The Helike Project
The Helike Project under the direction of archaeologist Dora Katsonopoulou and co-direction of physicist Steven Soter began to search for the city in 1988, with a systematic sonar survey of the seafloor southeast of Aigion. The survey determined that the site is not under water. Since 1991, the Helike Project team carried out campaigns on the adjacent coastal plain using surface surveys, geophysical exploration, extensive bore hole drilling. Since 2000 started trial and systematic excavations under a permit from the Ministry of Culture held by the Helike Society and the Department of Geology of Patras University.
based in Aigion, Achaea, Greece, is the principal scientific non-profit
organization which promotes and supports scientific research to reveal and
develop the site of Ancient Helike. The Helike Society was founded in
Aigion in 1982 at the initiative of Dora Katsonopoulou, archaeologist, and
other personalities from the city of Aigion.
2000, archaeological excavations of the Helike Project (see below) in the area
of Helike are conducted under the auspices of the Department of Geology,
The Helike Society is directed by a Board of nine members elected every four years by vote from the members of the General Assembly. Since 1985, Dora Katsonopoulou is continuously elected as President of the Helike Society.
Administrative Board of the Helike Society
Dora Katsonopoulou, Archaeologist, Director of the Helike Project, President
Kostas Klagos, Philologist,
Maria Karvela, Archaeologist, Secr.
Mrs. Maria Argyropoulou, Archaeologist, Secretary to the President
Leonidas Charalambopoulos, Former Director of the Alpha bank,
Prof. Nikos Kontopoulos, Prof. of Geology, Patras University, Member
Prof. Ioannis Koukouvelas, Prof. of Geology, Patras University, Member
Restaurant Keeper, Member
Mrs. Anny Trikka, Archaeologist, Member
The Helike Society welcomes contributions to support systematic excavations of the Helike Project at Helike. For information on Helike and the discoveries brought to light in recent years, please see Discoveries at Ancient Helike. For information on membership and contributions to the Helike Society and ordering the Helike Proceedings volumes, please contact Mrs. Maria Karvela.