Palaeolithic Seminar

A joint initiative of the University of Crete and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Departments of History and Archaeology), the Palaeolithic Seminar (2015-2018) aimed to bring Palaeolithic Archaeology closer to its specialist and wider audience. It was a forum where the results of recent work in the field and the current theoretical trends within the discipline were presented and discussed by researchers and academics from Greece and abroad. Thanks to a sponsorship by the Bodossaki Foundation a large number of seminars are now available online on BLOD (Bodossaki Lectures on Demand). Special thanks are also due to the director of the British School at Athens, Professor John Bennet, for offering hospitality to speakers.

Filmed presentations

Maria-Rita Palombo, “Hominins and Elephants in the Pleistocene: a Lesson from the Mediterranean”

Nena Galanidou, “Neandertals in the Ionian Sea”

Marco Peresani, “Exploring the Middle/Upper Palaeolithic transition in southern Europe: a View from the north of Italy”

Leore Grosman, “The Natufian culture: the harbinger of food-producing societies

John Gowlett, “Fire and humanity: the greatest discovery after language”

Chronis Tzadakis, “Unlocking the mysteries of the Ice Age”

Paolo Biagi & Nikos Efstartiou, “Middle Palaeolithic highland zone exploitation of the northern Pindos of Western Macedonia”

Sylvie Beries “The Roc-aux-Sorciers shelter, a palaeolithic site and its exceptional sculptures

Javier Baena-Preysler, “The Lower and Middle Paleolithic in Madrid (Spain): recent discoveries”

Nena Galanidou, “Lesbos half a million years ago: the archaeological evidence from Rodafnidia, Lisvori”

Andreas Darlas, “100,000 years of Mani prehistory: the cultures of the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic”

Geoff Bailey, “Submerged landscapes and hominin dispersals: a world perspective”

Naama Goren-Inbar, “The Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov, Israel:environment, hominin culture, subsistence and adaptation”

Press – Media

Press and Media for the Palaeolithic Lesbos Project

Television footage

Palaeolithic Lesbos”: Rodafnidia in the course of the human presence (8 March 2021, SKAI)

Important finds during the ninth year of research on Palaeolithic Lesbos (14 December 2020, ΕRΤ)

Lesbos: Unique finds from the Lower Palaeolithic period (16 August 2018, ΕRΤ3)


Nena Galanidou on the radio show “Blue like an orange” (22 March 2021, Proto Program ERT)

Knowing our history: from the big bang to the history of Europe (SKAI 100,3 FM)

From the big bang to the history of Europe 1 March 2020

From the big bang to the history of Europe 8 March 2020

From the big bang to the history of Europe 15 March 2020

From the big bang to the history of Europe 22 March 2020

The excavation in Rodafnidia, Lisvori, Lesbos (23 November 2017, The Third Programme ERT)


Rodafnidia in the course of the human presence (8 March 2021, STO NISI)

8th of March – International Women’s Day dedicated to Nena Galanidou by the Federation of Lesbos Associations in Athens (O.L.S.A.) (8 March 2021, Embros)

Ten years completed for the project “Palaeolithic Lesbos” – Rodafnidia in the course of the human presence (8 March 2021, Lesvosnews)

Vrisa residents talking about the excavation in Rodafnidia (25 January 2020, “Embros”)

Nine years of research in the Palaeolithic of Lesbos (14 December 2020, ΕRΤ)

“Rodafnidia” offers a new brand for the Gulf of Kalloni (21 Ioυνίου 2020, Lesvosnews)

The smart phone of the Acheuleans 500.000 years (17 July 2019, Sto Nisi)

The Lisvori excavation – A vision for sustainable development on Lesbos” – Event in Athens (19 February 2019, Lesvospost)

Rodafnidia Lisvori: Lesbos gaining a significant place on the map of the early Palaeolithic sites (October-December 2018, Gera)

Excavations on Lesbos: 150000 years travel back in time (02 August 2018, thetoc)

Meeting the “Acheulean” ancestors and their “multi-purpose” stone tools (2 August 2018, ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ)

When archaeology and local society forming alliances (13 Οctober 2017, Kathimerini)

The Regional Governor of the North Aegean visiting the prehistoric excavation in Lisvori (1 August 2018, ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ)

Rodafnidia, Lisvori: A development opportunity for the wider area of Polichnitos (July-August-September 2018, Polichniatikos Logos)

From Lisvori the promotion of the identity of southern Lesbos (05 October 2017, Εmprosnet)

Archaeological excavation in Lisvori, Mytilene, continues with undiminished pace (12 September 2017, CNN Greece)

Chr. Kalogirou in the Palaeolithic excavation at Lisvori, Lesbos (11 September 2017, ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ)

Immigrants offer volunteer work in the earthquake struck Lisvori (4 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017, ΕΡΤ)

Archaeology of the Stone Age and the public sphere (25 January 2017, Archaeology and Arts)

Lesbos: a unique excavation throughout the Balkans in Rodafnidia: exclusive pictures (13 September 2016, Inewsgr)

Lesbos: a unique excavation throughout the Balkans in Rodafnidia (13 September 2016, ΕRΤ)

A stone tool over 200.000 years old from Lisvori, Lesbos (12 September 2016, ΕRΤ1)

Professor Ν. Galanidou in the Athenian News Agency (ΑΠΕ – ΜΠΕ) talking about the finds form Lisvori, Lesbos (5 September 2016, ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ)

Palaeolithic Lesbos finds (ΕRΤ)

A research centre envisioned through the palaeolithic finds from Rodafnidia (28 June 2016, ΕRΤ)

Lesbos on a migratory route over half million years ago (3 April 2016, ΕRΤ)

Lesbos half million years ago – Archaeological evidence form Rodafnidia Lisvori (20 March 2016, Lesvospost)

On the traces of the first people of the Aegean (Autumn 2014, Βlue Μagazine)

Lesbos: Stone tools spread on the ground (24 August 2014, Kathimerini)

Archaeology means society (13 July 2014, Kathimerini)

On the traces of the first inhabitants of Greece (10 March 2013, To Vima)

Public Archaeology

Public archaeology aims to actively engage the local community and stakeholders with the research team and process. This action is a fundamental aspect of the Palaeolithic Lesbos Project. During the excavation campaigns, the trenches and the archaeology lab – hosted in the Lisvori Elementary School – are both open to visitors, in an original experiment of extroversion and interaction. Through a series of open events, the archaeological team communicates with and answers to the wider audience of the village, the island, and Greece about the progress of the investigation and the archaeological finds. The team also participates in public initiatives raising awareness of cultural heritage protection. As part of a master’s dissertation and a PhD thesis, ethnographic research is in progress, exploring the dynamic relationship between the local agricultural community and the new archaeological asset now being revealed. 

Palaeolithic Lesbos is my pride’ an interview by Nena Galanidou in the Conversations in Human Evolution, January 2021

Palaeolithic investigation in Lisvori: why is this of interest? Ν. Galanidou, Cultural Association of Vrisa Lesbos in Athens, Athens, December 2019

The Lisvori excavation – A vision for sustainable development, Ν. Galanidou, Association of Mesopotamos Lesbos “Anagenisi”, Athens, March 2019

Palaeolithic research in Lisvori and its significance for the development of the wider area of Polichnitos, Ν. Galanidou, Polikentro Polichnitos, August 2018

Fears, dreams and migrations, Ν. Galanidou, TEDx Lesbos, December 2016

First people on the Greek islands, Palaeontology, Prehistoric Archaeology, N. Galanidou, Goulandris Natural History Museum & Palaeontology and Geology Museum-National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Palaeontological Museum of Rethymno, August 2016

Lesbos and the Gulf of Kalloni half million years ago, Ν. Galanidou, event celebrating 2400 years from the birth of Aristotle, Kalloni Environmental Information Centre, Skala Kalloni, August 2016

Research progress in the archaeological site of Rodafnidia Lisvori, N. Galanidou, Enhancement and promotion of the cultural and natural heritage and the local agricultural production of Lisvori, Municipality Theatre of Mytilene, September 2015

Public archaeology and prehistoric research in the Aegean, Ν. Galanidou, KYTHNIA 2015, Scientific and Cultural Centre for the Aegean, Kythnos, August 2015

Looking for the first inhabitants of Europe in Rodafnidia Lesbos, Ν. Galanidou, TEDx Heraklion, February 2014

2012-2014 Palaeolithic excavation in Rodafnidia Lisvori, Lesbos. A vision for Lisvori, Ν. Galanidou, Elementary school building, Lisvori, August 2014

Updating the residents of Lisvori on the excavation results, Ν. Galanidou, Lisvori Marketplace , July 2013