Interview | Marina Faka
Research Technical Specialist
Can you tell us few words about your academic background?
Yes, sure! I graduated from the School of the Rural and Surveying Engineering, with the equivalent degree, of the National Technical University of Athens in 2011. My keen interest in cultural heritage and more specifically the byzantine churches led me to follow the relevant specialization topic of the geometrical documentation of monuments. Thus, my diploma thesis was on the Geometrical documentation of the church of the Holy Cross in the village of Pelendri, in Cyprus.
What about your research at the Cyprus Institute and STARC?
Since my engagement at the CyI in September 2012, I have had the opportunity to participate in several projects considering the 3D documentation of archaeological sites and monuments, with the main goal being the development of my skills in the geometric documentation of such a demanding field. I have also taken part, as the main topographer, in archaeological excavation missions. I have worked in case studies all over Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Italy. Field work worth mentioning is the Dhaskalio at Keros Island excavation archaeological site (two seasons campaigns) in Greece, the Tombs of the Kings, the Choirokoitia– reconstructed area and the ancient settlement, both listed as Unesco World Heritage sites, the Cathedral of St John the Theologian, the Roman bath in the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, the Church of Ayia Marina, Derynia, in Cyprus, the Givati parking lot excavation (two campaigns), the King’s David Tomb complex in Israel and the Santa Cristina Sanctuary in Italy. Also, one of the most significant projects that I have participated in was the one of being part of a multidisciplinary team which worked in collaboration with the Committee of Missing Persons in Cyprus for the location of mass graves and burial sites.
Right now, I am very excited to participate in the project IH-AT (INVISIBLE HERITAGE - ANALYSIS and TECHNOLOGY) which aims to study the UNESCO listed churches in Troodos. My interest in the byzantine architecture and especially the byzantine churches started very early in my life so I am really happy to join IH-AT project team.
Meanwhile, I have been working with other research groups at CyI such as the Water Group and the Energy Group, mostly to support their research.
Do you think the advanced technological and scientific framework of CyI and STARC has enriched your research?
Yes, for sure. The group which I belong to consists of people from different scientific backgrounds. This multi-disciplinary environment has been particularly helpful as it enables me to combine the knowledge and techniques in different scientific fields and at the same time I have the chance to explore new fields and topics. There is a growing feeling of solidarity and cooperation among colleagues which encourages a productive and positive professional work environment. Last, STARC has provided us with most of the tools (state of the art equipment) that a surveyor needs to perform their job and conduct research in the most efficient way.