Notes on Contributors

In: Hellenistic and Roman Terracottas
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Notes on Contributors

Rebecca Miller Ammerman

Ph.D. (1983) in Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is Professor of Classics at Colgate University, Hamilton, New York. Her research focuses on the votive terracottas and cults of southern Italy. Her publications include The Sanctuary of Santa Venera at Paestum II. The Votive Terracottas (University of Michigan Press, 2002) and most recently, “Terracottas” in J.C. Carter and K. Swift (eds.), The Chora of Metaponto 7. The Greek Sanctuary at Pantanello (University of Texas Press, 2018).

Polyxeni Arachoviti

is an archaeologist at the Ephorate of Antiquities in Magnesia of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports based in Volos. Her interests focus on the Aegean Bronze Age and Iron Age. She has published on the ancient city of Pherai and the prehistoric and historic settlement of Aerino in Magnesia.

Eleni Asderaki-Tzoumerkioti

is an archaeological conservator, now Director Emerita of the Department of Conservation of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Magnesia in Volos. She holds an M.A. in Principles in Conservation, University College London. Her main research interests include the understanding of the manufacture of ancient artefacts and materials, and more specifically of metals, pigments and glass.

Erin Walcek Averett

Ph.D. (2007) in Art History and Archaeology, University of Missouri, USA, is Associate Professor of Archaeology at Creighton University, and Assistant Director of the Athienou Archaeological Project, Cyprus. She has published on ancient Cypriot masks, the Malloura sanctuary and Cypriot ritual, Iron Age terracotta figurines, and on digital archaeology.

Constantina Benissi

is an archaeologist at the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. She holds a B.A. in Archaeology from the University of Athens, an M.Sc. in Archaeometry from the Université de Bordeaux III, France, and an M.Sc. in Cultural Management from the Hellenic Open University. She has published articles on cultural heritage management, international organisations and cultural conventions. She currently studies the coroplastic material from the deposit of Amarynthos, Euboea.

Marianna Castiglione

Ph.D. (2013) in Art History and Archaeology, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa. She was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Naples (Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici) and she is currently a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Calabria. Her research has focused on the Roman necropoleis of Pompeii, Campania and Calabria, but her interests also include more extensively Greek, Phoenician, Punic, Italic and Roman art and material culture.

Polina Christofi

Ph.D. candidate in Medieval Archaeology, The Cyprus Institute, is currently an Archaeological Officer at the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus. She has led a number of excavations in Cyprus including those at Erimi-Bamboula, Nicosia-Paphos Gate and ancient Kition. She has published on Medieval Cyprus, landscape and symbolism.

Solenn de Larminat

Ph.D. (2011) in Archaeology, Aix-Marseille Université, is currently associate researcher of the Centre Camille Jullian (Unité mixte de Recherche 7299). Her latest book is a co-edition on new approaches to funerary archaeology (Publications du Gaaf 6, 2017). She has also published numerous articles on funerary practices in North Africa Pompeii and Croatia.

Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou

Ph.D. (2012) University College London, is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Her research, interdisciplinary in nature, focuses on ceramic technology and production, its differing modes of organisation, ceramic distribution, as well as technological and cultural change, and how these can be identified, recorded and explained by modern archaeology.

Manos Dionysiou

is an archaeological conservator at the Ephorate of Antiquities of Magnesia based in Volos. He holds a B.A. in Archaeological Conservation from Cardiff University. His main interest is the manufacturing techniques of ancient ceramics.

Argyroula Doulgeri-Intzesiloglou

Ph.D. (2000) in History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, is Director Emerita of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Magnesia based in Volos. She has published extensively on Hellenistic pottery workshops and their production at the ancient city of Pherai in Thessaly, as well as on local amphorae and wine trade of the Sporades Islands, and generally on the archaeology, topography, monuments and inscriptions of these regions.

Adi Erlich

Ph.D. (2005) in Archaeology, Bar Ilan University, is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Haifa, the Zinman Institute of Archaeology and the Departments of Archaeology and Art History; and a member of the Association of Coroplastic Studies governance. Her fields of specialisation include terracotta figurines of the Levant from the Late Bronze Age to the Byzantine period, with an emphasis on the Hellenistic period, on which she has published two monographs (Israel Antiquities Authority Reports 2008; Archaeopress 2009); and the archaeology of the Hellenistic and Roman periods in Israel.

Frauke Gutschke

M.A. (2005) in Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and Italian Studies, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. Her research focusses on Greek terracotta figurines and their religious and cultural contexts.

Stéphanie Huysecom-Haxhi

Ph.D. in Greek Archaeology, is a researcher at CNRS (Unité mixte de Recherche 8164) at the University of Lille. Her most significant publications include Les terres cuites figurées de l’Artémision de Thasos (De Boccard, 2009) and Figurines grecques en contexte (Septentrion, 2015). She publishes regularly on Archaic and Classical Greek terracottas, especially on manufacturing processes and the interpretation of objects in their context.

Heather Jackson

Ph.D., FSA, FAHA is currently an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. As co-Director of the Jebel Khalid excavations in Syria, she has published extensively on the Hellenistic figurines, lamps, housing and other aspects of that site in the Jebel Khalid-on-the-Euphrates volumes of Meditarch.

Sven Kielau

Ph.D. (2008) in Classical Archaeology, Universität Münster, is currently a Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter at the Roemer- und Pelizaeus Museum Hildesheim. He has published the monograph Terrakotten aus Pergamon, Tonfiguren und -objekte aus der Wohnstadt am Südhang der Akropolis und von weiteren Fundorten, Pergamenische Forschungen 17 (De Gruyter, 2018), as well as studies on Hellenistic and Roman imperial mosaics and on Late Antique rock-cut churches in Asia Minor.

Gabriele Koiner

Mag. phil. (1991), Dr. phil. (1995) in Classical Archaeology, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, is a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Graz. She has published widely on Cypriot sculpture and portraits. She is the co-editor (with P. Scherrer and A. Ulbrich) of Hellenistic Cyprus, (Zentrum Antike, Universitat Graz, 2012); and with G. Ambros and M. Christidis of Antikes Zypern – Kulturen im Dialog (Holzhausen, 2017).

Pauline Maillard

Ph.D. candidate in Classical Archaeology, Université de Lausanne. Her thesis is dedicated to the study of the sanctuary of the female goddess by the Salt Lake of Larnaca, Cyprus. She is also a member of the Swiss School of Archaeology in Greece (ESAG), working on the study of the terracotta figurines excavated in Eretria and Amaranthos.

Elena Martelli

M.A. in Archaeology (2009) and Ph.D. (2013) in Roman Archaeology, University of Reading, is currently an independent scholar. She is the author of the monograph Sulle spalle dei saccarii. Le rappresentazioni di facchini e il trasporto di derrate nel porto di Ostia in epoca imperiale (Archaeopress, 2013). She specialises in the production and circulation of portable objects, particularly in the Rome-Ostia region. Her research highlights the function and value of these overlooked artefacts for the understanding of Roman life, through a reassessment of contextual data and analyses of the latest archaeological theories.

Nathalie Martin

Ph.D. (2013) in Greek Archaeology, Aix-Marseille Université, is winner of the 2013 ‘Prix d’Hippone’. Her interests concern the history of women and religion, as well as themes related to classical iconography. Her recently published work (with P. Banon) Propos sur le voile (L’Art-Dit, 2017) discusses the question of the veil within the context of both ancient and contemporary societies.

Roberta Menegazzi

Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology, Università degli Studi di Torino, is a member of the scientific board of CRAST. She has written extensively on the coroplastic production of Seleucia on the Tigris. She is currently leading a project of public archaeology in Kharkhorin (Mongolia).

Demetrios Michaelides

Ph.D. (1981) Institute of Archaeology, University of London, is currently Professor Emeritus, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus. He has published widely on Hellenistic and Roman Cyprus, as well as on Mediterranean mosaics, their iconography and technique. He is Vice President of the Association Internationale pour l’Étude de la Mosaïque Αntique (AIEMA) and President Emeritus of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM).

Arthur Muller

Professor Emeritus, University of Lille (France), specialises in Greek archaeology. He has published widely on Greek figurative terracottas, as well on his excavations in Thasos and in northern France. He has also organised or co-organised international conferences dedicated to craft production in general, and of figurative terracottas in particular.

Abdalla J. Nabulsi

Dr. rer. nat. (1990) in Anthropology (Human Biology), Universität Hamburg. His research interests focus on population genetics and the bioarchaeology of Jordan.

Giorgos Papantoniou

Ph.D. (2008), The University of Dublin, Trinity College, is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Cyprus. He has published extensively on ancient Cypriot material culture history, landscape archaeology, ritual, cult, and iconography including Religion and Social Transformations in Cyprus. From the Cypriot Basileis to the Hellenistic Strategos (Brill, 2012). He is the coordinator of the international network ‘Unlocking Sacred Landscapes’ (

Eustathios Raptou

Ph.D. in Archaeology, Université Lumière-Lyon II, is currently Archaeological Officer in the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus. He has published extensively on Late Bronze and Iron Age tombs and sanctuaries from Cyprus, including the monograph (with V. Karageorghis) Palaepaphos-Skales: Tombs of the Late Cypriote IIIB and Cypro-Geometric Periods (Excavations of 2008 and 2011) (The Cyprus Institute, 2016).

Nicole Reitinger

Mag. Dr. phil. in Classical Archaeology and Research, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, has published on Cypriot sculpture and portraits.

Angele Rosenberg-Dimitracopoulou

Ph.D. (2015) in Art History, University of Chicago, is currently an independent scholar based in Amsterdam. Her dissertation offers a revised understanding of stylistic change in the visual arts that is documented by specific artworks.

Alessandro Russo

Ph.D. (2014) in Classics, IULM, Milan, has published on Pompeian Archaeology and Greek Art History.

Nancy Serwint

Ph.D. (1987) in Classical Archaeology, Princeton University, is currently an Associate Professor of Art History at Arizona State University. Her co-edited book Engendering Aphrodite: Women and Society in Ancient Cyprus (American Schools of Oriental Research, 2002) focuses on gender issues manifest in the art and archaeology of Cyprus over a diachronic breadth. She is engaged in research and publication of the coroplastic art of ancient Cyprus with particular focus on the terracotta material from Marion and Arsinoe.

Elisavet Stefani

Ph.D. candidate in Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Cyprus. Her research focuses on the burial typology and the topography of Amathous. She has participated in numerous excavations of funerary sites in Cyprus, and published articles related to the newly emerged data.

Isabelle Tassignon

Ph.D. (1998) in Archaeology, University of Liège, a former member of the French School at Athens, is Lecturer in Ancient Iconology at the University of Namur, and Curator at the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art of Genève. She has published on Cypriot sculpture, including Le Seigneur aux lions d’Amathonte. Étude d’iconographie et d’histoire des religions des statues trouvées sur l’agora (De Boccard, 2013). With Th. Petit and B. Blandin, she is in charge of the publication of the royal palace of Amathous in Cyprus.

Anja Ulbrich

Dr. phil. (2004) in Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and History of European Art, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, has been the A.G. Leventis Curator of the Cypriot collection at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, since 2009. After her first monograph on sanctuaries and cults of female deities in Archaic and Classical Cyprus (Ugarit-Verlag, 2008), she has published extensively on Cypriot sanctuaries, religion, votive-sculptures and terracottas in Archaic to Hellenistic Cyprus.

Lara Weiss

Ph.D. (2012) in Egyptology, Georg-August Universität Göttingen, is the Curator of the Egyptian collection of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden. She is also Project Leader of ‘The Walking Dead at Saqqara: The Making of a Cultural Geography’, funded within the Vidi talent scheme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and hosted at the Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS). She has previously held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt and has published extensively on ancient Egyptian religion.


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