Eleni Gizas


Eleni graduated with a B.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 2014. As an undergraduate, she interned for two summers (2011 and 2013) at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens and excavated at Mygdalia Hill, Patras in 2011, at Gournia, Crete in 2012, and Morgantina, Sicily in 2014. She has traveled extensively throughout Greece and Italy, and spent the spring semester of her junior year in Scotland, at the University of Edinburgh. As a post-graduate, she studied German at the CUNY Graduate Center and worked as an intern in the Department of Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Near Eastern Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

While Eleni’s research interests span across Greek art and archaeology, she is particularly interested in the Greeks’ perception of their own past and how this awareness is reflected in the archaeological record. Eleni pursued this topic for her undergraduate senior thesis, examining the reuse of Bronze Age burials and architectural structures in Athens and Attica in the Archaic and Classical periods. On a broader level, she is interested in the development of sacred and public spaces and the ways that architecture, architectural sculpture, and local myths and histories forged the identity of cities. At Columbia, she hopes to broaden her area of research outside of Athens and to further explore landscape archaeology and the archaeology of memory. She aims to maintain a multidisciplinary approach to her studies by incorporating Classics, Anthropology, and Near Eastern archaeology in her research.