Maria Anastasiadou


Eintrag im Personalverzeichnis: u:find

Forschungsinformationssystem der Universität Wien: u:cris

Connecting research and researchers ORCID:


Aegean Bronze Age and especially   

  • Political and cultural geography of the Aegean on the basis of the material culture 
  •  Aegean glyptic
  • Aegean scripts, particularly the Cretan Hieroglyphic, Linear A and the Phaistos Disc
  • Aegean administration
  • Searching for the human behind the objects; the way in which material culture can help understand the societies that created it.



University education

  • 10/2003–12/2009 Dr. phil. in Archaeology, Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • 09/2001–09/2002 Master of Arts in Archaeology, University College London       
  • 10/1996–05/2001 BA (four-year) in History and Archaeology with specialization in Archaeology and History of Art, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens


  • 08/2020–12/2020 Teaching affiliation, Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati
  • 08/2020–09/2020 Research Stay Harriet Boyd Hawes Fellowship, INSTAP Study Center for East Crete
  • 09/2019–12/2020 Research affiliation, Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Heidelberg (CMS Heidelberg)
  • 07/2014 –08/2019 Research Associate/Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Classical Archaeology, University of Heidelberg
  • 07/2012–06/2014 Postdoctoral Researcher FSR 2012, University of Louvain-la-Neuve   
  • 01/2012 –06/2012 Research Associate, Institute for Classical Archaeology, University of Heidelberg
  • 10/2010–12/2011 Research Associate, Corpus der minoischen und mykenischen Siegel, Marburg
  • 08/2007–03/2010 Research Assistant, Corpus der minoischen und mykenischen Siegel, Marburg




  • 2011. The Middle Minoan Three-Sided Soft Stone Prism. A Study of Style and Iconography. CMS Beiheft 9. Darmstadt/Mainz (Philipp von Zabern).  


  • Series (M. Anastasiadou – O. Krzyszkowska – D. Panagiotopoulos) and volume editor (M. Anastasiadou) of: A. Karnava. 2018. Seals, Sealings, and Seal Impressions from Akrotiri, Thera. CMS Beiheft 10. Heidelberg (CMS Heidelberg/Propylaeum Publishing). (peer-reviewed)


  • 2020. "Intergenderism" in Neopalatial seal imagery with a special reference to Kato Zakros. Kentro: The Newsletter of the INSTAP Study Center for East Crete 23: 5–10.
  • 2019. The seals from the Kamilari tholos in Grigori Koryphi and the Messarian tradition of seal engraving in Protopalatial and Neopalatial Crete. In L. Girella – I. Caloi, Kamilari: Una necropoli di tombe a tholos nella Messarà (Creta). Monografie della Scuola Archeologica di Atene e delle Missioni Italiane in Oriente 29. Athens (Scuola Archeologica Italiana di Atene): 485–520. (peer-reviewed)
  • 2019. Étude des sceaux et empreintes de sceaux. In M. Devolder – I. Caloi, Le Bâtiment Dessene et les abords Sud-Ouest du palais dans l"établissement pré- et protopalatial de Malia. Études Crétoises 37. Athens (École française d"Athènes): 152–63. (peer-reviewed)
  • 2019. Looking at an old enigma in a new light. RFIC 147 (2019.1). 210–23. (peer-reviewed)
  • 2018. Das Corpus der Minoischen und Mykenischen Siegel: Die Aufdeckung großer Kleinwelten. In Badisches Landesmuseum (ed.), Mykene, Die sagenhafte Welt des Agamemnon. Große Sonderausstellung vom 1.12.2018–2.6.2019. Karlsruhe (Badisches Landesmuseum): 49–51.
  • 2018. Chapter 7. The seals, "sealing" and some enigmatic clay objects. In J. Driessen et al., Excavations at Sissi IV. Preliminary Report on the 2015–2016 Campaigns. Aegis 13. Louvain-la-Neuve (Presses universitaires de Louvain): 317–29.
  • 2018. The Phaistos Disc as a genuine Minoan artefact and its place in the stylistic milieu of Crete in the Protopalatial Period. Creta Antica 16: 13–57. (peer-reviewed)
  • 2018. An Aegean seal in Greek hands? Thoughts on the perception of Aegean seals in the Iron Age. In M. Ameri et al. (eds.), Small Windows: New Approaches to the Study of Seals and Sealing as Tools of Identity, Political Organization and Administration in the Ancient World. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press): 355-67. (peer-reviewed)
  • 2016. Drawing the line. Seals, script, and regionalism in Protopalatial Crete. AJA 120.2: 159–93. (peer-reviewed)
  • 2016. Small Puzzles in LM I Zakros. In E. Alram-Stern et al. (eds.), Metaphysis, Ritual, Myth and Symbolism in the Aegean Bronze Age, Proceedings of the 15th International Aegean Conference at the Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology, Department Aegean and Anatolia, Austrian Academy of Sciences and at the Institute of Classical Archaeology, University of Vienna on 22–25 April 2014. Aegeaum 36. Leuven – Liege (Peeters Publishers): 77–85. (peer-reviewed)
  • 2015. The seals. In A. Karetsou – L. Girella, Chamber Tombs III and IV from the LM IIIA-B Cemetery at Kalochorafitis. Contribution to the Iconography of the Funerary Cycle. Studi di Archeologia Cretese 12. Padova (Bottega d' Erasmo): 257–76. (peer-reviewed)
  • Anastasiadou M – M. Pomadère. 2011 (2013). Le sceau à «la figure féminine aux bras levés» du secteur Pi de Malia. BCH 135.1: 63–71. (peer-reviewed)


  • 2012–19. Corpus der minoischen und mykenischen Siegel Heidelberg (in English, Greek and German).

Web talks

  • 2017. What Aegean seals reveal to us. In EG Conference 11.