• Jeffrey Soles, Ph.D.

    Co-Director of the Mochlos Archaeological Project

    Dr. Soles received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania where he wrote his dissertation on the house tombs at Mochlos and Gournia and early Minoan burial practices. He is a professor emeritus from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he taught for forty years in the Department of Classical Studies and founded the Interdepartmental Program in Archaeology. He is the co-director of the Mochlos Excavation Project, which began in 1989 and continues to this day. Since 2001 he has served as Chairman of the Managing Committee of the Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center in Pacheia Ammos. He is the past recipient of several awards, including grants from the Institute for Aegean Prehistory, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation at Harvard University, the William A. Stern Foundation, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. He is the author of numerous articles, as well as author or editor of eight volumes dedicated to the findings at the Mochlos site from the Neopalatial period to the Hellenistic period.

    Costis Davaras, Ph.D.

    Co-Director of the Mochlos Archaeological Project

    Costis Davaras 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 (with a short hiatus in the 80s). 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. In 1993 he was appointed a professor of Minoan Archaeology at the University of Athens where he taught until his retirement in 2000 and is now Professor Emeritus. He is a contributor to Mochlos publications and is Co-Editor with Soles of the Mochlos Publication Series.

    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 with a dissertation on Hellenistic Victory Monuments. 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 and contributions to Mochlos IIA, Period IV. The Mycenaean Settlement and Cemetery.

    Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan, Ph.D.

    Hellenistic Expert

    Having received a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College with a dissertation on the Hellenistic pottery from the South Slope of the Athenian Acropolis, Dr. Vogeikoff-Brogan holds the position of the Doreen Canaday Spitzer Archivist at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, where she also writes a lively blog, titled From the Archivist’s Notebook ( describing historical events at the School. She has done the majority of her archaeological fieldwork on Mochlos and is responsible for publishing the post-Bronze Age remains from the excavation. Her first volume to appear in the Mochlos Series is Mochos III: The Late Hellenistic Settlement, the Beam-Press Complex. She is also co-editor of a volume on household archaeology, Stega, the Archaeology of Houses and Households in Ancient Crete (Princeton 2011).

    Mary Ellen Carr Soles, Ph.D.


    Dr. Soles received her Ph.D. from Yale University with a dissertation on the sculpture of Aphrodite at Corinth. She served for many years as Curator of Ancient Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art where she was largely responsible for establishing its current collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. She is the author of a number of articles in the North Carolina Museum of Art Bulletin including "Tradition and Innovation: A Statue of Aphrodite" (whose head she was able to restore from the museum’s basement storerooms). She has served as cataloguer on the Mochlos Excavation and is a contributor to several Mochlos publications.

    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. 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. She now supervises the site conservation at Mochlos for which she has raised grants from the Kaplan Fund and the Global Heritage Foundation.
  • Douglas Faulmann, M.F.A.

    Chief Architect and Artist of the INSTAP Study Center

    Mr Faulmann received his Master’s of Fine Art from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1994. He has worked at Mochlos since 1990 as chief architect and archaeological illustrator and was appointed to the staff of the INSTAP Study Center in 1998 as an archaeological illustrator and later as member of its publication team. He is also a contributor to the Mochlos volumes and is responsible for most of the state plans and drawings of small finds in those volumes. As a member of the INSTAP Publication Team he travels widely throughout the Aegean to support the publication efforts of other projects.

    Tristan Carter, Ph.D.

    Lithics Expert

    Dr. Carter joined the Mochlos team in 1994, receiving his Ph.D. from the Institute of Archaeology (University College London) five years later, his research focusing on social aspects of obsidian consumption in the southern Aegean Early Bronze Age. At Mochlos he employs obsidian studies to investigate technical traditions through time, supra-regional political dynamics, and intra-community socio-economic relations. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University, and works on a number of other projects in the Aegean and Anatolia, including the Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project which he has directed since 2013. Cementing his long-term attachment to Mochlos, he was married to Deanna on the island in 2013.

    Jerolyn Morrison, Ph.D.

    Pottery specialist

    Dr Morrison received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in studio ceramics with minors in anthropology and art history from Baylor University. During the summers, she would travel in either Mexico or Crete studying craft production and domestic cooking. Her second degree was a Masters in anthropology with two years post-bacchalaureate in geology at the University of Houston in Texas . She received a Ph.D. in Archaeology and Ancient History from the University of Leicester in 2013 with a dissertation on Minoan Cooking Ware. Since 2004 she has been working on the Mochlos publication team and is the author of an upcoming volume on the pottery of Mochlos during the Neopalatial Period. Last, but not least,, she is the founder and director of “Minoan Tastes,” a social enterprise and small business promoting the culinary history of ancient Crete which works together with a network of food experts, historians, potters, and archaeologists.

    Georgios Doudalis, M.A.

    Operations manager
    Pottery specialist

    Mr Doudalis graduated from the University of Crete and then completed his Master’s degree at the University of Sheffield in Archaeology with an emphasis on Aegean Studies. He has been working at Mochlos since 2004 as an excavator and trench supervisor. Currently he is a doctoral candidate at Klassische Institut für Archaeologie at Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg in Germany, where he is preparing a dissertation entitled “Mochlos in the Protopalatial Period: A Sociocultural Approach to the Settlement during the Middle Minoan Period.” He is a member of the publication team and will be a co-author of the pottery book for Mochlos Volume V and the single author for Mochlos Volume VI.

    Luke Kaiser, M.A.

    Pottery specialist

    Mr Kaiser was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) where Dr. Soles was his advisor. He received two Bachelor’s Degrees, one in the Interdepartmental Program in Archaeology with a minor in GIS and another with a double major in Classical Archaeology and English. Since 2012, he has been a trench assistant, a research assistant, and, most recently, a supervisor of pottery sorting and statistics as well as a pottery object cataloger. He is studying Early Minoan culture while pursuing his PhD in Anthropology at the University of Arizona, and he will co-author the pottery book for Mochlos Volume V and the Early Minoan book tentatively projected as Volume VII. 

    Angela Ratigan, M.A.


    Ms Ratigan received a Bachelor's degree in art history and Classical Archaeology and a Master's degree in art history from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is now a doctoral candidate at the Klassische Institut für Archaeologie at Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg in Germany, where her research focuses on 3D digital reconstructions and their use as illustrative and heuristic tools in archaeology. She has been involved in the archaeology of Minoan Crete since 2011, joining the Mochlos Archaeological Project in 2015 where she is the registrar and small-finds cataloguer. She is also interested in Minoan architecture and is undertaiking a digital reconstruction of the Minoan town at its peak in the LM IB period

    Chronis Papanikolopoulos

    Photographer of the INSTAP Study Center

    Mr Papanikolopoulos studied photography at the London College of Printing. He has been involved in archaeological photography since 1993, and his photos appear in numerous publications including those from Mochlos. His free time is devoted to taking experimental, fine art photos and developing ideas about photography as an art form.

    Eleni Nodarou, Ph.D.

    Petrography Expert of the INSTAP Study Center

    Dr. Nodarou earned her degree in Archaeology and Art History from the University of Athens and then moved to Sheffield (UK) where she received her M.Sc. in Environmental Archaeology (Geoarchaeology) and her Ph.D. in Ceramics Analysis. Her research interests comprise the analysis of ancient pottery from Crete extending in date from the Neolithic times to the Byzantine period. She is a contributor to the Mochlos Publication Series and is responsible for the petrographic analyses of Mochlos pottery.

    Eleanor Huffman

    Business Manager of the INSTAP Study Center

    Ms Huffman came to Mochlos as one of Dr Soles’ undergraduate students in 1990 and worked as a trench assistant. She graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a double major in Classical Studies and English Language and Literature and has lived in Greece since 1994. In 1996 she began working for the INSTAP Study Center and was eventually appointed Business Manager of the Study Center. In this capacity, she handles the business office, including the IKA payments to site workers,the Center’s databases; she helps draw up the annual budget, and solves any problem that may arise during the course of the year. She is particularly interested in storage solutions and community outreach through informative site signs and school tours.
  • Alessandra Giumlia-Mair, Ph.D.

    Metals expert, AGM Archeoanalisi, Bolzano

    Kathy Hall

    Head Conservator of the INSTAP Study Center

    Evi Margaritis, Ph.D.

    Floral analyst and paleobotanist, Assistant Professor, Science and Technology in Archaeology Research, The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia

    Floyd McCoy, Ph.D.

    Specialist in bathymetry and geology, Professor, University of Hawaii

    Dimitra Mylonas, Ph.D.

    Faunal expert, INSTAP Publication Team, Rethymnon

    Maria Ntinou, Ph.D.

    Paleobotanist, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki

    Katerina Papayiannis, Ph.D.

    Faunal expert, National Museum, Paris

    Sevi Triantaphyllou, Ph.D.

    Physical anthropologist, Assistant Professor, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki

    Polly Westlake, Ph.D.

    Plaster conservationist, Cliveden Conservation, United Kingdom
  • Click here for some group photos of the team.

    • Lucas Brown, Mochlos Project Summer 2017 Team Member

      Lucas Brown

      Oberlin College
      One year in Mochlos
    • Sarah Duncan, Mochlos Project Summer 2017 Team Member

      Sarah Duncan

      University of North Carolina at Greensboro
      Two years in Mochlos
    • Cassandra Dupont, Mochlos Project Summer 2017 Team Member

      Cassandra Dupont

      Université Laval, Quebec
      One year in Mochlos
    • Adam Godo, Mochlos Project Summer 2017 Team Member

      Adam Godo

      University of Ottawa
      One year in Mochlos
    • Brianna Jenkins, Mochlos Project Summer 2017 Team Member

      Brianna Jenkins

      University of North Carolina at Greensboro
      Three years in Mochlos
    • Rachel King, Mochlos Project Summer 2017 Team Member

      Rachel King

      Stony Brook University
      One year in Mochlos
    • Jessica Miller, Mochlos Project Summer 2017 Team Member

      Jessica Miller

      University of North Carolina at Greensboro
      Two years in Mochlos
    • Kit Williams, Mochlos Project Summer 2017 Team Member

      Kit Williams

      University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
      One year in Mochlos