The personnel at the INSTAP Study Center for East Crete are committed to the collection and preservation of all available archaeological material and the study and publication of archaeological objects and sites.
The Publication Team at the Study Center provides technical archaeological services to projects that have completed the excavation process and are preparing material for publication. The team includes: an artist for architecture, pottery, and small finds; conservators; a photographer; a petrographer; a ground penetrating radar (GPR) specialist; and a faunal specialist.
Thomas M. Brogan
Dr. Thomas Brogan received his undergraduate degree in Classical Civilization at Wabash College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College. He has been an active member of several excavations in East Crete during the past 30 years, beginning with Mochlos where he has been the assistant director since 1992. His publications include Mochlos IB: The Neopalatial Pottery with Dr. Kellee Barnard, the Late Minoan III architecture at Mochlos in Mochlos IIA with Prof. Jeffrey Soles, and the Late Minoan III settlement patterns at Mochlos in Mochlos IIC with Prof. R. Angus K. Smith. In 2007 Brogan and Erik Hallager organized a workshop, which was published as LM IB Pottery: Relative Chronology and Regional Differences by the Danish Institute at Athens in 2011. His current research at Mochlos focuses on a Late Minoan I perfume workshop in House C.7 and the Early Minoan I–II ceramics from the west side of the islet of Mochlos.
Since 2007 Brogan has also participated in several excavations directed by members of the Lasithi Ephorate of Antiquities at Papadiokampos, Mesorachi, Pacheia Ammos, Bramiana, and Chryssi. Material from these sites is shedding new light on the economy and nature of settlement in the period before the first Minoan palaces appeared on Crete as well as on the production of perfume, purple dye, textiles, and metal goods in the second phase of the palaces. The most recent publication presents a unique deposit found in Pacheia Ammos, only 250 m north of the INSTAP Study Center for East Crete (The Alatzomouri Rock Shelter: an Early Minoan III Deposit in Eastern Crete, V. Aposotolakou, P.P. Betancourt and T.M. Brogan, eds.)
Since 2014 Brogan has also worked closely with Dr. Stephania Chlouveraki to raise awareness and funding for the conservation of earth and rubble architecture at sites in Greece. Through these efforts, 11 projects have received vital support from the J.M. Kaplan Fund and the Global Heritage Fund for the use of master planning in the design and execution of heritage programs.
Dr. Stephania Chlouveraki earned her degree in Conservation of Archaeological Material from the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Athens and completed her Ph.D. on the Archaeology and Deterioration of Minoan Gypsum Rocks at the Institute of Archaeology–University College London. She currently supervises site conservation projects for the Study Center. She is a member of the Board of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM) since 2008 and the Vice President since 2014. Since 1993 Chlouveraki has been involved in a number of mosaic and building conservation and training projects in Jordan, Syria, and Oman. In 2014 she joined the Conservation Department at TEI of Athens (now the University of West Attica) as a lecturer.
Douglas Faulmann received his M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1994. His interest in ancient history motivated him to attend classes in archaeology as an undergraduate, and this led to an opportunity to work on the archaeological excavation at Mochlos, co-directed by Professor Jeffrey Soles, in the summer of 1990. There he worked as the architect and illustrator for the following eight years. He joined the staff of the Study Center in 1998, and he remains a member of the Mochlos Excavation Project. Doug is also a member of the INSTAP Publication Team; this work takes him to many sites and museums around Crete, on the mainland of Greece, and in other countries, such as Turkey where Bronze Age material is being studied. His interests include: investigating and continuing the use of traditional techniques, including watercolor, to illustrate ancient artifacts; architectural reconstruction of ancient buildings and monuments; and studying and utilizing the latest digital technologies to assist in the illustration of archaeological remains.
Kathy Hall manages the William D.E. Coulson Conservation Laboratory and is a member of the INSTAP Publication Team. She graduated from Cardiff University in 1992 with a B.Sc. in Archaeological Conservation. She has worked for many excavations in Greece (particularly Crete) and several more in the U.K., Kenya, and Turkey where she worked for four years at the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. Her particular interests include investigative conservation of all types of excavated material, including finds from underwater excavations, the treatment of metallic artifacts, and storage issues for archaeological collections. She has considerable experience x-raying archaeological artifacts, and she is responsible for the Bruker Tracer 5i Handheld XRF instrument.
Eleanor J. Huffman
Eleanor discovered Crete while participating in the excavations at Mochlos in 1991. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1993 with a B.A. in Classical Studies and English Language and Literature and moved to the island in 1994.
As the business administrator for the Study Center, Eleanor primarily manages accounts, employment, and the physical plant. In addition, she conducts tours of the building for school groups, creates and maintains site signs, and assists with various translations of museum display labels for the local branch of the Ministry of Culture. For the school tours she designed an activity-based program for various age groups, which emphasizes the archaeological process in the field, labs, and library; for example, students learn to find joining pieces of broken pottery for conservation and practice drawing objects.
She is also concerned about the conservation of resources and is leading our efforts to create an environmentally respectful workplace. We have an active water recycling program, but we would like to do more with water conservation in this drought-prone area. We now recycle most of the glass, paper, plastic, metal, light bulbs, printer cartridges, and batteries consumed at the facility, and we compost to reduce the total volume of disposable trash.
Dr. Dimitra Mylona is the Faunal Specialist for the Study Center and a member of the Publication Team. She studied Archaeology at the University of Crete and earned her M.Sc. in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy at Sheffield (U.K.) with a specialization in zoo-archaeology. She later received her Ph.D. at the University of Southampton, writing a dissertation on fish consumption in ancient Greece. Her work focuses on the analysis of archaeological animal remains (mammals, fish, and mollusks), and her research interests touch upon a number of issues related to food consumption, economy, and cult. She is particularly interested in the archaeology of maritime communities. Mylona has participated in a large number of projects in Greece and adjacent regions and has been invited to present the results of her work at conferences and workshops in Greece and abroad. She has taught classes on topics of her expertise at the University of Crete and worked as a senior researcher for the Swedish Institute in Athens. Mylona is an active member of several European organizations that focus on zooarchaeology and maritime history.
Dr. Eleni Nodarou received her degree from the University of Athens, Dept. of History and Archaeology and her M.Sc. in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy and her Ph.D. in Pure Science from the University of Sheffield (U.K.). Since 2003 she has been the head of the W.A. McDonald Laboratory of Petrography of the Study Center. Her research interests include pottery analysis, ceramics technology, and experimental archaeology. She has taken part in several European projects and has presented the results of her work at conferences in Greece and Europe. She is currently participating in archaeological projects involving the analysis of Cretan pottery from the Neolithic to the Byzantine periods. She has taught seminars on ceramic technology at the University of Athens and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Since 2007 she has been an adjunct lecturer at the Hellenic Open University.
Dr. Elizabeth Shank worked with scientists at the Institute for Electronic Structure and Laser–Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (IESL-FORTH) in Herakleion applying infrared and ultraviolet light with the MuSIS 2007 system to the Throne Room Fresco from Knossos as part of her Ph.D. for Temple University. She is currently in charge of the study, reconstruction, and publication of the LM IA Lustral Basin frescoes from Chania under the direction of Dr. Maria Vlazaki. Elizabeth has published on iconographic issues of griffins, Nilotic Scenes, Miniature Wall Painting styles, and the mature female figures from Xeste 3 at Akrotiri. She has taught Aegean Bronze Age graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania’s History of Art Department since 2000. She also organizes guest speakers at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology as part of our United States Outreach Program. As United States Coordinator for the Study Center she oversees administrative duties for the Center at the U.S. Office in Philadelphia.
Antonia Stamos received her Ph.D. in Art History from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2006. Her dissertation, Through the Looking Glass: Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar in Archaeology, explores the use of ground penetrating radar for subsurface prospection at several sites in Greece. She joined the Publication Team in 2001, and since 2002 she has supervised the work of the Geophysical Lab at sites on Crete and the Greek mainland. She has been a member of the Dickinson Excavation Project and Archaeological Survey (DEPAS) Team at Mycenae since 2003 and the Papadiokampos Project since 2006. At both sites, she initiated the first remote sensing work with ground penetrating radar in the area prior to excavation. When not working on projects in Greece, Antonia is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the American University of Kuwait.
Matina Tzari holds certificates in archaeological conservation and fine art from the Vocational Training Institute (IEK) in Athens. She has been an integral part of the conservation laboratory since 2005, working on hundreds of ceramic conservation projects. Matina also participates on site conservation projects and serves as the petrography technician.
The position of librarian at the Study Center is filled each year by a different fellow who manages the book collection, book exchange program, and archives. For the fellowship application, access www.aegeanprehistory.net.