Who We Are

Dr. Sara Perry

Project Leader

University College London (UCL) UK

Dr. Sara Perry is Associate Professor of Digital Public Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. Previously she was Director of Research and Engagement at MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), and Senior Lecturer in Cultural Heritage Management at the University of York. Sara’s research converges around knowledge exchange, professional practice, digital technologies, and storytelling in archaeology and heritage, with a particular concern for how invisible structures and unspoken feelings affect how the past is perceived and portrayed.

Beyond TETRARCHs, Sara leads multiple projects that intersect industry, policy, academia and the charitable sector, including the ESRC-funded Networks for Transformational Change (https://chanse.org/about-chanse-knowledge-exchange/), and her work as Co-Investigator (Co-I) on the AHRC/Towards a National Collection-funded project Unpath’d Waters: Marine and Maritime Collections in the UK, responsible for Audiences and Evaluation. She is Co-I on an ARC Accelerator grant with her former colleagues at MOLA and was previously Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded Accelerating Impact at MOLA awards scheme – the first such award to be granted to an Independent Research Organisation in the arts and humanities. During her time at the University of York, Sara was the user-centred design lead on the EU-funded EMOTIVE Project (www.emotiveproject.eu), and directed heritage interpretation programmes at archaeological sites around the world, including Çatalhöyük in Turkey (www.catalhoyuk.com), Memphis, the capital of Ancient Egypt, and Kilwa and Pangani in Tanzania (https://www.conchproject.org/).

Dr. Holly Wright

Co-I

University of York, UK

Dr. Holly Wright is Research Projects Manager for the Archaeology Data Service, based at the University of York. Her current and recent projects include the AHRC/Towards a National Collection-funded project Unpath’d Waters: Marine and Maritime Collections in the UK, Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) is a project funded by the EU framework programme Horizon 2020 and unites 20 partner organisations and their 27 associates in developing the social sciences and humanities area of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), the COST Action Saving European Archaeology from the Digital Dark Age (SEADDA) (CA18128) funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union, ARCHaelogical Automatic Interpretation and Documentation of cEramics (ArchAIDE) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme which aimed to create a new system for the automatic recognition of archaeological pottery, NEARCH, E-RIHS, Advanced Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Dataset Networking Plus (ARIADNEplus) was a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission under Grant Agreement n. 823914. It is an extension of the previous ARIADNE Integrating Activity, which successfully integrated archaeological data infrastructures in Europe, indexing in its registry about 2,000,000 datasets. It built on the ARIADNE results, extending and supporting the research community that the previous project created and further developing the relationships with key stakeholders including European archaeological associations, researchers, heritage professionals, national heritage agencies. Her research focuses on archaeological field drawing and the Semantic Web, including specialisation in visual documentation and communication, archaeological data management, the use of Web standards and the Semantic Web in archaeology.

Prof. Rimvydas Laužikas

PI

Vilnius University, Lithuania

Prof. Rimvydas Laužikas is a digital heritage research and communication professor at the Faculty of Communication at Vilnius University. His education is in the interdisciplinary fields of educational sciences, history, archaeology, communication, and information sciences. Rimvydas’ research interests cover the communication of cultural heritage and museology, history and heritage-based identities, and the history of gastronomy. He has written four monographs (with co-authors) and more than 50 scholarly articles in the fields of his interests. He participates in international expert groups (such as the Evaluation Body of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage), projects (such as CARARE), and COST Actions (Saving European Archaeology from the Digital Dark Age (SEADDA)) and Archaeological practices and knowledge work in the digital environment (ARKWORK). Rimvydas Laužikas taught a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate academic courses in history, cultural and digital heritage, heritage communication, digital culture, and museum studies. He served as the primary supervisor of eight PhD dissertations.  

Dr. Edisa Lozić

PI

Znanstvenoraziskovalni center Slovenske akademije znanosti in umetnosti, Slovenia

Dr. Edisa Lozić is an early career researcher. She was a recipient of a prestigious Zois PhD scholarship and completed her PhD in Classical Archaeology with a grade of 10/10 in 2013. Until 2018 she held various positions in commercial archaeology and in 2018-2019 she was a manager of an international project at National Museum of Slovenia and between 2019 and 2021 she was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Graz. She is currently a research assistant with PhD at the ZRC SAZU, Institute of archaeology. She is the author of a scientific monograph book and author or co-author of 9 articles in respected international journals.

Prof. Nicolò Dell’Unto

PI

Lund University, Sweden

Prof. Nicolò Dell’Unto is Professor in Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Lund University. He studied archaeology at the University of Rome, La Sapienza. Upon completion of his Masters, he had a joint appointment as a research assistant at the Institute for Technologies Applied to Cultural Heritage, ITABC-CNR, Italy. There, he took part in several international projects for 3D documentation and visualization of archaeological sites through the use of digital techniques. Later, he obtained a PhD in technologies and management of cultural heritage at the Institute for Advanced Studies, IMT Lucca, Italy. He also worked as a postdoc and lecturer at the University of California Merced before his current position as Associate Professor at Lund University. Since August 2019, he has been visiting Professor at the Department of Collection Management at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo.

Hélène Verreyke

Dr. Hélène Verreyke

PI

University of Antwerp, Belgium

Dr. Hélène Verreyke is an Assistant professor Heritage and Museum Studies at the Faculty of Design Sciences of the University of Antwerp. She obtained a PhD in Archaeology at Ghent University, on the subject of late Roman Pottery in Central Adriatic Italy. After that she worked as a researcher at FARO. Flemish Interface for cultural heritage on mapping user needs of digitized audio visual heritage. At the Erasmus University Rotterdam (Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication), she worked as a post-doc researcher on the project Community Museums Past and Present, which was aimed at the analysis of how city museums engaged with their heritage communities. She worked as Head of Exhibitions at M Museum Leuven for eight years, during which she also acted as a visiting lecturer at the MA Museum and Gallery Practices at University College London in Qatar. At ARCHES (UA, Antwerp Cultural Heritage Sciences Research group) she now develops research on toxic heritage, participatory practices in value based heritage assessments and academic heritage.

Prof. Christophe Verbruggen

Ghent University, Belgium

Prof. dr. Christophe Verbruggen is director of the Ghent Centre for Digital humanities and associate professor at the research unit ‘Social History since 1750’. He is also a member of the Institute of Public History and the Centre for the History of Science at Ghent University. Christophe Verbruggen directs DARIAH-VL, the Flemish contribution to the European research infrastructure DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities). He is specialized in the social history of intellectuals and cultural mobility in the 19th and 20th century. Other research interests and publications include history of science and technology, environmental history and the use of prosopography and network analysis in historical research. He is currently working on the history of social and cultural reform movements and the development of virtual research environments for the study of transnational and entangled history.

Collaborating Members

Dr. Benjamin Štular

ZRC SAU, Slovenia

Dr. Benjamin Štular is a Senior Research Associate at ZRC SAU, Institute of archaeology. His publication and research activity mainly concentrates on Early Medieval archaeology, airborne LiDAR in archaeology, archaeological GIS, and digital data curation in archaeology. After completing his PhD (2007) he studied in France, the UK, Germany and Ireland. As a leading researcher in the field of LiDAR in archaeology, he leads projects, organises international meetings and develops tools for processing airborne laser scanning data.

Dr. James Taylor

University of York, UK

Dr. James Taylor is a Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology, at the University of York. He is the Director of Studies for the MA Field Archaeology and also co-directs the Digital Archaeology and Digital Heritage MSc programmes (with Dr. Colleen Morgan).


His research currently centres on Neolithic Archaeology of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa and the Near East and he is currently Co-Director of the Toumba Serron Research Project, an archaeological investigation centred on a Neolithic village in Greek Macedonia. He also has a longstanding research interest in Archaeological Theory and Method and in particular the application of Digital Methods in Archaeology and has published on the impact of the ‘Digital Turn’ on archaeological practice.

Dr. Colleen Morgan

University of York, UK

Dr. Colleen Morgan is the Senior Lecturer in Digital Archaeology and Heritage in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. She is the Director of the Digital Archaeology and Heritage Lab, the Centre for Digital Heritage, and the MSc in Digital Archaeology and the MSc in Digital Heritage. She has an established international reputation as a leading scholar in critical digital archaeology and heritage.


Colleen is currently the PI on the UKRI-AHRC funded OTHER EYES project that explores interpreting past people using digital technology. She is the Co-I of The Avebury Papers with Professor Mark Gillings to creatively investigate the extensive personal and archaeological archive at Avebury. Colleen is also the Co-I of the Aide Memoire Project with Professor Helen Petrie, Dr. Holly Wright and Dr. James Stuart Taylor, which investigates the role of drawing in digital archaeological recording. She also conducts archaeological fieldwork in the Arabian Gulf and in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Piraye Hacıgüzeller

University of Antwerp, Belgium

Dr. Piraye Hacıgüzeller is an Assistant Professor of Digital Heritage and Metadata at the University of Antwerp, and a civil engineer and archaeologist by training. Her theoretical interests in archaeology relate to the common assumptions and power dynamics that drive the “digital transition” in the discipline. Her methodological interests are geodata and metadata technologies, especially in the context of linked data and semantic web, alternative cartography, and spatial analysis. She is involved in the fieldwork and research project at the archaeological site of Kaymakçı in Western Anatolia. She is passionate about archaeological theory and ethics of archaeological practice. Hacıgüzeller is co-editor of two relatively recent spatial archaeology books: Re-mapping Archaeology – Critical Perspectives, Alternative Mappings (2019) and Archaeological Spatial Analysis – A Methodological Guide (2020). She is associate editor of Journal of Maps.

Dr. Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw

University College London (UCL), UK

Dr. Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw is Research Fellow for the TETRARCHs project at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. Anna is also Co-I on the Networks for Transformational Change Knowledge Exchange Facilitators programme for CHANSE, with PI Dr. Sara Perry. Anna is trained in Archaeology and Classics, Western History of Art, and Education. She has additional professional experience as an interdisciplinary researcher, educator and research facilitator. She researches, publishes and presents on archaeology, museology, experimentation, digital applications, the impact and uses of heritage, and international education. She has lectured and designed learning materials in Archaeology, Classics, Ancient and Modern Greek at 17 institutions, mostly in the UK, and is a Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy).

Apart from her work at UCL, Anna conducts research on Greek archaeology and Reception and also teaches at the Continuing Education departments of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, UK. Finally, she is a Peer Review College (PRC) Member for both the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) and the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), UK, and a Permanent Fellow at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik, Germany.

Dr. Ingrida Kelpšienė

Vilnius University, Lithuania

Dr. Ingrida Kelpšienė is an Assistant Professor at Vilnius University Faculty of Communication. She holds two BAs in Archaeology and Economics, as well as MA in History and Cultural Heritage, and DPhil degree in Communication and Information sciences from Vilnius University. Ingrida’s research is on heritage communication in social media and digital memory in the field of digital humanities, cultural heritage and communication science. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on participatory heritage, a new shift in heritage practice, and the investigation of heritage communities and people engagement on social networking sites. She has over 15 years of work experience in the field of archaeology and cultural heritage conducting archaeological excavations and doing research in digital humanities, communication and information sciences. She has contributed to several accomplished European digital heritage projects (e.g. Europeana Archaeology CARARE, LoCloud, Europeana Food and Drink) and participated in several COST Actions (i.e. Slow Memory, SEADDA, NEP4Dissent, ARKWORK).

Indrė Jovaišaitė-Blaževičienė

Vilnius University, Lithuania

Indrė Jovaišaitė-Blaževičienė is founder, director and educator of the Toy Museum in Vilnius, creator of the exhibitions based on the principles of new museology, coordinator of exhibitions, author of the museum’s educational publications for children and families. She is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Communication, Vilnius University, researching the significance of play and games in presenting cultural heritage to society. Interests: cultural heritage, museology, play pedagogy, history of toys and play. In her professional work, she focuses on the presentation of cultural heritage to the public, especially the information obtained during archaeological research.

Dr. Paola Derudas

Lund University, Sweden

Dr. Paola Derudas is an early career researcher who completed her PhD in Archaeology at Lund University in 2023, focusing on the application of 3D-based and digital technologies in archaeological practice. She studied archaeology at the University of Sassari in Italy, where she also obtained a specialization in Archaeology in 2018 and a master’s in Archaeology and Architecture at the University of Rome, La Sapienza, in 2011. She has participated in several international investigation projects in terrestrial and maritime archaeology and gained experience designing and developing web-based information systems for the documentation, management, and publication of data from archaeological investigations. She has also been involved in the activities of the Archaeological Excavation Modelling Working Group within the Ariadne Plus project. Her research, bolstered by a solid international network, focuses on using web 3D visualization and semantic technologies to improve archaeological practice. By integrating these tools, she aims to create a comprehensive understanding and use of archaeological data while following FAIR principles and supporting open science.

Aida Fadioui

University of Antwerp, Belgium

Aida Fadioui holds a BA in translation (Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles, 2019) an MA in Modern Languages and Letters (Arabic studies, ULB, 2021) and an Advanced Masters in Digital Humanities (KULeuven, 2022). Her main research interests involve oral tradition and digital heritage and she also has an interest in postcolonial and queer studies.  

She is a full-time doctoral scholarship holder in the field of digital heritage within the ARCHES research group and Ghent CDH, working on developing a metadata modelling strategy to maximise archaeological data reuse for storytelling purposes.

Lise Foket

Ghent University, Belgium

Lise Foket is a PhD Candidate in Digital Humanities at Ghent University. Lise has a MA in History and in Digital Humanities from Ghent University and KULeuven. Throughout her PhD, she is involved in multiple research projects, including TetrARCHs, Cune-IIIF-orm and the Excavations at Bodhgaya project. Before starting a PhD in October 2022, she was a scientific collaborator at Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, where she supported multiple research projects within the field of Digital Public Humanities. She supports research projects and teaching practices that use Madoc, a participatory IIIF enrichment platform, and Omeka, a content management system and web publication platform for cultural heritage data. 

Her research topic lies within the interconnected field of digital public humanities, with a focus on archaeological data. It researches how we can support interoperable and participatory practices of digital storytelling with cultural heritage.

Creative Residents

Dr. Cobi van Tonder

University of Bologna, Italy

Dr. Cobi van Tonder completed a PhD in Music Composition at the Digital Arts & Humanities Program of Trinity College, Dublin; an MFA Art Practice degree at Stanford, USA; and a BHons in Music in History and Society (Musicology) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She has gone on to international residencies and further studies in California, Ireland, Germany, and the UK. She has worked as a musician and also produced commercially for cinema, television, radio, and mobile media. She explores diverse avenues of listening as an art-making space (‘expanded listening’), which have included field recordings and microtonal drone music, as well as heritage acoustic research as a prominent musical parameter in the context of both natural and cultural sites. This has led to her most recent project, ACOUSTIC ATLAS – Cultivating the Capacity to Listen, which was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship at the University of York, funded by Horizon 2020. Apart from her work with TETRARCHs, she currently works as a research fellow at the University of Bologna in the Architecture Department and is co-organising the second Immersive 3D Audio (I3DA) conference that brings together research in sonic archaeology, architectural acoustics, virtual acoustics, VR, related technologies, and other immersive listening research.

Chloé Dierckx

KU Leuven, Belgium

Chloé Dierckx is an artist and PhD researcher at the University of Leuven, Faculty of Social Sciences. She is a member of the Research group Social, Methodological and Theoretical Innovation/Kreative (SoMeTHin’K) and the Meaningful Interactions Laboratory (MintLab). She also holds a Master in Visual arts and in Anthropology and Cultural Politics. Her current research is concerned with how techniques from art and design can be used to disseminate scientific research. Her main focus is on implementing these techniques within an academic context, both in education and research, by overcoming the art-science divide. As an artist she mainly creates site- or context-specific works which are often participatory.

Eloise Moody

UK

Eloise Moody is a multi – disciplinary artist/maker. Her work investigates subjects of absence, belonging and endings through socially engaged practice. Working with specific groups of people; from security guards and cleaners in museums and galleries, to nuns and those who are the last in their family line, she helps to uncover and document moments of beauty and connection, translating them into finely made artworks that often go back into the public realm.

Right now she is working on a project within the funeral industry, but previously Eloise has been commissioned by BBC Radio 4 for her project, The Caretakers, and has worked with The Museum of London, Kettles Yard, Metal, Kew Gardens, the Art Lending Library, Orleans House, The London Wetland Centre and Pitt Rivers amongst others. She has received ACE Funding for multiple projects.

Photograph © Henrik Knudsen

Visiting Scholars

Dr. Helen Wickstead

Kingston University, London, UK

Helen is an archaeologist and museum historian who unearths the histories of neglected, discarded, and “dirty” artefacts. She teaches Museum Studies at Kingston University, London. Helen’s publications explore men-only clubs and museums, concrete megaliths, the Cult of Kata, and the folklore of goat-boys in London suburbia. She wrote the world’s first dedicated study of Soho Bibles, uncovering how obscene books were smuggled into the British Museum’s Library by renegade curators. Her current research reveals the untold histories of objects from the British Museum’s lost Secretum. Her work has often shown how the labelling and cataloguing of collections relates to the changing stories people tell about themselves and others.

Dr. Kevin Garstki

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA

Dr. Kevin Garstki is a Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA. He is an anthropological archaeologist examining the impact of digital technology on modern archaeological epistemologies, as well as the role of emerging technologies in archaeological pedagogy. His current research concentrates on the critical and ethical (re)use of digital archaeological data, highlighting the dynamics of power inherent in modern data creation and reuse, and using 3D visualization technologies to enhance the documentation, research, dissemination, curation, and archiving of material heritage. Additionally, he is co-directing the Wolves and the Caesars: Digital Archaeology of a Slovenian Hillfort Landscape project, which focuses on the archaeological landscape around the village of Slavina, Slovenia, specifically, the Iron Age site of Baba.

Chiara Giovannetti

University of Antwerp, Belgium; Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

An archaeologist, Chiara is now pursuing a PhD in Heritage Science in Italy. Her main interests are in public archaeology and the educational and social potential of archaeology. She also has a passion for data, the ways in which they’re organized and told.

She is based in Pisa, specifically at MappaLab: a laboratory of methodologies applied to archaeology. From one of the Lab’s projects (ARAM) came the idea for her research, focused on making material archaeological data and intangible data communicate with each other.

She met TETRARCHs during her research period abroad in Antwerp, supervised by Prof. Hacıgüzeller, and joyfully joined the group!

Dr. Despoina Sampatakou

University of York, UK

Dr. Despoina Sampatakou is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre of the University of York, UK and closely works with local communities in the context of TETRARCHs. She holds a PhD in Digital Archaeology from the University of York, where her research focused on the use of digital media to communicate archaeological research to the wider public. She also holds a Master’s degree in Heritage Management and Archaeology from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, and an MRes in Archaeology and Classics from Nottingham University, with a specialisation in creating teaching materials based on archaeological storytelling. Her undergraduate degree is in Archaeology and History of Art from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens.


Her research centres on the use of immersive technologies and storytelling for public outreach, with significant interests in the decolonisation of cryptocolonised heritage. Her expertise lies in Bronze Age Greece, particularly in the Mycenaean world.

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