Athina Boleti is Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions Fellow at the Faculty of Archaeology.
Monday to Friday
Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions Fellow (2020-2023). LiTechAe project: Lithic Technology, Social Agency and Cultural Interaction in the Bronze Age Aegean. Percussive stone tools related to stone masonry techniques seen through experimentation and use-wear analysis.
Athina is interested in lithic technology (raw material procurement, stone tools production and use) and related crafts and networks. Her research is based on a multisiciplinary approach comprising materials characterization, experiments, use-wear analysis and comparative ethnoarchaeological studies. Her MSCA project LiTechAe in collaboration with the National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (Institute of Nanosciences & Nanomaterials, Group of Palaeoenvironment - Ancient Metals Studies) at Athens proposes for the first time a global approach for the study of stone tools used for cutting and dressing stone in Crete, the Cyclades and mainland Greece in the 2nd millennium B.C., when monumental dressed stone architecture first emerged and developed in the Aegean. This project will investigate to what degree, in which ways and contexts and why percussive stone tools were used and results will contribute to a better understanding of social organisation, technological tranfers, cross-craft interactions and cultural interactions in this context.
Athina studied Archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds a MA and a PhD (2009) in Aegean Prehistory from the University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne.
For her PhD, she explored the patterns of exploitation of emery in the Bronze Age Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean through an interdisciplinary and diachronic approach. She taught Archaeology of the Bronze Age Aegean at the University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne (2012-2014) and explored different aspects of lithic technology (especially abrasives and polishing techniques) in the framework of four research projects :
- Stone drilling techniques in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean (2007-2009, Univ Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne, CNRS UMR 7041, dir H. Procopiou),
- Obsidian. Practices, techniques and uses in Anatolia (2010-2011, Ecole Française d’Etudes Anatoliennes, CNRS UMR 7041, dir L. Astruc),
- The role of tactile perception in the process of creation in Prehistory (2011-2012, Univ Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne, CNRS UMR 7041, dir H. Procopiou),
- The Technology of Early Cycladic Marbre (2017-1018, dir N. Papadimitriou/Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens & K. Manteli/National Archeological Museum, Athens).
Athina has been studying lithic material from the excavations of the French School of Archaeology at Athens at Dikili Tash and Malia in Greece and at Kallamas in Albania, from the excavations of the German Archaeological Institute and the University of Cyprus at Heraion, Samos and from the excavations of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens at Xobourgo, Tenos.