The School of History and Archaeology is one of the eight Schools that comprise the Faculty of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In its turn, the School consists of the following Departments:
•Department of Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Medieval History
•Department of Modern and Contemporary History, Folklore, and Social Anthropology
•Department of Archaeology
•Department of History of Art
Since the establishment of the University of Thessaloniki in 1925, Archaeology was among the courses of study offered by the Faculty of Philosophy. The teaching staff consisted of internationally renowned scholars with pioneering research work in various fields of Archaeology, among which Ch. Tsountas, K. Romanos, Str. Pelekidis, A. Xyngopoulos, G. Bakalakis, M. Andronikos, St. Pelekanidis, N. Platon, D. Theocharis. From the very beginning, University of Thessaloniki was found at the forefront of archaeological teaching in Greece, due to the emphasis placed on the practical training of students alongside their theoretical studies. Today, according to the same principle, the members of the Department of Archaeology conduct excavations and field projects in a great number of archaeological sites, from different periods, in Greece and abroad.
One of the most important excavations of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is at the ancient city of Dion in Pieria. From 1963, every year dozens of students practice there on archaeological survey methods, excavation and record-keeping techniques. Besides that, the excavation of Dion has as its purpose the uncovering, preservation, study, and promotion of the monuments and excavation finds of the ancient city, which is among the most historic sites of Macedonia.