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Miss Evanthia (Evita) Kalogiropoulou 

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Evita Kalogiropoulou
Position:PhD Student

Academic History

In 2003 I completed my undergraduate degree in Archaeology and History of Art, at the University of Crete in Greece.
I completed my MA studies in 2008 at the same University and in the meantime I have been working on several projects as a researcher and field archaeologist.
The title of my MA dissertation is: Island Archaeology in Aegean Neolithic. Approaches of natural and domestic space in Cyclades and Northern Sporades islands, Greece.
In October 2008 I began my doctoral research, supervised by Prof. Alasdair Whittle.

Research Interests

  • Neolithic Balkans and Greece, and the Mesolithic past
  • Architecture and materiality, architectural theory
  • Settlement, dwelling and mobility
  • Archaeology and anthropology of house and household
  • Prehistoric daily life and practices
  • Archaeology and anthropology of fire
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Gender archaeology and identities
  • History of archaeology and politics

PhD Research

Working title: Hearths, ovens and kilns as media of spatial and social organization: Case studies from Neolithic settlements in Northern Greece (Avgi and Dispilio).

My Ph.D. research is focused on matters of Neolithic architecture, house and household, as well as on social and daily practices in Neolithic Greece. I am challenging the understanding of community structures, social groups and identities, taking thermal structures as focal points of a range of daily activities and as marks of socialization, ideological and symbolic “nests”. Thermal structures appear as constant elements in archaeological investigation; they were maintained and repeated like houses. They were used by distinctive groups of people inside or outside houses or in a common open area of settlements. Specifically, through the study of their morphology and the research of the contextual material remains, I will study the areas of activities and daily practices in Neolithic Greek communities. Furthermore, it is my belief that apart from geomorphologic and economic reasons which contributed to the choice of habitation space, other factors must have influenced decision-making. These might be inter-site factors, such as social formations, as well as ideological and symbolic agencies. I hope that the examination of thermal installations will contribute in this respect. My case studies are the Neolithic sites of Avgi and Dispilio, both located in Northwestern Greece.

First Supervisor: Prof. Alasdair Whittle
Second supervisor: Prof. James Whitley

Excavations and research projects

  • Since 2005 I have actively participated as a scientific co-operator, in fieldwork and laboratory studies, at the Neolithic site of Avgi Kastoria, North Greece.
  • In the summer of 2008 I became a scientific co-operator in the research team at the Neolithic site of Dispilio Kastoria, North Greece.
  • I have taken part in several other Neolithic projects in Greece (Drakaina cave in Kefalonia; Katsabas site in Crete), as well as in Palaeolithic projects (Kalamakia and Lakonis I both in Mani county).
  • I took part in the survey projects on Gavdos island, at the Bronze Age site of Akrotiri on Thera and the Ellinistic Eleutherna project on Crete.

During 2005 I worked on the research project “Gender in Social Sciences”, conducted by the University of Crete in Greece, where I had the opportunity to assist in the organisation of two conferences:
Symposium, Engendering Prehistoric ‘Stratigraphies’ in Aegean and Mediterranean, Rethymno 2-5/6/2005, directed by Prof. K. Kopaka;
and International Conference, Gendering Transformations, Rethymno 12-15/5/2005, directed by Prof. G. Papageorgiou.