Dr. M. (Michalis) Karambinis

  • Post-classical Aegean archaeology
  • Early Christian archaeology
  • Archaeological survey

Fields of interest

Topography, Material Culture and matters of Art & Architecture in Greece, and secondarily in Italy and the Eastern Mediterranean, in the Roman and Post-Roman era. The transition from the ancient to the medieval world in the aforementioned geographical areas.


In the framework of the “2000 cities project” Michalis examines the cities of Roman Greece and Cyprus. The research focuses on the size, function and ultimately the character of the Roman city in the aforementioned geographical areas, based on historical and mainly archaeological criteria.

Curriculum vitae

Michalis Karambinis was born on the island of Skyros (Greece), in 1977. He started his higher education initially studying conservation of paintings in the Petra Institute at Athens (1998-1999) and afterwards archaeology in the University of Athens (2000-2005). In 2003 he spent an academic semester in the University of Rome Tor Vergata through the ‘Socrates-Erasmus’ EU programme. After graduating University of Athens he moved in Rome and entered a Master programme on Early Christian archaeology in the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology – The Vatican (2005-2007). In 2007 he returned to Greece where he worked continuously for the Hellenic Archaeological Service till 2015. In 2009 he registered at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University as a PhD extramural student under the supervision of Prof. J. Bintliff (completed in 2015). In May 2015 Michalis has been employed as Post-doctoral researcher in the ERC-funded project, 'An empire of 2000 cities: urban networks and economic integration in the Roman Empire'. Apart from his personal survey research in Skyros, Michalis has been involved in a number of fieldwork projects in Greece, including the surface survey of the Leiden University Boeotia project, the excavation of the French archaeological school on the island of Thasos, the excavations of the University of Athens at Andros and Kos, as well as the documentation of contemporary monuments of Athens, a project initiated by the 1st Ephorate of Contemporary Monuments. In the Hellenic Archaeological Service, among others, Michalis has been involved in rescue excavations (e.g. Thebes, Boeotia) and restoration projects (e.g. Castle of Skyros).

Key publications

The Island of Skyros from Late Roman to Early Modern times. An archaeological survey, Archaeological Studies Leiden University 28, Leiden 2015.

(with L. Lazzarini) “The Roman marble quarries of Aliko bay and of the islets of Rinia and Koulouri (Skyros, Greece)”, in P. Pensabene & E. Gasparini (eds.), ASMOSIA X, Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference of ASMOSIA association for the study of marble & other stones in antiquity , Rome 21-26 May 2012, Rome 2015, vol. II 791-804.

“Αρχιτεκτονικά γλυπτά παλαιοχριστιανικών, μεταβατικών και μέσων βυζαντινών χρόνων από τη μονή του Οσίου Λουκά Βοιωτίας”, (Architectural sculptures dated to the Early Christian, transitional and Middle Byzantine periods from the monastery of Hosios Loukas, Boeotia), in A. Mazarakis-Ainian (ed.), 3rd Archaeological meeting of Thessaly and Central Greece, University of Thessaly, Volos 12-15 March 2009, Volos 2012, vol. I 1043 – 1055.

“L’affresco di Turtura nella catacomba di Commodila: Dal culto delle reliquie al culto delle icone. Un esempio di opere devozionali nell’arte romana dell’alto medioevo”, Bollettino della Badia Greca di Grottaferrata III s. 6 (2009), 143-165.

see leidenuniv.academia.edu/MichalisKarambinis

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