Meet the Team

Yannis and Efi Sakellarakis

Yannis and Efi Sakellarakis

Apart from director Efi Sapouna-Sakellarakis, a multidisciplinary team consisting of archaeologists, architects, petrographers, archaeobotanists, zooarchaeologists, conservators, and other specialists, is studying not only the archaeology of Zominthos, but also the environmental (flora and fauna) and geographical history of the area.

Directors

Professor Yannis Sakellarakis (1936–2010) was born in Athens. He studied at the University of Athens and read for a PhD at Heidelberg University. He was an instructor at the universities of Athens, Heidelberg, and Hamburg. He gave lectures and presented papers in symposiums and conferences around the world, including Oslo and Petra, Tokyo, New York, Oxford, London, Princeton, and Harvard. He was published widely in Greek and foreign scientific magazines, including ARCHAEOLOGY in 1967 (pp. 276–281). He was director of the Archaeological Museum of Iraklion, Crete, and the second director of the National Archaeological Museum at Athens. Also, he was a member of the Archaeological Society at Athens, the Deutsches Archäogisches Institut, and the Society of Antiquaries of London.

He excavated at Archanes, the Idaean Cave, and Kithira, and in recent years had been systematically excavating, along with his wife, Dr. Efi Sapouna-Sakellarakis, the archaeological site of Zominthos. He received awards from the Academy of Athens, the Technological Education Institute of Crete, and the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation. Also, he was honored with the Gold Medal of the University of Crete and the Gold Cross of the Order of Honor of the Greek Republic.

Dr. Efi Sapouna-Sakellarakis was born in Piraeus and grew up in Athens. She graduated from the faculty of Philosophy at the University of Athens and she read for her PhD in the same department. She also graduated from the School of Industrial Studies (University of Piraeus). She continued her studies with postgraduate degrees in London and Heidelberg. As a scholar of the Deutsches Archäogisches Institut, she wrote two books.

She worked as a curator at the museums of Nafplion, the Acropolis, Olympia, and Iraklion (Crete), and for many years she was an executive of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens for the excavations in the ancient Agora and specifically the Stoa of Attalos. She also worked in the archives department of the Ministry of Culture and for the ephorate of underwater archaeology. She took part in many excavations in ancient Olympia, Kerkyra, the Acropolis, Knossos, Zakros, etc. Along with Professor Yannis Sakellarakis, she directed the excavations at Archanes for which they got the freedom of the city and were awarded by the Academy of Athens. Since 1984, she has been a curator in Euboea, running and publishing the results of numerous excavations on the island, as well as in Skyros and east Boeotia.

03The design, organization, and creation of museum exhibitions are among her main interests (Chalkida, Eretria, Skyros, Karystos, Collection of Potamia Kymis, Aedipsos, Archanes, and Zominthos), along with the production of educational programs, guides, and newsletters. She collaborated on many publications, including the History of Greek Ethnos, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Britannica, Encyclopedia Italiana, and Soviet Encyclopedia, where she wrote all the entries for the prehistoric period. She has also collaborated with French Television as a costumier for a film about Troy (Pathé Cinema).

Efi Sapouna-Sakellarakis is a member of the Archaeological Society at Athens, the Panhellenic Numismatic Society, the German Archaeological Institute at Berlin, and a lifelong member of Psycha Foundation that finances numerous excavations. She has also taken part in numerous world symposiums and congresses, and has traveled around the world with her husband, invited by the Soviet Academy of Sciences in Moscow and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and as delegates from the Council of Europe to Japan, the Near East, Scandinavia, and many universities in Europe and the U.S.

She has written more than 150 books and articles related to the Minoans, Mycenaeans, and Cycladic culture. In recent years, she has been occupied with the publication of scientific reports for Euboea since the Palaeolithic period, the Early Helladic Manika, and Hellenistic Amarynthos. She now works along with Professor Yannis Sakellarakis on forthcoming publications about the Idaean Cave and Zominthos.

Members of the Team

Angeliki Alygizaki was born and grew up in Chania, Crete. She studied History and Archaeology at the University of Crete and she currently continues her studies as a postgraduate student of Byzantine Archaeology and History of Byzantine Art. She has participated in the University of Crete excavations at Gavdos island and Eleftherna and in the field surveys of Miamou and Porti in the Messara region. She worked as an intern at the Institute of Mediterranean Studies within the program ” Recapturing the Dynamics of the Early Byzantine Settlements in Crete “.

Giannis Androulidakis was born in Athens on September of 1974. He studied Graphic Arts. He has worked as a draughtsman for the Ministry of Culture from 1996 until 2009 in the regions of Rethymno and Chania. He has participated in Vrysinas excavation (2004-2005). He has been a member of the Zominthos excavation team since 2011. He is also a freelancer photojournalist and websites correspondent.

Eleni Christaki

Eleni Christaki was born in Heraklio, Crete. She graduated from the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Athens and she has a master degree in modern Geotechnologies and Archaeology from the University of Siena in Italy. Within the framework of the postgraduate programme she had a practical training in the Laboratory of Geophysical – Satellite Remote Sensing & Archaeo-environment at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies (I.M.S-F.O.R.T.H.). She has worked as an archaeologist under fixed term contracts for The Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Crete and Eubea. She has participated in Surveys conducted by the American School of Classical Studies and the British School at Athens in Crete. Also, she has worked at the Benaki Museum and at the Municipal Art Gallery and Museums Directorate of the Athens City Hall. She has been a member of the Zominthos excavation since 2011.

Periklis Chrysafakoglou was born in Thessaloniki in 1991. He graduated from the Department of History and Ethnology at the Democritus University of Thrace with specialization in Ethology in 2014. In 2015 he was accepted by the postgraduate program of Prehistoric archaeology of the Department of History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Subject of his postgraduate thesis is “The use of the Geographical Information System (GIS) in Neolithic Thessaly: the case of Sesklo”. From the second year of his postgraduate studies he participated in several excavations and surveys in Macedonia, Thrace, Karpathos Island and in an excavation at Morava Valley in Serbia.

Georgios Panagiotis Georgakopoulos was born in Athens in 1987 and grew up in Kalamata. He studied History and Archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has participates in several excavations, including Kalamakia, Melitzia in Lakonia and Messini, as well as pottery recording in Zakros and survey in Lakonia. He has finished his postgraduate studies of prehistoric archaeology at the same university, mainly interested in the Aegean Late Bronze Age, and especially in the pottery and domestic architecture of the Neopalatial period.

Yannis Georgiou was born in Patras in 1970. In 1993 he graduated from the department of Archaeology and History of Art at the University of Athens with a First Class result. From 1994 to 1999 he studied classical archaeology, the archaeology of the Ancient Near East, and Egyptology at Heidelberg University with a DAAD postgraduate scholarship. He is now undertaking his doctorate at the Institute of Classical Archaeology of Heidelberg University, studying the pithos burials of the Minoan cemetery at Phourni, Archanes. He has been a member of the Zominthos excavation since 1989.

Yiorgos Kalomoiris was born in Anogeia of Crete. He graduated from the Department of History & Archeology at the University of Crete. He continued his studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and at the Open Hellenic University, in the department of Management of Cultural Organization (MSc). He has been a member of the Zominthos excavation team since 2008. His previous experience was in Museology. Specifically he had made his university’s practice for one semester on Museums of Athens in 2012. He is also Curator and Founder of TEDxAnogeia and participates as a co-builder to the World Human Forum in Delphi.

Dimitris Kokkinakos was born in Sparta in 1990. He graduated from the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Crete. His postgraduate studies are currently on “Ancient Mediterranean World: History and Archaeology” at the same department. He has participated in survey projects at the islands Meganisi (Director N. Galanidou) and Dia (Director K. Kopaka) and in excavations at Dispilio (Director G. Chourmouziadis) and Gavdos (Director K. Kopaka). He has also worked as an archaeologist under fixed term contract for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism at Florina. He has been a member of the Zominthos scientific team since 2014.

Agapi Ladianou was born in Rethymno, Crete. She is a graduate of the Greek Institute of Educational Training in the field of Computer Aided Design. From 2000 until today she has worked as illustrator (with fixed term contracts) in projects of monument restoration for the Euphorate of Antiquities of Iraklio, Crete. She has also worked as archaeological illustrator for several excavations, such as the Byzantine City of Amorium (Turkey), the City of Ancient Eleftherna, the Minoan Peak Sanctuary of Vrysinas and the mesolithic site of Damnoni (Rethymno, Crete). In 2017 she became a member of the Zominthos excavation team.

George Lilis was born and grew up in Heraklion, Crete. He graduated from the University of Crete in March 2013 and currently continues his postgraduate studies in “Ancient Mediterranean World: History and Archaeology”, in the direction of Prehistoric archaeology, with emphasis on the study of the societies in Prehistoric Aegean and their relations to Mediterranean civilizations. He has taken part in several excavations, including ancient Eleutherna III (director N. Stampolidis), Gavdos (K. Kopaka), Mytilene – Lisvori (N. Galanidou). He has also worked as an archaeologist under fixed term contracts for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism at Crete (Heraklion) and Florina (Amyntaio).

Myros Nikakis was born in Agios Nikolaos, Crete. He graduated from the University of Tuscia in Italy with a major in the conservation of antiquities, obtaining a First Class result. He delved into the restoration of archaeological sites at Crete, examining artifacts at Festos and Symi (Il Restauro Archeologico a Creta: I Casi di Festos e Symi). He worked at the Museo de Ceramico at Viterbo in Italy, the Sanctuary of Hermes and Aphrodite in Symi, the settlement at Çeşme-Bağlararası in Turkey, the palace of Zakros on Crete, and in Karpathos. He is now working in Zominthos, Crete.

Yiannos Petrou was born in Limassol, Cyprus, in 1987. He graduated from the department of History and Archeology at the University of Athens. He is currently a postgraduate student of prehistoric archaeology at the same university. He has participates in several excavations, including ancient Alassarna in Kos, Amygdalia hill in Patra, West hills (Filopappou, Pnyka) area in Athens.

Michalis Sgourakis was born in Athens in 1989. He graduated from the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Crete. His postgraduate studies are on Management of Culture at Open University of Greece. He worked at the Archaeological Authority of Korinthos in several rescue excavations.

Konstantinos Stefanakos was born in Agioi Anargiroi of Athens. He graduated from University of Crete in July 2012 and continues his post graduation studies in University of Crete in Ancient Mediterranean World: History and Archaeology. He has participated in excavations dated in prehistorical ages at Meganisi Leukada (survey and excavation project) and at Vrysina Rethymno (excavation project).

John Theodosiou was born in Halkida in 1978. In 2001 he graduated from Techological Education Institute of Piraeus (T.E.I. Pireaus) department of Civil Engineering. From 1999 to 2004 he works as a civil engineer in a technical company ‘’Stadia o.e.’’. From 2004 to 2013 he works as a civil engineer and as a designer in Ministry of Culture and Sports [ IA E.P.K.A (Halkis and Eretria) and I E.P.K.A (Delphi)]. From 2013 to 2014 he works with Swiss School of Archaeology in Eretria. In 2014 he is a member of Zominthos excavation as a designer.

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