Elissavet Tzavella is adjunct lecturer at the Open University of Cyprus, teaching Byzantine art. She studied Archaeology and Art History at the University of Athens, the University of Munich and the University of Birmingham. In 2013 she finished her PhD-thesis on “Urban and rural landscape in Early and Middle Byzantine Attica (4th-12th c.)”. Her research is in the field of byzantine archaeology and history, with specialization on ceramic studies, settlement history and burial customs.

While working on her PhD-thesis, Elissavet Tzavella was Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities of Attica and Corinth in the Greek Ministry of Culture. After finishing her PhD, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Archaeology at the University of Leiden and participated in the VIDI project “Material Culture, Consumption and Social Change: new approaches to understanding the Eastern Mediterranean during Byzantine and Ottoman Times” conducted by J. A. C. Vroom until 2015.