HITSIOU, Elissavet


Elissavet (Elli) Hitsiou studied archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and received her PhD from the Department of Archaeology, the University of Sheffield, England, working on Neolithic pottery from northern Greece. At a post-doctoral level, she was awarded the Geoarchaeology Fellowship (2005-2006) and the Malcolm H. Wiener Visiting Research Professorship (2006-2007) of the Wiener Laboratory, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece. Elli conducted integrated ceramic analysis on Late Classical (end of 5th – early 4th c. BC) Greek transport amphoras from sites in central Macedonia and the Alonessos shipwreck. Investigation of the production technology, provenance and the patterns of trade of the ceramic containers were the primary aims of her research. She later went on to work as Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2008-2011), where she taught courses on Greek Archaeology, Prehistoric Aegean material culture, ceramic technology and ancient materials’ science, as well as the Research Master’s on prehistoric pottery production, circulation and consumption in the Aegean. As a field archaeologist, Elli gained extensive experience (excavation and post-excavation ceramic analysis) through her participation in the Vergina, Dion, Toumba excavations (under the auspices of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). She has also worked as an archaeologist for the Greek Archaeological Service and as a pottery expert in several research projects (e.g. in Mycenae, the Peloponnese, and, in Avgi, western Macedonia). She recently published her first monograph on the production technology and long-distance exchange of the Late Neolithic pottery from Makrygialos, in northern Greece (Hitsiou 2017, BAR Intern. Series 2843).  Social and economic archaeology, pottery technology and the role of its materiality in the interpretation of relations of production, patterns of trade, and, the mobilities of objects, ideas and people are among her main research interests.