Current Funding


APOIKIA, is an exemplary cooperation between academic, research, cultural heritage institutions and SMEs. Our purpose is to implement the state-of-the-art of science and technology for promoting and preserving a country's cultural wealth. The implementation of innovative technologies for answering historical questions such as the ancient colonization process enables the enrichment of the archaeological and cultural wealth of the region. Ancient Greek colonization raises important questions about the processes of migration population movements, the nature of interactions and the relations between metropolis and colonies. Our goal is to provide an initial account of the dynamic qualities behind ancient population dynamics and at the same time represent novel multidisciplinary results of an integrated understanding of the ancient population dynamicsin the Amvrakia - Corinth region. We will examine how the Corinthian settlers integrated themselves into existing indigenous societies and populations and spread by adapting and adopting existing material culture, settlements and monuments. The main question is how the Corinthian colonization affected or interacted with the native population of Ancient Amvrakia and its later demographic evolution. The innovation of the project is the study of colonization not as a single historical event but as a dynamic interaction between the metropolitan and colonial populations. The innovating dynamic methological approach of the proposed project encourages integration and promotes the innovative use of cultural heritage, as part of today’s life. The present proposalaims to develop advanced, interdisciplinary methods and approaches by linking archeology, bioarchaeology, archaeogenetics and museology for the study of culture material and biological findings. This approach leads to the insights of the complex perceptions and feelings for our culture, human interventions, events and behaviorsof our past. In this context, the archaeological sites of Ancient Amvrakia and Ancient Tenea (region of Corinth) with their rich archaeological, anthropological and environmental findings will be examined. The methodologicalapproach and the conclusions of the project are to be presented with modern means and methods of personalized interactive experience for the visitors of the cultural sites of Amvrakia and Tenea, through a series of activities that include a periodic exhibition, an Open Lab at the Archaeological Museum of Arta, and scientific training through workshop.


European Union 

NEOMATRIX is a three-year-long international scientific collaboration project funded by the European Commission’s H2020 grant programme in the framework of the European Twinning instrument. Twinning aims to foster long-term relationships between administrations of existing and future EU countries, and to obtain concrete mandatory operational results through peer-to-peer activities. NEOMATRIX will achieve this through the training of young scientists in the scope of a scientific project that brings together the individual expertise of the four partner laboratories involved. The project investigates the Neolithic expansion across the Mediterranean, a complex landmark event in prehistory that so far has been resolved only in broad strokes. While archaeology and history have already provided explanations about the processes involved, many questions pertaining to specific demographic and cultural change remain open. Some of these questions can be answered most directly through archaeogenomics, or in other words, the analysis of ancient DNA (aDNA), and biogeochemistry data. With an interdisciplinary approach, NEOMATRIX aims to shed new light on the Neolithic expansion by studying demographic change in detail and linking these with changes in material culture, to investigate for instance how the rate of cultural change may be related to expansion dynamics, and how the role of gender might have changed as agricultural societies evolved. This approach will benefit from both the various expertise developed and the data already produced by the partner laboratories, whose collective reanalysis will not only increase the skills of the young scientists involved but also the level of interpretation of the results. NEOMATRIX brings together partners from four countries: Turkey, Greece, Sweden, and France. The main beneficiary of the project is Turkey’s first aDNA lab at Middle East Technical University (METU) together with its sister aDNA lab at Hacettepe University (HU). Both are located in Ankara, at the core of Anatolia, which is a strategically important region in terms of the project’s scientific questions. Through NEOMATRIX, the Ankara team has joined renowned partners with diverse strengths that can complement the former in various respects. These are: 1) The Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), whose Ancient DNA Lab is the only archaeogenetics laboratory in Greece with strong expertise in paleogenomics, population genetics, and multiple isotope ratio analyses; 2) Stockholm University’s (SU) Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies and Center for Palaeogenetics, one of the world’s most active ancient genome analysis centres, who have been leading archaeogenomic research in European Neolithization since the early 2010s; 3) the Paleogenomics Lab at the Institute Jacques Monod, Université de Paris, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), a long-established evolutionary genomics lab with strong expertise in both animal and human ancient DNA research, in particular in the analysis of poorly preserved samples from areas with high temperatures. The above-mentioned questions on the Neolithization of the Mediterranean will be addressed and empasized through training and sharing of know-how among early-stage researchers (ESRs) and scientific management teams, through cross-lab visits, joint activities, workshops focused on method development and courses.



Theodore Papazoglou FORTH Synergy GrantsSpectra-Gen

In Spectra-Gen, molecular spectroscopic techniques can be used as pre-screening methods for evaluating DNA preservation in archaeological dental remains and can be utilized to develop a minimally destructive methodology that will allow us to select those ancient dental samples that exhibit a higher likelihood of yielding DNA. 


Past Funding


The ARIADNEplus project is the extension of the previous ARIADNE Integrating Activity, which successfully integrated archaeological data infrastructures in Europe, indexing in its registry about 2.000.000 datasets. ARIADNEplus will build on the ARIADNE results, extending and supporting the research community that the previous project created and further developing the relationships with key stakeholders such as the most important European archaeological associations, researchers, heritage professionals, national heritage agencies and so on. The new enlarged partnership of ARIADNEplus covers all of Europe. It now includes leaders in different archaeological domains like palaeoanthropology, bioarchaeology and environmental archaeology as well as other sectors of archaeological sciences, including all periods of human presence from the appearance of hominids to present times. Transnational Activities together with the planned training will further reinforce the presence of ARIADNEplus as a key actor. The technology underlying the project is state-of-art. The ARIADNEplus data infrastructure will be embedded in a cloud that will offer the availability of Virtual Research Environments where data-based archaeological research may be carried out. The project will furthermore develop a Linked Data approach to data discovery. Innovative services will be made available to users, such as visualization, annotation, text mining and geo-temporal data management. Innovative pilots will be developed to test and demonstrate the innovation potential of the ARIADNEplus approach. 
ΠΟΛΙΤΕΙΑ (ΟΠΣ 448300) - ΚΡΗΠΙΣ, ΕΣΠΑ 2007-2013
«Δράση Στρατηγικής Ανάπτυξης Ερευνητικών Και Τεχνολογικών Φορέων» Εθνικό Στρατηγικό Πλαίσιο Αναφοράς ΕΣΠΑ 2014-2020 ΠΟΛΙΤΕΙΑ ΙΙ
 HELLAS CH HELLAS-CH της Πράξης «Συνέργεια ELI - LASERLAB Europe, HiPER &» (ΟΠΣ 5002735)
EMBO short-term fellowship 
 Pooling Activities, Resources and Tools for Heritage E-research Networking



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