Nikos Tsivikis is a byzantine archaeologist, educated at the University of Crete. He is currently a researcher at the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz. He is a senior member of the Ancient Messene Excavation and Restorations Project since 2005. At the same time, he is leading the “Amorium Urban Survey” in Asia Minor project hosted by the Institute of Mediterranean Studies (Rethymno, Greece). He has been awarded research fellowships in the USA (Dumbarton Oaks, Princeton University, Medieval Academy of America, Metropolitan Museum of Art, California State University at Sacramento), Greece and Turkey (Koç University).
He is specialized in the evolution of Byzantine cities, focusing on social relationships as expressed in the built and unbuilt environment. He has worked in many excavations and published papers on Byzantine architecture, sculpture, epigraphy and metalwork in English, Greek and Turkish.
His concern on social issues extends beyond academia and has been a founding member of various initiatives and joint projects, like the Society for the Study of History and Society (OMIK) and the political and cultural review Levga.