Angeliki Zisi

Head Engineer - Section for Conservation
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Phone +47 22859507
Visiting address Kabelgata 34 0580 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 6762 St. Olavs plass 0130 Oslo

Work tasks

Conservation of archaeological organic and inorganic objects from the Museum’s collection, together with exhibition work, Oddy testing, preventive conservation and revision of stored collections.


Research Interests

My involvement with the Saving Oseberg project at the University of Oslo is focused around the re-conservation of alum-treated wood. My contribution during the years 2018-2020 was towards the development of an evaluation protocol for conservation treatments of archaeological wood.



I have been invited by the Conservation Studies, UiO, to teach Autumn 2022 KONS4036 – Konservering av organisk materiale I



I received my bachelor degree in Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art from the University of West Attica, Greece, in 2005. In 2006–2007 I worked at the Forest Research Institute of Athens, Greece, for the development of a novel conservation treatment for waterlogged archaeological wood using silanol-terminated polydimethylsiloxane. In 2008–2011 I was employed by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports as an archaeological conservator in various land excavations. I have a tracked experience in ceramic, metal, glass, organic and stone objects conservation, as well as in conservation of mosaics and frescos working in situ, together with other field work. In 2011 I joined the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences at the University of Southampton, UK, and in 2016 I was awarded my PhD in the non-destructive testing of waterlogged wood with ultrasound. Since 2015 I am the field conservator for the Lechaion Harbour Project, a joined project between the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and the University of Copenhagen, responsible for the in situ conservation, preservation and protection of the harbour’s wooden structures. In summer 2018, following a course in wood identification at the Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK, I worked as a research visitor on the identification of waterlogged woods from underwater archaeological excavations in Greece, Bulgaria and the UK. A short-term placement as a research assistant followed where I was assigned various tasks related to the laboratory's responsibilities. Apart from looking wood under the microscope, my passion is being underwater. I have been an active scuba diver since 2004 and I have been participating in underwater excavations since 2008.

LinkedIn profile

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 Nov. 22, 2022 9:56 AM