Nicholas Chr. Stampolidis graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with first-class degree in History and Archaeology. He did post-graduate studies at the University of Bonn, Germany (1975-1978) and received his doctorate diploma in Archaeology from the University of Thessaloniki in 1982 (for his thesis «Ο βωμός του Διονύσου στην Κώ» focusing on Hellenistic sculpture and architecture). In 1984 he started teaching as a Lecturer at the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Crete and in 1994 he was elected Full-time Professor. Since 1996 he has been, also, Director of the Museum of Cycladic Art. He has organized and curated several archaeological exhibitions, international Symposia and Conferences and edited their Proceedings, sometimes in collaboration with other scholars. He has excavated at Vergina, Akanthos, Rhodes and Crete. Since 1985, he is conducting a systematic excavation at the site of ancient Eleutherna (West Section III) in Crete.