November 2, 1953 |
|Institutions||University of the Aegean|
|Alma mater||University of Patras
University of Edinburgh
|Known for||Natural science, archaeometry|
|Notable awards||Prize of Academy of Athens|
Ioannis Liritzis (Greek: Ιωάννης Λυριτζής; born 2 November 1953 in Delphi) is professor of physics in archaeology (archaeometry) and his field of specialization is the application of natural sciences to archaeology and cultural heritage. He studied physics at the University of Patras and continued at the University of Edinburgh, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1980. Since then, he undertook postgraduate work at the University of Oxford, Université Bordeaux III, University of Edinburgh and the Academy of Athens.
Currently he is professor of archaeometry at the University of the Aegean and he directs the Laboratory of Archaeometry (founded by him at 1999). In the past he served as Head of the Department of Mediterranean Studies at the University of the Aegean, Member of the Senate of University of the Aegean and Member of the Executive Committee of National Recognition of Foreign Academic Diplomas. His prior career includes the Greek Ministry of Culture for 5 years (1984–1989) and the Academy of Athens for 10 years (1989–1999).
He has made major contributions to several interdisciplinary research fields (geophysics, astronomy, planetology, paleomagnetism, paleoclimatology) and his work has been published in scientific journals such as Nature journal.
He is best known for the invention of two novel dating methods. Τhe method for surface luminescence dating (introduced at 1994) where Liritzis extended the principles behind optical dating and thermoluminescence dating to include surfaces last seen by the sun before buried, of carved rock types from ancient monuments and artifacts, made of granite, basalt and sandstone and the obsidian hydration dating (introduced at 2002). Obsidian hydration dating established a new approach based on the surface saturation layer and the SIMS profile of hydrogen (SIMS-SS method).
Significant contributions in archaeoastronomy are also worth mentioning.
Liritzis has been elected as Membre Correspondant de l' Académie des Sciences, Arts et Belles-Lettres de Dijon and Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts He was awarded the Prize of Academy of Athens for his Book Archaeometry: Dating Methods in Archaeology (1986). Recently he was awarded the "The Costa Navarino International Archeometry Award (2010) Issued by the University of Peloponesse.
- Liritzis, Y.; Thomas, R. (1980). "Palaeointensity and thermoluminescence measurements on Cretan kilns from 1300 to 2000 BC". Nature (Nature Publishing Group) 283 (5742): 54–55. doi:10.1038/283054a0. ISSN 0028-0836. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
- Liritzis, Y. (1985). "Archaeomagnetism, Santorini volcanic eruption and destruction levels on Crete". Nature (Nature Publishing Group) 313 (5997): 75–76. doi:10.1038/313075b0. ISSN 0028-0836. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
- Liritzis, Y. (1982). "Petralona Cave dating controversy". Nature (Nature Publishing Group) 299 (5880): 280–281. doi:10.1038/299280c0. ISSN 0028-0836. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
- Liritzis, I. (1994). "A new dating method by thermoluminescence of carved megalithic stone building". Comptes Rendus - Academie des Sciences, Serie II: Sciences de la Terre et des Planetes (French Academy of Sciences) 319 (5): 603–610. ISSN 1251-8050.
- Liritzis, I.; Guilbert, P.; Schoerer, M. (1997). "The Temple of Apollo (Delphi) strengthens new thermoluminescence dating method". Geoarchaeology - an International Journal (Wiley Periodicals, Inc.) 12 (5): 479–496. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1520-6548(199708)12:5<479::AID-GEA3>3.0.CO;2-X. ISSN 0883-6353.
- Liritzis, I.; Diakostamatiou, M. (2002). "Towards a new method of obsidian hydration dating with secondary ion mass spectrometry via a surface saturation layer approach". Medtierranean Archaeology & Archaeometry (University of the Aegean) 2 (1): 3–20. ISSN 1108-9628.
- Liritzis, I. (2006). "SIMS-SS A new obsidian hydration dating method: analysis and theoretical principles". Archaeometry (Wiley-Blackwell) 48 (3): 533–547. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4754.2006.00271.x. ISSN 1475-4754.
- "Bulletin No. 41". International Association for Obsidian Studies. Summer 2009. p. 2. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
- Liritzis, I. (2011). "Surface dating by luminescence: An Overview". Geochronometria, 38 (3): 292–302. doi:10.2478/s13386-011-0032-7.
- Liritzis, I.; Laskaris, N. (2011). "Fifty years of obsidian hydration dating in archaeology". J. Non Crystalline Solids 357: 211–219. doi:10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2011.02.048.
- Liritzis, I.; Castro, B. (2013). "Delphi and Cosmovision: Apollo’s absence at the land of the hyperboreans and the time for consulting the oracle". Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage. 16(2): 184–206.
- "Luminescence Dating in Archaeology, Anthropology, and Geoarchaeology". Springer Cham Heidelberg New York Dordrecht London. 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "Egypt's Pyramids Packed With Seashells". Discovery Channel. 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2010.[dead link]
- "Egyptian Monuments: Their Fossils and Controversies Revisited". Discovery Channel. Retrieved 6 March 2010.[dead link]
- "nouvelle-n°74". Académie des Sciences, Arts et Belles-Lettres of Dijon. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
- "Members Page". European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
- "Costa Navarino International Archaeometry Award".
- "Asian Culture and History/".