THE PROJECT: 2020-2023

ARISTEAS (Advancing Research Infrastructure & Scientific Techniques in Archaeological Science) is a NSRF funded project led by Professor Nikolaos Zacharias of the Laboratory of Archaeometry at the University of the Peloponnese, Greece (LA@UOP). The project aims to enhance the infrastructure of the LA@UOP, by the acquisition of equipment in three significant fields of Archaeological Sciences: analysis of archaeomaterials, remote sensing and digital technologies.

The project will focus on the formulation of Best Research Practices in the above-mentioned fields, incorporating basic archaeometric techniques with state-of the-art equipment. The Project Team will conduct high quality research in a wide range of archaeological materials and sites, taking advantage of the rich Cultural Heritage of the Peloponnese.

At the same time, a large number of international young researchers will be hosted in the facilities of LA@UOP to implement short-time research projects. Thus, ARISTEAS Research Methodologies and Best Practices will be extensively tested and the overall outcomes of the project will be diffused in the international research community.

Throughout the project, specialised webinars, workshops and conferences will be held, allowing the wider diffusion of both the overarching Best Research Practices and the research outcomes of each project.

Overall, ARISTEAS will reinforce the position of LA@UOP as one of the leading centres of archaeometric research in Greece.


The main objective of ARISTEAS is the enhancement of the infrastructure of  Laboratory of Archaeometry, through the upgrade of the existing equipment and software and the acquisition of new state-of-the-art devices. The three main directions of research will be (1) analysis of archaeomaterials, with an emphasis on inorganic materials, (2) remote sensing, and (3) digital applications on archaeology and Cultural Heritage. Of special interest is the advancement of in situ and non-destructive methodologies for the analysis and visualization of sites and artefacts.

During the implementation of the project, the Project Team will formulate, test and evaluate Best Research Practices, focusing on producing an overall synthesis of methodologies and research directions. The incorporation of basic archaeometric techniques with state-of the-art equipment is of special interest.

A further objective of ARISTEAS is the thorough exploitation of the LA@UOP infrastructure, based on the implementation of research on archaeological and cultural heritage artefacts and sites by the Project Team (post-graduate students, PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers). These projects will exploit the remarkably rich Cultural Heritage of the area of the Peloponnese.

Additionally, 24 short-term research grants will be given to international young researchers. Applicants will be evaluated based on the excellence of their research proposal. Grant beneficiaries will have open access to all LA@UOP infrastructure for the implementation of their research and will additionally be provided with a small stipend for the coverage of personal expenses. The international researchers will conduct state-of-the-art archaeometric research on significant case studies, allowing the extensive evaluation of the Research Methodologies and Best Practices and increasing the diffusion of ARISTEAS outcomes in the international research community.

The objectives of the project will be achieved by:

  • Upgrading the existing infrastructure.
  • Acquiring new state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Training the members of the Project Team in advanced techniques and methodologies.
  • Implementing archaeometric research by the Project Team.
  • Funding international young researchers to implement short-time research projects with special significance.
  • Hosting international conferences, workshops and webinars for the diffusion of the project outcomes.

ARISTEAS will reinforce the position of LA@UOP as one of the leading centres of archaeometric research in Greece. LA@UOP will be able to provide advanced and comprehensive services in archaeometric research, applying holistic methodologies based on well-designed and thoroughly evaluated research practices.


The research programme is co-funded by national and EU resources and is implemented within the context of the NSRF operational programme “Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation 2014-2020 (EPAnEk)” of the ministry of Development and Investment of the Hellenic Republic.

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