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 and field work projects on issues related to the preservation, interpretation and display of metal artefacts. At SOAS, Maria lectures in Curating and Museology, 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). She is particularly interested in developing research lead/collection-based learning and outreach projects that bridge the divide between academia and the public, something she is developing for the past two years with the National Maritime Museum, RGM, London for students in the MA in MHMC studies. 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, designed modules and supervised research material culture, collections management, museum studies, and research methods. Maria was nomitated and shortlisted for the SOAS Director’s Teaching Prize for Inspirational Teaching (less than 3 years in 2019). Her previous research in archaeological material culture was generously founded by the A S Onassis Foundation, Greece, The British Academy Small Research Fund, and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.


Programmes Convened
  • 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.

Teaching awards:
  • Shortlisted for the Director’s Teaching Prize Award for Inspirational Teaching under 3 years at SOAS (2019)
  • ‘CONTACT’ for innovative use of collections in archaeology and Classics teaching (HEFCE/CCLRC 2007/09)
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


  • Xuan Wuan Walace Collection, London, UK
  • Nicolle Lofredi, British Library, London, UK
  • Alexa Wilkie UNESCO Youth, Paris, France
  • Michelle Cook, Royal Society of Arts, London, UK
  • Vincianne Dewailly, Musee d’Orsey, Paris, France
  • Martin Brooks, The Ghurka Museum, Winchester
  • Mee Youn Kim, the Yeongeun Province Museum, S. Korea


  • Carance Ameline, The Military Museum, Paris, France
  • Wei Chien Hsu The Gold Museum, Taiwan


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.

Participation in Research Programmes
  • Current: ‘The Olynthos project’(research/interpretation expert on metal findings), multidisciplinary project run by the University of Michigan, USA and the University of Liverpool, UK in collaboration with the Greek Archaeological Service. More information is available on the University of Michigan website.
  • Concluded: ‘Material Connections: mobility, materiality and identity’ AHRC. Directed by Peter van Dommelen (Glasgow) Professors A.B. Knapp (Glasgow), and Michael Rowlands (UCL). For more information, please visit the University of Glasgow website.
Recent conference presentations
  • ‘Ancient Iron in Europe and China: a transcultural approach…or stories of swords and spades’ in International Symposium on Sino-Western Arts Exchange, School of Arts, Southeast University of China (Nanjing, 18-20 Sept 2019)
  • ‘Artefacts: from objects to concepts and to cultural property’ in 1st International Conference on Archaeology and Anthropology, 1st-2nd October, 2018 London, UK
  • ‘Time, memory, and praxis in Iron Age Archaeology’ key note for ‘Craft and Production in the European Iron Age’, 25th – 27th September, 2015. Magdalene College and the McDonald Institute, Cambridge
Other activities
  • Online debate: Should British Museums return objects to their countries of origin? The online debate can be read on the Student Room website.
  • SOAS UG Research Journal Advisory Board - more information is available on the SOAS website.
  • Q&A for the MA In Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies. The Q&A can be read on the programme page for MA Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies.
  • ‘Heritage and Repatriation’ SOAS Festival of Ideas 2020. A recording of the event is available to view on the SOAS YouTube Channel.
  • 'The study of ancient iron' podcast (forthcoming early 2021). More information is available on the Know Show website.


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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