About me and these pages

Wpaliou_imageelcome to my web space. These pages aim to provide details about my past and ongoing research projects and interests.

Currently I am a Professor in Archaeoinformatics (Computational Archaeology) at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Cologne and Director of the Cologne Digital Archaeology Lab (CoDArchLab). My general research interests lie within the field of Computational Analysis in Archaeology, Mediterranean Archaeology (in particular Aegean prehistory), historical and prehistoric urban settlement and landscape archaeology. To date, I have actively been involved in the development of new approaches to spatial analysis in archaeological environments , and I have been engaged with research projects in the fields of Aegean Bronze Age, Roman and  Byzantine archaeology using a variety of computational methods (Geographic Information Systems, spatial analysis, statistics,  3D modelling and reconstruction, computer simulation, network analysis, urban computing). Much of my research to this day has focused on understanding how people in the past thought and conceptualised various aspects of their environment and on examining the social organisation of past built spaces and cultural landscapes.

I studied archaeology and archaeological computing at the University of Athens (BA), the University of York (MSc) and the University of Southampton (PhD) (cf. C.V.). I  also held post-doctoral fellowships and worked as principal investigator in research projects at University College LondonHeidelberg University, and  Free University, Berlin, after receiving research grants from the EC – Marie Curie Actions, the Humboldt foundation, DAAD, BMBF, and Topoi Excellence Cluster. During the period of my doctoral and post-doctoral studies I  taught undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Southampton, the Topoi Excellence Cluster, Heidelberg University, and University College London (UCL).

In 2012 I became a founding member and Deputy Chair of CAA GR (http://www.caa-gr.org). Since 2016 I am a member of the Scientific Committee of CAA International and leader of Working Group 4 of the COST ACTION “Archaeological practices and knowledge work in the digital environment”.

Contact: e.paliou(at)uni-koeln.de

Eleftheria Paliou