Yannis Maniatis serves as a Research Director at NCSR “Demokritos" and the Head of the Laboratory of Archaeometry in Aghia Paraskevi, Greece. He received an M.S. degree and a Ph.D. degree in physics. His main research fields are archaeometry and archaeological sciences which he is devoted to. They involve developing and applying scientific techniques and methodologies for the study of cultural heritage and the paleoenvironment. Some of his main contributions are in the understanding of the ancient ceramic technology, the technology of the early vitreous materials, the characterisation and provenance of ancient marble sculptures and monuments, thermoluminescence authentication of marble sculpture, radiocarbon dating of organic materials, and characterization and analysis of pigments on wall paintings and icons. He has set up the first archaeometry laboratory in Greece. He has also set up and run the first and only one radiocarbon dating facility in Greece and has developed novel methodologies for the determination of marble provenance, including the creation of an extensive database of ancient marble quarries all around the Mediterranean. He is the author of more than 165 scientific publications in international and Greek scientific journals and conference proceedings and author or editor of 9 books. He also works as the President of the International Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones in Antiquity (ASMOSIA), Chairman of the Standing Committee of the International Symposium on Archaeometry in Italy, and Editor of the International Journal Archaeometry and the European Physics Plus Journal.
Biography Updated on 9 August 2012