Dr. Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou graduated from Sorbonne University (Paris IV) in 1980 and obtained her D.E.U.G. (1979), Licence (1980) and Maîtrise (1981) in Archaeology and Art History, while in 1984 she received her postgraduate title D.E.A. in Archaeology. In 2001 she received her PhD with honors in Medieval Archaeology from Sorbonne University (Paris I). Her doctoral dissertation was on the Archaeological Approach of the Establishments of Templars and Hospitallers in Cyprus. She is an expert in medieval archaeology and her research interest focuses on the industrial archaeology of the island during the medieval period.
She joined the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus in 1986 as an Archaeological Officer. She was promoted to Senior Archaeological Officer in 1995 and to Curator of Antiquities (Monuments Sector) in 2006, where she was responsible for the coordination of works in relation to the conservation, restoration, protection and promotion of all listed Ancient Monuments in Cyprus. From December 2012 until December 2014 she was Acting Director and since December 2014 she is the Director of the Department of Antiquities, having the overall responsibility for the excavation, conservation and promotion of ancient remains, and at the same time for the conservation, restoration and promotion of Cyprus’ ancient monuments as a whole. The Director is also responsible for the function, the enrichment, the expansion and the establishment of public archaeological museums.