Dr Evi Margaritis is Associate Professor at the Cyprus Institute, based at the Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Center. Her BA comes from the University of Athens and her MSc in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy from the University of Sheffield, where she specialised in Archaeobotany. She then moved to Cambridge, as a Bill Gates Foundation Scholar, to undertake her PhD. After three post-doctoral grants in Athens, two at the Malcolm Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science-American School of Classical Studies and one as the Leventis Fellow at the Fitch Laboratory of the British School at Athens, she was awarded a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. As part of her PhD and post-PhD fieldwork and research, Dr Margaritis has gained extensive experience working in Greece, Cyprus, Jordan and Italy, and is in charge of archaeobotanical studies of research projects run by numerous universities and research institutions. She is one of the leading experts in archaeobotanical research in the eastern Mediterranean and the only archaeobotanist based in Cyprus. She has extensively published in peer-reviewed journals and collective volumes (https://cyi.academia.edu/EviMargaritis). She has been working with national and international teams, with other specialists and with students, and leads her own teams in various projects. She has initiated Erasmus programmes in order to attract students to be trained in archaeobotany in the CyI. Currently, she is the Assistant Director of the Cambridge Keros Excavation Project, one of the most multidisciplinary projects in the eastern Mediterranean. In 2018 Dr Margaritis was awarded considerable funding from the Research Promotion Foundation for the project URBAN: The antecedents of urbanism in Europe (RPF EXCELLENCE/1216/0463) under the funding call ‘’Excellence Hubs’, which is focusing on Keros. She is also a WP leader at the H2020 Twinning proposal ‘’Promised’ a collaboration between CyI, Universities of Cambridge and Leuven, awarded to the Director of STARC, Prof Thilo Rehren in 2018. Her publication record includes numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in collective volumes, she has been invited to several conferences and workshops and she has organised conferences herself. From October-December 2019, Dr Margaritis held a three-month Fellowship at the Centre of Hellenic Studies at Harvard.
Dr Margaritis has been acting as a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals such as Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, Journal of Archaeological Science and American Journal of Archaeology. The impact that Dr Margaritis’ work has had in the academic society of Cyprus and the region is evidenced by her recent organisation of the international conference Environment, landscape and Society: diachronic perspectives on settlement patterns in Cyprus, co-organised by her representing CyI and the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI), and held at Nicosia 17-19 February 2017.