Archaeological science, Ceramic technology, Thermomechanical properties of materials, computational materials science


Dr. Anno Hein is senior researcher at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He studied physics and informatics at the University of Bonn with a diploma thesis about NAA of archaeological ceramics and a PhD about total reflection XRF with synchrotron radiation at the Bonn Electron Stretcher Accelerator (ELSA), which he finalized in1996. In 1998, after an intermediate employment as software developer he came to the Institute of Materials Science (IMS) at the N.C.S.R. “Demokritos” (NCSR D) working as post-doctoral researcher within the framework of the European research project GEOPRO with focus on the integrated study of archaeological ceramics. From 2002 to 2006 he was holding a terminable position as associate researcher. After working in various projects concerning the characterization and conservation of archaeological materials in Greece, he took a permanent position as researcher in the Cultural Heritage programme at the NCSR D in 2010. In 2014 he was promoted to senior researcher. His research interests in the field of Cultural Heritage concern the investigation of archaeological materials in view of raw material management, manufacturing processes, dissemination and technology transfer. He has a particular interest in studies of the design and thermo-mechanical performance of functional ceramics and built structures. This involves apart from material testing the development of digital multi-scale models, which can be evaluated for example in computer simulations with the finite element method (FEM) or computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Furthermore, he works on data management, in view of open-source database development and the evaluation of ‘Big Data’, collected in the physico-chemical characterization of archaeological materials and raw materials. For this, apart from traditional multivariate statistics he is applying also methods for automatic pattern recognition and machine learning. By now he has published 59 articles in peer-reviewed journals with an h-factor of 17 (without self citations), 9 chapters in books and 44 articles in reviewed conference proceedings. He is teaching in master courses at two Greek universities and he has given invited guest lectures at several European universities. Currently he is supervising 5 PhD students and he has supervised one PhD, which was finalized in 2018.



Hein, A., Jung, R., Kardamaki, E. and Kilikoglou, V., Pottery production in Mycenaean Laconia: NAA results from the palace of ayios vasileios Prahistorische Zeitschrift, 2021 [doi]

Hein, A., Dobosz, A., Day, P.M. and Kilikoglou, V., Portable ED-XRF as a tool for optimizing sampling strategy: The case study of a Hellenistic amphora assemblage from Paphos (Cyprus) Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 133, Article Number: 105436, 2021 [doi]

Hein, A. and Kilikoglou, V., Ceramic raw materials: how to recognize them and locate the supply basins: chemistry Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, Volume 12, Article Number: 180, 2020 [doi]

Marzec, E., Kiriatzi, E., Müller, N.S. and Hein, A., An integrated typological, technological and provenance investigation of Late Hellenistic colour-coated pottery from Nea Paphos, Cyprus Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, Volume 11, Pages: 4103-4122, 2019 [doi]

Martínez Ferreras, V., Angourakis, A., Hein, A., Aulinas Juncà, M., Garcia-Valles, M., Gurt Esparraguera, J.M., Ariño Gil, E., Sánchez Del Corral, A. and Pidaev, S.R., Assessing Hellenistic to nomadic cultural patterns through pottery in ancient Termez, Uzbekistan Geoarchaeology, Volume 34, Pages: 540-564, 2019 [doi]

Hein, A., Kilikoglou, V. and Martinón-Torres, M., Heat transfer properties of post-medieval crucibles Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, Volume 11, Pages: 1571-1575, 2019 [doi]

Martínez Ferreras, V., Angourakis, A., Hein, A., Gurt Esparraguera, J.M., Sverchkov, L.M. and Sánchez del Corral, A., Pottery in Hellenistic tradition from ancient Bactria: The Kurganzol fortress (Uzbekistan, Central Asia) Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Volume 21, Pages: 1044-1054, 2018 [doi]

Coletti, C., Maritan, L., Cultrone, G., Dalconi, M.C., Hein, A., Molina, E. and Mazzoli, C., Recycling trachyte waste from the quarry to the brick industry: Effects on physical and mechanical properties, and durability of new bricks Construction and Building Materials, Volume 166, Pages: 792-807, 2018 [doi]

Carvajal López, J.C., Hein, A., Glascock, M.D. and Day, P.M., Combined petrographic and chemical analysis of water containers and glazed wares in the Early Islamic Vega of Granada (southeast Spain, 6th to 12th centuries CE) Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Volume 21, Pages: 1130-1140, 2018 [doi]

Kilikoglou, V., Kiriatzi, E., Hein, A., Müller, N.S., Karatasios, I. and Gait, J., Editorial foreword Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Volume 21, Pages: 911, 2018 [doi]

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