SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Dr Maria Kostoglou

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Maria Kostoglou
Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Lecturer in Curating and Museology (Education)

School of Arts

MA Dissertation Coordinator

Dr Maria Kostoglou
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Maria holds M. Phil and Ph. D. in Archaeology (University of Glasgow) with expertise in ancient metalwork and she has been consulting museums on issues related to the preservation, interpretation and display of metal artefacts. At SOAS, Maria is a Lecturer in Curating and Museology (Education), co-directs the MA in Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies and teaches relevant UG and PG modules (often with the use of SOAS collections). Before SOAS, she worked as a curator of national archaeological museums and university museums in Britain and abroad as well as a lecturer at the University of Manchester (Department of Archaeology and Centre for Museum Studies); at Manchester, she directed the Heritage Studies Programme, coordinated and taught courses about artefacts and material culture, collections management, research methods and supervised PG research in archaeological material culture and museum studies.


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
  • MA Dissertation (workshops)
Contributions to other modules

At SOAS Maria is developing teaching based on research about inclusive learning and practice-based pedagogy with an emphasis on the use of collections within SOAS and other institutions in London. She is particularly interested in the use of museum collections in innovating higher education curriculum design and in the development of training for transferable skills in the museum and heritage sector.

MA dissertation supervisees and recent students working in museums and heritage:


  • Claudia Vlad, Museo de le Civita, Rome, Italy
  • Gazala Raees, National History Museum, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Shuda Palepu, Getty Foundation, LA, California, USA

Current students in internships and volunteering roles 2018/19

  • Xuan Wuan, The Wallace Foundation, London, UK
  • Fa-Jou Liu, The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich


Maria is currently researching the educational role of practice-based pedagogy in arts and humanities and museum pedagogies with a focus on collection-based research and learning for university students. As a metal expert, she also studies iron artefacts and their socio-cultural meanings (past and present) and published material from the eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East, Africa and Bahrain; she currently started research at transcultural approaches to ancient iron in Europe and China (c. 8th to 4th centuries BCE). Maria is interested in research and supervision in ancient artefact studies; the materiality of objects and their connections with place and identity (past and present); museum studies and heritage interpretation (in multi-cultural settings). Maria is also available for consultation on the development of archaeological heritage sites and collections.


Book Chapters

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Kostoglou, Maria (2018) 'Time, memory, and innovation in Iron Age craft and production'. Craft and Production in the European Iron Age. Oxford: Oxbow. [Forthcoming]

Kostoglou, Maria (2018) 'Iron in Iron Age Greece'. In: Antonaccio, C. and Carter, J., (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to the Greek Iron Age. New York: Cambridge University Press. [Forthcoming]

Kostoglou, Maria (2012) 'Archaeometallurgical Study of a sample of Iron Objects from Nyoo and Metal Working Debris from Zandoya'. In: Insoll, Timothy and MacLean, Rachel and Kankpeyeng, Benjamin, (eds.), Temporalising Anthropology: Archaeology in the Talensi Tong Hills, Northern Ghana. Frankfurt: Africa Magna Verlag.

Kostoglou, Maria (2010) 'Iron, connectivity and local identities in ancient Mediterranean'. In: van Dommelen, P. and Knapp, A. B., (eds.), Material Connections in the ancient Mediterranean: Mobility, Materiality and Identity. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp 170-189.

Kostoglou, Maria (2006) 'Metal working debris from the excavations in Bahrain'. In: Insoll, T., (ed.), The Land of Enki in the Islamic Era: Pearls, Palms and Religious Identity in Bahrain. London: Kegan Paul.


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