Research Team


Dr. Christina Papadaki

Christina Papadaki is a Research Fellow at the University of the Aegean and coordinator -along with Prof. Kousoulis and Dr. Electra Apostola- in the EgyScarabAegean Project (HRDELL OP-European Social Fund). She holds a BA in Archaeology from the University of Crete and a MA in Prehistoric Archaeology from the same University. Her first PhD dissertation at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens was on ceramic deposits and deposition in the 2nd Millennium BC in Crete. She is currently working on her postdoctoral research at the University of the Aegean, investigating aspects of magic in Minoan civilization and its potential connection with the ancient Egyptian magical materiality and symbolism. From 2001-2018 she worked as an archaeologist at the Ephorate of Antiquities of Heraklion. She has participated in many excavations, research projects and surface explorations in Crete (e.g. Eleutherna, Tylissos, Knossos), in Mainland Greece and on Gavdos.

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Dr. Christina Papadaki

Dr. Christina Papadaki

Dr. Dominique Barcat

Dominique Barcat received her MA in Ancient History from the University of Angers (France) and her PhD from the university of Paris 13 (thesis: “Les contacts entre l’Égypte et le monde égéen aux époques géométrique et orientalisante (env. 900 – env. 600 avant J.C.): «question homérique» et modalités d’une rencontre de l’altérité” (dir. Jean-Yves Carrez Maratray). She has participated in various archaeological and research projects with the French School of Archaeology (Dreros, Anavlochos, Amathus). In 2016, she was awarded the Marc de Montalembert Foundation Prize for a project to contribute to the re-evaluation of Egypt's place in the history of the Mediterranean in the first millennium B.C. Then she worked at the university of Fribourg on the subject of the Egyptian amulets, comparing their uses in Aegean and Egyptian tombs (dir. Véronique Dasen). Thanks to the Onassis Foundation she participated in the Aegyptiaca Project: Ecumene and Economy in the Horizon of Religion, an International Collaborative Research Project under the aegis of the University of the Aegean and the University of Bonn. The Project focuses on the study of Egyptian and egyptianising objects from the archaic sanctuaries in the Aegean and mainland Greece. She is currently a scientific collaborator at the University of Fribourg. Her main research topic is the history of the reception of the Egyptian culture through the testimonies of popular devotions, religious art, confronted when possible to written sources.

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Dr. Dominique Barcat

Dr. Dominique Barcat

Dr. Ronaldo Pereira

Ronaldo Gurgel Pereira studied History at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and made his Scientific Initiation debating the Athenian Empire through the work of Herodotus and his book on Egypt. At the same university he received his MA in Comparative History, studying the matter of cultural identity vs. discourses of identity in Hellenistic Egypt. In 2010 he received his PhD in Egyptology from the University of Basel (Switzerland), where he presented the thesis entitled “The Hermetic Logos: Reading the Corpus Hermeticum as a Reflection of Graeco-Egyptian Mentality” (Dir. Prof. Susanne Bickel). That was a research on Graeco-Roman reception of Late Egyptian religion. Since 2011 he works as a post-doctoral fellow at the CHAM/FCSH - New University of Lisbon, where he also teaches Middle Egyptian and Hieratic classes to graduate and post-graduating students. In 2012 he started a project concerning art and epigraphy of Late Period Egyptian collections from Portuguese and Spanish museums. Since then he started to gather more interest and information on Aegyptiaca in the Iberian Peninsula. In 2018, he participated as an Onassis fellow  in the Aegyptiaca Project (AeP):  Ecumene and Economy in the Horizon of Religion – an international project of the University of the Aegean and the University of Bonn (2018). His main interest lie in the relations between Egypt, Phoenicia and Greece, Egyptian and Egyptianizing artifacts from archaic Greek sanctuaries and the cultural implications of Greek reception to Egyptian religion.

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Dr. Ronaldo Pereira

Dr. Ronaldo Pereira

Manos Lamprakis

Manos Lambrakis received his BA in Archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and his MA in Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean: Greece, Egypt and Near East from the University of the Aegean. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Mediterranean Studies University of the Aegean. The title of his PhD dissertation is "Sacrificing human lives: ritual sacrificial landscapes and politics in the prehistoric Aegean, Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean”. He has participated in excavation programs in Greece (Zominthos) and Cyprus (Kantou-Koufovounos). He is currently member of the “Pediada Survey Project”.

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Manos Lamprakis

Manos Lamprakis

Dimitrios Garoufalis

Dimitris Garoufalis studied Pedagogy at the Marassleion Pedagogical Academy (1987), History, Archeology and History of Art at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1992), where he also received his Master's Degree (2010). He has served as Head of Education Department and continues to serve as a teacher and Director of a School Unit. In this context, he has organized and implemented a number of educational seminars as a lecturer in various Departments of Education of Attica, in order to familiarize teachers of Primary and Secondary Education with the history and archeology of Attica (mainly regarding the major archaeological sites of Attica, eg Athenean Agora, Kerameikos, but also regarding the local history in general). He has been involved in excavations and museum research in Crete (Archanes, Zominithos, Ierapetra, Chania, Rethymnon) and Ithaca. He is the author of books and articles of historical and archaeological content. As a staunch supporter of the dissemination of archaeological knowledge to the public, he has been the Editor-in-Chief (since founding) of the archaeological journal CORPUS. Archeology - History of Cultures (1999-2005). It is in the same spirit that he has founded in 2016 the digital archaeological journal Themes in Archaeology (www.themata-archaiologias.gr) which is published quarterly.

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Dimitrios Garoufalis

Dimitrios Garoufalis

Dimitrios Georgiou

Dimitris Georgiou received his MA in Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean: Greece, Egypt and Near East from the University of the Aegean. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies. The title of his PhD dissertation is “Ancient Egyptian Learning Tool (A.E.L.T.), the digitization and interactive usage of the ancient Egyptian language and script”.The A.E.L.T. is a Project coordinated along with Prof. Panagiotis Kousoulis. His doctoral research focuses on the digitization and analysis of texts and scrips and the creation of a verbs and verbs structure database. As a postgraduate student, he has participated in various archaeological and research projects in Greece.

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Dimitrios Georgiou

Dimitrios Georgiou

Maria Katsigianni

Maria Katsigianni received her BA in Political Science and Public Administration at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and her first MA in Business Administration at the University of Nicosia. Her second MA is in Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean: Greece, Egypt and the Near East, at the University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies. Her master thesis deals with the recognition and utility of Egyptian blue color in various aspects of human societies, through non-destructive spectroscopy techniques. She is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at the same University. The title of her PhD dissertation is “Fayum portraits of the National Archaeological Museum and the Benaki Museum: origin, historical context, structural treatment”.

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Maria Katsigianni

Maria Katsigianni

Dr. Electra Apostola

Electra Apostola is a Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of the Aegean, teaching “Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean in the 1st Millennium BC’ and “Near Eastern Archeology” for BA students. She completed her PhD dissertation at the same University, working on Egyptian deities of hybrid and animal form in the Aegean during the Iron Age (PhD Scholarship Programme Heraclitus II). Her main research interests include: intercultural relations between Egypt and the Aegean in the first millennium BC, adaptation of Egyptian iconography in the Eastern Mediterranean, amulets and scarabs of the Third Intermediate and Late periods, Egyptian and Orientalizing demonic figures and theriomorphic entities. She is currently coordinator-along with Prof. P. Kousoulis and Prof. L. Morenz- in the Aegyptiaca Project: Εcumene and Economy in the Horizon of Religion, an international, collaborative project of the University of the Aegean and the University of Bonn, focusing on the study and re-evaluation of Egyptian and Egyptianizing material from Archaic Greece. She also participates in the AEgySca Project -along with Prof. Kousoulis and Dr. Chr. Papadaki (University of the Aegean-HRDELL OP-European Social Fund), a programme focusing on Egyptian and Egyptianizing scarabs in the Aegean. She has also participated in various archaeological and research projects in Greece (e.g. Kalamakia-Mani, Akrotiri-Thera, Dispilio-Kastoria, Museum of Cycladic Art).

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Dr. Electra Apostola

Dr. Electra Apostola

Anna Kalaitzaki

Anna Kalaitzaki received her BA in Archaeology at the University of the Aegean, and her MA in Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean: Greece, Egypt and Near East from the same University. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies. 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”. Her research work is supported by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), under the HFRI PhD fellowship Grant (G.A. no. 65).She participated and was a member of the organizing committee in several workshops and conferences, including the Aegyptiaca Project (15-17 December 2016), the 3rd National Student Archaeology Congress of the Department of Mediterranean Studies, entitled “Mediterranean: Relationships from Prehistoric to Byzantine period” (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, Kimisala (2014-2015), Survey research at Vasilika of Kimisala, Rhodes (2013-2014), trainee in the Laboratory of Archaeometry, Rhodes (2013) and in the excavations of Antikythera (2013) and Sarakenos Project, Boeotia (2012).

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Anna Kalaitzaki

Anna Kalaitzaki

Dr. Grigorios Kontopoulos

Dr. Grigorios Kontopoulos received his BA in Archaeology at the University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies (Rhodes, Greece) and his MA in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, School of Classics, Archaeology and Egyptology (Liverpool, UK). He holds a PhD  in Egyptology from the University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies (Rhodes, Greece). His Doctorate research was supported by the University of the Aegean PhD Candidate scholarships program YPATIA. 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 epigraphy, Middle Egyptian hieroglyphs, aspects of social life in New Kingdom Egypt,  the relations between Egypt, the Aegean and the Near East in the 2nd and 1st millennia BC, the perception and acculturation of foreigners as ethnicity and the problem of otherness in New Kingdom Egypt. He participated and was member of the organizing committee in several workshops and conferences, including the Aegyptiaca Project (December 15-17 2016), the Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists (Rhodes, 22-29 May 2008) etc. He is one of the Greek members at the International Association of Egyptologists (2008-til today) and founding and research member of the University of the Aegean Egyptological Research Group. 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.) as trainee in the laboratory of archaeometry at the University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies.

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Dr. Grigorios Kontopoulos

Dr. 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 P. Antonatos studied history, archaeology, history of art, Egyptology, social anthropology and architecture at the Universities of Rhodes, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Sofia, Crete and Athens, and since 1997 has worked as an archaeologist in the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.  He is a permanent member of the Association of Greek Archaeologists. His special interests include world prehistory, Aegean archaeology, Egyptology (in particular, Coptic textiles and Egyptian tomb masks), the archaeology of body movement, landscape archaeology, and the evaluation and photography of ancient Greek and Egyptian artefacts.

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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 thesis is “Speaking bodies: An approach to the Egyptian and Aegean ritual gestures during the Bronze Age”. This research work is supported by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), under the HFRI PhD fellowship Grant (G.A. no. 867). 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. He has participated in several archaeological projects in Greece.

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Christos Kekes

Christos Kekes