Dikili Tash

© Pascal Darcque

Éveha International participates in research on the prehistoric site of Dikili Tash. This project is directed by Pascal Darcque, Zoï Tsirtsoni (CNRS, UMR 7041), Haïdo Koukouli-Chryssanthaki (Emeritus Ephor at the Greek Ministry of Culture) and Dimitra Malamidou (Greek Ministry of Culture).

The excavation campaigns
(by years)


Pascal Darcque (CNRS, UMR 7041)
H. Koukouli-Chryssanthaki (Emeritus Ephor of Antiquities)
D. Malamidou (Greek Ministry of Culture)
Z. Tsirtsoni (CNRS, UMR 7041)

Location and historical summary

The site of Dikili Tash is situated in the south-east of the Drama plain, in the East Macedonia region of Northern Greece. It is located approximately 2km from the ruins of the ancient Greek town of Philippi, near Kavala.
The site forms a large man-made hill. The tell is comprised of successive layers of human occupation, many of which were destroyed by fires which effectively fossilised them. It is one of the largest tells in the Balkans, at 17m in height and covering a surface area of four hectares at its base.
Dikili Tash is exceptional for the longevity of occupation on the site, from the 7th to the end of the 2nd millennium BC. It is therefore of vital importance for understanding the evolutions which took place throughout that period.


Research history

Dikili Tash was identified in the early 20th century, and since 1961 has been the subject of three systematic excavation programmes. These were collaborations between the École française d’Athens and the Archaeological Society of Athens, supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. The first programme, directed by Professors J. Deshayes and D. Théocharis, took place from 1961 to 1975, while the second, under the direction of Professor R. Treuil and the Ephor of Antiquities H. Koukouli-Chryssanthaki, was carried out from 1986 to 2000.
The third programme took place between 2008 and 2016. It wass co-directed by P. Darcque (Research Director, CNRS), Z. Tsirtsoni (Researcher, CNRS), H. Koukouli-Chryssanthaki (Emeritus Ephor of Antiquities and member of the Archaeological Society of Athens) and D. Malamidou (archaeologist at the Greek Ministry of Cultur and member of the Archaeological Society at Athens). Four excavation seasons each lasting five to six weeks (2008, 2010, 2012, 2013) have alternated with study seasons (2009, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016).

How Eveha International Participates

Analysis, conservation and restoration of artefacts and earthen architectural remains


Archaeological Society of Athens
École française d’Athènes
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development
Institute for Aegean Prehistory