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Ioanna Kakoulli


D.Phil. (PhD) in Archaeological Science, University of Oxford, UK 1999

Office: Fowler A410
Phone: (310) 794-4915
Fax: 310-206-4723
E-mail: kakoulli@ucla.edu

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University of California Los Angeles, A210 Fowler Building Los Angeles, CA 90095-1510, United States

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UCLA Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Chair, UCLA/Getty Conservation Interdepartmental Degree Program; Director Archaeomaterials Group

Research Interests

Archaeological materials from the macro to the micro and to the nano length scale; forensic analytical imaging & conservation; materials science; Hellenistic and Roman painting; technology and synthesis of pigments; materials reverse engineering processing and diagenesis.

Selected Publications

Kakoulli I., Materials and Techniques of Ancient Greek Paintings: C4-C1 BC, Archetype Publications. London 2009. (Monograph)

Kakoulli I., Schilling M., Mazurek J., ‘The murals of Panagia Phorbiotissa: A technical Examination’, in book Asinou: The Architecture and Murals of the Panagia Phorbiotissa, Cyprus, eds. Annemarie Carr and Andreas Nicolaides, Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University Press (In Press).

Kakoulli I. and Fischer C., "Byzantine Paintings in the Making: A Preliminary Technical Study of the Twelfth Century Wall Paintings in the Enkleistra of St. Neophytos", In: Enkleistriotika Analekta. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference St. Neophytos Enkleistros, History-Theology-Civilization, Archimandrite Alexios Enkleistriotis (Ed.), Paphos, Cyprus: Ieras Vasilikis kai Stavropigiakis monis Agiou Neophytou, (2011) 437-461.

Kakoulli I., ‘Τεχνικές και υλικά ζωγραφικής διακόσμησης της ύστερης κλασικής και της ελληνιστικής περιόδου’, ΑρχαιοΥλικα (ArchaoMaterials) eds. I. Liritzis and N. Zacharias, Kapon Editions, Athens, 2010. [In Greek]

Kakoulli I., Fischer C., Prikhodko S., ‘At the interface between materials science, art and archaeology: a multi-scale and multi-analytical approach for the metrology of material culture’, in Works of Art & Conservation Science Today, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2010) 1-16.

Kakoulli I., Fischer C., and Michaelides D., ‘Painted rock-cut tombs in Cyprus from the Greco-Roman period to Byzantium: material properties, degradation processes and sustainable preservation strategies’, in book, Conservation and The Eastern Mediterranean, The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, London (2010) 96-102.

Kakoulli I., Prikhodko S., Fischer C., Bechtel H., Fakra S., Marcus M., ‘Micromorphology and Microchemical Analysis of Ancient Human Skin and Hair’. IMC17, International Microscopy Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 19 - 24 September 2010. Rio de Janeiro, (2010).

Kakoulli I., ‘Egyptian blue in Greek painting between 2500 and 50 BC’. In book: From mine to microscope: Advances in the Study of Ancient Technology, Shortland A., Freestone I. and Rehren Th. (eds), Oxbow Books, Oxford (2009) 101-112.

Kakoulli I., ‘Intercultural links and trade of painting materials in the Greco-Roman period’, in book: Mural Paintings of the Silk Road: Cultural Exchange of the East and West, Yamauchi K., Taniguchi Y. and Uno T. (eds). Proceedings of the 29th International Symposium on the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, 24-26 January 2006, Tokyo, Japan. Archetype Publications, London (2007) 81-88.

Prikhodko S.V., Fischer C., Boytner R., Lozada M. C., Uribe M., Kakoulli I., ‘Applications of variable pressure SEM and Raman spectroscopy for the non-destructive study of bio-specimens from pre-Columbian mummies in the Tarapacá Valley, Northern Chile’, Extended abstract presented in Microscopy & Microanalysis 2007 Meeting, August 5-9, 2007, Microscopy & Microanalysis, Cambridge University Press (2007) 1492-1493.

Fischer C. and Kakoulli I., ‘Multispectral and hyperspectral imaging technologies in conservation: current research and potential applications’, Reviews in Conservation 7 (2006) 3-16.

De Angelis, R., Cassar J., Kakoulli, I., Colombini M. P, ‘Oil Painting on Stone: a case study on original technique and deterioration of an early 20th century painting by Giuseppe Cali in Malta’, in book: Proceedings of the 10th International Congress on Deterioration and Conservation of Stone, Stockholm (2004), 793-800.

Taniguchi Y., Shimadzu Y., Kakoulli I. and Giovannoni S., “Conservation of Globigerina limestone monument in Malta (II): surface protective treatment with ammonium oxalate”. In book: Proceedings of the 25th annual conference of Japan Society of Conservation for Cultural Property, Kyoto Zokei University (2003).

Kakoulli I., ‘Scientific Investigations of three Graeco-Roman painted stone slabs’, in Book: Nécropolis 1, Études Alexandrines 5, Institute Français D’Archéologie Orientale, Cairo, (2001) 215-224.

Kakoulli I., Kottaridou A., and Minos N., ‘Materials and technologies of Ancient Monumental Paintings: methodology and analysis of the painted throne from the ‘Tomb of Eurydice’, Vergina, in Proceedings from the III Archaeometry Symposium, Athens 6-9 November 1996, (2001) 261-274.

Kakoulli I., ‘Roman wall paintings: a scientific investigation of their technology’, in Book: Roman Wall Paintings: Materials, Techniques, Analysis and Conservation. Proceedings of the International Workshop on Fribourg 7-9 March 1996. Université de Fribourg. Institut de minéralogie et pétrographie (1997) 131-141.


A.G. Leventis Foundation
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA
Dumbarton Oaks (Byzantine Studies, Project Grant)
NSF (Division of Materials Research/DMR): Award number: 1139227
NSF (Archaeology/Archaeometry). Award number: 0813649
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
UCLA Senate


2011-Present: Member of the Board of Trustees of the Cyprus American Archaeological Institute (CAARI).
2011: Visiting Fellow at ICCROM, Rome Italy (between January and March 2011).
A.G. Leventis Foundation. Special Research Award.
A.G. Leventis Foundation. Educational Award for Research at High Academic Level.
Overseas Research Award (ORS).
British School at Athens. Research Award.

Grad Students

2013 (Primary advisor/Committee Chair):
Kristina Cheung, Materials Science and Engineering Department
Xiao Ma, Materials Science and Engineering Department
Alexis North, UCLA/Getty Conservation IDP
Ayesha Fuentes, UCLA/Getty Conservation IDP
Madeleine Neiman, UCLA/Getty Conservation IDP
Postdoctoral Fellow: Magdalena Balonis, Materials Science and Engineering Department

Graduate Researcher: Zhaoying (Wendy) Yao

Undergraduate Students: Nuoya Xie, Chemical Engineering Department, Puneeth Vijayendra, Materials Science and Engineering Department

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