Dr Maria Choleva
52 Souedias Street
+30 211 1022 830
I am currently an IKY post-doctoral fellow for 2020-22, based at the University of Athens and in close collaboration with the Fitch Laboratory. My research project, entitled “Changing traditions and social practices in a changing world: the innovation of the potter’s wheel in the Aegean during 2nd millennium BC”, aims at exploring the origins of the Mycenaean technological traditions. I have just completed an INSTAP post-doctoral fellowship based at the Fitch Laboratory on “Tracing the materiality of social acts: learning and performing the potter’s wheel in Early Helladic mainland Greece”, which focused on the socio-cultural dynamics behind the adoption of the potter’s wheel in the Argolis and the eastern central Greece during late 3rd millennium. The project applied an interdisciplinary approach to pottery assemblages using different analytical methods (macroscopic inspection, industrial radiography, ceramic petrology, and elemental analysis of ceramic bodies) in order to shed light on pottery chaînes opératoires behind production. The research put special emphasis on the active role of learning skills and practicing techniques in the shaping of cultural habits and in the constitution of social identities.
I received a MA and a PhD in prehistoric archaeology from the University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. Before my current position, I held a two-year Fyssen Foundation post-doctoral fellowship, based at the Catholic University of Louvain (Aegis research group), exploring phenomena of appropriation, transmission and transfer of craft knowledge through the investigation of the earliest wheel-based techniques in the Aegean. My main research interests lie in the area of Aegean prehistory, pottery forming techniques, and the anthropology of technology. I have participated in several excavations and surface survey programs and I am involved in various research projects on the Bronze Age Aegean and Anatolia.