Konstantine Politis

Konstantine Politis, ACOR-CAORC Postdoctoral Fellowship 2024-2025

Kalliroe (‘Ain ez-Zara, Jordan) Documentation and Study Project

ACOR-CAORC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Hellenic Society for Near Eastern Studies

Konstantine D. Politis is an archaeologist educated in Greece, the United States, Belgium, and Britain. His focus is on the late antique and medieval periods in eastern Mediterranean lands. From 1988 to 2006 he was at the British Museum, which sponsored his excavations in Jordan and Oman. Dr. Politis discovered and excavated the Sanctuary of Lot, southeast of the Dead Sea, publishing it with the British Museum (2010). Since 1999 he led multi-period excavations of Zoara at Ghor Safi in Jordan, producing eight volumes of results while at Athens and Ionian universities in Greece (2015–2023). He has published 100 scholarly articles, edited the conference proceedings of the World of the Nabataeans (2007), and written the more popular Holy Footprints across the Jordan (2012) and the Sacred Heritage of Jordan (2024). Currently he is finalizing Nabataeans on the Shores of the Dead Sea. Dr. Politis has led experts conserving the mosaics and buildings of the St. Lot Monastery in Jordan and directed the interpretation and design for the Museum at the Lowest Place on Earth near that site. In 2008 Dr Politis completed a five-year documentation of the mosaics of Syria, and an exhibition on Hellenistic Syria in the Hama Museum. Meanwhile, he led excavations at Ra’s al-Hadd in Oman and was consultant for UNESCO, USAID, and the British Council. Since 2021 he has co-directed the Hinterland of Medieval Chalkida Project in Greece under the auspices of the Hellenic Society for Near Eastern Studies, which he currently chairs.

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