Dr. Demetrios Athanasoulis

Dr. Demetrios Athanasoulis

Dr Demetrios Athanasoulis, PhD in Byzantine Archaeology (Aristotle University of Thessalonike and Université Paris I- Panthéon-Sorbonne), is director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades (Hellenic Ministry of Culture). He is a member of the Scientific Board of Parco Archeologico di Pompei (Italy), the Board of the Christian Archaeological Society, president and member of Scientific Committees and Boards of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. He has served as curator of the byzantine monuments of Elis (Peloponnese) and Ephor of Byzantine Antiquities of Arcadia, Argolid and Corinthia, president of the Association of Greek Archaeologists, expert archaeologist of the Council of Europe, member of the Board of the European Center of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments, the Central Archaeological Council, scientific committees of international conferences and National Coordinator for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

He has conducted numerous archaeological field research projects in the Peloponnese and the Cyclades (Acrocorinth, Glarentza, Slavic cemeteries in Arcadia, Naxos, the Cycladic Islets etc.), and has designed and managed large-scale European programs for the enhancement of monuments, digital applications and research as well as dozens of restoration projects in Byzantine churches (Hagia Moni in Nafplio, Panagia Steiri, etc.), in castles of the Peloponnese (Chloumoutzi, Acrocorinth, Acronauplia, Larisa of Argos, Hagionori, etc.), and in important monuments of the Cyclades (Episkopi of Sikinos, church of Hagios Ioannis Theologos st’Aphikli of Naxos, Portico of Philip V, Temple of Apollo and Granite Palestra in Delos, etc.).

He has also planned, studied, and implemented new archaeological museums (Byzantine Museum of Argolid, Thematic Museum of Crusaders in Kyllini Castle, Archaeological Museum of Kythnos, Museum cluster in Chora Castle of Naxos) as well as important archaeological exhibitions in Greece and abroad: Vanity (Mykonos, Italy and China), Pompei e Santorini (Rome), Thera Wall paintings: the Treasure of the Prehistoric Aegean (Santorini) etc. He has co-organized international exhibitions of contemporary art in museums and archaeological sites (Delos: Sight, Mykonos: The Palace at 4am, etc.).

In addition to his PhD in the history of Byzantine Architecture, he has participated in international scientific conferences and has published numerous papers and articles in the fields of Byzantine architecture and archaeology as well as of the management of the cultural heritage. He has been a lecturer at the University of Peloponnese and the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government and scholar of the British School of Archaeology in Oxford and the German School of Archaeology in Berlin.

He has been awarded twice by the Europa Nostra for his work in two iconic cycladic monuments: the conservation of the iconoclastic byzantine frescoes in the 8th century church of Hagia Kyriaki of Naxos (2018) and the restoration of the Episkopi of Sikinos, a roman mausoleum converted into a byzantine church (2022).