Maria Dikomitou Eliadou is an Associate Research Scientist and the project manager of the European H2020 MSCA-ITN "Training the next generation of archaeological scientists: Interdisciplinary studies of pre-modern Plasters and Ceramics from the eastern Mediterranean" (PlaCe, GA no. 956410, https://place-itn.cyi.ac.cy
). Maria received her BA in History and Archaeology from the University of Cyprus in 2003. She was awarded an MA in Mediterranean Archaeology by the University of Bristol in 2004, and then a second MA in Artefact Studies by University College London in 2005. She received her doctoral title in 2012 by University College London. Her doctoral research focused on the compositional and technological characterisation of Early and Middle Bronze Age pottery from Cyprus. Since then, she has worked in a number of roles and projects at the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus, including managing the MSCA-ITN "New Archaeological Research Network for Integrating Approaches to ancient material studies" (NARNIA, GA no. 265010). From 2018 to 2020, she held an MSCA-IF (ReCyPot, GA no. 747339) at the UCL Institute of Archaeology continuing her research on Cypriot Early and Middle Bronze Age pottery, before returning to Cyprus as a member of the interdisciplinary research project “Bringing Life to Old Museum Collections: The Interdisciplinary Study of Pottery from the Cypriot Iron Age Polities of Salamis, Soloi, Lapithos and Chytroi” (MuseCo, EXCELLENCE/1216/0093), hosted at the University of Cyprus. Maria has been involved in numerous interdisciplinary research projects, on ceramic artefacts (tableware, transport, storage and cooking pots, terracotta figurines) from different regions in Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean, from prehistory to the High Middle Ages. Her research interests focus on ceramic technology and production, its differing modes of organisation, ceramic distribution, as well as technological and cultural change, and how these can be identified, recorded and explained by modern archaeology.