A year without Myrto: remembering a unique colleague and friend.
It has been a year since the untimely loss of Myrto Georgakopoulou, our loved staff member, collaborator, and friend. The BSA team and the wider community of Aegean archaeologists and archaeological scientists worldwide have felt this loss deeply and we continue to remember Myrto in the fondest of ways. Joined by her family, and other close collaborators, we want to focus on honouring Myrto through celebrating her, as a person, and also the legacy she left through her contribution to archaeology.
With the support of her family, we set up the Myrto Georgakopoulou Memorial Fund in December 2022. Today, through the generous donations by family members, friends, and colleagues, we are in a position to announce the establishment of the Myrto Georgakopoulou Research Fellowship. The fellowship will annually support a PhD student or early-career scholar to undertake research on the archaeology of the Aegean and adjacent areas. Studies will pertain to any of the fields of archaeological science, with emphasis on archaeometallurgy or ceramic analysis. The Fellow will be based at the Fitch Laboratory, BSA, or other institutions in Greece and beyond. The award of €5,000, can be used to cover or contribute to living expenses, fieldwork, and/or laboratory analysis costs. More details on the terms and conditions of the fellowship and on the process of application will be published on the BSA’s website and social media in early 2024, when the call for the Myrto Georgakopoulou Research Fellowship for 2024-25 will be open.
Furthermore, we would like you to save the dates of the 19-20th September 2024, for a conference organised in honour of Myrto Georgakopoulou. The conference, hosted at the BSA, will focus on Myrto’s legacy in Aegean archaeology and beyond. It will include papers by close friends and collaborators on the numerous projects she was involved in, presenting and underlining the outcome of her work. It will mark her significant contribution to the field and ensure that her legacy informs and inspires present and future work in Aegean archaeology, archaeometallurgy and, more broadly, archaeological science. Finally, it will be an opportunity to come together and to celebrate Myrto’s passion for her work, and share the joy of collaborating with her and the warmth of her friendship.
More details on the conference will be published on the BSA’s website and social media in early 2024.
Donations can be made through the BSA’s website, section Donate (https://www.bsa.ac.uk/donate/). Payments can be made by credit card. Donors should add in the Additional Comments the name Myrto Georgakopoulou.