Angeliki Kottaridi

Archaeologist, Director of Ephorate for Antiquities of Imathia, Greece

Dr Angeliki Kottaridi, born in Thessaloniki, she has studied Archaeology and History of Art at the Philosophical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where she has graduated from with a distinction. Having received a scholarship by the German state, she has continued her studies in Classical, Prehistoric and Medieval Archaeology, History of Art, Ancient and Medieval Literature, Ethnology and Theatrology at the University of Cologne, where she has earned her PhD. She has worked for several years as an assistant of Manolis Andronikos at the excavation of Agai, the royal capital of ancient Macedon and in 1991 she joined the staff of the Greek Ministry of Culture.

Dr Angeliki Kottaridi is since 2014 the director of the Ephorate of Aniquities of Imathia and director of the Museum of Aigai -the royal capital of ancient Macedon, a world heritage site (UNESCO)- as well as of the Archaeological and the Byzantine museums of Veroia. She initiated and since 2011 is responsible for the creation of the online museum “Alexander the Great, from Aigai to the World”, a very ambitious digital project which aims at highlighting not only the importance of Alexander the Great himself, but also of the vast Hellenistic world and of its heritage, which is still connected to the present.

Since 2010 she was the Director of the 17th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and since 2011 of the 11th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities (prefectures of Imathia and Pella) and at the same time responsible for the implementation of seventeen (17) projects financed by the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) with a total budget of 32 million Euros, executed through direct labor at the archaeological sites, the museums and the monuments of Aigai, Pella, Veroia, Naoussa, Edessa, Servia and Siatista.

As a responsible for the excavations and all the maintenance and upgrading works in the Aigai site since 1991, she has drawn up the proposal with which the site was included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list in 1996, she has planned and organised the exhibitions of the treasures at the shelter of the Royal Tombs, she was responsible for the initiation of the works regarding the documentation, maintenance, restoration and highlighting of the palace of Aigai, one of the biggest restorations’ projects of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture which started in 2007 and continue uninterruptedly in the context of the European co-funded projects, organizing the various work teams, supervising the project at all levels, but also studying and writing publications about this unique monument, which is one of the most important buildings of the classical antiquity.

In 2009-10, she drawn up the Master Plan for the unification, protection and highlighting of the entire archaeological site of Aigai, setting out the basic principles for the “multi-centric Museum of Aigai”, an original and versatile network consisting of clusters of monuments, archaeological parks, museum exhibitions and spaces used for the maintaining of antiquities as well as of the education and the entertainment of visitors, spreading over the entire archaeological site.

Principally a field archaeologist, she has produced many important research projects comprising excavations, as well as surface surveys, and also systematic studies, documentation and publications in Aigai and other archaeological sites of Macedonia, where she is working for forty (40) uninterrupted years and recently (2007-2009) in Kuwait, where she directs the Greek archaeological mission at the Hellenistic fortress on Failaka island.

Another important aspect of her activity is the protection, but also the socialization of the monuments and the cultural heritage, focusing on highlighting archaeological sites and monuments and organising permanent and periodical exhibitions. Since 1993 she has participated in the organisation of many exhibitions in Greece and abroad (Montreal, Athens, Hannover, Rome, Delhi, New York, Oxford, Paris etc.

Aiming at activating and upgrading the network of museums and monuments of Macedonia she has drawn up the periodical exhibition “Macedonian Treasures” at the museum of Pella, the diachronic exhibition “Memory of the people of Edessa” at the Yeni Mosque (Yeni Tzami) of the city of Edessa, the exhibition of religious artefacts at the Dobra monastery, the exhibition “Faces of the city” at the archaeological museum of Veroia, the exhibitions in the new museum of Aigai, but also the “Virtual Tour Network in the land of the Macedonians”, a very important promotion project, running in the framework of the NSRF.

Since 2015 she is a regular member of the Central Archaeological Council and from 2006 to 2015 a regular member of the Museums and Museum Policy Council of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, while from 2005 to 2011 she was Vice-President and General Secretary of the Association of Greek Archaeologists. In 2008, she was awarded the Golden Cross of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of the Greek Democracy for her scientific work.

She has published six books and 150 scientific articles, studies and presentations with subjects relative to the research and the excavation in Aigai and the land of Macedon, the burial customs, the art and the culture of the Macedonians, ancient painting, architecture, Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic world, magic, myths, religion and women in antiquity, as well as the problem of the connection of archaeology with society and the importance of approaching the ancient world philosophy today.

From 1993 to 2003 she taught classical archaeology at the Hellenic Touristic Organization School for Tour Guides. A Visiting fellow at the Oxford New College, she has taught at the postgraduate seminar of archaeology at the Universities of Oxford and of Salerno and at the museology seminar of the University of Athens. She has contributed in more than 100 scientific conferences and has given tens of lectures in Greece and abroad (Alexandria, Cairo, Kuwait, Antakya, Istanbul, Rome, Naples, Milan, Zurich, Bern, Basel, Fribourg, Munich, Heidelberg, Cologne, Mannheim, Berlin, Paris, London, New York etc.). She has written articles and given interviews in newspapers, magazines, and TV shows, while she has participated as a scientific consultant in international TV productions and educational documentaries on channels such as ΒΒC, ZDF, ARD, RAI, ΕΤ3, ΕΤ1, ARTE etc.

She speaks Ancient Greek, Latin, German, English, French and a little Italian.