Helen – Margarita Bardas was born in Athens in 1993 from a Scottish mother and a Greek father. She is a grad student in the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art of the TEI of Athens in the sector of “Conservation of Archaeological and Historical Artifacts”. She studied for six months at the Universitat Politècnica de València in Spain as part of the Erasmus programme. She completed her internship at the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities in Athens and at The Mary Rose Trust in Portsmouth, UK. Her dissertation subject is on lifting methods of organic artifacts from an underwater excavation.
She takes part in underwater surveys and excavations as a conservator – diver (Fourni of Ikaria Archipelago, Modi, Ancient Epidaurus, Chios, Albania) but also in land excavations (Makrys Gialos of Crete, Ancient Helike). Her experience from participating in numerous European youth exchange programmes and volunteering has made her able to work and collaborate adequately in multicultural environments. She speaks Greek, English and Spanish. She owns a CMAS-EOUDATK Advanced Nitrox 100% Diver certificate and is an active member of the Institute of Historical & Archaeological Research “Korseai”.