Dr. Yota Pantou was born and raised in Volos, Greece. After receiving her BA in Archaeology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Yota worked for seven years as a professional archaeologist for the Greek Archaeological Service. Her passion for traveling and research led her to the United States, where she obtained her MA and PhD degree in Mediterranean Archaeology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. The summers of her graduate years she excavated on the island of Crete. Yota’s PhD research on Late Bronze Age Greece was published in the American Journal of Archaeology. For two years, she was a Fellow of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens participating in the school’s intensive travel program to archaeological sites and museums in Greece. From 2012-2015, Yota worked as a Latin teacher in Denver, Colorado. In 2015,she returned to Greece and a year later obtained her tour guide license from the University of Macedonia and the Greek Ministry of Tourism. Since then, Yota has been working as a professional tour guide in Greece. She is the owner of Pelion Culture (2017), a website focusing on archaeological and cultural tourism in the city of Volos and the Pelionregion. When Yota is not on a tour, she enjoys writing. She is a guest blogger for the Huffington Post (Greek Edition) on topics related to travel and tourism, and the author of Archaeopolis,a children’s book with stories inspired from antiquity.
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