Aggeliki Kottaridi

Born in Thessaloniki, she has studied Archaeology and History of Art at the Philosophical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where she has graduated from with a distinction. Having received a scholarship by the German state, she has continued her studies in Classical, Prehistoric and Medieval Archaeology, History of Art, Ancient and Medieval Literature, Ethnology and Theatrology at the University of Cologne, where she has earned her PhD. She has worked for several years as an assistant of Manolis Andronikos at the excavation of Vergina, and in 1991, as the first successful candidate of the examination of the Archaeological Service held in 1989, she joined the staff of the Greek Ministry of Culture, in the 17th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, initially as a curator of antiquities in the Aigai archaeological site and Museum in the south Imathia area and then as a Head of the Department of Museums, Exhibitions and Educational Programmes.

Since 2010 she is the Director of the 17th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities (prefectures of Imathia and Pella) and since 2011 of the 11th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities. She is also the Director of four museums (Aigai, Pella, Archaeological and Byzantine of Veroia) and at the same time responsible for the implementation of seventeen (17) projects financed by the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) with a total budget of 32 million Euros, executed through direct labour at the archaeological sites, the museums and the monuments of Aigai, Pella, Veroia, Naoussa, Edessa, Servia and Siatista.

Principally a field archaeologist, she has produced many important research projects comprising excavations, as well as surface surveys, and also systematic studies, documentation and composite publications. Centered around Aigai, where she has been excavating for thirty-five (35) uninterrupted years the city, the necropolis and the wider area, her research work has extended to include the Pieria mountains, where she has located, among other findings, the very ancient Macedonian city of Levei, and the Vermion mountain, where she has excavated several hectares in the context of the construction of the Egnatia Motorway, but also abroad, in Germany, where she has worked in the excavation of a medieval fortress, and recently in Kuwait, where she directs the Greek archaeological mission at the Hellenistic fortress on Failaka island.

In parallel with the excavations and the scientific research, another important aspect of her activity is the protection, but also the socialisation of the monuments and the connection of modern man to the heritage of the Past, focusing on highlighting archaeological sites and monuments and organising permanent and periodical exhibitions. Since 1993 she has participated in the organisation of many exhibitions in Greece and abroad (Montreal, Athens, Hannover, Rome, Delhi, New York, Oxford, Paris etc.), among which the most prominent is the exhibition “From Herakles to Alexander the Great. Treasures from the royal capital of Macedon, a Hellenic Kingdom in the age of Democracy”, organised at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford in 2011.

Aiming at activating and upgrading the network of museums and monuments of Imathia and Pella, she has drawn up the plans and, by setting out the museographic specifications, she has achieved the performance of designs for the periodical exhibition “Macedonian Treasures”, which will take place at the museum of Pella in Autumn 2013, the diachronic exhibition “Memory of the people of Edessa” at the Yeni Mosque (Yeni Tzami) of the city of Edessa, the exhibition of social artefacts at the Dobra monastery, the semi-outdoor sculpture exhibition “Faces of the city” at the archaeological museum of Veroia, but also the “Virtual Tour Network in the Ancient Kingdom of the Macedonians”, a very important promotion project, executed in the framework of the NSRF.

As a responsible for the excavations and all the maintenance and upgrading works in the Aigai site since 1991, she has drawn up the proposal with which the site was included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list in 1996, she has planned and organised the exhibitions of the treasures at the protective building of the Royal Tombs in Vergina (1st phase 1997, 2nd phase 2003), in collaboration with painter Ch. Bokoros she carried out the reshaping of the gold and ivory beds of the tomb of Phillip II (1997), she was responsible for the initiation of the works regarding the documentation, maintenance, reconstruction and highlighting of the palace of Aigai, which started in 2007 and continue uninterruptedly in the context of the European co-funded programmes, organising the various work teams, supervising the project at all levels, but also studying and writing publications about this unique building, which is one of the most important ones of the classical antiquity.

In 2009-10, she drawn up the Master Plan for the unification, protection and highlighting of the entire archaeological site of Aigai, setting out the basic principles for the “multi-centric Museum of Aigai”, an original and versatile network of museums consisting of clusters of monuments, archaeological parks, museum exhibition and spaces used for the education, the entertainment and the service of visitors, spreading over the entire archaeological site, as well as the “museological” programme of the online museum “Alexander the Great, from Aigai to the Ecumene”, a very ambitious digital project executed in the context of the NSRF, which aims at highlighting not only the importance of Alexander the Great himself, but also of the vast Hellenistic world and of its heritage, which is still connected to the present.

Except from her thesis dissertation on the topic of witches in ancient Greek mythology, she has published five books and 122 scientific articles, studies and presentations with subjects relative to the research and the excavation in Aigai and the land of Macedon, the burial customs, the art and the culture of the Macedonians, ancient painting, architecture, Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic world, magic, myths, religion and women in antiquity, as well as the problem of the connection of archaeology with society and the importance of approaching the ancient world philosophy today.

From 1993 to 2003 she taught classical archaeology at the GTO School for Tour Guides. A Visiting fellow at the Oxford New College, she has taught at the postgraduate seminar of archaeology at the Universities of Oxford and of Salerno and at the museology seminar of the University of Athens. She has contributed in 83 scientific conferences and has given tens of lectures in Greece and abroad (Alexandria, Cairo, Kuwait, Antakya, Istanbul, Rome, Naples, Milan, Zurich, Bern, Basil, Fribourg, Munich, Heidelberg, Cologne, Mannheim, Berlin, Paris, London, New York etc.). She has written articles in archaeological special issues of the Kathimerini and Vima newspapers, she has given interviews in newspapers, magazines, and TV shows, while she has participated as a consultant in international TV shows, and as a scientific consultant in international TV productions and educational documentaries on channels such as ΒΒC, ZDF, ARD, RAI, ΕΤ3, ΕΤ1, ARTE etc.

Since 2006 she is constantly a regular member of the Museums and Museum Policy Board of the Ministry of Culture, while from 2005 to 2011 she was Vice-President and General Secretary of the Association of Greek Archaeologists. She speaks Ancient Greek, Latin, German, English, French and a little Italian. In 2008, she was awarded the Golden Cross of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of the Greek Democracy for her scientific work.

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