Conservator of Antiquities
Directorate of Conservation of Ancient and Modern Monuments, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, Director
Maria Mertzani received a BSc Honours in Archaeological Conservation from the Institute of Archaeology in London (UCL). In 2002, she took her Postgraduate Specialization Diploma from Metsovio National Technical University in Protection of Monuments, Complexes and Sites, with the direction of Materials and Interventions. From 1998, she worked as a laboratory instructor with the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art, Technological Educational Institute of Athens where she participated in research programmes and supervised several dissertations. In 2005 she joined the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports as a permanent Conservator. She worked at Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum, the 3rd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and, finally, at the Directorate of Conservation of Ancient and Modern Monuments.
In 2014 she was appointed the Head of the Directorate. The mission of the Directorate is the development of national strategies and policies for the conservation of cultural heritage, as well as the implementation of large scale, challenging conservation projects.