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Lucie S. Vidličková

Lucie grew up in the Czech Republic, where maritime archaeology does not exist as a discipline. When she was a child she traveled extensively with her parents and developed a deep love for the sea...

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Lucie S. Vidličková

Lucie grew up in the Czech Republic, where maritime archaeology does not exist as a discipline. When she was a child she traveled extensively with her parents and developed a deep love for the sea. Ever since she began her archaeological studies, her passion for the sea pulled her towards maritime archaeology, which became her dream. After finishing her B.A. at Masaryk University, she received a yearlong scholarship which took her to the University of Crete, where she continued her M.A. studies in the Ancient Mediterranean World program. She learned Greek and through the support of her professors started to work on her research concerning Hellenistic wrecks in the eastern Mediterranean. Lucie gained maritime archaeological field experience by participating in joint projects of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, the Hellenic Institute of Marine Archaeology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. In 2010, she received a research grant (The John Morrison Memorial Fund for Hellenic Maritime Studies) from the British School at Athens to establish a website devoted to maritime archaeological research in the eastern Mediterranean. Work on this website led to the creation of the EMMAF.

Nikolaos Kontakis

Nikos was born, and raised in the town of Heraklion on the beautiful island of Crete. (in Greece.) At the early age of 8 he copied his very first program in a DOS environment computer demonstrating precocious skills in programming and IT...

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Nikolaos Kontakis

Nikos was born, and raised in the town of Heraklion on the beautiful island of Crete. (in Greece.) At the early age of 8 he copied his very first program in a DOS environment computer demonstrating precocious skills in programming and IT. In 2000 he began studying these subjects in the Applied Informatics and Multimedia Department at the Technological Institution of Heraklion. Nikos spent 6 months living in the Czech Republic in 2005 where, ironically, for the very first time he came into close contact with Archeology, when he met Lucie (the co-founder of EMMAF). After finishing his compulsory Greek military service in 2008, he began his master’s degree in the Graphic Designs Department at the Hellenic Open University of Patras.

Soon after beginning his Master’s degree Nikos attained the first degree in Diving (open water), the second one (advance) just a year later. His diving achievements are both ironic and commendable, since at the tender age of 5 he almost drowned in the sea. Currently Nikos is excited about combining his interests in programming and diving with Lucie’s passion for Maritime Archaeology to help create the EMMAF.

Kristian L. Lorenzo

Kris Lorenzo grew up in a small country town where the populations, both four-legged and two-legged, were continuously engaged in a struggle for mental dominance. The outcome of this curious battle was in no way...

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Kristian L. Lorenzo

Kris Lorenzo grew up in a small country town where the populations, both four-legged and two-legged, were continuously engaged in a struggle for mental dominance. The outcome of this curious battle was in no way a foregone conclusion. It was in this town that he quickly developed a love of books and reading which remains with him to this day. He first wanted to study archaeology after seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark, minus the looting of course. Despite his bitter disappointment upon learning that whip handling, fighting Nazi’s and cavorting with fiesty brunettes would most likely not be occupational necessities, Kris persevered in his desire and after a lengthy sojourn in the non-academic world began to study Greek archaeology, Roman archaeology, Latin and ancient Greek. Not content with just classroom or library work, he soon enrolled in his first field school at Old Fort Niagara, New York. After a fantastic experience at Old Fort Niagara he would go on to excavate in Salemi, Sicily, ancient Corinth with the American School of Classical Studies and in the summer of 2011 he completed his sixth season with the American School’s Agora Excavation, the last three spent as an assistant trench supervisor. So while Kris can in no way lay claim to the title of maritime archaeologist, his completed dissertation (May 2011), “Ancient Greek and Roman Naval Victory Monuments,” has as its foci the morphology, iconography and topography of a pan-Mediterranean class of monuments with inherent connections to the waters of the Mediterranean and the battles which at times raged across their surface.

Outside of archaeology and grad school Kris spends his copious amounts of free time wielding sarcasm like a finely honed rapier, socializing with friends and heading up the new products division of Acme Inc. with a specialty in designing fool proof gadgets for one W. E. Coyote.

Dora Giannopoulou

Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Dora or Theodora’s childhood was filled with colored paper waves of the Attic Sea. She used to share her masterpieces...

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Dora Giannopoulou

Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Dora or Theodora’s childhood was filled with colored paper waves of the Attic Sea. She used to share her masterpieces with the world by drawing on the walls of her family’s home. In 1997 she began her studies in graphic design at the T.E.I. of Athens. She spent 6 months in Milan, Italy, at the Politecnico for her Erasmus program. During that period, Dora produced multicultural art projects, expanding her knowledge and prosperity (and has not yet stopped to travel). She began work as a graphic designer in 2003, both in advertising agencies and as a freelance designer. In 2008 she started work on a master’s degree in the Graphic Arts and Multimedia Department at the Hellenic Open University of Patras. During her studies, friendship with Nikos and Lucie has been her ticket to the world of maritime archeology.

George F. Bass

(Texas A&M, Institute of Nautical Archaeology)

George F. Bass is one of the leading pioneers in the field of underwater archaeology. He has excavated a number of shipwreck sites...

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George F. Bass

(Texas A&M, Institute of Nautical Archaeology)

George F. Bass is one of the leading pioneers in the field of underwater archaeology. He has excavated a number of shipwreck sites, the first one being the Cape Gelidonya site, where he returned in 2010 (see an interview about his return to Cape Gelidonya here). Most of his work has been in the Mediterranean, but he has also conducted underwater research in many other areas, including the Caribbean and the waters off the coasts of Virginia and Maine. George F. Bass founded the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and is now a retired Professor Emeritus from Texas A&M University. Among many other honors, he has received both an Archaeological Institute of America Gold Medal and the National Medal of Science.

Giorgos Koutsouflakis

(Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, Hellenic Institute of Marine Archaeology)

G. Koutsouflakis is an experienced Greek maritime archaeologist and the director of the Southern Euboean Gulf Project...

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Giorgos Koutsouflakis

(Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, Hellenic Institute of Marine Archaeology)

G. Koutsouflakis is an experienced Greek maritime archaeologist and the director of the Southern Euboean Gulf Project. This project possesses great potential due to its systematic scientific exploration of the wider area of the southern Euboean Gulf, where several wrecks have been discovered. One of these wrecks was selected for excavation (to learn more about the Southern Euboean Gulf Project click here).

Nicolle Hirschfeld

(Trinity University)

Nicolle Hirschfeld is with the Department of Classical Studies at Trinity University. Her interests include maritime archaeology…

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Nicolle Hirschfeld

(Trinity University)

Nicolle Hirschfeld is with the Department of Classical Studies at Trinity University. Her interests include maritime archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean, ancient technologies and the development of writing. She is a research associate with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and took part in the 2010 re-excavation at the Cape Gelidonya site.

[photo by S .H. Snowden]

David W. Jourdan

A 1976 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a submariner with a Master’s degree in applied physics from Johns Hopkins University...

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David W. Jourdan

A 1976 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a submariner with a Master’s degree in applied physics from Johns Hopkins University, is the founder and president of Nauticos, an ocean exploration company in Cape Porpoise, Maine. He has led many expeditions to discover historical shipwrecks and has appeared on the National Geographic and Discovery channels.

Mark Lawall

(University of Manitoba)

Mark Lawall is a specialist in the study of Greek transport amphoras and the interpretation of these archaeological data for the study of ancient economies...

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Mark Lawall

(University of Manitoba)

Mark Lawall is a specialist in the study of Greek transport amphoras and the interpretation of these archaeological data for the study of ancient economies. His research interests include Greek archaeology, ancient economic history, transport amphoras and maritime archaeology. He earned his PhD at the University of Michigan in 1995 with a thesis entitled, Transport amphoras and trademarks: Imports to Athens and economic diversity in the 5th c. BC. He began teaching at the University of Manitoba later that same year.

Theotokis Theodoulou

was born in Cyprus in 1968. He studied Archaeology and History of Art as well as Ancient History at the University of Athens. He received his MA from the Panteion...

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Theotokis Theodoulou

was born in Cyprus in 1968. He studied Archaeology and History of Art as well as Ancient History at the University of Athens. He received his MA from the Panteion University, Athens, in Cultural Policy, Administration and Communication and his Ph.D. from the University of Cyprus, where his thesis addressed the maritime activity and harbor network of classical Cyprus. He has taken part in several land and underwater archaeological missions and excavations in Greece, Cyprus and Egypt using cutting-edge technology developed by relevant technology advancing institutions such as the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the Hellenic Center for Marine Research. Being a member of Hellenic Institute of Marine Archaeology from 1994 he co-ordinated the Institute’s team in the context of the European Navis II project. He is also an associate of the National Technical University of Athens responsible for developing the Limenoscope database for ancient harbors. He has published several articles, and chapters in archaeological journals and volumes. He has also taught Marine History and Underwater Archaeology at the University of Aegean as part of a program me conducted jointly by the university, the Hellenic Center of Marine Research and the University of Connecticut. Since 2000, he has been employed as a marine archaeologist in the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities. Through the Ephorate he participated in or directed several underwater archaeological expeditions.

Christos Agouridis

is an archaeologist, who has directed and participated in several underwater projects in Greece and other countries. Since 2000, he is holding the place ...

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Christos Agouridis

is an archaeologist, who has directed and participated in several underwater projects in Greece and other countries. Since 2000, he is holding the place of the Secretary General of the Hellenic Institute of Marine Archaeology and has been directing an underwater research project in the Argosaronic Gulf. This project has resulted in the identification and research of several ancient shipwrecks, including one datable to the end of the Bronze Age at the islet of Modi.

Janett Schröder

Janett was born and grew up in the city of Dresden (Germany), where she also attended her first archaeological excavation at the age of 15...

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Janett Schröder

Janett was born and grew up in the city of Dresden (Germany), where she also attended her first archaeological excavation at the age of 15. During her time in school, she spent several holidays in Greece during which she marveled at its culture and history. Because of this interest, she began studies in Ancient History, Classical Archaeology and Ancient Greek at the University of Jena (Germany) in 2005. An international scholarship took her to the University of Crete for one semester where she became friends with Lucie, one of EMMAF’s cofounders. Janett is passionate about Mycenaean or classical Greek and Latin inscriptions because this subject is a fascinating combination of both history and archaeology. After graduating in 2011, she began a doctoral project at the University of Bern (Switzerland) focusing on the reception of the history of the Greco-Persian Wars, which began immediately after the end of the campaigns and continues to this day.