The Hellenic-Norwegian Excavations at Tegea 2009-2013 (completed)

The project has in the 5-year period of 2009-2013 carried out excavations in the centre of the ancient city of Tegea in Arcadia.

About the project

This joint Hellenic-Norwegian excavation explored an important area right in centre of the ancient city. To judge from the results of the magnetometer survey, we expected to explore the marketplace, the agora and several streets in the regular plan of the city. The excavations had two main aims:

1. To check the results of the magnetometer survey archaeologically and to obtain evidence for the dating of the plan of the city
2. To understand better the chronological development of the city of Tegea


Norwegian archaeologists and historians have since 1990 worked at Tegea under the aegis of the Norwegian Institute at Athens. Since 1999, the main work has been concentrated on the ancient city of Tegea and its immediate hinterland. The Norwegian Arcadia Survey 1999-2001 focused on the size and extension of the ancient city through archaeological survey documenting the density of archaeological material in the surface. These results did for the first time establish with certainty where the ancient city was located and provided stimulus to further research on the structure and layout of this important ancient city.

In 2003-2006 magnetometer survey of parts of the ancient urban area documented important remains of the plan of the city, consisting of a regular grid of streets, a large rectangular marketplace, or agora, west of the theatre and possible traces of the fortifications. The Norwegian projects at Tegea have introduced this once important city to modern archaeological and historical research.


Published Apr. 30, 2010 1:56 PM - Last modified Oct. 27, 2016 2:23 PM


Associate Professor Knut Ødegård