Halai, focus of the
and East Lokris Project (CHELP), is located in the seaside town of Theologos (Ayios Ioannis Theologos), in
district of the larger province of Phthiotis). The town of Theologos is administratively part of
of the larger town of Malesina, ca. 8 k. to the southeast.
divided between the project storerooms in
the nearby town of Tragana (phone: 22330 92323) and the
camp at Vivos
(BIBOΣ in Greek) on
property (cell phones:
698 215 6729 and 697 962 4954). Vivos is a little bay about 3
kilometers southwest of
the territory of the town of Proskynas. Nearly all participants live
at Vivos but a few may occasionally be at Theologos.
We try to keep the following information up-to-date but things
change a bit each year.
The site of Mitrou, a focus of
earlier survey work by CHELP and subsequently excavated by the
Archaeological Project, is an islet just off the shore of Tragana beach, a kilometer or so
north of the
town of Tragana.
BY CAR: from Athens take the National Highway (Ethniki Odos) north towards Lamia and Thessaloniki. About 124 k. from Athens take the exit for
Malesina/Theologos, and follow signs for Theologos (about 8 k. from the
National Highway on a good paved road). The
archaeological site is within Theologos, on the north side of the bay,
200 m. to the right after the road reaches the sea. The trip is 2 hours
less, depending on Athens traffic.
BY BUS: take the 2:30 PM Malesina
Athens, as described below; in July and August it goes all the way to
after a stop in Malesina. Or take a Lamia bus, as below, and get off at
the Malesina/Theologos exit from the National Highway. We can pick you up there by
prearrangement or you can walk or hitch to Malesina and take a taxi to
Theologos. People are often generous about offering rides and it is
safe to accept, except perhaps for women alone.
BY CAR: take the National Highway to
the Malesina/Theologos exit as above, follow the
signs toward Theologos and Proskynas,
from the paved road leading to Theologos after a couple of kilometers
continue another couple of k. to the village of Proskynas, Pass through
village and continue straight, passing under the National Highway.
thereafter, turn right onto the road leading north, marked by a sign
Paralia Vivou (ΠΑΡΑΛΙΑ BIBOΥ), and continue going north toward the sea.
The property is
1/2 k. north of Proskynas. The property has a new, modern-looking house
fenced-in plot, the second to last house before the
sea. There will be tents in the back
field seasons. The sea is a few hundred meters further on.
BY BUS: take any Lamia bus, as below, and get off at
Theologos/Malesina exit as above or further on, at about 132 k., the
town of Tragana, less than a kilometer
past the tollgates
National Road (ΔΙΟΔΙΑ in Greek, pronounced thi-o-dhia with the accent
on the o;
this is the third set of toll gates after leaving Athens). From Tragana, service roads
either side of the National Road in the direction of the camp. Staff and volunteers can
call cell phone number 698 215 6729 ahead of time to
arrange to be
met at the Tragana bus stop and have their luggage brought to the Vivos
continuing on foot from
Tragana, take the service road on the north side, exit from the
Road at the north side of the toll gates and walk northeast for about 2
along a rural roadway to the house. Or you can continue east towards
route just described under Aby car.@
You can also try to get the
bus to let
you off at the toll gates themselves, although the bus staff is
reluctant to believe that foreigners really want to get off there.
Exit the National Road by car or bus as just
described and make
your way south for less than a km. to the main square, the plateia
of the town of Tragana. The storerooms are on the
south side of
the plateia near the southeast corner.
GOING TO MITROU
the National Road or get off the Lamia bus at Tragana and drive or
kilometer or so to the sea. Mitrou will be off to your
At high tide the water between the mainland and Mitrou will be about
ABOUT BUSES FROM ATHENS
You leave Athens from the bus station for
northern Greece, known generally as the KTEL LIOSSION because it is on Liossion Street. The KTEL LIOSSION is north
center of Athens and can be reached by taxi or
bus (number 24). From the KTEL LIOSSION take a bus marked for ΛAMIA (Lamia; the line that provides
service to our area) and buy a ticket for the crossroads for Malesina
to Theologos) or for Tragana or the toll gates near it (see above) if
the Coleman/Purdy property at Vivos. If coming on your own, follow the
directions above for
the Coleman/Purdy property.
there is also a direct bus from the KTEL
LIOSSION to Malesina. In July and August the bus has a continuation to
Theologos, arriving at ; otherwise, taxis are usually
in Malesina (ask at the coffee shop -kafeneion-
where the bus stops).
The Lamia buses leave the KTEL LIOSSION
every hour at 15 minutes past the hour from to and
less regularly thereafter until 9:00 or 9:30 PM. The
Saturday and Sunday schedule may
have fewer buses in the evening. The trip takes about 2 hours. The bus
makes a rest stop, sometimes just before getting to our area. The phone
of the KTEL LIOSSION is 210 831-7147. A ticket constitutes a seat
Try to get there a little early; if all seats are taken, you can make
standing or take a later bus.
Taxis from the airport to the
LIOSSION should not be too expensive but the drivers sometimes
can charge extra for luggage. Ask for an approximate price before you
There are also fairly frequent busses from the airport to the KTEL
LIOSSION; ask the driver to let you off at the right place and point
the way since is bus station is a block or so from the stop.
During the summer we can
usually meet you
at the Malesina crossroads on the National Highway or in Malesina or Tragana if
telephone us ahead of time.
Please note that is is
possible that at some future time there may be
busses direct from the airport to Central Greece but we are
not holding our breath.
IN EMERGENCIES, call the CHELP mobile phones
below) or the CHELP storeroom at Tragana (22330 92 323) or contact us
American School of Classical Studies (see below).
CHELP has e-mail contact and
all summer participants can be reached at email@example.com
in cases of urgency or emergency. Outgoing e-mail
service may also be available to volunteers and students through our
phone connection in the workrooms at Tragana and in the Vivos camp.
UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION FOR
AMERICAN SCHOOL OF CLASSICAL STUDIES
Souidias Street, GR 106 76 Athens, GREECE
30210 (country and area code) 721-5833; 723-6313 or 6314;
Director: Jack Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Robert A. Bridges Jr. (RB6587009@ascsa.edu.gr)
Administrator: Maria Pilali (email@example.com)
Messages for project
participants sent by
telephone, telegram, fax or mail to the AmericanSchool of Classical Studies will
eventually. The School can also reach us quickly in case
of an emergency.
PHONE NUMBERS, ADDRESSES (Greek
area codes in parentheses; calls from the US should be prefixed by 30)
215 6729 and 697
PROJECT WORKROOMS/STOREROOMS AT TRAGANA....................
of CHELP Department
of Classics, 120 Goldwin Smith Hall CornellUniversity, IthacaNY14853.....................................
Cell phone in Greece:............................................................
SOME HOTELS AND ROOMS FOR
VISITORS IN THEOLOGOS AND VICINITY
HOTEL ANESIS, Malesina 35001, Phthiotidos, GREECE........................................
HOTEL GALAXIAS, Theologos, Malesina
35001, Phthiotidos, GREECE.................
ECONOMO'S SILVER BAY HOTEL, Theologos.................................................