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The Team 2010

and the team in 2010 …

Jan Driessen, the director of the project, is professor of Greek archaeology at the UCL where he was head of the Department of Archaeology and Art History till 2009. He is also president of the Belgian Committee for excavations in Greece. He did his PhD at the KULeuven and was member of the French School at Athens and the British School at Athens. With the first he excavated Quartier Nu at Malia (with Alexandre Farnoux), with the second he excavates at Palaikastro (with Hugh Sackett, J.A. MacGillivray and Carl Knappett). Jan also excavated at Knossos, Myrtos Pyrgos, Iuktas-Alonaki, Monastiraki and on Cyprus at Maroni. His research focuses especially on Neopalatial Crete. At the UCL he directs the research group « Aegean Interdisciplinary Studies » (AEGIS). At Sissi, he runs around.
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Quentin Letesson studied archaeology at the UCL with a dissertation on space syntax applied to Minoan architecture, which was also the topic of his DEA and PhD (From Phenotype to Genotype: Space Syntax Analysis in Minoan Architecture (MM IIIB LM IB)), which he finished in 2007 as an aspirant of the FNRS. He participated in archaeological fieldwork in Belgium and Greece, at Palaikastro, Sissi and Myrtos Pyrgos. Member of AEGIS, Quentin was BAEF-fellow at Bryn Mawr from October 2008 to June 2009, and Research Fellow at the Agean Material Culture Lab at the University of Toronto from December 2010 to June 2011. He is currently chargé de recherches FRS-FNRS at the UCL. Quentin directs the work in the east area on the top of the hill (Zone 3-East).
Maud Devolder is currently a post-doctoral researcher of the F.R.S.-FNRS (UCLouvain/AEGIS Research Group) and Belgian member of the French School at Athens. She did her PhD at the UCLouvain on the Social Components and Interactions in Neopalatial Crete. Investigation of the Archaeological Data, as an aspirant funded by the F.R.S.-FNRS. She graduated in Archaeology at the UCLouvain and holds a Master in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology at the KULeuven. She is also involved in other excavations and post-excavation studies of Cretan sites at Malia (under the aegis of the French School at Athens), Palaikastro and Myrtos Pyrgos (both excavated by the British School at Athens). She also excavated at Thorikos, in Attica, with Robert Laffineur and at Tournai, in Belgium, with Raymond Brulet. At Sissi, Maud directs the work in zone 5, the south part of the top of the hill. See also
Florence Gaignerot-Driessen. After doing her classes préparatoires littéraires in Paris, she did an M.A. in Classical Philology at Paris-Sorbonne with a dissertation on Cretan mercenaries. She added a magister in Ancient Studies and a DEA in Ancient History on the move of communities towards the sea on Classical and Hellenistic Crete. She has been excavating since 1996 at Malia, Itanos, Eleftherna, Palaikastro, Sissi and Dreros. Member of AEGIS and of the ANR project DIKIDA, she is now preparing a PhD at Paris-Sorbonne on the Mirabello region, from the postpalatial occupation to the Greek city-state. Her research is supported by a Gerda Henkel Stiftung grant. She is also involved in the archaeological mission at Dreros, co-directed by A. Farnoux (EfA, Paris-Sorbonne) and V. Zographaki (KD’ Ephoreia), where she is in charge of the excavation of a Hellenistic building below the agora. Florence directs the work in the west area on top of the hill (Zone 3-West).
Sylviane Déderix did her undergraduate studies in Archaeology at the UCL, before adding a MA in oriental languages and literature. Member of AEGIS and funded by the FNRS, she is currently pursuing a PhD under the co-supervision of Jan Driessen and Apostolos Sarris (Laboratory of Geophysical – Satellite Remote Sensing & Archaeo-environment IMS-FORTH). Her research concerns a GIS application to the Minoan funerary landscape. Sylviane participated in archaeological excavations in Belgium (Tournai), but also in several geophysical prospections in Greece, Crete and Cyprus (with Apostolos Sarris’s team). At Sissi, she is working with Ilse in the burial area (Zone 1) since 2008.
  Aurore Schmitt is « chargée de recherche » at the CNRS (UMR 6578 – Anthropologie bioculturelle) in Marseille (France). Her research focuses on archaeology of death and biological features of Neolithic and protohistoric populations. At the UMR, she also directs the research group « Archeo-anthropologie ». She is working with Isabelle and Ilse in the burial area (Zone 1).
  Nicolas Kress (aka Léo) finished an MA dissertation in archaeology at the UCL (Belgium) on the integration of different field techniques (excavation, survey, GPR, GPS, aerial photography, …) in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). He is now also training as a professional topographer, at the same time as taking care of the layout of the AEGIS publications. He has participated in the excavations at Sissi in 2007, helping Maud in Zone 4. In 2008, he and Simon conducted a series of tests throughout the site, ending up in zone 6. He helps Piraye with the topographical work and operates the Trimble VX.
Isabelle Crevecoeur , now at the CNRS-Bordeaux, was research assistant in physical anthropology at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Brussels). She did her PhD in co-direction between Bordeaux University and the KULeuven on the Upper Palaeolithic remains of Nazlet Khater (Egypt). At the RBINS she studied the human remains of Ishango (Late Stone Age, RDCongo). Her research focusses on the morphometrical diversity of past modern humans. Isabelle is the anthropologist of our team working with Ilse in the burial area of the Bouffos (Zone 1).
Simon Jusseret graduated in geology at the FUNDP and ULg before receiving a masters in archaeology and art history at the UCL. Since October 2007, as a member of ToP, he is aspirant of the FNRS at the UCL doing a PhD on geoarchaeology and Minoan Crete, under the co-supervision of Jan Driessen and Cecile Baeteman of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences – Belgian Geological Survey. Simon participated in archaeological excavations in Belgium, Crete (Sissi), Italy (Torraccia di Chiusi) and Syria (Khish�m, Kefra). He also has field experience in Indonesia (Java, Sumatra, Krakatoa) and Vietnam. Member of AEGIS, Simon is the geoarchaeologist of our team. During the 2008 campaign, he directed a flying team at Sissi, sounding the site in different areas, and is now directing work in zone 6 and 7.
Emily Stevens is currently a PhD student at Bryn Mawr College, where she also received her MA degree in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology in 2009. She has acquired field work experience in the Cyclades (the Keros Archaeological Project, 2008), mainland Greece (the Saronic Harbors Archaeological Research Project or SHARP, 2009 and 2010), and Crete (Sissi, 2010). This past year she was the Virginia Grace Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Emily has recently begun Ph.D. dissertation research on political interactions between the Aegean and the Near East during the Middle to Late Bronze Age. During the 2011 season at Sissi she will be assisting Quentin in Zone 4.
After doing her undergraduate studies at Ghent University, Kim Vanliefferinge decided to add a MA in Mediterranean Archaeology with a dissertation on water supply in ancient Thorikos and the Laurion. She is currently doing a Phd in Ghent focusing on the same topic. She acquired field work experience during several excavations in Belgium (Ghent), Corsica (Mariana), Greece (Thorikos) and Crete (Sissi). In 2008 she assisted Flo in Zone 3 and will do so again in 2010.
Ilse Schoep, director of the KU Leuven team in the project, is member of the Committee for Excavations in Greece. She obtained a Ph.D. from the K.U.Leuven and held a postdoctoral research grant of the Fund for Scientific Research (FWO-Vlaanderen) from 1997 till 2007. At present she is lecturer in Bronze Age Archaeology at the K.U.Leuven and works especially on Protopalatial Crete. She has excavated as a trench supervisor in Malia, Knossos, Myrtos Pyrgos, Monastiraki, Palaikastro and Delos. Ilse directs the work in the burial area of the Bouffo (Zone 1).
 Piraye Hacig�zeller, spatial data manager of the project, is a PhD student at UCL in the Department of Archaeology and Art History with a WBI-grant. For her PhD project, she is focusing on the functional organization of Pre-, Proto-, and Neo-palatial Malia (Crete) using GIS-based methods. She holds a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering (Middle East Technical University) and masters degree in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology (KUL). She excavated in Kerkenes (Turkey), Monte Polizzo (Sicily), Zeytinli Bah�e (Turkey); conducted topographical survey at Myrtos-Pyrgos (Crete) and worked as a member of anastylosis team in Sagalassos (Turkey). She is part of the research group AEGIS at UCL. At Sissi she is responsible for all things GIS and Topography.
Frank Carpentier did his undergraduate studies in Archaeology at the KULeuven where he also received an MA in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology. He acquired field work and post-excavation experience in Zonhoven and Mechelen (Belgium), Sagalassos (Turkey), Tipperary (Ireland) and Sissi (Greece) and participated in the 2007 topographical survey at Myrtos-Pyrgos (Greece).He has a keen interest in micromorphology. Frank worked with Ilse in the burial zone in 2007 but has taken over zone 2 from Charlotte. He is currently doing a PhD at the KULeuven on micromorphological analyses of Sissi.
Dominique Lauzier is a master’s student at Laval University (Canada). She will be joining us during the 2010 campaign.
Sophie Rooms is a master’s student at the KULeuven. She will be working in the cemetery during the 2010 campaign.
Sandra Lozano-Rubio has a BA in History and an MA in Archaeology, both degrees received at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). She spent a year at Southampton as Erasmus student and did an extra MA in gender studies at the Instituto de Investigaciones Feministas in Madrid. Currently, she is a PhD candidate pursuing research on gender arrangements in Minoan Crete, focusing on funerary and domestic analyses. She has just completed a research stint at the University of California at Berkeley with Margaret Conkey. She has fieldwork experience in Spain, France and Greece (Antikithera).
Nayeli Rouvroy is a master’s student at the Louvain School of Management. During her BA at the IAG/LSM, she added a minor in archaeology and art history. She spent some time in the Near East. Her brief is how to find money for a scientific and cultural project.
Manuel (aka ‘Manolis’) Guterres did a Master in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology at the KULeuven with a dissertation on Euboea’s Iron Age connections. He has archaeological experience at Titan as well as participating for many years in the East Corinth project. He will be assisting Ilse in zone 1 during the 2009 campaign.
Kim Quintelier graduated in Archaeology at the KULeuven. She is employed as an osteoarchaeologist on Flemish (Flemish Heritage Institute, Brussels) and Brussels sites (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels). Her research focusses on prosopographical observations concerning demographic features and health patterns within populations.
Thibaut Gomrée did a master’s thesis at the University of Liège on Minoan Urbanism, a topic he is now also exploring for his PhD at the University of Lyon. He has plenty of archaeological experience including Pompeii, Thorikos and Malia. He assisted Ilse in Zone 1 in 2008-2009 and sunk a series of trial trenches in 2010 in order to explore the areas around Zone 4.
Anne Gilon did her first degree in Art and Archaeology at the University of Namur getting field work experience in Belgium and at Amathus on Cyprus. She did a dissertation on Minoan funerary practices at the UCL and has also spent half a year for an Erasmus on Sicily. She is currently doing an extra masters at the University of Bordeaux where she studies Biological Anthropology. This time, her dissertation focus on the tomb 9.1: characterization of the population, metrical study and taphonomy. During the previous campaigns, she assisted Ilse in zone 1. She will do so again in 2010.
Liesbeth Verhulst has obtained an MA in Archeology at the University of Leuven and is currently preparing a Ph.D on ritual practice in Neopalatial Crete. She has excavated at Sissi in 2009 and 2010 and will do so again in 2011.
Cat Oliveira is Bachelor of Arts in Classical Civilizations (with minors in Archaeology and Biology) from Kenyon College, Ohio, USA. Her dissertation was on the arkteia ritual for girls in the cult of Artemis Brauronia. She will attend the University of Sheffield in the fall for a MA in Aegean Archaeology. Her field experience is all from the past two seasons at Sissi.
Maria Anastasiadou finished her PhD at the University of Marburg on Middle Minoan seal stones. She has worked in different field projects in Greece (Scholi Omirou on Ithaki, Ftelia on Mykonos, Akraifnio in Boeotia and Akrotiri on Santorini). She was research assistant at the Corpus der minoischen und mykenischen Siegel in Marburg.
Erin Thompson did a BA in Archaeology at the University of Toronto. She has excavated in North America and on Keros.
Lina Manousogiannaki received her M.A. degree at the University of Crete with a dissertation on tree goddesses in early archaic iconography. She has participated in different excavations and fieldwork in Greece (Malia, Thorikos, Eleftherna, Lappa and Gavdos) and Italy (Pompeii). She is a trained photographer and also deals with flotation. She represented the Greek archaeological service during the 2008-2010 campaigns.
Amalia Synodinos is a postgraduate student of prehistoric (Minoan) archaeology at the University of Athens. Currently, she is submitting an MA thesis (The aquatic element in the minoan world: tracing hydrostrategies of fresh water). She also holds a degree in Ancient Greek philology. She has been a member of the research team involved in the study of the finds from the minoan villa of Makrygialos, under the direction of prof. E. Mantzourani, (University of Athens).
Irene Kritikopoulos is a student in archaeology at the University of Toronto (Canada) with Carl Knappett. She has worked with J. Perreault at Argilos in 2008.
Jessica Monnaie is a bachelor student at McMaster (Canada) with Tristan Carter. She will be joining us during the 2010 campaign.
Julie Lorang is a Bachelor student in archaeology at the UCLouvain. She assisted Frank in zone 2 during the 2009 campaign and will do so again in 2010.
Stéphanie Lannoye did a master in archaealogy at UCL with a dissertation about funeral architecture in Syria. She has archaeological experience at several places in Belgium and Italy (calabria). She works as an art historian in Brussels.
Thérèse Claeys is a Bachelor student in archaeology at the UCLouvain; she assisted Flo and Quentin in Zone 3 & 4 during the 2009 campaign and will join us again in 2010.
Rosemarie McGuire is a London born artist who studied textile design at Manchester University and worked in the publishing side of graphic design. She lives in Vrachasi and will continue her resident artist role for the 2011 season.
Pierre Baulain is a History student at Paris IV-Sorbonne. In 2008 he assisted Piraye during topographical work. He will do the same in 2009.
Marco Pietrovito did an MA at the University of Montreal and is now a PhD student at Vienna University. He has taken part in work at Phaistos and the Ziros survey and has extensive excavation experience in Italy and Austria.
Robert Martin is an MA student in Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Toronto.
Dalbera Charlène is a master’s student in Biological Anthropology at Bordeaux 1
University (France). At present she is working on funerary practices of the nomads of the Negev in Israel, during the Neolithic and Bronze Age. She has excavated in several
Gallo-roman sites in France as well as at Neolithic Beisamoun (Israel). She is reinforcing the cemetery team during the during 2010 campaign in Zone 1.
Civetta Aude did a Ph.D in physical Anthropology at Marseilles’ Université de Provence. She has been working anthropometry on alpine arc Neolithic populations. She has been involved as anthropologist and archeologist in numerous archeological excavations in France as well as abroad. She will also reinforce the cemetery team during the 2010 campaign in Zone 1.
Charlotte Langohr studied archaeology and art history at the UCL after which she spent some months in France studying Roman wall paintings (CEPMR-CNRS, Soissons). Thanks to a UCL-FSR grant, her interests changed to the Late Minoan II-IIIB period in Crete. As an aspirant of the FNRS she finished her PhD in May 2008 aiming at a better understanding of the cultural affiliations in the different regions of Crete during this period. Member of AEGIS, she has been participating in archaeological and study campaigns on Crete each summer since 2003 at Palaikastro, Malia and now Sissi. Charlotte directed the work in zone 2 during the 2007 season but has now taken over the direction of the apothiki, the store-rooms where all the material is processed.
Ann Aertssen has an MA in Archaeology. She worked as a field laboratory supervisor on the excavations of Palaikastro, Malia and Knossos. She currently has an administration job at the University of Antwerp. She  was responsible for the logistics in the Sissi Apothiki during the 2007 and 2008 campaigns.
Maria Zoumaki is an undergraduate student at the University of Ioanina (with A. Vlachopoulos)
Hubert Fiasse studied at archaeology and art history at the UCL, followed by a DEA on GIS applied to Quartier Nu at Malia, which is also the topic of his PhD. He directs the Service Image at the UCL where is also teaching assistant. Hubert is the computer nerd of the project and constructed a special database interconnecting all digs data. He is also a member of AEGIS.
Katarina Sourgiadaki is an undergraduate student at the University of Ioanina (with A. Vlachopoulos). She did an Erasmus in Spain and has excavated near Preveza and on Kithira.
Clélia Delmotte started her studies in Archaeology and Art History at the FUNDP before moving to the UCL where she graduated with a dissertation on Minoan dedications inscribed in Linear A. She is finishing an aggregation this year. She excavated in Belgium and at Sissi where she assisted Quentin in Zone 3-East during the 2007 campaign. During the 2008 campaign, Clélia assisted Charlotte and Ann in the running of the apothiki at Malia.
Ourania -Rania- Bali graduated from the University of Athens (Archaeology Division) in June 2009 and is at present conducting post-graduate research with Prof. E. Mantzourani at Athens University. She has participated in fieldwork in Laconia and in Athens (Plaka).
Florence Liard studied at the FUNDP and then did her undergraduate dissertation at the UCL on Minoan copper ingots. She added a masters in history with a dissertation on Mines and Coins in the Laurion. In 2008 she was Erasmus Trainee at the Fitch Lab of the British School at Athens. She has started a PhD on the petrography and ceramic technology at Sissi. She assists Charlotte in the apothiki.
Hannah Joris?? start her studies on Contemporary Jewelry Art at the PHL (Hasselt), after a goldsmith apprenticeship in Paraguay. In 2006 she went to Stockholm as an Erasmus student to study at Konstfack. After achieving her BA in 2007, Hannah went back to Konstfack, where she earned a Master in Fine Arts in 2009. Currently she is doing a PhD in Arts, titled Via the body. A research on the expression of the human condition through body fragmentation jewelry art as contemporary relics (UHasselt, MAD-faculty and K.U.Leuven). Hannah has previously drawn for excavations in Egypt (Deir el-Bersha, Dachla, Nag el-Qarmilla/Aswan) and Turkey (Sagalassos). She worked at Sissi during the 2008, 2009 and 2010 campaigns. Since 2010 a selection of her work is on display at the Contemporary Jewelry Art Gallery Caroline Van Hoek in Brussels.
Anke Rymenams studied art and graphics at the PHL. She is teaching in the Academy of Arts in Leuven and in the FactorY, an atelier for deprived people. She has also experience with illustrating educational works and books for children. Anke has archaeological drawing practice in Egypt (Barsha) and Turkey (Sagalassos). At Sissi, she drew the objects of the 2007 and 2008 campaigns.
Christina Kolb is a PhD student at the University of Cincinatti who has participated in excavations and surveys at Corinth, Knossos, Eleftherna and Despotiko. At Sissi, she brings her drawing expertise since she has worked at many sites in Greece (Knossos, Corinth, Eleftherna, Eleusis, Kamares, Skoteino etc.) and elsewhere.
Nathalja Calliauw have a Master Archaeology at the K.U.Leuven. She excavated in Antwerp, Sint-Niklaas and Kelemantia (Slovakia). She will be assisting Ilse in zone1 during the 2010 campaign.
Laetitia Polian is a master student in archaeology at the UCLouvain. Her dissertation is in archaeozoology. She is assisting Valasia and the environmental team, also supervising soil flotation.
Roel Roggen is a bachelor student at the KULeuven. He will assist the excavation of the cemetery during 2010.
Paula Ghiorgade is an MA student in Archaeology at the University of Toronto (with Carl Knappett). She has field work experience in Italy and on Menorca and will participate in the Neapolis survey during 2010 before joining us at Sissi.
Vincent Bouat is conservateur du patrimoine and assistant director of the Archives nationales du monde du travail (France). After schooling at the école nationale des chartes (archiviste paléographe degree) and the Institut national du patrimoine, he is now doing a PhD at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne on religious history about the political and sociological role of the Friars in southern France during Middle Ages and Early Modern Times. He was involved in the archives management at the école française d’Athènes in 2008. He also excavated with the école des chartes at Thérouanne (France) from 2003 to 2005 and participated in a study season at Palaikastro in 2009. He assists Maud in zone 5 in Sissi since 2008.
Gavin McGuire is a New Zealand archaeologist and photographer, a post-graduate in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology, with special interest in LM IIIC – archaic period. Gavin lives in Vrachasi, Crete.
Jonas Danckers graduated in archaeology at the KULeuven with a thesis on the Roman town Altinum in Northern Italy. He excavated at Velzeke (Belgium), Sagalassos and Tepe Duzen (Turkey), Santa Rosa di Poviglio, Solarolo and Pantelleria (Italy). During 2008-2009 he held a scholarship from the Collegio dei Fiamminghi at Bologna and worked for the Po-Basyn (Po Valley and Bronze Age Settlement Dynamics) Project. Since October 2009 he is working on a PhD on the social organization of the Middle Bronze Age in Northern Italy as an aspirant of the FWO under the supervision of Prof. I. Schoep (KUL) and Prof. M. Cattani (Université di Bologna, Italy).
Katrien Van de Vijver has an Ma in Archaeology and an Ma in Eastern Mediterranean
Archaeology from the KULeuven and an Msc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology from the University of Sheffield. She has excavated in Tell Tweini in Syria and
Belgium during her studies and has since worked on several archaeological projects
in Belgium.
Rena Veropoulidou (Byzantine Museum & Univ. of Thessaloniki) is the SArPedon Project land and marine mollusc analyst. She is currently finishing her PhD on the use of molluscs in Neolithic and Bronze Age central Macedonia, Northern Greece. Rena has also analysed material from a number of Neolithic (Dispilio, Makriyalos, Paliambela) and Bronze Age sites in mainland Greece (Aggelochori, Archontiko, Ayios Athanasios, Mitrou, Proskynas, Toumba) and Crete (Choiromandres, Zakros, Trypiti) and collaborated with N. Krahtopoulou on the Korinos Geoarchaeological Project, where she analysed the shell micro-fauna for the reconstruction of the prehistoric shoreline. Her research interests include environmental reconstruction, dietary practices, purple dye production and shell ornament manufacture.
Valasia Isaakidou (Univ. of Sheffield) is the bioarchaeology co-ordinator and zooarchaeology specialist for SArPedon. She studied zooarchaeology and Aegean prehistory at UCL (London) and Sheffield. Her PhD thesis (UCL 2004) explored animal consumption based on zooarchaeological analysis of a large diachronic (7000-1300 BC) assemblage from Knossos. As a faunal analyst, she collaborates with a number of archaeological projects throughout mainland Greece and Crete. Her research interests focus on the nature and socio-economic implications of early farming, methodological and theoretical aspects of prehistoric cuisine, ideological and ritual dimensions of animal product consumption. Since 2000, Valasia has been conducting ethnographic research on animal management and consumption in collaboration with Prof. P. Halstead (Sheffield).