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Curriculum Vitae of Nena Galanidou


Name: Nena
Surname: Galanidou
Title: Associate Professor
Department: History & Archaeology



Address: University Campus Gallou, Rethymno Postal Code 74100    

Telephones Work: ++2831077343   

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Brief Biography

Nena Galanidou (born in 1966) studied history and archaeology at the University of Crete (1988). She received an MSc in Archaeological Computing (1990) from Southampton University and then worked in the Information Technology Department of the Benaki Museum, Athens. She received her PhD from the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge (1996). Between 1996 and 1999 she taught in the same Department and was a stipendiary research fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge. In 2000 she became an Assistant Professor and in 2009 Associate Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Crete. She has done fieldwork in Greece and Croatia and participated in international projects studying the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of SE Europe. Her research has been published in Antiquity, the European Journal of Archaeology, the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, the Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, the Annual of the British School at Athens, Préhistoire Européenne, the Journal of Field Archaeology, and World Archaeology. She is an associate editor of Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences and a member of the European Association of Archaeologists. She is a member of AGE (Archaeology and Gender in Europe) and SPLASHCOS (Submerged Prehistoric Landscapes and Archaeology of the Continental Shelf) a four-year research network funded by the European Commission under its COST program (Cooperation in Science and Technology) from 2009 to 2013. Research interests: Stone Age Archaeology (settlement organization, technology, social constitution and identity), Ethnoarchaeology, Archaeological History and Method, Public Archaeology.

Current research:



  • 1997, ‘Home is Where the Hearth is’ The Spatial Organisation of the Upper Palaeolithic Rockshelter Occupations at Klithi and Kastritsa in Northwest Greece. Oxford, British Archaeological Reports.
  • 2003, The Greek Mesolithic Problems and Perspectives, ed. with C. Perlès, London, Βritish School at Athens Studies 10, [Book reviews: Conneller, C. 2004, Antiquity 78: 916-922. Runnells, C. 2004 Cambridge Archaeological Journal 14(2): 293-296. Bogucki, P. 2005, Journal of Field Archaeology 30: 103-105.]
  • 2007, Telling Children about the Past: an Interdisciplinary Perspective, ed. with L.H. Dommasnes, Ann Arbor, International Monographs in Prehistory, [Book reviews: Mello, R. 2009, Visitor Studies 12(1): 82-85. Carver, E. 2009, Antiquity 83: 861-863. Belcoure, J. 2010, Museum Anthropology 33(1): 91-92.]


  • 1993, Quantitative Methods for Spatial Analysis at Rockshelters: the Case of Klithi, in Computing the Past: Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology CAA92, Andersen, J., Madsen, T. and Scollar, I. (eds.), Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 357-66.
  • 1996, 'So Far Away, So Close': Historical and Theoretical Perspectives on Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Research in Greece, Ariadne 8, 7-29.
  • 1997, Bailey, G. N., Cadbury, T., Galanidou, N. and Kotjabopoulou, E., Rockshelters and Open-air sites: Survey Strategies and Regional Site Distributions, in Klithi: Archaeology of a Late Glacial Landscape in Epirus, NW Greece, v. 2, Bailey, G.N. (ed.), Cambridge: MacDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, 521-536.
  • 1998, Uses of Ethnography in Modelling Palaeolithic Settlement: the Past, the Present, the Future, Préhistoire Européenne 13, 195-204.
  • 1999, Regional settlement and intra-site spatial patterns in Upper Palaeolithic Epirus, in Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on the Palaeolithic of Greece and Adjacent Areas, Bailey G.N., Adam, E., Panagopoulou, E., Perlès, C., and Zachos, K. (ed.), London, Monograph of the British School at Athens 3, 148-158.
  • 2000, Patterns in caves: foragers, horticulturists and the use of space, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 19: 243-75.
  • 2000, Galanidou, N., Tzedakis, P.C., Lawson, I.T. and Frogley, M.R., 2000, A revised chronological and paleoenvironmental framework for the Kastritsa rockshelter, northwest Greece, Antiquity, 74: 349-55.
  • 2000, Biographies of lithic artefacts from the Upper Palaeolithic Kastritsa, Annual of the British School of Archaeology at Athens, 95: 1-19.
  • 2000, Miracle, P., Galanidou, N. and Foyenbaher, S., Pioneers in the Hills: Early Mesolithic Foragers at Šebrn abri (Istria, Croatia), European Journal of Archaeology, 3(3): 293-329.
  • 2001, Galanidou, N. and Tzedakis, P., New AMS dates from Upper Palaeolithic Kastritsa, Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 67: 271-78.
  • 2002, The chipped stone industry from Ftelia: an introduction, in The Neolithic Settlement at Ftelia, Myconos, Ad. Sampson (ed.), Rhodes: University of the Aegean, 317-32.
  • 2003, Reassessing the Greek Mesolithic: the pertinence of the Markovits collections, in The Greek Mesolithic: Problems and Perspectives, Ν. Galanidou and C. Perlès (eds.), London: Monograph of the British School at Athens 10, 99-112.
  • 2004, Early Hominids in the Balkans, in Balkan Biodiversity. Pattern and Process in the European Hotspot, Η.Ι. Griffiths, B. Kristufek and J.M. Reed (eds.), London: Kluwer Academic Press, 147-165.
  • 2005, The Many faces of Hunter Gatherer research, (book review article reviewing Ethnoarchaeology and Hunter Gatherers: Pictures at an Exhibition, Κ. J. Fewster, M. Zvelebil (eds), Material Culture and Sacred Landscape: The anthropology of the Siberian Khanty, P. Jordan and African Foragers, S. Barut Kusimba), European Journal of Archaeology 8 (3): 289-325.
  • 2006, Analytical and ethical issues concerning organic residues on Paleolithic chipped stone tools from NW Greece, Journal of Field Archaeology 31 (4): 351-362.
  • 2007, L.H. Dommasnes and N. Galanidou, Children and narratives of the Past, in Telling Children about the Past: an Interdisciplinary Perspective, Ν.Galanidou and L. H. Dommasnes (eds.), Ann Arbor: International Monographs in Prehistory.
  • 2007, In a child’s eyes: Human origins and the Paleolithic in children’s book illustrations, in Telling Children about the Past: an Interdisciplinary Perspective, Ν.Galanidou and L. H. Dommasnes (eds.), Ann Arbor: International Monographs in Prehistory.
  • 2008, Galanidou N. and K. Mandeli, Neolithic Katsambas re-visited: the evidence from the House, in Escaping the Labyrinth: the Cretan Neolithic in Context, V. Isaakidou and P. Tomkins (eds.), Sheffield Studies in Aegean Archaeology: Oxbow Books, 172-183.
  • 2008, The Palaeolithic for children. Text and identity, in Children, identities and the past, Bergen, Norway, L.H. Dommasnes & Anne Agotnes (eds.), Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Press, 181-205.
  • 2009, Prehistoric palimpsests and human agency. Archaeological readings where time intersects space (in greek), in Ubi dubium ibi libertas. Volume in Honor of Professor Nikolas Faraklas, C. Loukos, Ν. Xipharas and K. Pateraki (eds.), Rethymnon: University of Crete Faculty of Philosophy Publications, 35-49.
  • 2009, Foragers or farmers? Aegean prehistoric research and the beginning of Cretan prehistory (in greek), in Aegean Prehistoric Research at the Dawn of 21st century, Conference Proceedings, Κ. Κopaka (ed.), Herakleio: Crete University Press,181-205.
  • 2009, G. Bailey & N. Galanidou, Caves, palimpsests and dwelling spaces: examples from the Upper Palaeolithic of south-east Europe, World Archaeology 41(2): 215-241.
  • 2009, On the contribution of women in the history of human evolution (in greek), in Volume in Honor of Stella Papadaki, C. Loukos, O. Gratziou and A. Misiou (eds.), Herakleio: Crete University Press, 351-66.
  • 2009, G. Iliopoulos, N. Galanidou, S.A. Pergantis, V.Vamvakaki, N. Chaniotakis, Identifying the geochemical taphonomy of the osteological material from Katsambas rockshelter, Journal of Archaeological Science 37 (1): 116-123.
  • 2009, Elements of a Neolithic technology. The thread connecting Myconos with the Cyclades (in greek), in Studies and Research on Myconos in the Social Sciences and Humanities, D. Nazou (ed. in greek), Myconos, 141-151.
  • 2011, Mesolithic cave use in Greece and the mosaic of human communities. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, 24 (2): 219-242.
  • 2011, Catalogue of Sites in the Central Kokytos Valley: PS 43, in Thesprotia Expedition II. Environment and Settlement Patterns. Papers and Monographs of the Finnish Institute at Athens XVI, B. Forsén & E. Tikkala (eds.), Helsinki, 90-91.
  • 2011, The excavation of an excavation. Neolithic Katsambas half a century since its discovery (in greek), Αnaskamma 5.
  • 2013, Nena Galanidou, James Cole, Giorgos Iliopoulos & John McNabb, East meets West: the Middle Pleistocene site of Rodafnidia on Lesvos, Greece, Antiquity, Volume 087, Issue 336, June.
  • 2013, Looking for the earliest occupants of the Aegean - Paleolithic excavations at Rodafnidia, Lisvori, Lesvos, in Island Identities. The contribution of the Secretariat General for the Aegean & Island Policy to the Research and Promotion of the Culture of the Aegean Archipelago, Μ. Alvanou (ed.), Mytilene, 15-17.
  • 2013, Ι.Τ. Lawson, K. H. Rucoux, P.C. Tzedakis, and N. Galanidou, The antrhopogenic influence on wildlife regimes: Charcoal records from the Holocene and Last Interglacial at Ioannina, Greece, Journal of Biogeography doi:10.1111/jbi. 12164.