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Minoan Realities

Diamantis Panagiotopoulos
Ute Günkel-Maschek


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1Clairy Palyvou is Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where she teaches History of Architecture, Restoration and Site Management both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Apart from her involvement in projects on restoration and site management of several archaeological sites, she is engaged in the study of the art and architecture of the Aegean and Near Eastern Mediterranean. She participates in the study of wall paintings at Tell el Dab’a, Egypt, and, since 2007, in a research project on ‘Island cultures in a diachronic perspective: the case of Therasia’, which is run in collaboration with Iris Tzachili under the auspices of the Universities of Thessaloniki and Crete, and the Ministry of Culture.

2After a doctoral thesis focusing on the spatial syntax of Neopalatial architecture, Quentin Letesson became a BAEF fellow/research associate at Bryn Mawr College, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Aegean Material Culture Laboratory of the University of Toronto. He is now chargé de recherches FRS-F. N. R. S. at the Université Catholique de Louvain and a member of the AEGIS research group where his research mostly focuses on a diachronic study of Minoan architectural configuration. He is also involved in the excavation and publication of different Minoan sites: Sissi, Palaikastro, and Myrtos-Pyrgos.

3Diamantis Panagiotopoulos obtained his PhD from the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg. He was postdoctoral researcher at the Universities of Heidelberg, Oxford and Salzburg (1998–2001), before being appointed Professor at the Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Heidelberg (2003). His research interests include the social structures of the Aegean civilizations, Aegean imagery, the interconnections between the Aegean and the Near East in the second millennium BC, and ancient sealing practices. He has co-directed the Zominthos excavations from 2005 to 2007. He is currently leading the interdisciplinary research programme on Minoan Koumasa, aiming at the systematic exploration of the site and its landscape.

4Fritz Blakolmer is Associate Professor at the Institute of Classical Archaeology at the University of Vienna, where he teaches Minoan and Mycenaean Archaeology. His main research interests are the arts of the Aegean Bronze Age, religion and ritual iconography in the Aegean, the history of research and modern artistic reception, colour and its significance in antiquity, and tomb forms in Classical Lycia. He has published widely on all these topics.

5Ute Günkel-Maschek studied Classical Archaeology, Pre-and Protohistory, and Ancient History at Vienna, where she obtained her master degree by writing her thesis on the iconography and spatial distribution of the wall paintings of building Xesté 3, Akrotiri. She has completed her doctoral thesis at the University of Heidelberg as a member of the graduate academy “Spaces, Images, Ways of Life in Ancient Civilizations”. Her research interests lie in the study of Minoan and Mycenaean imagery and visual culture as expressions and factors of social and cultural realities, and in the 3D visualization of the circumstances of the images’ perception and consumption. She participated in excavations and field surveys in Crete and mainland Greece, Italy and Austria.

6Jan Driessen obtained his PhD from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Leuven. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Ecole française d’Athènes (1989–1993) and the University of Leuven (1993–1999) before being appointed Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology at the Université Catholique de Louvain where he directs the research group AEGIS (Aegean Interdisciplinary Studies). He is also director of the Belgian School at Athens. He has excavated at Knossos, Palaikastro, Malia, Myrtos and Maroni and now directs the Belgian excavations at Sissi (

7Maud Devolder obtained her BA in Archaeology and History of Art at UCLouvain and her MA in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology at KULeuven. She did her PhD at UCLouvain under the supervision of Prof. Jan Driessen on Minoan Neopalatial society. She is now Post-doctoral Researcher of the FRS-F. N. R. S. (Belgium) and Belgian Member of the French School at Athens. She is involved in several projects in Crete, at Sissi, Malia (Magasins Dessenne), Palaikastro (Building 5), and worked in Myrtos-Pyrgos (architectural study) in Crete and Thorikos in mainland Greece. She is notably interested in new methodological approaches to ancient architecture which consider the factors at play in the production of the built environment.

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