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Meet our EAB Members: Adamantios Sampson

Having published 44 books and more than 180 papers during his extensive career, Adamantios Sampson is a worldwide authority on the prehistoric archaeology of the Aegean. He has been a valued member of our Archaeology Editorial Advisory Board since June 2018.

Receiving his PhD from the University of Athens, before completing post-doctoral work at Sheffield University, UK, he has been a Full Professor in the Department of Mediterranean Studies at the Aegean University, Greece, since 1999.


From the beginning of his career, he has embarked on bold research projects in difficult and secluded parts of the Aegean. In 1980, despite food and water shortages on the uninhabited island of Alimnia, Adamantios and the rest of the team discovered significant buildings and findings from the Neolithic after only three weeks.

The excavation of the Cyclops Cave at Youra in the 1990s was another survival experience. For five consecutive years at the end of June, a small fishing boat carried a team of 20 to the uninhabited island, returning in late July to pick them up. Using a sack of flour and yeast, the volunteers made bread in the 17th-century oven of an abandoned monastery. The excavations presented for the first time in the Aegean layers of habitation belonging to the Mesolithic period (9th millennium BC).

Elsewhere in the world, the near inhospitable weather conditions and challenging landscape of Safi, near the Dead Sea in Jordan, couldn’t prevent the discovery of two prehistoric sites: a Neolithic village of 8000BC and a hunter-gatherer settlement dating back to the tenth millennium BC.


In September 2019, Adamantios published with Cambridge Scholars the acclaimed monograph Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Sailors in the Aegean and the Near East. Below, he speaks of his experiences of working with us:

Although I have extensive experience in book publishing, this is the first time a book has been published in a foreign publishing house without the possibility of direct personal contact and consultation. That's why I was wondering if a difficult publication that included many drawings, maps, paintings, and photos could be realised. However, since the beginning of my collaboration with Cambridge Scholars there has been a kind and consistent attitude on the part of the editors.

Understandably, the manuscript contained some problems with the English language and the press were able to contribute financially to its proofreading by an independent professional. The CSP staff assisted in all stages of preparation until the book was printed, and I would be happy to attempt a second collaboration with them in the future.”


To learn more about Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Sailors in the Aegean and the Near East, or to read an extract from it, you can click here. To celebrate the work, we’re offering a 50% discount on it until February 15th. Just use the discount code ‘EAB50’ at checkout when purchasing the book on our website.

To discover more about Adamantios himself, you can also visit the page for our Archaeology Editorial Board and click on his profile.

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