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Mr Trimmis Konstantinos 

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Position:PhD student Archaeology

Academic History

BA in Archaeology and History of Art, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece 2010
MA in Prehistoric Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece 2013 . Dissertation title: GIS and Archaeological cave sites. Case study from Kastoria, Greece.

PhD Research

Working Title: Cave using in Neolithic Balkans

Main aim of this research is to sketch up the ways that people embody, exploit ,use and formate the cave space during the Late Neolithic period at the Balkan peninsula. Neolithic was the period for the real revolution on the cave using and exploitation. More analytically, cave was the perfect environment to host the complex Neolithic needs. Caves were not only places for occasional sheltering and periodical ideological expression but also sites for permanent storage and periodical activities. In this period human started to use the special characteristics of the cave- microenvironment in order to take advantage for  his activities. The total darkness, the high humidity and the stable temperature create an ideal environment for storage. Moreover caves are a perfect dwelling space for the neolithic people who carried the seasonal activities of the household which are away form the main settlement, such as agricultural activities and fishing. The formation of the cave as a periodical or permanent barn place is an other major use of the cave in the Neolithic and beyond. Finally, there were caves which are still used as burial places and places for ideological expression. As a conclusion, caves were a major impact factor for the growth of the Neolithic economy and places with significant role for social and ritual activities. This PhD has the goal to put all of this dimension of cave using into the Balkan neolithic social context and to highlight the role of cave as a part of the wider Neolithic world.
Start Date: October 2013
First Supervisor: Dusan Boric
Second Supervisor: Alasdair Whittle


Trimmis P. K. and Karadimou G. 2013. Cerigo Speleological Project. Ioannis Petrocheilos and the speleological researches in Kythera island, Greece, from 1930 to 1960. Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Speleology, Brno, Czech Republic.
Trimmis P. K. , Filippatou P. and Karadimou G. 2012. Cerigo Speleological Project. The cave barn places in Kythera island, Greece. Proceedings of the 13th National Congers of Speleology/ 7th Eurospeloforum. Muotathal, Switzerland .pp 20- 25.
Trimmis P. K. & Filippatou P., 2011 (editors) Cerigo Speleological Project. Preliminary review 2008- 2010. Thessaloniki: Hellenic Speleological Society Department of Northern Greece


Additional Information 

Member of the British Cave Research Association and the Hellenic Speleological Society.
Member of the editorial board of SHARE: Studies in History, Archaeology, Religion and Conservation