Recognition by the World Monuments Fund
Fig. 1 Mr. Petros Tatoulis, Deputy Minister of Culture (right) visited the Helike Conversation Laboratory on August 18, 2004. Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou (left), Helike Project Director, described the convervation and restoration of Early Bronze Age pottery.
Fig.2 Mr. Tatoulis and Prof. Katsonopoulou examine a deep basin at the Hellenistic excavation site. At right is Mr. Ioannis Asimakopoulos, President of the community of Eliki.
Panagiotis Kavvadas, Secretary General of the Prefecture of West Greece, visited the excavations on August 31 2005, accompanied by local administration leaders. Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou welcomed the visitors to the Helike Research Center and Conservation Laboratory, where she and staff members presented a collection of finds from the excavations. The Secretary General then visited the Hellenistic and Early Bronze Age excavation sites. In a subsequent press conference at the nearby hotel Poseidon, the Mr. Kavvadas expressed enthusiasm for the discoveries and announced that the Prefecture will support financially the foundation of a local archaeological collection to exhibit the impressive finds from ancient Helike.
|Fig 3 The Secretary General of West Prefecture of Greece Mr. Panagiotis Kavvadas is guided by Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, Helike Project Director, at the industrial Hellenistic site in Valimitika.|
|Fig 4 The Secretary General of West Prefecture of Greece Mr. Panagiotis Kavvadas observing Hellenistic Pottery at the Helike Conservation Laboratory.|
The Metropolitan His Grace Amvrosios with
Katsonopoulou, Helike Project Director, at the Helike
Conservation Laboratory. Fig. 6
The Metropolitan His Grace Amvrosios with the
excavation team. Prof. Dora
Katsonopoulou , Helike Project Director on the right , Mr.
Ioannis Asimakopoulos, President of Eliki, on the left.
Visit by the Director General of Antiquities and the Director of the Department
of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities of the Greek Ministry of Culture, 2006
3 August, 2006, the Director General of Antiquities and Cultural
Heritage Dr Vivi Vassilopoulou and the Director of the
Department of Prehistoric & Classical Antiquities Dr Elena
Korka of the Greek Ministry of Culture, visited the excavation
sites at Helike. The two Ministry officials were welcomed at the
Helike site by the Helike
Project Director, Prof.
Dora Katsonopoulou, and the Mayor of
Diakopton Mr. George Makris. They were guided at the excavation
sites in Eliki, where a major industrial Early Hellenistic
Dye-Works site has been partly excavated by the Helike Project
excavators, in Nikolaiika where the impressive remains of a long
enclosure stone wall were uncovered at a length of 70 meters
during the 2006 season, and at the geophysical survey sites in
the Helike plain. The visit concluded at the
Fig. 5 The Metropolitan His Grace Amvrosios with Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, Helike Project Director, at the Helike Conservation Laboratory.
Fig. 6 The Metropolitan His Grace Amvrosios with the excavation team. Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou , Helike Project Director on the right , Mr. Ioannis Asimakopoulos, President of Eliki, on the left.
Visit by the Director General of Antiquities and the Director of the Department of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities of the Greek Ministry of Culture, 2006
Fig. 7 The Director of the Department of Prehistoric & Classical Antiquities Dr Elena Korka, examining Early Helladic Pottery at the Helike Conservation Laboratory. To the right the Director General of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage Dr Vivi Vassilopoulou. In the center, Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou.
Fig. 8 Dr Vivi Vassilopoulou and Dr Elena Korka at the site of the long wall excavated in 2006 in Nikolaiika. To the left, Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou. Behind Mr. George Makris, Mayor of the Municipality of Diakopton.
Visit by the Secretary General, Prefecture of West Greece, 2009
journalists’s questions, the Secretary General emphasized
Helike’s importance as the capital city of all Twelve Cities
Fig. 9 The Secretary General of West Prefecture of Greece Mr. Spyros Spyridon at the Helike Site. To the right, Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou, the Helike Project Director, describes ancient lamp discovered at the excavations.
Visit by the Rector of the University of Patras Prof. G. Panagiotakis, 2012
The Rector of the University of Patras, Prof. G. Panagiotakis, visited the
Helike excavations on Saturday 22 September, 2012. The Rector was
accompanied by the Director of the Department of Geology, Prof.
N. Kontopoulos, and was guided to the excavation sites by the
Director of the Helike Project Prof. Dora Katsonopoulou and the
Co-director for Geology Prof. I. Koukouvelas. The Rector also
visited the Helike Project Research and Conservation Laboratory,
housed in the modern village of Eliki near the excavation site,
and was guided by Prof. Katsonopoulou in the Library and the
Conservation lab. He was also updated on the progress of the
studies by the Project associates specializing in coinage,
pottery, specific finds such as clay lamps, loom objects, tools,
metal objects, jewelry, skeletal remains, environmental studies,
Fig. 10 The Rector Prof. G. Panagiotakis guided at the Geometric site of Helike by the Project Director Dora Katsonopoulou.
Visits by Greek and Foreign Schools, 2016-2019
In the last years, there is a growing interest on behalf of Schools both from
the area of Aigialeia and abroad to visit the Helike Dye-Works site. Thus, we
were glad to guide around the site a great number of students and their teachers
from elementary and high schools of Diakopton, Eliki, and Aigion, Vienna and
Munich. We informed the students on the history of the site and explained to
them the meaning, use and importance of the monuments discovered at the site.
The students’ education continued afterwards at the Eliki Conservation
Laboratory, where they had the opportunity to be given information on the
techniques of cleaning and conservation of ancient finds discovered in the
Visits by Greek and Foreign Schools, 2016-2019
More information on Helike available at the following links:
Ancient Apocalypse (2021) BBC TV series - Sunken City Of Helike
Mark Adams (2015) Meet me in Atlantis – on Helike see mainly pp. 184-190, 281-82. www.MARKADAMSBOOKS.COM
Claire Catacouzinos (2015). Archaeologist Interview with Dr Dora Katsonopoulou about The Helike Project. Text on line
Claire Catacouzinos (2012). Helike. The Quarry Journal. Text on line
Tom Gidwitz (2004). City of Poseidon. Archaeology, January/February, pp. 40-47. Complete text with photos online
John Noble Wilford (2003). Scientists Unearth Urban Center More Ancient Than Plato.
New York Times, 2 December 2003.
John Noble Wilford (2000). Ruins May be Ancient City Swallowed by Sea.
New York Times, 17 Oct 2000