Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


15 November 2010

The archaeologist Yiannis Sakellarakis has passed away

Yannis Sakellarakis passed away on 28 October 2010 at the age of 74. Even though he was not Cretan by extraction, he had bonded with its research, not only through his excavations in Crete but also as director of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Yannis Sakellarakis got his PhD at the University of Heidelberg and was a member of the Greek Archaeological Service since 1963. He was born in Athens in 1936. He got his BA in the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Athens. He served in many departments in Greece, Crete, at the Heraklion Museum, beginning as a curator (1963-68) there and later as its director (1980-87) and in Athens as curator and Director of the Prehistoric Collection and as vice-director (1987-94) of the National Archaeological Museum. He excavated in Archanes with his wife Efi Sakellaraki, at the Idaian Cave and most recently on Kythera and at Zominthos.

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