Thessaloniki Archaeolab is based in Pylaia, in a 2.5 acre area. It has two different excavation simulations. The first excavation simulation is part of a Hellenistic market and refers to the foundation period of the city of Thessaloniki. The second excavation refers to the period of the first farmers and concerns a Neolithic house. Residues of cultural material contained in the excavations provide clear indications and information on the characteristics of societies and the lifestyle of each period.
In addition to the excavation simulation training program, a variety of experimental archeology and art workshops are also being implemented, aimed at families and educational institutions.
During the summer holidays there is daily, except Saturday and Sunday, a summer camp with a variety of content. The training program of the summer camps runs on three different educational axes. On a weekly basis, the children carry out a team project. Collective projects aim at enhancing children’s creative thinking in order to generate ideas, apply them, invent and discover, while at the same time strengthening their self-confidence and encouraging communication and expressive skills.
Also on a daily basis, children work on an individual project with a common theme for everyone, from the field of art and science. During the rest of the summer camp, when there is no weekly or daily project, children can freely choose what they will do through dozens of different actions offered in the workshop, depending on each child’s personal interests. The goal is to bring children into contact with different materials and techniques and to discover their true interests and inclinations in an environment that supports their innate tendency to learn and respects the individuality of each personality.
Archaeolab’s space is also available for children’s parties, with the choice of personalized programs tailored to the specific interests of each child.