It is with great sadness that we must share the news that our friend and colleague Maria Kosma passed away on 23 July 2015. Maria worked since 2006 for the 11th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities (now EFA Euboias) as archaeologist responsible for southern Euboia. One of her achievements during her work in Euboia was her excavation of an Early Helladic cemetery at Nea Styra which is generally recognized as a discovery of great cultural and scientific significance.
From the beginning Maria was involved in the Plakari Archaeological Project, first as representative of the 11th Ephorate, from 2012 as co-director of the Plakari excavations. An important milestone in the protection of the site of Plakari has been the decision to set aside the hill top as a communal area assigned to the community of Karystos. This decision was effectuated in 2011 thanks to the perseverance of Maria. From this point in time the area was secured from further building development and became available for archaeological research.
In 2013 Maria was diagnosed with cancer. Initially, her treatment seemed to be successful. There was a relapse but Maria was positive about the outcome of her therapy. On 26 May 2015 she gave a lecture on Cycladic figurines in the context of her excavations at Nea Styra at the Archaeological Society of Athens. Also in May she let us know that she had good hopes to be able to come to Plakari for the final fieldwork season. We were all delighted by her determination to finish the project that we had embarked upon together. She was a fighter in every respect, but in July her health deteriorated rapidly. She was hospitalized in the Mitera Hospital in Athens where she passed away on 23 July at the age of 45. With her passing, we have lost a good friend, a fine colleague and a dedicated archaeologist.