A wide range of archaeological and scientific research requires the formal permission of the Greek authorities. All UK-based scholars must apply for their permits via the School, having first become Members. It may take several months to secure a permit, so it is vital that you read these pages carefully and consult the School Administrator well in advance of your proposed work. Permits fall into three categories:
1) Fieldwork Permits. The School is entitled to apply each year for up to 6 permits for excavation, survey or conservation. The Committee for Archaeology determines the School's fieldwork programme on the basis of applications received from project directors. The deadline for receipt of applications by the School Administrator is October 15th, and for the School's submission to the Ministry of Culture, 30th November in each year. For further details and application forms, select 'Fieldwork Permits'.
2) Individual Study Permits are required to:
- study, photograph and/or draw objects, coins and inscriptions held in Greek museums;
- take samples for analysis, whether conducted in Greece or overseas;
- undertake geological, geomorphological or environmental research, whether or not within the context of an archaeological project.
- These applications can be made at any time and there is no restriction on number, however they may take several months to process. Please select 'Individual Study Permits' for further details.
3) Permits for British School material. Scholars wishing to study material in the School Museum should contact the Assistant Director. Those wishing to study material in the Stratigraphical Museum, Knossos, should forward a completed application form to the Archivist. The Archivist is responsible for all archival matters, including administering reproduction rights in BSA copyright material, and issuing the letters of permission which must accompany applications to the Greek authorities to study finds from BSA excavations. For further details and application forms, select 'BSA Materials Permits'.
Some areas of research - in anthropology, ethnography or sociology, for example - do not require permits. But here too, the School can always help in unexpected ways and is happy to do so. Please contact the School Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org