Stella Spantidaki’s prestigious studies include a Degree in Archaeology from the University of Crete, postgraduate studies on textile archaeology from Paris Sorbonne, and Museology Studies at the Ecole du Louvre. She is an excellent scientist, devoted to the research of an important field of archaeology, that of the ancient art of weaving and the conservation of Archaeological Textile, an area which is not as well developed in Greece in comparison to other European countries, but is nevertheless dynamically evolving today.
Her PhD from the Universities of Paris Sorbonne and Heidelberg on textile production in classical Athens led to the publication of the book "Textile Production in Classical Athens". Dr. Spantidaki conducted her research by combining data from various ancient sciences, and through studying written sources, iconography and weaving tools, thus covering a scientific gap regarding the textile production activity of Classical Athens (4th and 5th Centuries BC).
She is the President of ARTEX since 2015, the first Centre for Research and Conservation of Archaeological Textile in Greece, a nonprofit organization which deals with the research regarding textiles in Ancient Greece, by using interdisciplinary methodologies which combine fields such as archaeology, literature, ancient history, biology, chemistry and experimental archaeology. The Centre’s aim is to raise public awareness regarding textile remains in Greece dating back to the Bronze Age. She is also a founding member of Euphrosyne AISBL, an international organization which deals with the promotion of cultural heritage relating to textiles.
One of her most interesting lectures is entitled: “The lesson of Athena: Manufacturing textiles during the Golden Age of Pericles” which took place at the French Archaeological Society in 2017. It provided unknown details regarding one of the oldest industries of humanity and contributed to a better understanding of both the social framework and the weaving technology, and in effect of the Athenian society of the classical period at large.