Meet the team

Dr Stella Demesticha, Archaeological Research Director
Assistant Professor of Maritime Archaeology, Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus. Director of MARELab. Chair of THETIS Foundation

Stella Demesticha completed her undergraduate studies in Archaeology in 1992, at the National University of Athens, Greece, (Department of History and Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy,) and she continued at the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Cyprus, where she got her PhD in Archaeology, in 2002.

She worked for 7 years (2000- 2006) at the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, in Athens, Greece (as head of the Museums Department and in 2006, as vice director of the Foundation). In 2006 she taught Maritime Archaeology at the University of Peloponnese, Greece, and since 2007 she lectures at the University of Cyprus.

She specializes in maritime archaeology, with special interest in shipwrecks amphorae, ancient seaborne trade routes and economy in the Eastern Mediterranean. Over the past 20 years, she has participated in many land and underwater archaeological projects in Greece and Cyprus. In 2011 she created the Maritime Archaeological Research Laboratory (MARELab) at the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus. She currently directs three ongoing underwater field projects (the Mazotos and the Nissia Shipwreck Projects and the Xylophagou Anchorage Project) and coordinates all MARELab research programmes. She teaches both under- and post graduate courses, co-ordinates a Master’s Programme (Field Archaeology on Land and Under the Sea) and supervises PhD students.

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Mark Beattie-Edwards, MA, MIfA, Fieldschool Director
Chief Executive Officer, Nautical Archaeology Society, UK.

Mark started working for the NAS in 2001 as the Training Officer, Project Officer, Project Manager, Programme Director and since March 2016 he has been the NAS Chief Executive Officer. Mark is responsible for the day to day operation of the NAS office in Portsmouth, UK including overall supervision of all training and project opportunities.

Mark studied Archaeology at Southampton University between 1993 and 1996 and returned to Southampton in 1999-2000 to undertake the MA in Maritime Archaeology (with Distinction). Mark has worked in the Guernsey, Sweden, the Caribbean and throughout the UK.  His current projects include work on the Holland 5 submarine (1912), the Norman’s Bay Wreck (c.1690), the collection of vessels in Forton Lake in Gosport (UK) as well as a Roman amphorae site in the waters off Guernsey.

MBE day at work


Rachel Quick, MA, PIfA, Fieldschool Coordinator
Education Manager, Nautical Archaeology Society, UK.

Rachel started working for the NAS in 2011 as a graduate in Archaeology and Anthropology from Bristol University, and a Masters graduate in Maritime Archaeology from the University of Southampton. Rachel has worked in the field of archaeology for just over 10 years working both terrestrially and in the marine environment. Her main field of interest is the ethnographic recording of not only the boats/ships/vessels but the people and societies that use them.

It is clear that she has passion for anything that does or did float on the water. Rachel is responsible for the organisation, administration and delivery of the NAS Education Programme in the UK to promote nautical archaeology to the general public and beyond. Rachel also works as the NAS in house illustrator, specialising in archaeological illustrations and design for print and media production. Working to open the world of maritime archaeology to all, including through the use of social media – you can often find Rachel tweeting on behalf of the NAS.

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Andonis Neophytou, Photographer and Instructor
MARELab / Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus.

Andonis is a member of the Maritime Research Laboratory of the Archaeological Unit at the University of Cyprus. He is part of the documentation team of the lab and has participated in underwater excavation projects (i.e. Mazotos, Nissia), surveys (i.e. Paphos, Xylophagou) and other maritime related projects like KARABOI. Andonis is a Computer Scientist with specialization in Software Engineering and Database Design. He has been a research affiliate with the Computer Science Department of University of Cyprus and taught computer science courses at Cyprus College/European University in Nicosia. He is an Instructor Trainer in First Aid (EFRIT-634176) and a diving Master Instructor (MI-634176).



Christos Patsalides, Chief Diver and Safety Officer
MARELab / Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus.

Christos has been professionally involved in the diving business in Cyprus since 1999. He is now a SSI Instructor trainer for Technical diving up to Hypoxic Trimix 100m level; Ocean reef full face mask Instructor; Suex Scooters Instructor, DAN Instructor for all levels; PSAI rebreather diver; CMAS Advanced Scientific diver; CMAS Advance Marine biology diver; CMAS Advance Oceanology diver . He is also a service technician for Oceanic / Aeris / Hollis / DiveX / Atomic aquatic / Sherwood /Beuchat / Cressi-Ssub / Apex / PSI Inspector #RE200 / Zeagle / Problue / Genesis / Ocean Reef / Tusa / Suex scooters/ Halcyone / L&W compressors and Coltri compressors.

Since 2008 he has been the chief diver of the Mazotos Wreck project undertaken by the University of Cyprus. This is the biggest archaeological underwater excavation project that has ever been done in Cyprus in the depth of 45 meters. Since 2008 Christos has also been the instructor responsible for the scuba diving education of the Marine archaeology students of the University of Cyprus. In 2014, he was the chief diver in the Green Bay Shipwreck Project undertaken by the University of Cyprus and is one of the leading members of the Maritime Archaeological Research Lab of the University of Cyprus.

Christos safety diver


Irene Katsouri
Research Assistant at the Maritime Archaeological Research
Laboratory, University of Cyprus

Irene holds a Bachelor’s degree in Illustration from the University in Brighton and a Master’s degree in Interactive Multimedia from the Cyprus University of Technology. Her interest in digital applications for archaeology and cultural heritage, served as the motivation for developing an immersive 3D visualization application, as part of her Master Thesis. Irene has participated in the underwater excavation projects (Nissia, 2014 and Mazotos, 2015) assisting in the digital documentation and re-construction of the 3D site models of the sites. She is currently working as a Research Assistant at the MARELab under the supervision of Dr Stella Demesticha.



Robert White, Fieldschool Assistant
NAS Tutor and Member

Robert joined the NAS in 2008, he is an Assistant Tutor and holds an NAS Part III certificate. He is currently writing up his part IV diploma material based on the work done at the Xylophagou Anchorage Project, Cyprus. He is qualified as a BSAC National Instructor and HSE commercial diver. A composer and musician by profession he has a degree with the Open University in classics, material culture/anthropology and archaeology. His deepening interest in marine archaeology was instigated by his discovery of the anchors and anchorage site at Xylophagou beach in 2009. His special interest is in experimental archaeology and ancient technology.

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Panagiotis Theofanous, Archaeologist

Panagiotis graduated from the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology of the University of Thessaly in 2008 and was awarded an MA in Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton in 2011. He worked as an Associate Researcher at the Cyprus University of Technology between 2013- 2015, and he is currently studying towards an MSc in Geoinformatics at the School of Rural & Surveying Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens in Greece.

He has participated in the underwater excavation of the ancient harbour of Kythnos Island, Greece (2007), the mapping of a Roman scattered shipwreck in Pervolia-Kiti, Cyprus (2008), the investigation of finds and material Roman Era’s shipwrecks in Red Sea Project (2010) and the Mazotos Shipwreck Project, Cyprus (2011, 2012, 2015). His research interests include: the study of the Maritime Cultural Heritage and the emergence of the importance of seaborne trade during the centuries, archaeological fieldwork surveying, geoinformatics, digital data acquisition, post processing and interpretation.



Nick Hassapis, Fieldschool Assistant
NAS Member

Nicholas has been an NAS member enjoying the society’s wide range of courses and projects since 2002. Nicholas studied Classics at UCL and even managed to include some units in archaeology. He has been involved in the Xylophagou Anchorage Project since 2011 and has participated in a number of projects in the UK and the Mediterranean, including on the Mazotos Wreck. He’s a keen diver and diving instructor who rarely missed an opportunity to promote maritime archaeology and diving with a purpose among his fellow club members.

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