Maria Dikomitou Eliadou
Maria Dikomitou Eliadou is an Associate Research Scientist and the project manager of the European H2020 MSCA Innovative Training Network "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 a BA in History and Archaeology (2003) from the University of Cyprus, an MA in Mediterranean Archaeology (2004) by the University of Bristol and a second MA in Artefact Studies (2005) by University College London. She received her doctoral title (PhD, 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 Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 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). MuseCo was hosted at the University of Cyprus between 2019 and 2022. Since 2023, she has been involved as a research collaborator in the project “Commercial Patterns Across the Sea: The interdisciplinary study of Maritime Transport Containers from Cyprus and the elucidation of Mediterranean connectivity during the Late Bronze Age-Early Iron Age”, which is funded between 2021 and 2026 by the European Union in the frame of European Research Council Starting Grants (GA no. 947749) and coordinated by the Archaeological Research Unit of 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.
At the same time, Maria is continuously interested in the establishmnent and renewal of research collaborations at a local, regional, european and international level for the promotion and reinforcement of archaeological sciences, the attraction of funds for high quality interdisciplinary research, and the exchange of best practices.