Ioannis Liritzis

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Ioannis Liritzis
Born (1953-11-02) November 2, 1953 (age 64)
Delphi, Greece
Residence Greece
Nationality Greek
Alma mater University of Patras
University of Edinburgh
Known for Natural science, archaeometry
Awards Prize of Academy of Athens
Archaeometry Professorship Costa Navarino Prize[1]
Scientific career
Fields Physicist
Institutions University of the Aegean

Ioannis Liritzis (Greek: Ιωάννης Λυριντζής; born 2 November 1953) 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)and Lab of Environmental Archaeology. Director and initiator of the Masters course Applied Archaeological Sciences.[2][3] In the past he served as Head of the Department of Mediterranean Studies[4] 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.[5][6][7]


Liritzis 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[8][9] and the obsidian hydration dating (introduced at 2002).[10][11][12][13][14] Obsidian hydration dating established a new approach based on the surface saturation layer and the SIMS profile of hydrogen (SIMS-SS method).[15]

Significant contributions in archaeoastronomy are also worth mentioning.[16]

Initiator of Delphi4Delphi International Project[17]

He has written over 300 original papers in internationally cited journals and 9 books (4 in English).[18][19]

Many Greek and international magazines and newspapers have referred to his work, as has the Discovery Channel.[20][21]

Liritzis has been elected as Membre Correspondant de l'Académie des Sciences, Arts et Belles-Lettres de Dijon[22] and Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts[23] He was awarded the Prize of Academy of Athens for his Book Archaeometry: Dating Methods in Archaeology (1986). Recently he was awarded the Costa Navarino International Archeometry Award (2010)[24] Issued by the University of Peloponesse.[25] He is Visiting Distinguished Professor at Henan University (China)[26][27][28][29] Visiting Scholar at the University of California San Diego.[30]

Liritzis is an editorial member in twenty International ICI Journals and is Editor-in-Chief of two.[31][32][33][34][35][36][37][37][38][39][40][41][42] [43]

He is the initiator and coordinates the Aegean University Archaeological excavation project in Delphi.[44]

Articles (selection)[edit]

  • Laskaris, N, Liritzis, I, Massimo Bonini, Francesca Ridi, Reinhard Kersting, Fahad Al-Otaibi (2017) AFM and SIMS surface and cation profile investigation of archaeological obsidians: new data. Journal of Cultural Heritage, 25, 101-112
  • Liritzis, I, Bousoulegka E, Nyquist A, Castro Belen, F M Alotaibi, Drivaliari A (2017) New evidence from archaeoastronomy on Apollo oracles and Apollo-Asclepius related cult. Journal of Cultural Heritage (in press).


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  5. ^ Liritzis, Y.; Thomas, R. (1980). "Palaeointensity and thermoluminescence measurements on Cretan kilns from 1300 to 2000 BC" (PDF). Nature. Nature Publishing Group. 283 (5742): 54–55. Bibcode:1980Natur.283...54L. doi:10.1038/283054a0. ISSN 0028-0836. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  6. ^ Liritzis, Y. (1985). "Archaeomagnetism, Santorini volcanic eruption and destruction levels on Crete" (PDF). Nature. Nature Publishing Group. 313 (5997): 75–76. Bibcode:1985Natur.313...75L. doi:10.1038/313075b0. ISSN 0028-0836. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Liritzis, Y. (1982). "Petralona Cave dating controversy" (PDF). Nature. Nature Publishing Group. 299 (5880): 280–281. Bibcode:1982Natur.299..280L. doi:10.1038/299280c0. ISSN 0028-0836. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  8. ^ Liritzis, I. (1994). "A new dating method by thermoluminescence of carved megalithic stone building". Comptes Rendus de l'Académie des Sciences, Série IIA. French Academy of Sciences. 319 (5): 603–610. ISSN 1251-8050. 
  9. ^ Liritzis, I.; Guilbert, P.; Schoerer, M. (1997). "The Temple of Apollo (Delphi) strengthens new thermoluminescence dating method". Geoarchaeology. 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ "Bulletin No. 41" (PDF). International Association for Obsidian Studies. Summer 2009. p. 2. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  13. ^ Liritzis, I. (2011). "Surface dating by luminescence: An Overview". Geochronometria. 38 (3): 292–302. doi:10.2478/s13386-011-0032-7. 
  14. ^ Liritzis, I.; Laskaris, N. (2011). "Fifty years of obsidian hydration dating in archaeology". J. Non-Cryst. Solids. 357: 211–219. Bibcode:2011JNCS..357.2011L. doi:10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2011.02.048. 
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  16. ^ 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. Bibcode:2013JAHH...16..184L. 
  17. ^ Liritzis.I.; Pavlidis.G.; Vosynakis.S.; Koutsoudis.A.; Volonakis.P.; Petrochilos.N.; Matthew D. Howland; Brady Liss; Thomas E. Levy (2016). "DELPHI4DELPHI: first results of the digital archaeology initiative for ancient Delphi, Greece". ANTIQUITY Gallery. 90 (354): 1. doi:10.15184/aqy.2016.187. 
  18. ^ "Luminescence Dating in Archaeology, Anthropology, and Geoarchaeology" (PDF). Springer Cham Heidelberg New York Dordrecht London. 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
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  20. ^ "Egypt's Pyramids Packed With Seashells". Discovery Channel. 2008. Archived from the original on March 28, 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  21. ^ "Egyptian Monuments: Their Fossils and Controversies Revisited". Discovery Channel. Archived from the original on January 11, 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  22. ^ "nouvelle-n°74". Académie des Sciences, Arts et Belles-Lettres of Dijon. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  23. ^ "Members Page". European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
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