The French School at Athens and the Greek Culture Ministry were awarded the grand prize in archaeology (Grand Prix d’archéologie) for the excavation works on the site of a 1,400m2 Early Christian mansion on the island of Thassos.
The annual award, established by the Simone & Cino Del Duca Foundation (La Fondation Simone & Cino Del Duca) is accompanied by 150,000 euro grant following the recommendation of the Institut de France. The award ceremony will take place in Paris on June 7.
The excavation is being carried out near the port of Thassos and uncovered a 5th-century residence built on the hillside of the acropolis of the ancient city of Thassos, between Dionysios and Artemisio, northeast of the ancient market.
Besides Thassos, the French School at Athens has carried out archaeological fieldwork at major sites across Greece, including excavations at Philippi, Samothrace, and Delphi.