Angeliki Zisi

Head Engineer - Section for Conservation
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Visiting address Kabelgata 34 0580 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 6762 St. Olavs plass 0130 Oslo


Archaeological conservation and wood science with particular emphasis on waterlogged wood from marine and wetland environments.

Research Interests

Angeliki’s current research with the Saving Oseberg project is focused around the re-conservation of alum-treated wood with non-aqueous materials and the development of an evaluation protocol for conservation treatments of archaeological wood.


Angeliki received her BSc in Archaeological Conservation from the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece, in 2005. In 2006–2007 she worked at the Forest Research Institute of Athens for the development of a novel conservation treatment for waterlogged archaeological wood using silanol-terminated polydimethylsiloxane. In 2008–2011 she was employed by the Greek Ministry of Culture as an archaeological conservator in various land excavations. In 2011 she joined the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences at the University of Southampton and in 2016 she was awarded her PhD in non-destructive testing of waterlogged wood with ultrasound. Since 2015 she is the senior field conservator for the Lechaion Harbour Project (LHP), a joined project between the Greek Ministry of Culture and the University of Copenhagen, with a special focus on the conservation, preservation and in situ protection of the wooden structures. In summer 2018 she worked at the Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK, on the wood identification of waterlogged woods from underwater archaeological excavations in Greece, Bulgaria and the UK, as well as a research assistant for the lab. She is an active scuba diver since 2004 and has been participating in underwater excavations since 2008.

Tags: Archaeological wood, Archaeological artefacts, Archeological conservation, Wood identification, Underwater excavation, In situ protection

Selected publications


Cutajar, M.; Stockman, R.A.; Braovac, S.; Steindal, C.C.; Zisi, A.; Harding, S.E. Comparative Hydrodynamic Study on Non-Aqueous Soluble Archaeological Wood Consolidants: Butvar B-98 and PDMS-OH Siloxanes. Molecules 202227, 2133.


Zisi, A. Forest Wood through the Eyes of a Cultural Conservator. Forests 202112, 1001.


Zisi, A. and Dix, J.K., 2018. Simulating mass loss of decaying waterlogged wood: A technique for studying ultrasound propagation velocity in waterlogged archaeological wood. Journal of Cultural Heritage, Volume 33, pp.39-47.


Zisi, A. and Dix, J.K. A non-destructive technique for determining the density of waterlogged wood, from archaeological sites, using ultrasound. In preparation.


Zisi A., 2015. Relationship Between Wood Density and Ultrasound Propagation Velocity: A Non-Destructive Evaluation of Waterlogged Archaeological Wood State of Preservation Based on its Underwater Acoustic Properties. PhD Thesis, pp. 202.


Zisi, A., Dix, J.K., and Best, A.I., 2013. Ultrasonic direct transmission for estimating the state of preservation of waterlogged archaeological wood. In Proceedings of the 12th ICOM-CC Group on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Conference, Istanbul, pp.100-103.


Kavvouras, P.K., Costarelou, Ch., Zisi, A., Petrou, M. and Moraitou, G., 2009. Use of silanol-terminated polydimethysiloxane in the conservation of waterlogged archaeological wood. Studies in Conservation, Volume 54, Number 2, pp. 65-76. 


Zisi, A., Marathaki, N. and Velios, Th., 2008. Digital conservation and the new generation of conservators. Ethics, advantages and the role of the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art at the A.T.E.I. of Athens, in Proceedings of the 2nd International Museology Conference (2004): "Technology in the Service of Cultural Heritage: Management, Education, Communication" editors: Alexandra Bounia, Nike Nikonanou, Maria Economou, Athens: Kaleidoscope Publishers.

Published Oct. 16, 2018 10:39 AM - Last modified Mar. 28, 2022 1:16 PM