FieldworkThe Finnish Institute at Athens is classified, according to Greek legislation, as an archaeological school, and is therefore allowed to carry out archaeological fieldwork in Greece. Such projects are mainly funded by different Finnish foundations and universities.
A third project, directed by Erkki Sironen, began in 2003. It aims to re-study all known Roman epigrams in Greece. Finally, a multidisciplinary project studying the history of the Kokytos river basin in Thesprotia, north-western Greece, began in 2004 under the directorship of Björn Forsén.
Before the Institute had archaeological projects of its own, Finnish scholars acquired experience by participating in, among others, Greek, Norwegian and Swedish excavations and surveys. A good example of Nordic collaboration is the excavation of the temple of Agios Elias at Asea in the Peloponnese. This project, which was directed by Jeannette Forsén under the auspices of the Swedish Institute at Athens, brought together researchers from Norway, Sweden and Finland.