Beyond the polis



Prof. I. Lemos (University of Oxford)
Prof. A. Tsingarida (Université libre de Bruxelles, ULB)
Prof.  A. Mazarakis Ainian (University of Thessaly)

Dr A. Alexandridou [Foundation Ph. Wiener-M. Anspach Post Doctoral Fellow (2102-2013), Chargée de Recherches FNRS (2013-2016), ULB]
Dr V. Saripanidi [Foundation Ph. Wiener-M. Anspach Post Doctoral Fellow (2013-2014), Chargée de Recherches FNRS (2014-2017), ULB]
Dr A. Vacek [Foundation Ph. Wiener-M. Anspach Post Doctoral Fellow, (2012-2014) Oxford, (2014-2015) ULB]
Dr V. Vlachou (ESF Post Doctoral Fellow, ULB and University of Athens)

Irene S. Lemos (Professor of Classical Archaeology, Oxford)

Irene S. Lemos is a specialist in Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Greece. She is the director of the excavations at Lefkandi, Euboea, is in charge of the publication of the Iron Age cemetery in Toumba, and has led the excavations on Xeropolis since 2003. Her other interests include state formation in Early Greece from the Late Helladic IIIC to the Archaic period and the exchange patterns in the Mediterranean world.




Selected Publications

Books and edited volumes
- 2006: S. Deger-Jalkotzy & Irene. S. Lemos (eds), Ancient Greece. From the Mycenaean Palaces to the Age of Homer, Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, 700 pages.
- 2006: E. Herring, I. Lemos, F. Lo Schiavo, L. Vagnetti, R. Whitehouse & J. Wilkins (eds), Across Frontiers. Etruscans, Greeks, Phoenicians, and Cypriots. Papers in honour of David Ridgway and Francesca R. Serra Ridgway, Accordia: London.
- 2002: Irene S. Lemos, The Protogeometric Aegean. The archaeology of the late 11th and 10th centuries BC, Oxford Monographs on Classical Archaeology, OUP: Oxford, 245 pages and 105 plates.
1996: M. Popham with Irene S. Lemos, Lefkandi III, 1, The Toumba Cemetery, The excavations of 1981, 1984, 1986 and 1992-4, Plates, Supplements of British School at Athens: Oxford.
- 1996: D. Evely, I. S. Lemos, and S. Sherratt (eds), Minotaur and Centaur: Studies in the Archaeology of Crete and Euboea presented to Mervyn Popham, Tempus Reparatum, British Archaeological Reports, International Series 638: Oxford.
- 1990: I. S. Lemos & R.W.V. Catling, Lefkandi II, The Protogeometric Building at Toumba, Part 1, The Pottery, pp. 1-174, Supplement of the British School at Athens: Oxford.

Articles and other publications since 2007
- 2012: "A Northern Aegean Amphora from Xeropolis, Lefkandi", in: P. Adam-Veleni & K. Tzanavari & M. Intzes (eds), δινήεσσα, τιμητικόςτόμοςγιατηνΚατερίναΡωμιοπούλου, Thessaloniki, 177-182.
- 2012:  "Euboea and Central Greece in the Post palatial and early Greek periods", in: Z. Archibald (ed.), Archaeological Reports 2011-2012, London, 19-27.
- 2011: "A new approach in ceramic statistical analyses. Pit 13 on Xeropolis, Lefkandi", in S. Verdan et al. (eds) Early Iron Age Pottery: Quantitative Approach. BAR International Series 2254, 77-88. (with D. Mitchell).
- 2011: "Elite Burials in Early Iron Age Aegean. Some preliminary observations considering the spatial organization of the Toumba cemetery at Lefkandi", in A Mazarakis-Ainian (ed.), Dark Ages revisited, University of Thessaly, 635-646. (with D. Mitchell).
- 2010: "Tell formation processes as indicated from geoarchaeological and geochemical investigations at Xeropolis, Euboea, Greece", Journal of Archaeological Science 37, 1564-7 (with D. Davidson, C. Wilson & SP Theocharopoulos).
- 2010: "Lefkandi", in Cité sous terre. Des archéologues suisses explorent la cité grecque d’ Eretrié, 56-64; 88; 89.
- 2009: "Post-Palatial Urbanization: Some Lost Opportunities", in Inside the City in the Greek World. Studies of Urbanism from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic Period, Edited by S. Owen and L. Preston, Oxford 2009, 62-84 (with A. Livieratou and M. Thomatos).
- 2009: "Lefkandi in Euboea: Ricerche recenti", in C. Pugliese Carratelli (ed.) Cuma, Atti del 40 convegno di studi sulla Magna Grecia, Taranto 2008, 11-35.
- 2009: I. S. Lemos, "Lefkandi auf Euböa. Licht in den dunklen Jahrhunderten", in Zeit der Helden. Die ‘dunklen Jahrhunderte’ Griechenlands 1200-700v. Chr, Karlsrure Badisches Landesmuseum, 180-89.
- 2007: "“… ἐπεὶ πόρε μύρια ἕδνα …” (Iliad 22,472): Homeric Reflections in Early Iron Age Elite Burials", in E. Alram-Stern & G. Nightingale (eds.), Keimelion. Elitenbildung und elitärer Konsum von der mykenischen Palastzeit bis zur homerischen Epoche, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften: Vienna, 275-84.
- 2007: "The Migrations to the west coast of Asia Minor: Tradition and Archaeology", in J. Cobet, V. von Grave, W-D. Niemeier, & K. Zimmermann (eds), Milesische Forschungen, Deutsches Archäogisches Institut: Berlin, 713-27.
- 2007: "Recent Archaeological work on Xeropolis-Lefkandi: a preliminary report", in A. Mazarakis Ainian (ed.) Oropos and Euboea in the Iron Age, University of Thessaly: Volos, 123-133.
- 2007: texts of the Lefkandi –Xeropolis excavation:


Athena Tsingarida (Professor of Classical Archaeology, Université libre de Bruxelles – ULB)

Athena Tsingarida holds degrees in Classical Archaeology and Byzantine Studies from the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), and did her doctorate at the University of Oxford with a Cecil Rhodes Scholarship. She is teaching Ancient Greek Archaeology and Art at ULB. A specialist of Archaic and Classical Greece, her research mainly lies in the fields of Ancient Greek Pottery and Reception of Classical Art. She co-directed an international research program "ARC" on « Pottery in ancient societies. Production, distribution and Uses » and a joined research program with the University of Oxford (Prof. D. C. Kurtz) on 19th-century collections in Great Britain and Belgium. Also a field archaeologist, she undertook excavations and fieldstudy in Greece (Siphnos and Crete) and Syria (Apamea). She is currently co-directing (with Didier Viviers) the excavations and restoration works at Itanos (Eastern Crete). 

Selected publications

Books and edited volumes
- 2009: A. Tsingarida (ed.), Shapes and Uses of Greek Vases, 7th-4th centuries BC (Bruxelles).
- 2008: N. Malagardis, A. Tsingarida Les gobelets mastoïdes. Musée du Louvre, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum - France, Musée du Louvre 27 (Paris).
- 2008: A. Tsingarida, A. Verbanck-Piérard (ed), L’antiquité au service de la modernité ? La réception de l’antiquité classique en Belgique au XIXe s (Bruxelles).
- 2008: D.C. Kurtz D.C with C. Mayer, D. Saunders, A. Tsingarida and N. Harris, Essays in Classical Archaeology for Eleni Hatzivassiliou 1977-2007 (Oxford).
- 2002: A. Tsingarida with D. C. Kurtz, Appropriating Antiquity - Saisir l’Antique. Collections et collectionneurs d’antiques en Belgique et en Grande-Bretagne au XIXe siècle (Bruxelles).

Articles and other publications since 2007
- 2012: “White-ground cups in fifth-century graves: a distinctive class of burial offerings in Classical Athens?”, in B. Bundgaard, St. Schierup (ed.), Red-figure in its ancient Settings, Copenhague, 44-57.
- 2011: “ Qu’importe le flacon pourvu qu’on ait l’ivresse ! Vases à boire monumentaux et célébrations divine ”, Kernos, 59-78.
- 2009: “À la santé des dieux et des hommes. La phiale : un vase à boire au banquet athénien ?” Métis, Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens, suppl. 7 (2009), 91-109.
- 2009: “The death of Sarpedon: Workshops and Pictorial Experiments ”, in S. Schmidt, J.H. Oakley (eds), Hermeneutik, Beiträger zur Ikonographie und Interpretation griechischer Vasenmalerei, CVA Deutschland, Beheift IV, (Munich), 135-143.
- 2009: “Cups for heroes and gods: early red-figure parade cups and large-scaled phialai”, in A. Tsingarida (ed.), Shapes and Uses of Greek vases (7th-4th century B.C.) (Bruxelles), 185-201.
- 2009: with L.Engels, L. Bavay, “Calculating vessel capacities : A new web-based solution”, in A. Tsingarida (ed.), Shapes and Uses of Greek Vases (7th-4th c. B.C.) (Bruxelles), 129-134.
- 2008:  “Nikosthenes looking East? Phialai in Six's and Six's polychrome technique” in D. C. Kurtz et al. (eds.),  Essays in Classical Archaeology for Eleni Hatzivassiliou (1977-2007) (Oxford), 105-114.
- 2008: A Color for a market? Special techniques and distribution patterns in Late Archaic and Classical Greece ”, in K. Lapatin (ed.), The Colors of Clay : Special Techniques in Athenian vases (Los Angeles), 187-206.
- 2007: “An insight in late 19th-century Conservation Work: F. Anderson's Restoration of the Red-figure Amphora R303 in the Musées royaux d'Art et d'Histoire in Brussels” in M. Bentz, U. Kärstner (eds), Konservieren oder Restaurieren – Die Restaurierung Griechischer Vasen von der Antike bis Heute, CVA Deutschland, Beheift III (Munich), 77-89.


Alexander Mazarakis Ainian (Professor of Classical Archaeology, University of Thessaly)

Alexander Mazarakis Ainian studied History of Art and Archaology at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and continued his postgraduate studies in London (UCL), with a grant of the “Alexander Onassis Benefit Foundation” and obtained his Ph.D. degree at University College London, under the supervision of Professor J.N. Coldstream. He is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology Department of the University of Thessaly (Volos), and currently holds the prestigious Chaire Internationale Blaise Pascal (2012-2013) at the Université de Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne and at the École Pratique des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. He is the Scientific Director of several major European Union Research Programs, and has recently been awarded an important European (ΕΣΠΑ) research grant "ARISTEIA" entitled "The Social Archaeology of Early Iron Age and Early Archaic Greece", of a duration of 3 years, implicating ca. 30 young and senior researchers. His main field of specialisation is 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 also specialises in underwater archaeology. Also a field archaeologist, he studied field material and conducted several eexcavations in Attica (Skala Oropou, Marathon), the Cyclades (Kythnos), Thessaly (Soros) and the Sporades (Kephala on Skiathos).

Selected publications

Books and edited volumes
- 2011: A. Mazarakis (ed.), The Dark Ages Revisited, International Conference in Memory of W. D. E. Coulson, University of Thessaly, Volos, 14-17 June 2007, Volos (University of Thessaly Press).
- 2009: A. Mazarakis (ed.),  Αρχαιολογικό Έργο Θεσσαλίας και Στερεάς Ελλάδας (2nd Archaeological Work of Thessaly and Central Greece), Πρακτικά Επιστημονικής Συνάντησης, Τμήμα Ιστορίας, Αρχαιολογίας, Κοινωνικής Ανθρωπολογίας Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλίας και ΥΠΠΟ, Βόλος 16-19.3.2006, Volos 2009.
- 2008: A.Mazarakis with M. Mouliou, Αρχαιολογικές Αναζητήσεις: Ανασκαφές στην Ομηρική Γραία, Volos  [and in English: Archaeological Quests: Excavations at Homeric Graia, Volos].
2007: A. Mazarakis (ed.) Oropos and Euboea in the Early Iron Age, International Round Table, University of Thessaly, 18-19 June 2004, Volos (University of Thessaly Press).
- 1997: From Rulers' Dwellings to Temples. Architecture, Religion and Society in Early Iron Age Greece (1100-700 B.C.), Jonsered (Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology 122).

Articles and other publications since 2007
- 2012: A. Mazarakis, "The form and structure of Euboean society in the Early Iron Age based on some recent research", in Alle origini della Magna Grecia.  Mobilità, migrazioni, fondazioni, Taranto, 1-4 ottobre 2010, Atti del 50o Convegno di Studi sulla Magna Grecia, Taranto 73-99.
- 2012: A. Mazarakis, "Des quartiers spécialisés d’artisans à l’époque géométrique ?", in  "Quartiers" artisanaux en Grèce antique, Lille 16-17 décembre 2009 (ed. G. Sanidas – A. Esposito), Lille 2, 125-154.
- 2010: A. Mazarakis with A. Livieratou,  "The Academy of Plato in the Early Iron Age", Philipps Universität Marburg. Attika. Archaologie einer “zentralen: Kulturlandschaft . Marburg 18-20 Μαϊου 2007, (ed. H. Lohman & T. Mattern), Marburg, 87-100.
- 2010: A. Mazarakis, "Tombes d’enfants à l’intérieur d’habitats au début de l’Âge du Fer dans le Monde Grec ", in L’enfant et la mort dans l’Antiquité I, Nouvelles recherches dans les nécropoles grecques : Le signalement des tombes d’enfants, Table ronde, Athènes, Ecole française d’Athènes, 29-30 mai 2008, (ed. A.-M. Guimier-Sorbets, Y. Morizot), Paris, 67-95.
- 2009: A. Mazarakis, "The Aegean", in Blackwell Companion to the Archaic Greek World (ed. K. Raaflaub, H. Van Wees), London, 212-238.
- 2009: A. Mazarakis, "Réflexions sur les systèmes votifs aux sanctuaires de Kythnos (Cyclades)", Διεθνές Συνέδριο "Le donateur". Lille 13-15/12/2007, Kernos Suppl. 23, 287-318.
- 2008: A. Mazarakis, "Buried among the living in Greece: the Protogeometric and Geometric Periods", in Sepolti tra i vivi. Evidenza ed interpretazione di contesti funerari in abitato. Convegno Internazionale, Roma 26-29 aprile 2006, Roma, 365-398.
- 2007 : A. Mazarakis (with R. Doonan), "Forging Identity in Early Iron Age Greece", in, Oropos and Euboea in the Early Iron Age, International Round Table, Volos 18-19 June 2004 (ed. A. Μαζαράκης Αινιάν), Volos, 361-378.
- 2006-2007: A. Mazarakis, "I primi Greci d’Occidente? Scavi nella Graia Omerica (Oropos)", Annali di archeologia e Storia antica, Napoli, 13-14, 81-110.


Alexandra Alexandridou [Ph. Wiener-M. Anspach post-doctoral Fellow (2102-2013), Chargée de Recherches FNRS - ULB (2013-2016)]

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). Since October 2012, she holds a postdoctoral research position at ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and CReA-Patrimoine, funded by the Wiener- Anspach Fondation.

As a post-doctoral researcher for the project « Beyond the Polis », Dr Alexandridou studies archaeological evidence of collective rituals attested in edifices, located within necropoleis in EIA Attica.
The late eighth-century “Sacred House” at the site of the Academy of Plato in Athens forms the starting point of this research. This mud-brick edifice in close proximity with a number of child and adult burials seems to have housed some sort of ritual practices, as indicated by the numerous pyres explored in its interior. The character of these practices, their recipients and their chronological sequence in association with the burials are the questions that need to be treated.
This edifice will be brought into connection with the “Sacred House” of Eleusis, constructed at around 700 BC in close connection with the tumulus of a male adult. The excavated material suggests that it must have been used for ritual banquets extending until the end of the sixth century. Two more cases are known from Atttica: Building III/XXVI, excavated at the West Necropolis of Thorikos and dated to 750-700 BC and a small building at the necropolis of Anavyssos, which seems to be contemporary with the peribolos wall which enclosed the three richest graves. Both buildings have been assigned a cultic character associated with the veneration of the deceased.
Based on the detailed study and publication of the material from the Academy and bringing together all the comparable evidence from the rest of Attica these edifices will be re-examined in order their function and role to be fully understood. Do these buildings represent a late eighth-century Attic mode of behaviour addressed to the recently deceased? The association of the edifices with tomb cult, the nature of the practices they housed, the identity of the participants and of the deceased recipients are key questions that will be explored.

Since the new appointment of Dr. Alexandridou as a “Chargée de Recherches” within the frame of her post-doctoral FNRS project (2013-2016), she undertook the study of the unpublished early ceramic material from the sanctuary of Apollo on Despotiko (Antiparos). The pottery will be put in an interpretative framework leading to the examination of the establishment and the nature of the earliest cultic activities at the site in the Early Iron Age and their development during the archaic era. The importance of communal banqueting in the cult is one of the main issues, which will be addressed.
 This Delion, the second richest Cycladic sanctuary after Delos, seems to have been established and maintained by the Parians. It is therefore crucial for the available evidence to be examined in close relation with the cultic developments of the neighbouring islands and especially Naxos. The importance of the cultural affinities of the sanctuary of Despotiko with its neighbouring counterparts in the central Cyclades will be studied in detail in order to understand the construction of a cultural identity for the inhabitants of the area.


- 2011: A. Alexandridou, Τhe Early Black-Figured Pottery of Attika in Context (ca. 630-570 B.C.), Brill, Leiden.

Articles and other publications
- 2012: A. Alexandridou, “The North Necropolis of Vari Revisited”, ΑρχαιολογικήΕφημερίς 151, 1-73.
- 2012: A. Alexandridou, «Le traitement funéraire des immatures à la nécropole archaïque de Vari», in  Α. Hermary (ed.), L’Enfant et la Mort dans l’Antiquité III. Le matériel associé aux tombes d’enfants, Aix en Provence, 20-22 janvier 2011, Bibliothèque d’Archéologie Méditerranéenne et Africaine 12, Publications du Centre Camille Jullian, Aix-en-Provence, 39-56.
- 2011: A. Alexandridou, “ Directional Trade in Early Sixth Century: The Evidence of Early Attic Black-Figured Pottery”, in D. Palaiothodoros (ed.), The Contexts of Painted Pottery in the Mediterranean, 7th-4th century BCE, BAR-IS 2364, Oxford, 5-20.
- 2011: A. Mazarakis Ainian & A. Alexandridou, “Τhe “Sacred House” of the Academy revisited”, in A. Mazarakis Ainian (ed.), Τhe Dark Ages Revisited. An International Conference in Memory of William D.E. Coulson, Volos, 14-17 June 2007, University of Thessaly Press, Volos, 121-146.
- 2009: A. Alexandridou, “Offering Trenches and Funerary Ceremonies in the attic Countryside. The evidence from the North Necropolis of Vari”, From Artemis to Diana. The Goddess of Man and Beast, Acta Hyperborea 12, Copenhagen, 497-522.
- 2008: A. Alexandridou, “Athens versus Attika. Expressions of local ties in late seventh, early sixth-century B.C.”, in Essays in Classical Archaeology for Eleni Hatzivassiliou 1977-2007, edited by Donna Kurtz, with Caspar Meyer, David Saunders, Athena Tsingarida and Nicole Harris, Oxford, 65-72.


Vivi Saripanidi [Post Doctoral Fellow, Ph. Wiener-M. Anspach Foundation (2013-2014), Chargée de Recherches F.R.S.–FNRS (2014-2017), ULB]

Vivi Saripanidi studied at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (BA in History and Archaeology, MA and PhD in Classical Archaeology) and the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (MA in Classics). The subject of her doctoral thesis, which is entitled “Imported and Local Pottery in Northern Greece. The Case of Sindos”, is the pottery from the Archaic-Classical cemetery of ancient Sindos, near Thessaloniki. Apart from offering a detailed typological analysis of this assemblage, this study further examines the full range of vases from the graves (made of clay, glass, faience and metals) as evidence on the local mortuary rituals, as well as on the socio-political, economic and cultural background of the inhabitants of Sindos.   

Dr Saripanidi has participated in several excavations (Pella, Corfu, Dymokastro in Thesprotia, Dodona, Itanos in Crete) and has worked as a contract archaeologist for the 8th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities. Since 2001, she has been a member of the research team excavating the ancient settlement at Karabournaki, in Thessaloniki (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, director Prof. M. Tiverios). In the frame of this project, since 2002 she has been in charge of training students in pottery analysis, while in 2013 she was assigned the publication of the Early Iron Age and Archaic regionally made pottery. Moreover, she is preparing the publication of a 6th-century Corinthian pottery assemblage from the east part of the sanctuary of Apollo at Aigina (“Kolonna”) (University of Salzburg-26th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities). During and after her studies she received various fellowships and awards (Greek State Scholarships Foundation, Foundation Propondis, Research Committee of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Fondation Wiener-Anspach). Since October 2014, she holds the position of Chargée de Recherches of the F.R.S.-FNRS at the Université libre de Bruxelles

Her research interests focus on two main areas: the typological and contextual study of ancient Greek pottery from the Early Iron Age, the Archaic and Classical periods; and the social and cultural history of the pre-Hellenistic northern Aegean, which she investigates primarily through the mortuary domain. Within the frame of the “Beyond the Polis” project, she examines the role of ceremonial feasting in the formation of the political ideology of the early Macedonian kingdom. Although neither literary sources nor the archaeological record provide any direct evidence on this issue, the mortuary record of the region suggests that, sometime around the beginning of the second quarter of the 6th c. B.C., the feasting practices of the Macedonian elites acquired a new form and new meanings. Interestingly, the new funerary set of feasting equipment, which was introduced in this period, displays a syncretic character and also attests the appropriation of elements that allude to the feasting habits of Greek heroes.

Through the analysis of the forms and patterns of signification of banqueting in the Macedonian mortuary rituals, as attested at a number of cemeteries (such as the one at Vergina, ancient Aegae), this study aims to shed light on: a) the functions of feasting equipment in the Macedonian mortuary rituals of the 6th c. B.C., b) the ways in which these may reflect the role(s) of actual ceremonial banqueting within the Macedonian society and especially within the royal court, c) the possibility of a partial self-association of the Macedonian elites of this period with the elites of the heroic southern Greek past, through feasting. Special emphasis will be laid on the investigation of the latter issue, inasmuch as the appropriation of forms and symbolisms of earlier southern Greek origin would have required on one hand, their transmission and on the other hand, a cultural and ideological milieu that would have allowed for their effective manipulation during the Archaic period.


Book (authored and co-authored)
- Forthcoming: V. Saripanidi, “Clay, Glass and Faience Vases and Clay Lamps” in A. Despoini et al., Sindos-The Cemetery: Archaeological Exploration 1980-1982, vol. 2, Athens: Archaeological Society at Athens, 18-230 with figs 1-421 (in Greek).
- 2012: V. Saripanidi, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Greece 13, Thessaloniki, Aristotle University, Cast Museum, Athens: Academy of Athens.

- 2014: V. Saripanidi, “The Local Pottery from the Archaic-Classical Cemetery of Sindos’, in E. Kefalidou & D. Tsiafaki (eds), Ceramic Workshops in the Northern Aegean (8th-Early 5th c. B.C.). Proceedings of the Symposium held at Thessaloniki, 5/2/2010, Thessaloniki: Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, 217-223 (in Greek).
- 2014: V. Saripanidi, “Appendix B-Terminology: Local Ceramic Wares in Northern Greece (Early Iron Age-Early 5th c. B.C.”, in E. Kefalidou & D. Tsiafaki (eds), Ceramic Workshops in the Northern Aegean (8th-Early 5th c. B.C.). Proceedings of the Symposium held at Thessaloniki, 5/2/2010, Thessaloniki: Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, 245-254 (in Greek).
- 2012: V. Saripanidi, “The Exaleiptron in the Mortuary Rituals of Central Macedonia’, in E. Kefalidou & D. Tsiafaki (eds), Kerameos Paides: Studies Offered to Prof. M. Tiverios by his Students, Thessaloniki: Society of Andros Scientists, 283-288 (in Greek).
-2010: V. Saripanidi, “Local and Imported Pottery from the Cemetery of Sindos (Macedonia): Interrelations and Divergences’, in H. Tréziny (ed.), Grecs et indigènes de la Catalogne à la Mer Noire. Actes des rencontres du programme européen Ramses² (2006-2008),Bibliothèque d’Archéologie Méditerranéenne et Africaine 3, Paris: Errance, 471-480.

-Forthcoming: D. Marchiandi, I periboloi funerari nell’Attica classica. Lo specchio di una “borghesia”, Athens-Paestum 2011 and J. Breder, Attische Grabbezirke klassischer Zeit. Wiesbaden 2013, Antiquité Classique 83, 2014


A. Vacek [Post Doctoral Fellow, Ph. Wiener-M. Anspach Foundation (2012-2014) University of Oxford, (2014-2015) ULB]

Alexander Vacek studied Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and Prehistory at the University of Vienna where he received his first degree in 2006 (Mag. Phil). From 2007 to 2012 he was at Oxford completing his D.Phil. During this period he was awarded a Gerda Henkel PhD. Fellowship. In 2011-2012 he was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at the Koc University in Istanbul. Since October 2012 he has been the holder of the Wiener- Anspach Research Fellowship.

His D.Phil. thesis “Greek and Related Pottery from Al Mina” is a study of the local consumption of Greek pottery in the East, covering an area from Cilicia to Palestine from the 9th to the end of the 7th century BC. It provides a detailed analysis of the imported Greek pottery from Al Mina and offers new statistical information for an insight into local consumption patterns. Finally his thesis provides new data for the port’s economic history during a period of around 200 years.
Since 2009, Vacek has been working at Lefkandi under the direction of Professor Irene S. Lemos, where he is involved in the publication of the Early Iron Age pottery. In addition, from 2006 until 2008 he took part in the excavation of the Artemis Kithone sanctuary on the Kalabak tepe at Miletos, under the directorship of Dr M. Kerschner, and he is preparing the publication of the classical settlement of that site.
Vacek is also interested in the iconography of Attic vase painting, in particular in scenes of violence and war, which was the subject of his Mag. Phil thesis at the University of Vienna.
In the course of his Wiener –Anspach fellowship he intends to publish an updated version of his D.Phil thesis as a monograph. He will provide a catalogue of the hitherto unpublished Greek pottery from Al Mina and a statistical analysis of the finds. A focus of this study will be the 7th century BC, since it is a period which has not received any attention yet. The study will be completed by a comparison between Al Mina and other sites of Greek imports in the Levant during that time. 
Another important focus of his Research Fellowship is on the project “Beyond the polis”. This concentrates on the ritual transformation processes that occurred after the collapse of the Mycenaean palaces and during the Early Iron Age. The new results from the Xeropolis settlement at Lefkandi -in particular the discovery of what the excavator I. S. Lemos preliminarily called the “ritual zone”, covering the early stages of LH IIIC (Lefkandi phase 1) down to Early Protogeometric period - forces us to reconsider the current view of certain processes that occurred during the transition between the Late Bronze and the Early Iron Age. This includes certain changes in ritual practices and, connected with these, alterations in the social order within Greek settlements.
Another important part of the research will be the changes in the formal setting of cult places within Greek settlements during the Early Iron Age and their spatial relationship to their immediate surroundings. Since space establishes or influences the form of ritual behaviour (e.g. the possible movement patterns during rituals), space is the primary defining criteria that shapes ritual behaviour. Questions that arise are, e.g.: to what extent is the space in a sanctuary visually integrated, visible from several viewpoints, or segregated? A comparison between the arrangements of space of in the Mycenaean period and the succeeding Early Iron Age may offer some insights into the question of how the social composition of the participants taking part in ritual activities changed over time.
Another approach that may highlight changes in ritual behaviour is a study of ritual deposits in sanctuaries. While this is a subject which has already attracted much scholarly attention, this study will investigate evidence indicating differences in the number of participants and potential signs that highlight their social composition.
Although the upper chronological boundary of this investigation is defined by the collapse of the Mycenaean palaces, the lower limit is less clear at the moment. A focus will be on the LH IIIC period, but the investigation may extend down to the Protogeometric and Geometric period. Instead of providing a complete survey of one particular region, he wants to concentrate on particular case studies of sites that show a continued occupation from the Late Bronze Age down to the Early Iron Age, such as, for example, Tiryns and Troy.         


- In preparation: A. Vacek, "The Greek Pottery from Al Mina and its Implication for the Absolute Chronology in the Aegean", in F.J. Nunez and G. Bourogiannis (eds.), Iron Age Synchronisms in the Eastern Mediterranean. International Symposium held in Zaragoza, Spain, 3rd-4th December 2010.
- Submitted for publication: A. Vacek, "Al Mina and Changing Trading Patterns: the Evidence from the Eastern Mediterranean", in X. Charalambidou and C. Morgan (eds.), Interpreting the Seventh Century BC. Tradition, Innovation and meaning. Conference held at the British School at Athens, 9th-11th December 2011.
- Submitted for publication: A. Vacek, “Al Mina and its Maritime Trade during the 7th Century BC”, in D. Robinson and L. Hullin (eds.), Heracleion in Context. The Maritime Economy of the Egyptian Late Period.
- 2014: A. Vacek, "Euboean Imports at Al Mina in the Light of Recent Studies on the Pottery from Woolley’s Excavation", in M. Kerschner and I.S. Lemos (eds.), Archaeometric Analyses of Euboean and Euboean Related Pottery: New Results and their Interpretations. Proceedings of the Round Table Conference held at the Austrian Archaeological Institute in Athens 15th and 16th April 2011. Vienna: Austrian Archaeological Institute, 141-156.
- 2009: A. Vacek, "Imitation or Innovation: Style, Decoration and Syntax of Greek and Cypriot Pottery During the Geometric Period", in A. Georgiou (ed.) Cyprus: An Island Culture. Society and Social Relations from the Chalcolithic to the Venetian Period. Proceedings of POCA 2009. Oxford: Oxbow Press, 224-240.

- 2010: A. Greaves, The Land of Ionia. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. Archaeological Review of Cambridge 26 (1): 145- 150.


Vicky Vlachou (Post Doctoral Fellow, European Social Fund, ULB-University of Athens)

Vicky Vlachou studied Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Université Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne (BA, MPhil, PhD). Her thesis was entitled ''Geometric Oropos: the fine wheel-made pottery and the archaeological phases of the settlement'', and was awarded the G. P. Oikonomos prize of the Academy of Athens. She worked as a researcher in international research projects (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Cyprus Institute) and as a Contract Archaeologist at the Acropolis Restoration Service (Ministry of Culture). Her fieldwork experience has largely been gained at the excavations of the Iron Age sites at Xombourgo (Tenos, Cyclades) and Skala Oropou (Attica).
Her research interests focus on the Early Iron Age Archaeology of the Aegean and the Mediterranean (1100-600 BC). Specialized on pottery analysis, iconography and the application of advanced methods on the study of ancient ceramics, she has also published on burial customs and cultural interactions in the Aegean. She is currently the main researcher and convener of the European Funded research project entitled: ‘The Geometric Pottery from Marathon in Context: Pottery Production, Gender Differentiation and Social Status in Iron Age Attica’, in collaboration with the Université libre de Bruxelles (CReA-Patrimoine) and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is also responsible for the study and publication of the large corpus of ceramic material from the earlier phases of the sanctuary of Apollo Hyakinthos at Amyklai (Sparta) and member of the Amykles Research Project.
Within the project “Beyond the polis”, Dr Vlachou undertakes research on the collective rituals performed during the early phases of the sanctuary of Apollo at Amyklai through the study of the important pottery material yielded for the EIA periods.

Selected publications

- Forthcoming: V. Vlachou, Anaskafes Skalas Oropou. The Geometric Pottery, Athens, The Archaeological Society at Athens.
- In press: V. Vlachou, ‘The Iron Age Pottery from the Sanctuary of Apollo at Amyklai ( Sparta)’, in S. Vlizos (ed.), Amykles Research Project: Works 2005-2010, Archaeological Workshop, Athens 26th May 2011, Benaki Museum, Musée Benaki 10.
- 2012: V. Vlachou, ThesCRA (Thesaurus Cultus et Rituum Antiquorum), Tome VIII Addendum tome VI: 1.e. Death and Burial, 363-384, pl. 39-40.
- 2012: V. Vlachou, “Aspects of hunting in early Greece and Cyprus: a re-examination of the ‘comb motif’, in M. Iacovou (ed.), Cyprus and the Aegean in the Early Iron Age. The legacy of Nicolas Coldstream, Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicosia, 345-370.
- 2011: V. Vlachou, “A Group of Geometric Vases from Marathon: Attic Style and Local Originality”, in The Dark Ages Revisited, an International Conference in Memory of William D. E. Coulson, University of Thessaly 14-17 June 2007, A. Mazarakis Ainian (ed.), Volos, 809-829.
- 2011: V. Vlachou,  “Households and Workshops at Early Iron Age Oropos: A Quantitative Approach of the Fine, Wheel-made Pottery”, in Early Iron Age Pottery. A Quantitative Approach, Round Table organized by the Swiss School of Archaeology in Greece, Athens, November 28-30, 2008, Athens, 89-96.
- 2007: V. Vlachou , “Oropos: the Infant and Child Inhumations from the Settlement (late 8th - early 7th centuries BC)”, in A. Mazarakis Ainian (ed.), Oropos and Euboea in the Early Iron Age, Acts of an International Round Table, University of Thessaly June 18-20, 2004, University of Thessaly, Volos, 213-240.