"I am happy to invite you to visit Archaeological World's new online catalogue: Sites & Photos, where you can browse the entire collection."
Shmulik Magal

Shmulik M., who initiated and performed this project, is a certificated archeologist, specializing in the Classical period. He received his BA degree in Archaeology from the Haifa University in 1998, and participated in several excavations on land and underwater.
With this project he set out to create a comprehensive photographic archive of archaeological sites, in general, and of the Hellenistic period, specifically. For this end, 35 documentation expeditions were performed to archaeological sites in 4 countries.

The project, which started in 1996, is still in its infancy. In 2005, 100 more sites will be documented, and the work will be extended to additional countries in the Mediterranean Basin.

This archive, the largest of its kind, is a useful tool for universities, institutes and individuals that study, research and tour these places. The information, photographs and videos are for sale in various forms for your convenience. Products and video or Catalogue


In 1996 I first discovered the world of archaeology while studying for my BA degree at the Haifa University. I majored in Classical archaeology and marine archaeology.
I was fascinated by the intriguing and amazing world of archaeology, specifically the Classical era. I started reading more and more about that time, collecting data about the period, the art and the emperors… It was then that I realized how limited the photographed documentation of the archaeological sites of that era was.
As a result, I started touring those sites. First, I visited the larger and better-known sites. Then, driven by my insatiable curiosity, I wandered to remote places, many times by foot for lack of access roads, hiking in paths which were difficult to navigate, with no signs or clues to guide me.
My goal was to document, film and photograph all those wonderful informative sites for generations to come, before they are lost forever by the hands of man and time. Some of the sites were already badly damaged, due to earthquakes, weather hazards and massive construction by man.

Out of these tours I created an extensive archive, the largest photographed database of archaeological sites, in general, and of Classical sites specifically. The archive contains digital photographs and videos of the sites, accompanied by explanatory texts that were taken from the best books written about the Classical period.

I wish to express my gratitude to the Israel Antiquities Authority, to Israel's National Parks Authority, to White Star Publishers and to Casa Editrice Bonechi, for allowing me to use their texts.

I also thank my translators, Ms Tracy Bochbinder, Ms Ronit Marco and Ms Mor Shavit, for their high-quality work.

Special thanks are due to the talented graphic artist and website designer, Ms Aya Golan of Aya's Design, who put in time and effort and produced a beautiful, friendly and professional website.

I hope you enjoy the site and the beautiful pictures!

The Project:
The "Archaeological World in the Greek & Roman periods" project included the documentation, photography and cataloging of the Greek-Roman archaeological world. The work took place between the years 1998-2004. This is now the largest database in the world in this field. It is comprised of information and pictures of archaeological sites of the Greek-Roman period from Turkey, Greece, Italy and Israel.

Our Goals:
1. Building the largest photographed database of the Greek-Roman world for academic use, publishing and lectures. The database contains about 55,000 photographs and 9 hours of video footage (high quality digital photographs and video).
2. Comprehensive photographed documentation of archaeological sites.
3. Production of data and video CDs (DVD quality), about archaeological sites and other topics, for universities and institutions of archaeology.

Prior to the photography tours in the archaeological sites themselves a comprehensive literature review was conducted, including the inspection of ancient and modern maps. A full detailed sketch of each site and its surroundings was prepared. In order to present the site in the best way possible, the documentation of each site included photographs from various angles. The documentation was performed by a certified archaeologist, specializing in the Classical period.
The project documented the most important archaeological sites in the aforementioned countries, those that include the most interesting elements of the Classical world. Some of the pictures were photographed in sequestered sites, without access roads and under many difficulties.
The database contains in addition photographs of sites that are not reviewed on the website (all the pictures are listed in the catalog).

Our products:
1. Photographed documentation of archaeological sites:
a. Turkey - 65 sites.
b. Italy - 13 sites.
Sicily - 7 sites.

c. Greece (mainland and Peloponnese Peninsula) - 21 sites
Crete - 7 sites.

Rhodes - 2 sites.

Delos - 1 site.

Kos - 2 sites
d. Israel - 84 sites (of all periods).

2. Survey of Museums of Archaeology*:
a. Italy and Sicily - 13 museums.
b. Turkey - 9 museums.
c. Greece and Crete - 13 museums.
*Photographs of museum items are not for sale, depending on museum's consent (copyright protected).

3. Catagorized photographs:
a. Greek and Roman paintings (including Minoan and Etruscan paintings).
b. Mosaics.
c. Statues.
d. Emperors and Kings (paintings and statues).
e. Greek and Roman art.
f. Burial (Sarcophagi, including Lycia).
g. Weapons, Armor, Helmets.
h. Construction and Architecture (public buildings, temples, dwellings,
water reservoirs, etc…).
i. Theaters, Amphitheaters, Odeons, Hippodromes.
j. Sketches and plans of sites and buildings.

4. Powerpoint presentations:
Edited presentations that include digital pictures and video segments.

5. Video footage:
About 60% of the sites are documented on video in DVD quality. The video segments range from short segments of 2 minutes to long segments of 21 minutes. They are edited and accompanied by subtitles.