The immense work of studying and publishing the sculpture of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki began in 1989 by the professors of Archaeology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Georgios Despinis, Theodosia Stefanidou-Tiveriou and Emmanuel Voutiras.
Three volumes have been published so far, by the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece. The first volume was published in 1997, the second one in 2003 and the third in 2010. Professor Barbara Schmidt-Douna was added to the team of authors already since the second volume, along with post-graduate students and PhD candidates. The third volume includes entries by archaeologists of the Museum and the Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities of Thessaloniki.
A total of 665 pieces of sculpture have been published thus far (2015), including sculptures, funerary monuments, architectural and decorative sculpture, sarcophagi etc. while at the moment, the fourth volume of the Catalogue of Sculpture of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki is being prepared, which will include approximately 350 artefacts.
The archaeologists of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki participating in the project are: P. Adam-Veleni, A. Koukouvou, E. Melliou, D. Terzopoulou, K. Chatzinikolaou, K. Xanthopoulou.