Metaxia Tsipopoulou

Dr Metaxia Tsipopoulou

Dr Metaxia Tsipopoulou is an archaeologist, born in Athens. She graduated from the University of Athens, and obtained her Ph.D. from the same University, with a dissertation on Early Iron Age pottery in Eastern Crete. She conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Bristol, U.K. for two years, the National Research Foundation of Italy, in Rome, under a Senior Research Fellowship of the European Union and the ΝΑΤΟ, and later at the State University of New York at Buffalo, as a Fulbright Scholar. She had a long career in the Archaeological Service of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, most of it spent in Crete. Between 2007 and 2011 she was the director of the National Archive of Monuments of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Dr Tsipopoulou is a specialist of the Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age in the Aegean and Crete in particular. Her research interests focus on the study of the settlement patterns and the pottery. She is directing important systematic research projects in Crete, including Petras, Siteia (Minoan urban settlement, palace and cemetery), Halasmenos, Ierapetra (settlement of the end of the Bronze Age); she has completed the excavations of the Late Minoan III cemeteries at Kritsa, Mirabello, and Achladia, Siteia. She has directed surface surveys. She has organized Museum exhibitions and International Conferences.  She has given numerous lectures and seminars in Greece, Europe and North America. Her publications include more than 85 articles and several monographs. In 2012 the Acts of the first International Petras Symposium was published:

M. Tsipopoulou, (ed.) Petras, Siteia. 25 years of excavations and studies. Monographs of the Danish Institute at Athens, vol. 16, with the participation of 22 researchers from six different countries of Europe and North America.

M. Tsipopoulou in May 2013 submitted for publication volume 1 of the publication of Sector I at Petras, with contribution by eight scholars.

As the director of the National Archive of Monuments Dr Tsipopoulou was responsible for the Historical Archive of the Hellenic Archaeological Service, and for the protection and promotion of the digital heritage of Greece.  She participated in large E.U. funded projects and Europeana, the digital library of Europe in particular.

M. Tsipopoulou is married to professor David W. Rupp and mother of 16 year-old Romanos.


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