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Dr Maria Stamatopoulou

Dr Maria Stamatopoulou

Tutorial Fellow in Classical Archaeology and Art, Fellow Librarian

I am an Athenian and received my undergraduate education in the University of Athens, Greece. I completed my graduate studies at Oxford (Somerville College: MSt, DPhil-1999) initially as a scholar of the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) and subsequently as the Mary Somerville Junior Research Fellow (1997-2000). I then held various post-doctoral grants and scholarships by the British Academy (British Academy Reckitt Travelling Fellowship 2000-2001) and the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY, 2001-2).

I first came to Lincoln as an Early Career Fellow in 2002 and since 2006 I have been an Associate Professor in Classical Archaeology and Tutorial Fellow in College, responsible for organising teaching in College for the B.A. in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.


At undergraduate level I teach a wide range of options in Greek archaeology, focusing on the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods. I also lecture for the University (Faculty of Classics) on the same topics.

I supervise graduate students for the Masters in Classical archaeology (teaching: ancient Macedonia, Greek funerary archaeology, Archaeology of Athens and Attica, Greek Painting and Mosaics, Archaeology of Greek Women, and the Archaic to Hellenistic period papers) and DPhil students in a variety of topics (Current and recent students’ topics were on: fortifications in the Argolid, Macedonian urbanism, terracottas of Demetrias, Hellenistic gilded wreaths, and constructions of childhood in archaic Thessaly).


My research interests are in Greek archaeology from roughly the Archaic to the Late Hellenistic Periods (7th-1st centuries BC), with particular emphasis on central and northern Greece (Thessaly and Macedonia). My doctoral dissertation on Thessaly discussed the funerary archaeology of the region in the Classical and Hellenistic periods. My interest in Thessaly has since expanded to include research on its urban development, sanctuaries, athletics, interactions with Macedonia and the rest of the Greek world, and art (iconography of painted tombstones of Demetrias, funerary architecture, painted pottery, terracottas, and jewellery).

My major research project focuses on the publication of key early 20th century excavations in Thessaly, conducted by the Archaeological Society of Athens. Collaborating closely with colleagues in the Departments of Antiquities of Thessaly, the National Archaeological Museum in Athens and research institutions in Greece (Archaeological Society of Athens, Greek Epigraphic Society) I have been able to re-discover both archival material relevant to these investigations and the findings themselves (many thought to have been lost). The sites I am focusing on are: (a) ancient Demetrias (modern Volos), a major port in the Hellenistic period and a military stronghold for the Macedonian kings and a major commercial centre; (b) Pharsalos, a more typical Thessalian city governed by an extreme oligarchy, with power in the hands of the landowning elite; (c) the sanctuary of Athena on Phthiotic Thebes, on the eastern coastal Thessaly; and (d) the late Hellenistic cemetery at Metropolis in western Thessaly.

I also actively involved in fieldwork projects in Greece, collaborating in the excavations on Tenos (Sanctuary of Poseidon) and Amphitrite at Kionia, and Kastro Velikas, in Thessaly.


Recent peer-reviewed articles and book chapters:

‘Demetrias: The Archaeology of a Cosmopolitan Macedonian Harbour’, in M. Kalaitzi, P. Paschidis, C. Antonetti and A.-M. Guimier-Sorbets (eds), Βορειοελλαδικ?. Tales from the lands of the ethne. Essays in honour of Miltiades B. Hatzopoulos / Histoires du monde des ethné. Études en l’honneur de Miltiade B. Hatzopoulos (Μελετ?ματα 78: Athens 2018) 343-376

‘From Alcestis to Archidike: Thessalian Attitudes to Death and the Afterlife’, in G. Ekroth and I. Nilsson (eds), Round Trips to Hades in the Eastern Mediterranean Tradition. Visits to the Underworld from Antiquity to Byzantium  (Leiden/Boston; Brill,  2018), 124-162

‘The ‘banquet’ motif on the funerary stelai from Demetrias’, in C.M. Draycott and M. Stamatopoulou (eds), Dining & Death. Interdisciplinary perspectives on the 'Funerary Banquet' in ancient art, burial and belief. (Louvain 2016) 405-479

‘Forging a Link with the Past. The Evidence from Thessalian Cemeteries in the Archaic and Classical Periods’, in O. Henry and U. Kemp (eds.), Tumulus as Sema: Space, Politics, Culture and Religion in the First Millennium BC. Proceedings of the International Symposium Tumuli Istanbul, Istanbul 1-3 June 2009 (De Gruyter: Topoi. Berlin Studies of the Ancient World 27, 2016) 181-204

‘The Pasikrata Sanctuary at Demetrias and the alleged funerary sanctuaries of Thessaly: a re-appraisal’, KERNOS 27 (2014) 207-255

‘The Grave periboloi of Pharsalos’ [in Greek], in K. Sporn (ed.), Griechische Grabbezirke klassischer Zeit. Normen und Regionalismen. Internationales Kolloquium am Deutschen Archäologischen Institut, Abteilung Athen, 20.-21. November 2009. Athenaia 6, (Munich 2013), 83-94 – with S. Katakouta

Edited books

Dining & Death: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the ‘Funerary Banquet’ in Ancient Art, Burial and Belief (Louvain 2016: Peeters) – with C. Draycott

Architecture and Archaeology in the Cyclades. Papers in Honour of J.J. Coulton (Oxford 2005) –with M. Yeroulanou

Excavating Classical Culture: Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Greece (Oxford 2002) –with M. Yeroulanou

Current projects:

Μaκαιρα Θεσσαλiα: The Archaeology of Archaic Thessaly – monograph discussing Thessaly from c. 700-450 BC (literary sources, epigraphic and archaeological evidence)

Cults and sanctuaries in Ancient Thessaly– Edited volume (with Catherine Morgan Morgan) – a collection of papers discussing the cultic landscape of ancient Thessaly (Archaeopress)

Redifining Ancient Epirus  - Edited volume (together with Milena Melfi) that is a collection of essays on ancient Epirus, some stemming from our work on the “Beyond the Borders” Project to be published in December 2019 by Brepols in the series Borders, Boundaries, Landscapes

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