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The Team 2011

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� See also
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 charg� 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 pr�paratoires litt�raires 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 master�s 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 and just his received his 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 (WBI) 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.
Sandra Lozano-Rubio has a BA in History and an MA in Archaeology, both degrees received at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain (UCM). 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 at UCM pursuing research on gender arrangements in Minoan Crete, focusing on prepalatial funerary analyses. She has completed several research stays at the University of California at Berkeley and the British School of Archaeology at Athens. She has fieldwork experience in Spain, France and Greece.
Nayeli Rouvroy did 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 � The growing importance of the cultural sector in Belgium. Practical case : Sissi Archaeological 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.
Thibaut Gomr�e did a master’s thesis at the University of Li�ge 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.
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.
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.
Th�r�se 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.
Dalbera Charl�ne 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.
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.
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).
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.
Nathalja Calliauw is in Master in Archaeology at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven. She worked on 3 sites in Belgium (twice Antwerp and once Sint-Niklaas). In the summer of 2009 she excavated at the Roman site of Kelemantia in Slovakia. Last summer she joined the Sissi-team. She worked on zone 1 with Prof. Ilse Schoep and her will do so again this summer.
Laetitia Polian is a master student in archaeology at the UCLouvain, doing a dissertation on archaeozoology.
Paula Ghiorgade is currently completing an Art History MA in the Department of Art at the University of Toronto, and starting a PhD. with Prof. Carl Knappett in September 2011 with a focus on network interaction in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean. She has excavated a Roman Necropolis in Spain (Menorca) and an Etruscan dwelling in Italy (Grosseto, Tuscany), and also participated in the 2010 Sissi excavations working in Zone 2 with Frank.
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.
Katrien Van de Vijver has an Ma in Archaeology, an Ma in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology, both from the Catholic University of Leuven and an Msc in HUman Osteology and Funerary Archaeology from the University of Sheffield. She is currently working as a physical anthropologist at the Department of Archaeology of the city of Mechelen, Belgium, where she is working on the collection of the medieval St.Rumboldcemetery. She has archaeological and anthropological experience on different sites in Belgium and has worked in Syria and Crete.
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).
Aurore Lambert is a PhD student in physical anthropology at Marseille�s Universit� de la M�diterran�e (France). Her research project focuses on bone structural variation, morphological and anatomical settings of Neolithic population in southern France with a 2D and 3D prospect. Since 2005, she had excavated both in France and abroad, pre and protohistoric sites mostly.
Florence Liard studied at the FUNDP and then did her undergraduate dissertation at the UCL on Minoan copper ingots. She added a master in History with a dissertation on silver mines and coins in the Laurion. She is now doing a PhD on the petrographic approach to the ceramic production, distribution and consumption patterns in the Malia Plain at the end of the Aegean Bronze Age (Late Minoan IIIA2-B). The aim is to examine a specific region which is topographically defined and previously palatial territory, in order to see how it reorients itself socially, economically and culturally with communities across the rest of the island after the fall of the Minoan Palaces. In 2008 she was Erasmus Trainee at the Fitch Lab of the British School at Athens ; in Autumn 2011 she will be studying at the Aegean Material Culture Lab of the University of Toronto. She assists Charlotte in the apothiki.
Danielle de Carle (Univ. Sheffield). After working as a site based finds and environmental archaeologist for the national body English Heritage, Dani went on to study for the MSc in Environmental archaeology and palaeoeconomy at Sheffield. Securing funding to go on and work towards a PhD based around the charred plant remains, crops, weeds and wood charcoal from the landscape based South Cadbury Environs Project, South West Britain, now in her third year. She has taken part in various International and British excavations, has been a member of the archaeobotany field team working at �atalh�y�k, worked on archaeobotanical material from Greece and Syria and does some freelance wood charcoal research.
Alexandra Livarda (Univ. of Sheffield, UK), the archaeobotanist of the project. She currently holds a post-doctoral research associate position at the University of Sheffield, working on a NERC-funded project on the origins of agriculture in collaboration with Prof. Glynis Jones, Dr Mike Charles and Dr Colin Osbourne. Alex has experience working on many projects as an archaeobotanist, mainly in Greece, Turkey and Britain. On Crete she has been in charge of the archaeobotany in various projects, including Little Palace North and Villa Dionysos at Knossos and Zominthos.
Arnaud Meulemeester is a master’s student in Archaeology at the UCLouvain. He was a bachelor student at FUNDP Namur, and has archaeological experience at several places in Belgium (Mons 2007, Nivelles 2009). For his MA thesis, he studies Minoan figurines from non-cultic findplaces.
Christina Tsoraki is the ground stone specialist for the SArPedon project and is a member of the AEGIS research group. She holds an MA and a PhD from the University of Sheffield where she studied lithic technology and Aegean Prehistory. Her PhD focused on the technological and contextual analysis of the large ground stone assemblage from Late Neolithic Makriyalos, Northern Greece. After finishing her doctoral thesis Christina held the Geoarchaeology Fellowship at the Wiener Laboratory at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece. Christina has worked as a ground stone specialist for various Neolithic and Bronze Age projects in mainland Greece, Crete, Cyprus and Turkey. Her research interests focus on theory and material culture, cross-craft interaction, social and technological networks, physical and mechanical properties of rocks and their affordances, and the constitution of household and communal identities through daily practice.
Ben Chan is an experienced lithics specialist and excavator. Ben holds a BSc from Bournemouth University and an MA and PhD from the University of Sheffield. His PhD investigated the worked stone from the surface scatters of the Stonehenge landscape, contrasting moments of monument building with the other forms of inhabitation that took place there. Since his PhD Ben has been a Research Associate working on the Stonehenge Riverside Project and the Feeding Stonehenge Project. He has been involved in many excavations in the Stonehenge environs, including Durrington Walls, the Greater Cursus, the Stonehenge Avenue and the recently discovered Bluestonehenge. He has also worked on a wide variety of other excavations in places as far afield as Orkney, Hong Kong and even Pontefract! His research interests focus on the changing significance of flintworking from the EN-EBA and the relationship between daily practice and social reproduction.
Katrin Bernhardt studied Classical Archaeology and Philosophy at the University of Vienna and received her MA in 2007. She acquired field work experience in Italy (Velia), Austria (Iuenna, H�ttenberg, Vienna), Greece (Lousoi, Aigeira) and Turkey (Ephesus) and is currently working on her PhD about interrelations between the Greek Mainland and Crete in the Mycenaean palatial period at Mycenaean Commission of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Mohamed Nacer Zaabat is a 3rd year student in the departement of ancient languages and civilizations in the Higher Institute of Human Sciences of Tunis (Tunisia). He is making a dissertation on the funerary furniture in the necropolis of Carthage. He participated in archeological survey in the site of « Premier Comptoir » in Utica under the direction of the research unit called « Carthage  » May-June 2010.
Astrid Eitel holds a Master in Classical Philology (Latin and Ancient Greek) – Thesis on Dante�s 2. Eclogue – and a Master of Pedagological Studies in Latin and Ancient Greek from the University of Vienna, Austria.

Tatiana Sgalbiero has a bachelor in romance languages and litteratures from the University of Brussels (FUSL) and the UCL and started a bachelor in archeology and art history at UCL.Last summer she worked at the Mus�e de la Porte where she participated in the inventory of the Gallo-Roman collection and especially the pottery of Liberchies.
Magda Mesogeiti is a master’s student in Maritime Archaeology (Southern University of Denmark). She has a Bachelor in History of Greek Civilization (Greek Open University).
C�line Cajot is a Master student at the University of Li�ge. She acquired field work experience in the Prehistoric Scladina Cave (Belgium, 2008 and 2009). Last year, she worked on Thorikos (topography and magnetic prospection).
Thomas De Vos did a MA dissertation in archaeology at the UCL (Belgium) before he followed a postgraduate Master in Conservation of Monuments and Sites (RLICC) at the KUL (Belgium). He has participated in the excavations at Sissi in 2007 and 2008. For the 2011 campaign, his tasks consist in assisting Ilse in zone 1.
C�line Murphy did an MA in Minoan Archaeology at the University of Kent. Her areas of interest are the depiction of the body in Minoan frescoes and glyptic, with particular focus on gestures. She will soon be starting her PhD on sensory experience at the peak sanctuary of Philioremos under the supervision of Vanghelis Kyriakidis. Fieldwork experience includes excavations at Ostia, Lyminge and four seasons at Philioremos in Crete.
Antonia Pateraki is finishing her B.A. in archaeology at the University of Athens and has participated in fieldwork at Phaistos, Kirrha, Samos and Skopi near Sitia.
Anneleen Rummens is a bachelor student in Archaeology at the KULeuven.
Jeroen Vanhercke is Bachelor student in Archaeology and Master student in European Studies, both at the KU Leuven.
Marion Meneux is a Master’s student of the university of Paris 1 Panth�on-Sorbonne. She is working on the Minoan Glyptic.
Elana Steingart received her Bachelor’s degree in archaeology and is currently an art history Masters student, soon to begin her Ph.D. under Carl Knappett at the University of Toronto, with an interest in the materiality of Minoan art. She has participated in fieldwork at two Bronze Age sites in Israel: the Tel Aviv University expedition at Megiddo, and the Tel Aviv/George Washington University excavations at Tel Kabri.
Afroditi Chalkidi is an architect engineer, member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. She holds a Master in �Preservation and restoration of architectural monuments� of the Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh). She worked as Architect engineer at the 9th Ephorate (Ephoreia) of Byzantine Antiquities, Thessaloniki, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism. She has worked at Zominthos, Akrotiri-Thera, Panormos on Naxos etc. and has published several papers on the conservation and restoration of ancient monuments.
Marianna Nasi is an architect engineer, member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. She holds a Master in �Preservation and restoration of architectural monuments� of the Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh). She worked as Architect engineer at the 8th and 9th Ephorate (Ephoreia) of Byzantine Antiquities, Thessaloniki, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism. She has worked at several sites in Greece and has published several papers on the conservation and restoration of ancient monuments.
Vasiliki Goulioupoulou is a Rural and Surveying Engineer with a Master in �Preservation and restoration of architectural monuments� of the Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh). She has worked at many sites in Greece and has published several papers on the conservation and restoration of ancient monuments.
Audeline Cappon did a BA at the University of Namur before starting a MA in Archaeology and Art History at the UCL. She has participated in several digs in Belgium and will also participate in the Amathus excavations in 2011.
Faouzi Abidi is a student at the Universit� El Manar de Tunis-Institut Sup�rieur des Sciences Humaines et des Langues (D�partement de Langues et Civilisations Anciennes). He has participated in the excavations at Utica and followed the summer course in Modern Greek in Saloniki.
Christine Spencer has finished a BA in Archaeology at the University of Toronto.
Helena Tomas did her PhD at the University of Oxford on Linear A and Linear B and is Lecturer in Aegean Archaeology and Mycenaean Epigraphy at the Department of Archaeology, University of Zagreb.
Sotiria (Ria) Kiorpe is a master student at the University of Thessaloniki. She has excavated at Dikili Tash and at Toumba in Thessaloniki and will work in the cemetery in 2011.
Nicolas Commagneux ?has a master in biological anthropology and teaches science in France. He will assist the anthropologists in the cemetery in 2011.
Petra Verlinden holds a bachelor and master�s degree in archaeology from the University of Leuven, and recently also completed the MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. She has excavated at various archaeological sites in Belgium, and has gained experience in funerary archaeology while excavating in Deir el-Bershah (Egypt). She will be starting a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Reading in October.
Syrmali Donta, did her undergraduate degree in Archaeology at the Aegean University in Rhodes. She holds an Msc in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy (University of Sheffield) and did her zooarchaeology dissertation under the supervision of Paul Halstead. She has excavated in Sarakenos Cave in Boiotia (four excavating seasons), at Giali on Nisiros and at Akrotiri on Thera. Since 2009 she has also excavated at the PPNB sites of Wadi Hamarash I and Wadi Hamarash IV in Jordan. Her main interest is the prehistoric period and specifically the relations between Greece and Eastern countries. During the 2011 excavation season in Sissi she will be working as a member of the environmental team.
Tim Cunningham has an MA from the KULeuven (Eastern Mediterranean archaeology) and is currently finishing his doctorate at UCL. He works mainly at Palaikastro in East Crete but has also participated in fieldwork in Syria.
Delia Cunningham did a master in Eastern Mediterranean archaeology at the KULeuven. She is a draughtsperson who has been involved in several archaeological projects, especially Palaikastro and Malia (Quartier Nu).
Henri ‘Heinz’ Bouillon was dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters till 2009 and Head of the institute of Living Languages, both at the UCL. He has participated in the 2008 excavations at Sissi.
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Marie Hanquart is a master student in Archaeology at the UCLouvain. She is doing a dissertation on Minoan glyptic and has also spent half a year on an Erasmus exchange program at Catania (Sicily) in 2010 with Simona Todaro. She has archaeological experience at several places in Belgium (Villers-la-Ville – Liberchie) and excavated at Sissi in 2009.
Brecht Lambrechts studied archaeology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and finished his MA on prehistoric (lithic) archaeology. He currently works for the University of Leuven on various stone age sites in Belgium. Brecht has worked with Peter Tomkins on the Neolithic Pottery from Knossos in 2008, 2009 and 2010, in 2011 he will work on the cemetery in Sissi.
Peter Tomkins works on the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age, principally Crete, and specialises in the analysis of ceramic production, exchange and consumption. He currently works mainly at the site of Knossos, where he is helping coordinate publication of the Neolithic remains.
Irine Papadopoulou Papadopoulou studied History and Archaeology at the University of Cyprus (B.A) and Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy at the University of Sheffield (MSc), with specialisation in archaeobotany. After submitting her dissertation (�Investigation of the archaeobotanical assemblage of a Late Chalcolithic site in Central Turkey�), she worked for some months on �atal H�y�k archaeobotanical material at the University of Sheffield (under the supervision of Dr. Amy Bogaard and Dr. Alexandra Livarda). Also, she took part in excavations in Cyprus and Greece.
Camille Peleyras is a History student at Paris IV-Sorbonne.
Chronis Papanikolopoulos is INSTAPEC-photographer. He has been shooting all Sissi objects since 2007.
?Sarah Geijsels is a master student in Archaeology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. During her bachelor studies, she spent a semester in Venice on an Erasmus exchange. She has participated in several excavations in Belgium (Antwerp, Lommel, Asse) and Turkey (Sagalassos).?
Joachim Bretschneider is professor at the department of Ancient Near Eastern Studies of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven/Belgium. His research is focusing on the Bronze and Early Iron Age cultural development in Syro-Mesopotamia and the Levant.� Between 1993 and 2000 he was the� director of the German team from the University of M�nster (1993-2000) at the Euro-Syrian Excavation at Tell Beydar/ Syria� and since 1999 and 2011 he is leading the Belgium excavations at the coastal site of Tell Tweini (Syria). His latest books include the Archaeology of Tell Tweini (2008) and the glyptic of Tell Beydar (2011).
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Annelies Decaluwe did her bachelor studies in Social work and in Business Management, option Legal Practice at Artevelde Hogeschool in Ghent (Belgium). She is currently working as a registrar at the Criminal Court in Ghent (Belgium).