Alexander Mazarakis Ainian, director of the project, is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Thessaly in Greece. He studied History of Art and Archaology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (1980-1983) and continued his postgraduate studies at University College London with a grant from the Alexander Onassis Benefit Foundation, obtaining his Ph.D. in 1987, under the supervision of Professor J.N. Coldstream. He has directed several major European Union Research Programs as well as personal research programs. He has directed the excavations at Skala Oropou in northern Attica (and Early Iron Age metalworking site), at the ancient capital of Kythnos in the Cyclades (Archaic-Hellenistic sanctuary), at Soros in Thessaly (Late Archaic-Classical sanctuary of Apollo at ancient Amphanai or Pagasai) and at Kefala on Skiathos (Early Iron Age site). His areas of specialization are the archaeology and architecture of Early Iron Age and Archaic Greece, and Homeric Archaeology, as well as ancient Greek religion and sanctuaries of the Geometric through the Classical periods. In recent years he has also specialized in underwater archaeology.
The project has been assisted by Dr Jean-Sebastien Gros, who designed the related website and database, Dr Yannis Kalliontzis, responsible for the compilation of the written sources associated with the cults in the Cyclades (mostly the inscriptions referring to cult and cult places) and Olga Kaklamani, responsible for compiling the basic bibliography and catalogues of the cult places. Dr Alexandra Alexandridou undertook translations of texts into English.
Classical archaeologist, specialist in Greek and Roman pottery. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Montpellier (1999, 2001) and his Ph.D. at University of Thessaly and Montpellier (2007). He has been a member of the French School of Athens (2008-2010) and worked as a lecturer at Strasbourg University in France. Since 2013 head of the IT department at the British School at Athens and part-time lecturer at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE). He is a member of the research program for Oropos of the Early Iron Age. His thesis concerned the unpainted pottery of the Early Iron Age, use and dispersion, and has published several articles on related topics. Latest studying pottery from excavations of the French School in Thasos and Delos, as well as other sites in Greece such as Xombourgo on Tinos.
Yannis Kalliontzis did his BA in archeology and art history at the University of Athens (2004). He obtained his Master 2 in Ancient History from the Paris 4 – Sorbonne University (2007) and his D. Phil. (2013) in the universities of Paris 4-Sorbonne and Neuchâtel. In his thesis he examined the history and the epigraphy of the Boeotian Koinon during the Hellenistic period. During his graduate studies in Paris he worked as ATER in the Chaire d’épigraphie et d’histoire des cites grecques of the Collège de France (Prof. D. Knoepfler). In 2013 he became fellow of the Ecole française d’Athènes and since September 2015 he prepares a new edition of the corpus of the inscriptions of Thebes in collaboration with the Inscriptiones Graecae of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. He has also worked as a contractual archaeologist in the Ephorate of Boeotia and participated in many excavations notably those of the University of Athens in Palaiopolis in Andros.
PhD candidate at the University of Athens. She completed her BA (2006) and Master studies (2011) in the University of Athens. She has been awarded for the highest academic achievement in the academic year 2007-2008. Her thesis focuses on the practice of cremation in EIA Greece. She has participated in a number of field projects in the Aegean (Skiathos, Oropos, Tenos). She was a member of the European research project directed by A. Mazarakis Ainian on the Social Archaeology of Early Iron Age and Early Archaic Greece (2013-2015).
Alexandra Alexandridou studied archaeology at the University of Athens (BA). She continued her postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford (MSt), where she also completed her DPhil thesis in Classical Archaeology funded by the Greek States Foundation of Scholarships (Ι.Κ.Υ). Her doctoral thesis entitled Τhe Early Black-Figured Pottery of Attika in Context(ca. 630-570 B.C.), has been recently published by Brill (2011). Her research interests focus on the contextual analysis of early Greek pottery, burial customs and early social developments during the Early Iron Age and the early Archaic period. She is member of a number of research projects undertaking the study of early pottery (Kalaureia Research Project-Swedish Institute of Athens, Aspis-French School at Athens). She is also participating at the systematic excavations at Kephala on the island of Skiathos (University of Thessaly & 13th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities) and Despotiko on Antiparos (21st Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities). She has taught Greek Archaeology as a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Peloponnese (2009) and Crete (2010) and at the Open University of Cyprus (2010-2013, 2015). In 2012, she held a postdoctoral research position at ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and CReA-Patrimoine, funded by the Wiener- Anspach Fondation. Since 2013 she is Chargée de Recherches FNRS – ULB.