Maria Tziotziou

I gained my first degree in chemistry from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Department of Chemistry) in 1994. This was followed by postgraduate research in the stabilisation methodologies of marine ferrous artefacts, in the Department of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford, U.K. (1994–1996). I was trained as an archaeological conservator in the Department of Archaeology, University of Durham, U.K., where I attended a two-year intensive Masters course in Conservation of Historic Objects (Archaeology) (1997–1999). In December 2007 I was offered a four-year PhD research scholarship from the Institute of Materials Science of the National Research Center "Demokritos" in Athens, Greece.
My working experience in conservation started in 1996, when I worked as assistant conservator at the Palaikastro Excavations, Crete (of the British School at Athens). This was followed by conservation work at the conservation laboratory of the Agora Excavations, of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (1996–1997). For my MA placement (1998–1999), I was based at the conservation laboratories of the York Archaeological Trust, York, U.K., where I carried out conservation work and research for my MA dissertation (The use of chelating agents for the removal of iron compounds from contaminated waterlogged wood–A comparison). From June 2000 to December 2001, I worked at the conservation laboratory of the 2nd Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, in Athens. In 2002 I was employed as chemist/conservator by the Research Department of the Directorate of Conservation of Ancient and Modern Monuments, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Athens.
My teaching experience consists of teaching, since 2000, different conservation subjects on the conservation of antiquities and works of art, at the Public Vocational Training Institutes (I.E.K.), and in instructing the subject "Materials for Conservation" at the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art of the Technological Education Institution (T.E.I.) of Athens (2002–2003).
I started working as an archaeological conservator for the Swedish Institute at Athens in 2003. In 2003, in the Museum of Nauplion, Greece, I undertook the re-conservation of finds from old Swedish excavations in the Argolid, for the new exhibitions in the Museum of Nauplion. Moreover, since 2003, I have been the conservator for the Kalaureia Excavation Program centered on the site of the Sanctuary of Poseidon, Poros, Greece.
I have mainly treated the excavation finds from this site, consisting of metals, pottery, architectural terracottas, glass and stone objects.