Meet the committee

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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Electra Apostola

Electra Apostola is a Research 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). 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 (University of the Aegean-University of Bonn), and in the EgyScarabAegean Project -along with Prof. Kousoulis and Dr. Chr. Papadaki (University of the Aegean-HRDELL OP-European Social Fund), a programme investigating Egyptian scarabs in the Aegean. She has 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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Helen Barkouli

Helen (Lena) Barkouli received her BA in Archaeology from the University of Thessaly and her MA in Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean from the University of the Aegean.  She is currently working on her PhD, dissertation entitled “Ritual and Drama in the Eastern Mediterranean of the Late Bronze Age”. Her research interests include the religious background of Egypt during the New Kingdom and the cross-cultural relations in the eastern Mediterranean in the 2nd millennium BC. She has participated in various archaeological projects conducted by the University of Thessaly, namely at Oropos in Attica and as a trench supervisor at Sikyon, Corinth.

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Anna Kalaitzaki

Anna Kalaitzaki received her BA in Archaeology at the University of the Aegean, and her MA in Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean from the same University. She is currently doing her PhD on the introduction of foreign deities into the Egyptian pantheon in the Late 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. 65). She participated and was a member of the organizing committee in several workshops and conferences (e.g. The Aegyptiaca Project Symposium, the 3rd National Student Archaeology Congress and Mare Nostrum VI). She has participated as trainee in various archaeological and research projects (e.g., Kimisala, Antikythera, Sarakenos Project-Boetia, Laboratory of Archeometry-University of the Aegean).

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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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Grigorios Kontopoulos

Grigorios Kontopoulos received his BA in Archaeology at the University of the Aegean and his MA in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. He is currently a PhD candidate in Egyptology at the University of the Aegean with a fellowship from the scholarships program YPATIA of the same University. 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”. He participated and was member of the organizing committee in several workshops and conferences (e.g. the Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists, the Aegyptiaca Project Symposium, etc.). He has participated as trainee in various archaeological and research projects (e.g, Helwan Archaeological Survey and Mapping Project; Kimisala, Institute of the Aegean studies-Rhodes, Laboratory of archaeometry-University of the Aegean).

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Manos Lambrakis

Manos Lambrakis received his BA in Archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and his MA in Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean. 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 programmes in Greece (Zominthos) and Cyprus (Kantou-Koufovounos). He is currently member of the “Pediada Survey Project”.

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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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Scientific Coordinator

Panagiotis Kousoulis,

Associate Professor of Egyptology,

University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies

Email: kousoulis@aegean.gr

URL: http://aegeanegyptology.gr