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Erofili –Iris Kollia attended the Department of History and Archaeology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, from which she graduated in 1990 with a BA in Archaeology and History of Art. In 1993 she received an MA in Classical Archaeology and in 2000 she obtained her Ph.D. at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, on “Hellenistic Pottery from Naxos”, which was published by the Archaeological Receipts Fund. Since November 1993 and after her successful participation in state organized written examinations, is working as an archaeologist at the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, responsible for the study, excavation, preservation and promotion of the archaeological sites and collections of artefacts of various regions in the North and West Peloponnese.
In addition, she has taken part in the ‘Eastern Aigialeia Survey Project’ by the Italian Archaeological Institute in collaboration with the National Research Center of Greece and the 6th Ephorate of Antiquities of Patras, while she is the director of the systematic excavation at the site of ancient Keryneia (Achaea) and co-director of the systematic excavation of the temple of Poseidon Helikonius in ancient Helike (Achaea).
From 2005 to 2012 E. Kollia was a member of the team of the Greek archaeologists that took part in the excavation of Sybaris, an Achaean Greek colony, in South Italy in collaboration with the Italian Archaeological Institute at Athens and the Sopritendenza per i Beni Archaeologici della Calabria.
From December of 2011 until October of 2014 she served as Director of the 6th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities of Patras and from October of 2014 to May 2015 she was Director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Kefallinia and Ithaka.
Since 2015 she in charge of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Ilia supervising among other important monuments and sites, two of the eithteen in total Unesco Monuments of Greece, Ancient Olympia and the Temple of Epikourius Apollo. She has participated in several committees of the Ministry of Culture and Sports and from 2017 until 2019 she was a deputy member of the Central Archaeological Council.
Since 2017 she is the representative of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture for the Archaeological Site of Olympia in the successful program of Unesco and National Geographic, World Heritage Journeys of Europe and she is responsible for the implementation of several projects which are funded by the European Union as well.
Furthermore, she has written many articles related to the cultural heritage, which are published in scientific journals and has taken part in several international archaeological workshops and seminars.