Effie Athanassopoulos
Associate Professor Anthropology


Research and Current Projects

I am a historical archaeologist with interests in landscape, identity formation, material culture, and the role of digital technologies in teaching and research. Currently, I am working in Greece, with the medieval deposits from the excavations at the Sanctuary of Zeus in Nemea, a collaboration with the Nemea Center, University of California, Berkeley. I use 3D laser scanning to document the collection, and develop a digital library where the 3D objects can be archived and shared. I am also working with archaeological collections from historic sites in Nebraska, creating new digital resources to facilitate research and public access to Nebraska’s material past.


Introduction to Anthropology (Anthropology 110)
Archaeology of World Civilizations (Anthropology 252-Classics 252)
The Medieval World: Byzantium (Classics 315-History 315)
The Classical World: Archaeology and Texts (Classics 320)
Old World Prehistory: Archaeology of Europe (Anthropology 438/838-Classics 438/838)
Historical Archaeology: Current Topics (Anthropology 431/831)
Analysis of Archaeological Materials: Historic Material Culture (Anthropology 487E/887E)
Seminar: Archaeology and Cultural Identity (Anthropology 935)
Archaeological Field School
Archaeological Lab Work

Selected Publications

“Landscape Archaeology and the Medieval Countryside: Results of the Nemea Valley Archaeological Project.” Nemea Valley Archaeological Project Volume II. American School of Classical Studies Publications, Princeton, NJ. 2016.

“Ceramics and 3D Technology: A Medieval Assemblage from Nemea, Greece.” Effie Athanassopoulos and Kim Shelton. Digital Heritage 2015 International Conference Proceedings. IEEEXplore Digital Library. 2015.

“Byzantine Monuments and Architectural Cleansing in Nineteenth-Century Athens.” In Héritages de Byzance en Europe du Sud-Est à l'époque moderne et contemporaine. Olivier Delouis, Anne Couderc et Petre Guran, eds. Ecole Française d'Athènes. Pp. 195-218. 2013.

“Landscape Archaeology and the Medieval Countryside: Resettlement and Abandonment in the Nemea Region.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology, Special issue on the “Abandonment and (Re) Settlement of the Post-Classical Countryside in Greece and Albania.”  IJHA 14: 255-270. 2010.

 “Medieval Archaeology in Greece: A Historical Overview.” In Archaeology and History in Roman, Medieval and Post Medieval Greece: Studies on Method and Meaning in Honor of Timothy E. Gregory, W. Caraher, L. Jones Hall, and S. Moore, eds., pp. 15-35. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing. 2008.

Athanassopoulos, Effie and LuAnn Wandsnider, eds. “Mediterranean Archaeological Landscapes: Current Issues.” Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum Publications. 2004.

 “Historical Archaeology of Medieval Mediterranean Landscapes.” In Mediterranean Archaeological Landscapes: Current Issues, E. F. Athanassopoulos and L. Wandsnider, eds., pp. 81-98. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum Publications. 2004.

Athanassopoulos, Effie and LuAnn Wandsnider
“Mediterranean Landscape Archaeology Past and Present.” In Mediterranean Archaeological Landscapes: Current Issues, E. F. Athanassopoulos and L. Wandsnider, eds., pp. 1-13. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum Publications. 2004.

“An Ancient Landscape: European Ideals, Archaeology and Nation Building in Early Modern Greece.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 20:273-305. 2002.

Review of “Fauvel: The First Archaeologist in Athens and his Philhellenic Correspondents” by Christoph W. Clairmont, Akanthus, 2007. Published in the Journal of Hellenic Studies, vol. 131, pp. 301-302. 2011.

Review of “Historical Archaeology of the Ottoman Empire: Breaking New Groundedited by Uzi Baram and Lynda Carroll, 2000, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, NY. American Antiquity 67(1):182-3. 2002.


  • Ph.D., 1993, Anthropology Department, University of Pennsylvania
  • 1980-82, Graduate Program in Classical Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A.1979, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Athens, Greece

Research Interests

Landscape archaeology, historical archaeology, Europe and the Mediterranean, archaeology and identity formation, digital archaeology


Nemea Center, University of California, Berkeley