On 4-5 May 2012 the Theory in (Ancient) Greek Archaeology Conference (TiGA) was held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:

S. Andreou, "Identities in flux: The shifting attitudes towards habitation, the dead and the body in Macedonia, Greece between the 11th and the 8th centuries BC."

R. Vaessen, "Creative Improvisation and the Making of Pottery on the West Coast of Asia Minor during the Bronze-Age transition"

D. Margomenou, "Interrogating the 'Macedonian Ethne': social change, collective action and emergent institutions in northern Greece at the end of the Late Bronze Age and beginning of the Early Iron Age"

D. Diffendale, When the cat's away, the mice still pay? Land division and sharecropping in Mycenaean and later Greece

NARNIA Archaeometallurgy

On 7-11 May 2012 the New Archaeological Research Network for Integrating Aproaches to ancient material studies (NARNIA) training course Introduction to the Archaeometallurgy of Cyprus was held by the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus. Lectures of interest to Nestor readers included:

T. Rehren, "The archaeometallurgy of copper - what we study, how and why?"

J. Muhly, "Forty years of archaeometallurgical studies in Cyprus (1970-2010)"

E. Peltenburg, "The beginnings of metalwork on Cyprus"

B. Knapp, "Metallurgical production and exchange on Bronze Age Cyprus: An overview"

V. Kassianidou, "Cypriot Late Bronze Age copper production"

C. Pulak, "The Uluburun ship: Copper and tin ingots, and the trade of copper"

A. Hauptmann, "On the making of the Uluburun copper oxhide ingots"

F. Lo Schiavo, "The Cyprus-Sardinia connection: Tighter than ever"

G. Papasavvas, "Cypriot Late Bronze Age metalwork"

Buffalo TAG 2012

On 17-20 May 2012 Buffalo Theory in Archaeology (TAG 2012) was held at the University at Buffalo. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:

N. Karul, "A Multifaceted Heritage Project in Aktopraklik, Turkey"

N. Russell, "Human and Animal Bodies at Çatalhöyük, Turkey"

E. Ruzi,"Investigating Compositional Variability among Early Neolithic Ceramics from Korça Region, Albania"

M. Kersel, "Bridging the 'Great Divide' at Keros: Science, People and the Past in Theory and Practice"

On 28 May – 1 June 2012 the 34th Annual Excavation, Survey and Archaeometry Symposium organized by the Turkish Ministry of Culture was held in Çorum. The program is available at,45539/34-uluslararasi-kazi-arastirma-ve-arkeometri-sempozyumu.html. Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:

S. Özdöl, "Çatalhöyük Excavations 2011"

S. Günel, "Excavations at Çine-Tepecik, 2011 Campaign"

N. Karul, "Excavations at Aktopraklık, 2011"

T. Efe, "The Küllüoba Excavations, 2011"

M. Özdogan, "Excavations at Kırklareli Mound, The 2011 Season"

H. Hüryilmaz, "Excavations at Gökçeada-Yenibademli Höyük 2011"

N. Karaaslan, "Panaztepe 2011 Campaign"

H. Erkanal, "Land Excavations at Liman Tepe, 2011"

V. Sahoglu, "Excavations at Çesme – Baglararası, 2011"

A. Özyar, "Tarsus-Gözlükule Excavation: Work in 2011"

M.-H. Gates, "Kinet Höyük, 2011 Season"

I. Caneva, "The 2011 Field Season at Mersin-Yumuktepe"

İ. Özgen, "Hacımusalar Excavations 2011"

Policies of Exchange

On 30 May - 2 June 2012 a symposium entitled Policies of Exchange: Models of Political Systems and Modes of Interaction in the Aegean and Near East in the 2nd millennium BC was held at the University of Freiburg. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:

C. Pulak, "The Uluburun Shipwreck - ­ Evidence for Royal Exchange?"

T. Rehren, "Glass as a Trade Item in the Late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean"

E. Cline, "Preliminary Thoughts on Abundance vs. Scarcity in the Ancient World: Competition vs. Cooperation in Late Bronze Age Trade across the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean"

B. Eder, "The Geographic Diffusion of Imported Goods and Materials in Mycenaean Greece"

R. Jung, "Mycenaean Pottery in the East: Distribution, Context and Interpretation"

D. Panagiotopoulos, "Sealing and 'Exchange' in the Late Bronze Age Aegean and Beyond"

L. Bendall, "Mycenaean Administration: its regional and supraregional character in an international perspective"

H. Matthäus, "The role of Cyprus"

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