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Prof. Dr. Apostolos Sarris

Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (F.O.R.T.H.)
Applied Geophysics
External Senior Fellow
January - June 2019


Apostolos Sarris holds a B.A./MA in Astronomy & Physics/Physics from Boston University and a M.Sc. & Ph.D. in Physics/Geophysics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is Research Director at F.O.R.T.H. and Head of GeoSat ReSeArch Lab. He is Adjunct/Affiliate Professor of Cyprus University of Technology and Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History of Chicago, USA. He has acted as Vice-Chair of the International Society of Archaeological Prospection (ISAP) and he is currently president of CAA-GR, secretary of UISPP Commission IV, and associate editor of the Society for Archaeological Sciences Bulletin, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences Journal and of Archaeological Prospection Journal. He has been a contracted lecturer, among others, at the Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki, the Univ. of Crete, the Univ. of Aegean, the National Air-force Academy and the Univ. of Maryland. He has organized and participated in more than 210 geophysical/satellite remote sensing/GIS/GPS projects in Greece, U.S.A., Cyprus, Hungary, Albania, Italy, Turkey and Egypt & participated in 90 Greek and International/European large-scale research projects. His publication record includes more than 270 publications (45 books/proceedings volumes/chapters in books, 230 refereed journal and proceedings papers), 135 technical reports/guides and 380 communications in 90 international and 80 national conferences.

Selected Publications

  • Sarris, A., Kalogiropoulou, E., Kalayci, T. & Karimali, L. (eds.), 2017. Communities, Landscapes, and Interaction in Neolithic Greece. Proceedings of International Conference, Rethymno 29-30 May 2015. Ann Arbor, MI: International Monographs in Prehistory. 2017.
  • Sarris, A. (ed), Best Practices of GeoInformatic Technologies for the Mapping of Archaeolandscapes. Archaeopress Archaeology, Archaeopress Publishing Ltd. England, Oxuniprint, Oxford. 2015. ISBN 9781784911621.
  • Sarris, A., Papadopoulos, N., Agapiou, A., Salvi, M.C., Hadjimitsis, D., Parkinson, W., Yerkes, R., Gyucha, A. & Duffy, P., Integration of geophysical surveys, ground hyperspectral measurements, aerial and satellite imagery for archaeological prospection of prehistoric sites: the case study of Vésztő-Mágor Tell, Hungary, Journal of Archaeological Sciences, vol.40 (3), 2013:1454-1470.
  • Sarris, A., Loupasakis, C., Soupios, P., Trigkas, V.,Vallianatos F., 2010. Earthquake vulnerability and Seismic risk assessment of urban areas in high seismic regions: Application to Chania City, Crete Island, Greece, Natural Hazards, Springer Co., 54, pp. 395-412, 2010 (DOI 10.1007/s11069-009-9475-z).
  • Sarris, A. & Dederix, S., GIS for Archaeology & Cultural Resources Management in Greece. Quo Vadis? Proceedings of the 3rd Conference Arch_RNT on Archaeological Research and New Technologies, ed. by Nikos Zacharias, Kalamata, Publications of the University of Peloponnese, pp. 7-20, 2014.

FRIAS Research Project

Settlement Patterns and Landscape Biographies of Neolithic Thessaly (BioNeT)

BioNeT addresses the diversity of the built environment and settlement layout in Thessaly (Central Greece) during the Neolithic period in tandem to their surrounding landscapes. It builds on the recent study (IGEAN) of our team that revealed a radically different picture of the earliest European farming communities than previously recognized. The variability in the size and internal organization of sites raises important questions about social structure and habitation within a diversified environmental context. The preliminary results of IGEAN have just begun to scrape the surface of how people in Neolithic Thessaly negotiated their natural and cultural surroundings, offering staggering new insights into the origins of permanent habitation in Europe.

BioNeT offers the platform for further analysis of these results that exposed a Neolithic landscape of immense variation with a parallel complexity of the settlements. Through spatial analysis and modelling it will try to shed light to the evolution of the settlement patterns of the Neolithic period in Thessaly and analyse the influence of the surrounding environment, making a parallel comparison to the rest of the settlements of the Balkans and Eastern Europe.