Co-Director of the Mochlos Archaeological Project
Dr. Soles is a professor emeritus from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he taught for forty years, serving as Head of the Department of Classical Studies and Director and Founder of the Interdepartmental Program in Archaeology. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied with Rodney Young and George Bass. He is the co-director of the Mochlos Excavation Project, which involves the cleaning and excavation of a number of related sites on the island of Mochlos and its adjacent coastal plain, located just east of the Bay of Mirabello in eastern Crete. The project began in the summer of 1989 and continues to this day. He is the past recipient of several awards, include grants from the Institute for Aegean Prehistory, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Geographic Society, the White Levy Program for Archaeological Publications, the William A. Stern Foundation, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. He is the author of numerous articles and author or editor of six volumes dedicated to the findings at the Mochlos site in the Prepalatial, Neopalatial, and Mycenaean periods.
Co-Director of the Mochlos Archaeological Project
Costis Davaras, a dear friend to Mochlos and co-director of the Mochlos Project from its beginning in 1989, passed away on the 7th of August, 2021. He was a gentle man and a great scholar, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Paris where he wrote his dissertation on the Double Axe and Minoan Religion. He entered the Greek Archaeological Service in 1960, served in Crete as Epimeletes, and founded the east Crete Ephoreia in 1970, where he served as Director of Antiquities (Ephor) until 1990. As Ephor he installed a collection of antiquities at the Hagios Nikolaos Museum, excavated numerous sites, established many protected archaeological zones which are still protected from development today, and encouraged the return of American archaeologists to east Crete. He believed the study of Aegean Prehistory should be an international endeavor, and was instrumental in establishing the Institute of Aegean Prehistory in Pacheia Ammos. In 1993 he was appointed a professor of Minoan Archaeology at the University of Athens where he taught until his retirement in 2000 as Professor Emeritus. He contributed to many Mochlos publications, which are listed in the Mochlos bibliography below, and served as Co-Editor with Soles of the Mochlos Publication Series. His Mochlos colleagues and Aegean Prehistory will miss him sorely.
Thomas Brogan, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of the Mochlos Archaeological Project
The director of the INSTAP Study Center for East Crete, Dr. Brogan received his undergraduate degree in Classical Civilization at Wabash College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College. He has been an active member of several excavations in east Crete during the past twenty years, primarily at Mochlos where he has been the assistant director since 1992. His research interests include Minoan material culture with particular emphasis on contextual and regional analysis. His publications include the pottery section of Mochlos IB: Period III. Neopalatial Settlement on the Coast: The Artisans’ Quarter and the Farmhouse at Chalinomouri.
Natalia Vogeikoff, Ph.D.
Having received Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College with a dissertation on the Hellenistic pottery on the Athenian Acropolis, Dr. Vogeikoff-Brogan has held the position of the Doreen Canaday Spitzer Archivist at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. She has done the majority of her archaeological fieldwork on Mochlos, she has published widely in a number of different areas. Her recent publications include the monograph “Mochos III: The Late Hellenistic Settlement” and the co-edited volume “Carl Blegen. Personal and Archaeological Narratives.”
Stephania Chlouveraki, Ph.D.
Site Preservation and Consolidation
Dr. Chlouveraki earned her degree in Conservation of Archaeological Material from the Technological Educational Institute (T.E.I.) of Athens and completed her Ph.D. on the “Archaeology and Deterioration of Minoan Gypsum Rocks” at the Institute of Archaeology–University College London. She joined the staff at the Study Center just after it opened in 1997 and served as the Head of the Laboratory until April 2014. She now supervises site conservation projects for the Study Center. Since 1993 she has been involved in a number of mosaic and building conservation/training projects in Jordan, Syria, and Oman. In 2014 she joined the Conservation Dept. at T.E.I. of Athens as a lecturer.
Mary Ellen Soles, Ph.D.
Mary Ellen Carr Soles, a long-time member of the Mochlos Project, passed away in 2018 after a long illness. She first came to Crete in 1976 to help her husband, Jeffrey, draw a plan of the Mochlos sandstone quarry, and she quickly fell in love with Crete and all things Minoan. After the excavation began in 1989, she worked as a cataloger on the project for 25 years and contributed to several Mochlos publications, especially Mochlos volumes IC and IIC (2004, 2011). In 1982 she was hired as Curator of Ancient Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and served in that capacity for 28 years. She was responsible for the Greek and Roman collection, where her main interest lay, but also the Egyptian, Mesoamerican, African, and Oceanic collections. She defended the importance of archaeology in an art museum that was primarily dedicated to Renaissance and modern art, but with the help of various donors she was able to expand each collection and make the museum a more inclusive institution that attracts diverse audiences.
In 2003 Mary Ellen launched the Friends of Greek Art, a group of North Carolina citizens of Greek descent, who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the Classical collection. She transformed a minor collection of Greek and Roman antiquities into one of national importance. As an archaeologist and museum curator, she was especially mindful of the damage that the unscrupulous collection of antiquities does to the world’s common cultural heritage and was also adamant that the museum follow the guidelines of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property in all its purchases.
Mary Ellen Carr was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1948. She received her undergraduate degree from Manhattanville College and her Ph.D. from Yale University. She first came to Greece as a Yale travelling fellow to study at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. She excavated at Corinth and wrote her dissertation on statues of Aphrodite at Corinth. As a curator at the NC Museum of Art, she was especially proud of the fact that she was able to locate the head of the museum’s Aphrodite Anadyomene in the museum’s basement and restore it to the statue, making it the only example of its type with its head still preserved in situ. In Mary Ellen’s memory the museum dedicated the statue of Aphrodite to her, the Friends of Greek Art initiated a lecture series in her honor, and the Mochlos Project began awarding the Mary Ellen Soles Scholarship to students working at Mochlos.