amazing studies about the subject soon. Below is some awesome information that I have already published. You can access it by clicking through various topics.