Stella Spantidaki

Archaeologist | President of the Centre for Research and Conservation of Archaeological Textiles, ARTEX

Stella Spantidaki is the president of the first Centre for Research and Conservation of Archaeological Textiles in Greece under the name Artex, which is involved with research around textiles in the Greek antiquity. Using interdisciplinary methods that combine fields such as biology, chemistry and experimental archaeology, her team researches traces of textiles found in Greece. She has a degree in archaeology from the University of Crete and holds a master’s degree in textile archaeology from the Sorbonne University, but also in museology from the École du Louvre. Her doctoral dissertation at the Sorbonne and Heidelberg Universities on the manufacture of textiles in classical Athens resulted in the writing and publication of the book titled “Textile Production in Classical Athens”. Dr Spantidaki conducted her research combining the data of various sciences in antiquity, studying written sources, iconography and textile tools, therefore filling a scientific gap pertaining to the textile manufacturing activity in classical Athens (5th and 4th century BC). She is also a founding member of Euphrosyne AISBL, an international organisation dedicated to promoting the cultural heritage of textiles. In May 2018, she participated in the Branding Heritage workshop ‘Contemporary Minoans – the Minoan Culture inspires modern creators’ at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and in 2017 she gave a fascinating lecture at the French Archaeological School on the manufacturing of textiles in the Golden Age of Pericles, providing the public with unknown information about one of the most ancient artisanal activities of mankind.

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