Nikolas Papadimitriou, PhD
Curator of Antiquities
Tel. +30 210 7228321 (120)
Nikolas Papadimitriou was born in Athens in 1968. He graduated from the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens in 1993. He did MA studies in Greek Archaeology at the University of Birmingham, UK, and received his PhD in Ancient History and Archaeology from the same university in 1999.
In 2000 he received the Michael Ventris Award for Mycenaean Studies by the Institute of Classical Studies, London, for his doctoral thesis.
The period 1999-2000 he gave lectures on the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age of Greece at the University of Birmingham.
In 2002-2003 he worked as a consultant on cultural affairs at the Hellenic Ministry of the Aegean.
Since 2003, he has been working at the Museum of Cycladic Art as a Curator of Antiquities (Cycladic Collection and Collection of Ancient Greek Art), and Head of Documentation. He has curated the permanent exhibition Ancient Greek Art – A History in Images (at the 2nd floor of the museum), temporary exhibitions (e.g. “The relations of Greece with the Balkans in the Neolithic period”, “Inside ancient workshops…together we recreate”) and the presentation of museum collections at the website www.cycladic.gr and international portals (e.g. Europeana, Google Art Project). He has edited museum publications (e.g. “Museum of Cycladic Art – Brief Guide”, “How were they made? Materials and manufacturing techniques of ancient artefacts”, “Cyprus Seminar – Lectures 2014-15”), and organized several public seminars (e.g. “Memory and Society” - 2014, “Cyprus Seminar” - 2014-15, “Society and the past: perceptions of antiquity in modern Greece” - 2015, “Archaeology and Psychoanalysis” – 2016-17), as well as a large program of educational activities in Aegean islands (“The past in the present – Antiquity as a creative source of inspiration” - 2016). Currently, he is co-directing (with Dr Katia Manteli) the international research project “The technology of Early Cycladic marble”.
In 2011 he was a Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University, and in 2017 a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University.
The period 2011-12 he worked at the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus, as a co-curator (with Dr D. Pilides) of the exhibition "Ancient Cyprus - Cultures in Dialogue", which was presented at Brussels on the occasion of Cyprus’ Presidency in the European Union.
He has taught post-graduate courses on “The Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean” at the University of the Aegean, and on “The Archaeology of Transitions” at the University of Athens, and participated on research projects about prehistoric sites in Attica (Marathon, Laurion), prehistoric Argos and the technology of Mycenaean gold. In 2015 he co-organized the international conference “Athens and Attica in prehistory” (prehistoricattica.org).
The Aegean Bronze Age (with emphasis on multi-disciplinary approaches)
The relations between the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean in the 2nd millennium BC
The prehistory of Athens and Attica
Pre-Mycenaean and Mycenaean Argos
Theoretical approaches to the study of mortuary customs
Social memory and collective identity in antiquity
The archaeology of images
The history of archaeological museums in Greece and Europe
Museums and public archaeology in modern societies
Shifting social barriers to enhance public accessibility to cultural resources
The role of the senses in museum experience