Archaeology lovers, head's up; the Canadian Institute in Greece (CIG) announced the official launch of its 'Portal to the Past'-website.

According to the Archaeology News Network, in the Portal to the Past, 'the user will find detailed information pertaining to all 18 field projects that have been undertaken during the CIG’s history. These projects cover Greece from north to south, east to west and span from the 9th millennium BCE to the 20th century CE. However, within the framework of each project the visitor will also find a wealth of information including details about each project, directors, publications, excavated material, photographs, and much more. A scan of the various “about” pages at the Portal will explain the purposes of each of the main areas of the site'.

The Portal is the product of over a year’s efforts by a diligent and enthusiastic team who worked together to achieve a concept first proposed by the Canadian Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic, Robert Peck, for a virtual photograph exhibition which conceptually morphed into a website envisioned also to serve as a digital archive for all Canadian archaeological projects operated under the auspices of the CIG.
The Canadian Institute in Greece is a privately-funded, not-for-profit educational institution, incorporated in Canada by Federal charter, which seeks to promote Canadian research and education in fields relating to Hellas’ heritage. From its founding in 1974 until 2006 it was called the Canadian Archaeological Institute at Athens (CAIA). The Institute advances knowledge of Hellas in all periods by sponsoring and promoting archaeological fieldwork, providing resources for scholarly research, and disseminating the results. CIG was officially recognized in 1976 by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture as a foreign archaeological institute, with primary responsibility for Canadian archaeological research in Hellas.

Future plans for the Portal include the translation into French and Greek languages, and continual updates about the various projects which have been worked on, are still being worked on, and will be worked on in the future.