Visiting Researcher (2012)
Vana Orfanou is a PhD candidate at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, London. She holds an MSc in Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Materials from UCL and a BA in History, Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management from the University of Peloponnese, Greece.
Her doctorate research focuses on copper-based technology in Greece during the Early Iron Age with the aid of microscopic and quantitative methods. Her primary research interests include the transition from the Bronze to the Iron Age in the Mediterranean, apprenticeship and the transmission of technological knowledge, and the socio-economic context of past technologies. Ms Orfanou has also been involved in the analysis of bronze artefacts from Lefkandi (2008-2009) and in excavations of a Hellenistic fortified city on the island of Antikythera since 2006.
Whilst at UCL Qatar, she worked in collaboration with Professor Thilo Rehren, Director of UCL Qatar, on the results of her doctorate research, as well as on the publication of two articles focusing on the nature of bronze artefacts from Early Iron Age Thessaly and on the methodological comparison of different analytical techniques for the investigation of ancient copper-based buried artefacts.