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Current Position: Director of the Fitch
Laboratory for Science-based Archaeology, British School at Athens.
My research focuses on the archaeology of technological landscapes, notably in prehistoric Aegean. I have a particular interest in the reproduction of technological practice and transmission of technological knowledge within and across different landscapes, through time, aiming at understanding social roles and identities of producers and consumers, as well as cultural boundaries within and across societies. My work mainly concerns the study and integrated analysis of archaeological ceramics (through ceramic petrology and chemistry), combined with extensive research landscape resources, replication experiments and, often, ethnoarchaeology. I am involved in three large-scale projects:
- Kythera Island Project; co-directed with Prof. Cyprian Broodbank of University College London. A large scale cross-disciplinary project focusing on the study of the long-term cultural and environmental history of a Mediterranean island and its place in a wider world. Innovative methodologies have been developed and applied by the Fitch Laboratory for the diachronic and multi-scalar study of the island’s technological landscapes.
- Central Macedonia and Aegean Networks in LBA-EIA; A cross-disciplinary project into the role of central Macedonia in the Aegean networks during the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age, focusing on issues of migration, identity, the transfer of technological knowledge and the reproduction of craft traditions and consumption practices in the context of interregional contacts and colonization. It draws upon collaborative work on two major sites, Toumba Thessalonikis and Methoni Pierias, while a growing number of sites from the region is also included for comparative purposes. Collaborators: Prof. Stelios Andreou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and Ms Evangelia Vliora (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Manthos Bessios (KZ’ E.P.K.A.), Dr Antonis Kotsonas, (University of Amsterdam), Dr Xenia Charalambidou (British School at Athens) and Dr Maria Roumpou (Charokopeio University, Athens), (Archaeometallurgy): Myrto Georgakopoulou (UCL-Qatar). Research has been funded through grants from the Institute of Aegean Prehistory, the British Academy and the Centre of Greek Language (Ministry of Education, Life-long Learning and Religions and the European Union.
- In and Out the Stream: Pottery Production and Exportation on Aegina from Prehistory through to Modern Times. A diachronic interdisciplinary study of potting traditions on the island of Aegina, emphasizing the environmental and cultural dynamics affecting the development and decline of a specialised craft production centre through time. Collaborators: Dr Walter Gauss and Dr Gudrun Klebinder Gauss (Austrian Archaeological Institute), Dr Myrto Georgakopoulou and Dr Areti Pentedeka (British School at Athens).
- Kiriatzi, E., Georgakopoulou, M., Broodbank, C., and Johnston, 2012. A., Landscape history through the study and analysis of ceramics and metallurgical finds: the example of the Kythera Island Project (in Greek), in N. Zacharias, M. Georgakopoulou, K. Polikreti, Y. Facorellis, and Th. Vakoulis (eds.), Proceedings of the 5th Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry, 289-304. Athens: Papazisi Publications.
- Pentedeka, A., Georgakopoulou, M., and Kiriatzi, E., 2012. Understanding local products and exploring sources of imports: petrographic and chemical analysis of Classical pottery from Kolonna, Aegina, in G. Klebinder-Gauss, Keramik aus klassischen Kontexten im Apollon-Heiligtum von Ägina-Kolonna. Locale Produktion und Importe,102-170. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Science.
- Lolos, Y. A., B. Gourley, A. Sarris, C. Hayward, C.Trainor, E. Kiriatzi, N. Papadopoulos, 2012. Surveying The Sikyonian Plateau: Integrated Approach To The Study Of An Ancient Cityscape, in N. Zacharias, M. Georgakopoulou, K. Polikreti, Y. Facorellis, and Th. Vakoulis (eds.), Proceedings of the 5th Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry, 253-268. Athens: Papazisi Publications.
- W. Gauss and E. Kiriatzi, 2011. Pottery Production and Supply at Bronze Age Kolonna, Aegina: An Integrated Archaeological and Scientific Study of a Ceramic Landscape. Ägina Kolonna, Forschungen und Ergebnisse 5. Contributions to the Chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean. Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften.
- Kiriatzi, E., 2010. ‘‘Minoanising’ pottery traditions in the SW Aegean during the MBA: Understanding the social context of technological and consumption practices.’ Στο A. Philippa-Touchais, G. Touchais, S. Voutsaki and J. Wright (eds.) Mesohelladika-La Grèce continentale au Bronze Moyen; Actes du Colloque international organisé par l’ Ècole française d’ Athènes, en collaboration avec l’ American School of Classical Studies at Athens et le Netherlands Institute in Athens, Athènes, EFA/Cotsen Hall (8-12 mars 2006). BCH Supplement 52. 683-699.
- Pentedeka, A., E. Kiriatzi, L. Spencer, A. Bevan & J. Conolly, 2010. From Fabrics to Island Connections: Macroscopic and Microscopic Approaches to the Prehistoric Pottery of Antikythera. Annual of the British School at Athens 105, pp. 1-81.
- Kiriatzi, E. and Broodbank, C., 2009. ‘The Kythera Island Project of the British School at Athens: research objectives, methodologies and preliminary results’ in G.N. Leontsinis (ed.), Scientific Research on Kythera. Scientific Conference, 19-21 September 2003, Open University, Municipality of Kythera. 241-262.
- Pentedeka, A., E. Kiriatzi and E. Zahou, 2009. Technological and Provenance Study of EBA Pottery from Proskynas, Lokris Archaiologiko Ergo Thessalias kai Stereas Elladas 2, 925-934.
- Giannopoulou, M. and Kiriatzi, E., 2008.‘Understanding the technology of large storage jars: Raw materials and techniques in Hellenistic and Modern Messenia’ in Y. Facorellis, N. Zacharias, K. Polikreti (eds.), Proceedings of the 4th Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry, Athens 2003, 335-347. BAR Archaeopress, Oxford.
- Hilditch, J., Kiriatzi, E., Psaraki, K., Aravantinos, V. 2008. ‘Early Helladic II pottery from Thebes: An integrated typological, technological and provenance study’ in Y. Facorellis, N. Zacharias, K. Polikreti (eds.), Proceedings of the 4th Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry, Athens 2003, 263-268. BAR Archaeopress, Oxford.
- Broodbank C. and E. Kiriatzi, 2007. “The First ‘Minoans’ of Kythera Re-visited: Technology, Demography and Landscape in the Pre-palatial Aegean”, American Journal of Archaeology 101.