Funding the Excavations
The excavations began in the 1930's with the substantial support of John D. Rockefeller, who also funded the reconstruction of the Stoa of Attalos (1953-1956) to serve as the site museum. In recent years the work has been supported by the David and Lucile Packard foundation and the Packard Humanities Institute. In the intervening years, numerous foundations, institutions, and individuals provided essential funds: the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, Princeton University, Randolph-Macon College, and the Panathenaic Society, among others. Tens of millions of dollars have permitted the excavation, restoration, and publication of one of the most productive archaeological projects in the Mediterranean basin. In recent years the Packard Humanities Institute has also collaborated in a large project to digitize the vast collection of antiquities and archives stored in the Stoa of Attalos, a project supplemented by grants from the European Economic Area and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
The NEH and EEA grants are exceptional, in that most of the funding has come from private American sources. Financial support from the private sector on such a scale is a reliable indicator of the understanding and appreciation by many Americans of their debt to ancient Greek society - and particularly Athens - in the formation of their own political values and way of life.
Contributions are always welcome. Should you wish to support any aspect of work at the Agora, please contact:
Athenian Agora Excavations
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
GR 106 76 Athens
Fax: +30 210-331-0964