Maria Relaki

Maria RelakiMaria Relaki was awarded a BA in Archaeology and History of Art from the University of Athens, Greece and an MA in Archaeology and Prehistory from the University of Sheffield, UK. After having worked briefly for the Greek Archaeological Service in Eastern Crete, she went on to gain her Ph.D. on "Social Arenas in Minoan Crete: a Regional History of the Mesara from the Final Neolithic to the end of the Protopalatial period" from the University of Sheffield. She has used ceramic petrography to study ceramic assemblages from a range of Bronze Age sites on Crete, the Cyclades, and Asia Minor. Her research interests focus on anthropology and archaeological theory, material culture and technological practice, ceramic production and consumption, sealing practices and funerary archaeology. She is an Associate Lecturer for the Open University, UK, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Universities of Sheffield and Leicester. She is currently publishing two edited books: “The Archaeology of Land Ownership” (with D. Catapoti, Routledge Studies in Archaeology) and  “From the Foundations to the Legacy of Minoan Society. A Sheffield Round Table in Honour of Professor K. Branigan” (with Y. Papadatos, Oxbow books).

She is a member of the excavation team of the cemetery at Petras, and is studying the Prepalatial and Protopalatial ceramics from House I.1, from the main site of Petras.


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