Research Team


Christina Papadaki

Γεννήθηκα στο Ηράκλειο Κρήτης το 1974. Σπούδασα αρχαιολογία στο Τμήμα Ιστορίας και Αρχαιολογίας του Πανεπιστημίου Κρήτης, όπου και ολοκλήρωσα τις μεταπτυχιακές μου σπουδές με ειδίκευση στην Προϊστορική Αρχαιολογία. Ολοκλήρωσα την πρώτη διδακτορική μου διατριβή, με τίτλο «Αποθέτες κεραμεικής. Εννοιολογικός προσδιορισμός, τυπολογία και σημασία για τη λειτουργία της ζωής των κοινοτήτων, κατά τη 2η χιλιετία π. Χ. στην Κρήτη», στο Εθνικό και Καποδιστριακό Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών, με επόπτη καθηγητή τον κ. Λ. Πλάτωνα. Από τον Οκτώβρη του 2016 είμαι υποψήφια διδάκτωρ του τμήματος Μεσογειακών Σπουδών του Πανεπιστημίου Αιγαίου. Η δεύτερη διδακτορική μου διατριβή, με επόπτη καθηγητή τον κ. Π. Κουσούλη, έχει τίτλο «Στοιχεία και όψεις μαγείας στον Μινωικό πολιτισμό».

Από το 2001, εργάζομαι ως συμβασιούχος αρχαιολόγος στο Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο και στην Εφορεία Αρχαιοτήτων Ηρακλείου. Έχω λάβει μέρος σε διάφορες ανασκαφές, ερευνητικά προγράμματα και επιφανειακές έρευνες στην Κρήτη (Ελεύθερνα, Μοναστηράκι Αμαρίου, Μονή Μαλεβιζίου, Κρουσώνας, Τύλισος, Κνωσός, Πόρος – Κατσαμπάς, αρχαία Έλτυνα, Σαμπάς, Γαλατάς, Προφήτης Ηλίας Αρκαλοχωρίου, Ρύτιο, Γούρνες Πεδιάδος, Χερσόνησος, Ζάκρος) τη Γαύδο και την Ηπειρωτική Ελλάδα (Θεολόγος Λοκρίδας). Οι επιστημονικές εργασίες μου αφορούν στον κρητικό πολιτισμό των μινωικών και ιστορικών χρόνων.

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Christina Papadaki

Christina Papadaki

Dr. Electra Apostola

Electra Apostola received her B.A in Archaeology and History of Art from the National and Capodistrian University of Athens and her M.A. in Prehistoric Archaeology from the same University. She received her PhD from the Department of Mediterranean Studies University of the Aegean with the title of her thesis being that of the “Interaction of ideas, symbols and cultures in the SE Mediterranean during the 1st Millennium B.C.; a study of hybrid divine and demonicentities of egyptian origin in the Aegean during the 7th and 6th Centuries B.C”. The main goal of her research project was a comparative analysis on the roles and symbolic connotations of hybrid demonic entities of the Aegean and Egypt, in a period of intense commercial, diplomatic and cultural interconnections.
She has participated as trainee in various archaeological and research projects (e.g, Digital Documentation of the archaeological collections of Museum of Cycladic Art, pottery classification from the palace of Zakros, classification of archaeozoologicalevidence in the excavation of Akrotiri, trainee in the excavations of the neolithic settlements at Dispilio, Kastoria and at Ftelia, Mykonos, etc). She currently partipates in the Aegyptiaka Project (AeP): Ecumene and Economy in the Horizon of Religion, an International Collaborative Research Project of the University of the Aegean, the University of Bonn, the KB’ Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classic Antiquities (Rhodes) and the Italian Archaeological School at Athens. The Project focuses on the study of Egyptian and egyptianising objects from the archaic sanctuaries in the Aegean and mainland Greece.

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Dr. Electra Apostola

Dr. Electra Apostola

Anna Kalaitzaki

Anna Kalaitzaki received her B.A in Archaeology at the University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies (Rhodes, Greece) and her M.A. in Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean: Greece, Egypt and Near East from the same University. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Mediterranean Studies University of the Aegean. The title of her PhD dissertation is “Aspects of religion and ritual in the ancient Near East and Egypt: The introduction of foreign deities into the Egyptian pantheon in the Late Bronze Age”. The aim of this doctoral research project is a comprehensive analysis of foreign deities from Anatolia, Mesopotamia and Syro-palestine and their importation into the Egyptian pantheon.
She participated and was a member of the organizing committee in several workshops and conferences, including the 3rd National Student Archaeology Congress of the Department of Mediterranean Studies, entitled “Mediterranean: Relationships from Prehistoric to Byzantine period” (Rhodes, 13-15 March 2015) and Mare Nostrum VI, entitled ‘’Art and Science from Prehistoric to Byzantine period’’ (21-23 May 2015). She has participated as trainee in various archaeological and research projects (e.g. Geometric documentation of Vasilika, Kumisala (2014-2015), Survey research at Vasilika of Kumisala, Rhodes (2013-2014), trainee in the Laboratory of Archeometry, Rhodes (2013) and in the excavations of Antikythera (2013) and Sarakenos Project, Boeotia (2012).

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Anna Kalaitzaki

Anna Kalaitzaki

Grigorios Kontopoulos

Grigorios Kontopoulos is a Greek Egyptologist. He studied Archaeology at the University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies (Rhodes, Greece) and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool (Liverpool, UK). He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Egyptology at the University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies (Rhodes, Greece). The title of his PhD dissertation is “The Egyptian Diplomatic system in the Late Bronze Age beyond the terms of “Brotherhood” and “Equality”: The Egyptian “abandonment” of power and aspects of Pharaonic identity and Kingship”.
His research interests include Social life in New Kingdom Egypt, diplomatic marriage in New Kingdom Egypt, hieroglyphs, the relations between Egypt, the Aegean and the Near East in the 2nd and 1st millennia BC, foreigners, ethnicity and the problem of otherness in New Kingdom Egypt, epigraphy and archaeological survey with the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). He participated and was member of the organizing committee in several workshops and conferences, including the Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists (Rhodes, 22-29 May 2008). He is one of the Greek members at the International Association of Egyptologists (2008-til today). In addition he is one of the founding and research members of the University of the Aegean Egyptological Research Group (2010 till present). He was commended by the Prehistorical and Classical antiquities Inspection Bureau in Rhodes, Greece for the discovery and delivery of an inscribed stone ossuary. He has participated as trainee in various archaeological and research projects (e.g, Helwan Archaeological Survey and Mapping Project; departmental excavations at Kimisala, Rhodes, Greece; documentation and digitalization process of pottery sherds from several periods (Prehistoric to Hellenistic) at the Institute of the Aegean studies, Rhodes, Greece etc.).

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Grigorios Kontopoulos

Grigorios Kontopoulos

Dr. Panagiotis Kousoulis

Panagiotis Kousoulis is Associate Professor of Egyptology at the Department of Mediterranean Studies of the University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece. He studied Archaeology and History of Art at the National and Capodistrian University of Athens and Egyptology at the University of Birmingham and University of Liverpool (United Kingdom). He was a State Scholarship’s Foundation of Greece Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of the Aegean and the University of Liverpool (2001-2002), and Visiting Scholar at the University of Liverpool (2008). He is the representative of Greece at the Council of the International Association of Egyptologists (2008 till today), scientific partner of the Cultural Center of the Embassy of the Arabic Republic of Egypt, Athens (2005 till today) and member in many egyptological societies: American Academy of Religion (2010-2011, invited scholar in the 49th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 19-22/11/2011, panel: The Mediterranean Material Cultures and the Study of Religion – Understanding the Past), American Research Center in Egypt (2003 till today), Egypt Exploration Society (1997 till today).
He is the scientific coordinator of several international egyptological  projects funded by the EU and Greek resources in cooperation with scholars from Greek and foreign Institutions: Aegyptiaka Project: Ecumene and Economy in the Horizon of Religion (2006 till today), Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project (2011 till today), Helwan Archaeological Survey and Mapping Project (2005-2007), Project HERAKLITUS ΙΙ (2010-2015), Project Pythagoras, meter 2.2: Egypt and Greece in Antiquity: Historical and Archaeological Approach with the aid of the natural sciences (2003-2007), Aegean Summer School on Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Religions and Religious Language (2014), E-learning Programmes of Continuing Education in Egyptology and the Ancient Egyptian Language (2012 till today).He has published books and articles on important aspects of ancient Egyptian religion and ritual, demonology and anti-god entities, funerary ideology and practice, archaeology of death, egyptian language and script (hieroglyphics, hieratic, Ptolemaic inscriptions), cross-cultural interactions between Egypt, Greece and the Near East in the first millennium BC, and has organized international conferences on Rhodes and Athens: Ancient Egyptian Theology and Demonology (2003), Foreign Relations and Diplomacy in the Ancient World: Egypt, Greece, Near East (2004), First Egyptological Seminar in Greece (2005), Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists (2008), Εx Oriente Lux Ι (2011),Religion, Politics and Culture in the Mediterranean from the 8th to 6th c. BC: Egyptian and Near Eastern Objects in the Archaic Greek Sanctuaries and their Socio-political Implications (2014).
His books / edited volumes include: Magic and Religion as Performative Theological Union: the Apotropaic Ritual of Overthrowing Apophis (Liverpool, 1999), In Search of the Afterlife: Death and Mummification in ancient Egypt (Thessaloniki: Archetypo-Metekdotiki, 2004) [in Greek], Moving Across Borders: Foreign Relations, Religion and Cultural Interactions in Ancient Mediterranean, OLA 159 (Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2007, with Κ. Maglivera), Studies on the Ancient Egyptian Culture and Foreign Relations, Egyptological Series 1 (Rhodes: University of the Aegean, 2007), Ancient Egyptian Demonology: Studies on the boundaries between the Demonic and the Divine in Egyptian Magic, OLA 175 (Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2011),Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, 22-29 May 2008 (Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2014, with N. Lazaridis), Egyptian Hieroglyphics: Morphology and Syntax of Middle Egyptian (Athens: Papazisi, 2014).

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Dr. Panagiotis Kousoulis

Dr. Panagiotis Kousoulis

Dr. Pavlos Antonatos

Pavlos Antonatos is descended from Kefallonia Island and he is living in Athens. Using state scholarships studied history, archaeology, history of art and social anthropology at the Universities of Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Sofia, Crete and Athens during the years 1989-2003. At the University of the Aegean / Rhodes Island he earned his PhD in Egyptology upon the general title: The representation of the bodily movements and gestures of the Pharaonic Period. Since 1997 he is working as an archaeologist in the Hellenic Ministry of Culture conducting rescue excavations on Samos Island and investigating excavations projects on the Aeropagus hill and in Ancient Agora of Athens as well.
He has worked extensively on the Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Athens Project and he has been responsible for the conservation, recording and classification of stone architectural and sculptured parts as well as findings coming from excavation activities within the area of the Ancient Agora of Athens. He participated for three seasons (2000-2002) in a programme of survey research and location/mapping archaeological sites on the Island of Gaudos conducted by the University of Crete within the framework of a European funded programme. He is currently working in the Ephorate of Private Archaeological Collections, which belongs to the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and he is responsible for the recoding, photographing, electronic filing and contraction of catalogues of ancient objects. Also he is responsible for carrying out controls in Greek antique shops, foundations and collectors. He is responsible for the conducting of controls and the forming of the assessment for imported ancient objects in customs, as well as during the retrieval aiming at the combat of illegal pushing of antiquities. He is responsible for the control of ancient objects which have been chosen and programmed to be exported to Museums abroad in order to be exhibited in periodic exhibitions of various thematology.

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Dr. Pavlos Antonatos

Dr. Pavlos Antonatos

Christos Kekes

Christos Kekes studied Archaeology and History of Art at the University of Crete. From the same university he received his M.A. in Prehistoric Archaeology. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean. The title of his PhD dissertation is «Speaking bodies: a typological and sociological approach of Egyptian and Aegean gestures during the Bronze Age». The main objective of this doctoral research project is to examine the social dimensionsof Egyptian and Aegean gestures, their significance in Egyptian and Aegean rituals and to recognize possible common gestures in both study areas in order to clarify the close relations in an ideological levelbetween Egypt and the Aegean during the Bronze Age. His research interests include the relations between Egypt, the Aegean and the Near East in the Bronze Age, the archaeology of bodily communication and the practice of damnatio memoriae in ancient Egypt.

As an undergraduate and postgraduate student he participated in the archaeological projects of the University of Crete at the Peak Sanctuary of Vrysinas in Rethymnon (excavation, field survey, documentation, classification and further study of the material, 2007-2011) and at Therasia (field survey, 2008-2009). He was a member of the organizing committee of the 2nd Scientific Meeting for the Archaeological Work in Crete, which took place in Rethymnon on 26th – 28th November 2010. He also worked in various excavations (e.g. at the Roman site of Plotinopolis at Didymoteicho (2006-2014), at the Roman Burial Tumulus and the Neolithic settlement of Thyrea at Didymoteicho (2007, 2009), at the Neolithic settlement of Anargyroi XIII at Amyntaio mines (2013) and at the reconstruction project of the post-Byzantine funerary chapel of Agios Athanasios at Didymoteicho (2015)).

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Christos Kekes

Christos Kekes