I was born in Ioannina, Greece, in 1968 but moved to Thessaloniki for my university studies at the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Thessaloniki where I got my degree in Archaeology in 1990.
In the following years I started working for the Greek Archaeological Service and have been collaborating with Greek Archaeologists since then in various projects. In 1994, I moved to Valencia, Spain, where I followed a two-year postgraduate course and was introduced to archaeological sciences, and in particular anthracology (charcoal analysis) at the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology, University of Valencia. There I received my postgraduate degree in 1997 and immediately afterwards I started working for my Ph.D dissertation on charcoal analysis from three prehistoric sites in Greece, namely Boila rockshelter (Epirus), Makri (Thrace) and Dispilio (Western Macedonia). In 2001 I got my Ph.D. degree from the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology, University of Valencia. My dissertation, titled â€œEl paisaje en el norte de Grecia desde el Tardiglaciar al Atlantico. Formaciones vegetales, recursos y usosâ€, was published in 2002 as BAR, International Series 1038.
Since I finished my studies I have been working on charcoal analysis at various Greek sites dating from the Palaeolithic to the Neolithic, i.e. Theopetra cave (Thessaly), Klissoura cave I and Lakonis cave I (Peloponnese), Cyclops Cave (Youra, Northern Sporades), Knossos (Crete), Limenaria (Thassos), Paliambela, and Avgi (Macedonia) and Drakaina Cave (Cephallonia). Recently I have started collaborating in projects concerning the Bronze Age, i.e Mochlos (Crete) and Arhontiko (Central Macedonia) and Historical periods, i.e Azorias (Crete) and Kalaureia (Poros).
The greatest part of laboratory work has been carried out at the Wiener Laboratory of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens where I was a Geoarchaeology Fellow and Research Associate from 2000 and until 2002 and again in 2005.
In 2004 I received a Post Doctoral scholarship for the research project Â«Economie des combustibles au PalÃ©olithiqueâ€ at CNRS, Centre dâ€™Etudes PrÃ©histoire, AntiquitÃ©, Moyen Ã‚ge (CEPAM), Sophia Antipolis, University of Nice, France under the supervision of Dr. I. ThÃ©ry. The results of my research have been presented at various conferences and published in books and/or journals.