Lilian Karali-Giannakopoulou worked at the Anthropological Museum of the Medical School of the University of Athens between 1980 and 1988, while from 1988 until today she teaches Prehistoric & Environmental Archaeology at the Department of History & Archaeology, of the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens, a subject which was first taught in Greece by herself during the 1980s.
Following her long-term efforts, in 2003 Ms Karali founded the Laboratory of Environmental Archaeology, which houses the dreams of a team of young archaeologists, whose aim is to educate archaeologists on the study of ancient environmental materials, support research and undertake academic research programmes, as well as the organization of scientific conferences, symposia and seminars with highly acclaimed academics.
Ms Karalis’ main research fields apart from Environmental Archaeology include, Greek and global prehistory (Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and the Bronze Age), Bio-Archaeology (human and animal traces) and prehistoric technology. She has received numerous awards and distinctions and has given lectures at Universities, research centers, Foundations and Museums in Greece, Europe (including Sorbonne, Toulouse, Amsterdam, Groningen, Ghent, Glasgow, Valencia, Nice, Pisa, Novosibirsk, Moscow and others), the United States (Harvard, Princeton, Santa Barbara) and Asia (International Research Center Nichibunken, Sokendai, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Beijing, National Taipei University, Academia Sinica).
She is a member of important scientific committees, a supervisor for postgraduate papers and theses, and is the member of a number of councils and electorate bodies (the National Centre for Scholarships, the Hellenic National Academic Recognition Information Center, the Central Archaeological Council and the local Council for S. Aegean). She has participated in more than 100 international meetings and conferences and her research on the paleoenvironment, anthropology, archaeozoology and archaeomalacology has been published in 120 articles in Greek and international journals, as well as books. Ms Karali has an extensive excavation experience and has written extensively on her fields of interests. She is a specialist in the research of bioarchaelogical traces (ostrea and human and animal bones).
As an example of her wide-ranging scientific activity, she has conducted the archeological study for the construction of a model of the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora, which is exhibited at a park – exhibition centre in Taiwan, along with other models of important monuments. For this research she received praise from the Educational Department of the diplomatic representatives of Taiwan in Greece.
Her current research projects include: A publication on the Leontari Cave excavation, the organization of research and events as part of the Scientific Team of Environmental Archaeology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the organization and enrichment of the archaeoenvironmental collection of the Museum of the Archaeology and History of Art Department for teaching purposes, as well as conducting research and publishing the results regarding ancient materials found in excavation sites around Greece (Agora, Thorikos, Akrotiri, Kos-Kardamain, Karchidon, Delphi, Thessaloniki) and abroad.