Seminars in Aegean and Cypriote Archaeology

The program of Seminars in Aegean and Cypriote Archaeology at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice has been announced for autumn 2019:
30 October 2019: J. Driessen, “In the shadow of the Minotaur? Excavations at Sissi”
28 November 2019: L. Bombardieri, “Erimi. Identità culturale e sviluppo economico di una comunità protourbana a Cipro”
28 November 2019: G. Graziadio, “Le reciproche influenze sulle produzioni ceramiche di Cipro e dell’Egeo dagli inizi del secondo millennio a circa il 1200 a.C.”
29 November 2019: F. Gaignerot-Driessen, “Sacred Mountain: Cult Places and Practices at Anavlochos, Crete (1750-450 BC)”


Circle of Lectures

The program of the Circle of Lectures at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens has been announced for December 2019:
2 December 2019: Χ. Σοφιανού, “Ένας ασύλητος θαλαμοειδής τάφος Υστερομινωικής ΙΙΙΑ-Β περιόδου στο Κεντρί Ιεράπετρας”
9 December 2019: J. Driessen, “In the shadow of the Minotaur – Recent Excavations at Sissi (Lasithi, Crete)”
16 December 2019: Χ. Σοφιανού, Γ. Παπαδάτος, M. Eaby, and T. Brogan, “Rock Art and Round Buildings in Eastern Crete: the Case of Final Neolithic Sopata and early Minoan Mesorachi”


ENE 2019

On 6-8 November 2019 the 1st Conference on the Early Neolithic of Europe (ENE 2019) will be held at Museu Marítim de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain). Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
C. Perlès, “Neolithic and the Sea”
N. Mazzucco, “The Origins and Spread of Neolithic Harvesting Technologies from the Near East to Europe”
B. Horejs, “Early farming communities between Anatolia, Aegean and the central Balkans”
T. Papadakou, “Distribution of organic-tempered pottery in SE Europe and the Near East: a complex picture”
M. Gurova, “Flint assemblages as trajectory to the Balkan Neolithization: Bulgarian case study”
M. Grebska-Kulow, “Early Neolithic in Southwestern Bulgaria – supraregional connections”
K. Douka, “Dating the Early Neolithic of mainland Greece, with a focus on Thessaly and Macedonia”
I. Gjipali, “Chronological and cultural data on the Neolithization process in Albania”
S. Souvatzi, “Socialising the landscape in the Early Neolithic of Thessaly, Greece”
N. Nikolova, “Within and without: setting the boundaries of Early Neolithic settlement sites in Bulgaria”
A. Angourakis, “Theory strikes back: a modelling and simulation theory building approach on the origin of agriculture”
J. Markovic, “Dental buccal microwear and dietary strategies in the Early Neolithic of southeast Europe”
B. Milic, “Technological responses to raw materials in the Early Neolithic Aegean and the Balkans”
M. Georgiadis, “The Mesolithic and Early Neolithic funerary practices in the Aegean: from hunting-gathering to sedentism”
I. Ninou, “Does ‘a mortar make a house…?’ Early Neolithic grinding and pounding stone tools from Greece: Mavropigi-Fillotsairi Kozanis”
F. Argyris, “The manufacture of clay figurines in Early Neolithic Thessaly”


Migrations in the Metal Ages

On 9-10 November 2019 a conference entitled Where are you going? Reconsidering migrations in the Metal Ages will be held in Edinburgh. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
P. Stockhammer, “Mobility at the onset of the Bronze Age: A bioarchaeological perspective”
C. Bruyere, S. Daly, and B. Molloy, “Exploring fortification and metal provenance to understand mobility in the Late Bronze Age”
D. E. Michael, L. Fibiger, I. Moutafi, M. Katsimicha, and B. Molloy, “Exploring human mobility and social change in the Balkans and Greece c. 1200 BC from the perspective of human remains”



On 12-14 November 2019 the 2nd International Congress on Archaeological Sciences in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East (ICAS-EMME 2) will be held at The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
S. Manning, “Time, History and Climate in Cyprus: the Cyprus Dendrochronology Laboratory and recent progress”
N. Papakonstantinou, T. Booth, and S. Triantaphyllou, “Human remains under the microscope of funerary taphonomy. Investigating the histological biography of the decaying body in the prehistoric Aegean”
T. Maltas, “Crop Choice and Socio-Economic Organisation in Bronze Age Western Anatolia”
Ö. Çizer, “Early Bronze Age communities of Western Anatolia: with a special contribution on archaeobotanical research”
E. Margaritis, “Arboriculture and urbanism in the Bronze Age Aegean”
A. Spyrou, “Exploring the human-cattle relationship in Bronze Age Cyprus: Archaeozoological, isotopic and ethnographic approaches”
A. Hadjikoumis, “The road to the Bronze Age: a diachronic approach to sheep and goat husbandry in prehistoric Cyprus”
D. Abate, M. Faka, C. Ioannou, N. Bakirtzis, S. Hermon, and O. D. Le Brun, “From Analogue to Digital: 40 years of archaeological documentation and management at the Neolithic UNESCO World Heritage site of Khirokitia”
G. Artopoulos, I. Romanowska, and O. D. Le Brun, “Khirokitia: simulating a proto-urban site”
V. Kilikoglou, “Archaeological materials studies and modern innovation: examples from the study of ceramics and mortars”
P. Elefanti, G. Marshall, Ch. Stergiou, and E. Kotjabopoulou, “Raw material procurement at Boila Rockshelter, northwestern Greece, as an indicator of hunter-gatherer mobility in Greece during the Late Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic”
P. Mylona, M. Pomadère, and J.-D. Vigne, “The contribution of soil micromorphology for understanding the occupation styles in prehistory: Two case-studies from Cyprus and Crete”
M. Amadio and L. Bombarideri, “Abandonment processes through the microscope lens. Microarchaeological data from Middle Bronze Age Erimi, Cyprus”
V. Kassianidou and A. Charalambous, “Metallic and glazed artefacts from the Cypriot Chalcolithic”
A. Charalambous, V. Kassianidou, and G. Papasavvas, “Using pXRF spectroscopy to identify ancient copper alloys: the case of LBA Enkomi (Cyprus)”
S. Menelaou and O. Kouka, “‘ Cooking up’ pottery recipes: a diachronic technological and provenance analysis of cooking ware ceramics from prehistoric Heraion on Samos, Greece (5th to early 2nd millennia BC)”
E. Kountouri, P. Tritsaroli, and T. Konstantakou, “Burials and human osteological remains from the Bronze Age acropolis of Aghios Ioannis in Boeotia, Greece: preliminary results of the bioarchaeological analysis”
D. Kofel, T. Bürge, P. M. Fischer, “Crops and food choices at the Late Bronze Age site of Hala Sultan Tekke”
M. Rousou, M. Tengberg, and O. Kouka, “The archaeobotany of Pre-Pottery Neolithic Cyprus: a synthesis of current and recent data”
R. Winter, W. de Kock, and C. Çakirlar, “Marine vertebrate exploitation in the eastern Mediterranean c. 2500 BC - 1300 AD”
X. Charalambidou, B. McLoughlin, and G. London, “Ancient artisans and ethno-archaeology. From Early Iron Age Naxos and Andros to modern Cyprus: first assessment and perspectives”
S. Fouriki, E. Kiriatzi, M. Vlazaki, and B. Hallager, “‘Moving’ cooking pots in LBA Chania, Crete: local production and imports”
C. Gardner, E. Kiriatzi, N. S. Müller, G. Giannakopoulos, K. Tsirtsi, K. Kissas, S. Müth-Frederiksen, C. Hayward, and N. M. Kristensen, “Revisiting the question of ceramic provenance in the Northern and North-eastern Peloponnese”



On 17 November 2019 an international conference entitled Philistines! Rehabilitating a Biblical Foe will be held at Yeshiva University Museum, New York. Free registration is available at; further information is available from 800-838-3006. The program will be:
A. Maeir, “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: Changing perspectives on the Philistines”
L. Hitchcock, “An Architectural Biography of the ‘Melbourne Megaron’ in Area A”
A. Killebrew, “ Philistines in Philistia: Interactions Between the Pentapolis Settlements and its Hinterland During the Iron I Period”
D. Ben Shlomo, “Philistine Society as Revealed by its Art, Iconography, and Cultic Artifacts”
S. Frumin, “Cereals and Fruits of the Philistines – Signs of Identity and Involvement”
J. Katz, “Dynamics of Philistine Group Identity: From Barbarism to Civilization”
A. Koller, “Language, Script, and Philistine ‘Assimilation’ in the Iron I and Iron II Levant”
J. Chadwick, “When Gath of the Philistines became Gath of Judah”
S. Holtz, “Jeremiah’s Prophecy to the Philistines (Jer. 47) as Literature and History”


Crete in the LM II-IIIA2 Early Period

On 21-23 November 2019 a conference entitled One State, Many Worlds: Crete in the LM II-IIIA2 Early Period will be held in Khania, Crete. Further information is available at The program will be:
T. Whitelaw, “LM II-IIIA2 Knossos in Context”
A. L. D’Agata and L. Girella, “Crete in the LM II-IIIA Period. Material Entanglements, Shifting Identities and International Connections: Towards an ‘Open Society?’”
E. Hallager, “Greek-Swedish Excavations: the LM II and IIIA1 Period”
B. Hallager, “Kydonia in the LM II-IIIA Period”
E. Papadopoulou, “LM II-IIIA1 Aptera in the Knossian Sphere of Influence”
Y. Tzedakis and V. Kolivaki, “The Cemetery of Armenoi (Rethymno) in the LM IIIA1-IIIA2 Early Period”
Y. Galanakis, “An Epistemological Debate? Understanding the Formation of Local-scale Group Identities in the Funerary Record of LM II-IIIA Knossos”
C. F. Macdonald, “Architectural Continuity, Renovation and Innovation in the Town and Palace of Knossos, LM IB-IIIIA1”
A. Kanta, “Cult in the Final Palatial Period at Knossos: The Fetish Shrine of the Religious Centre of the City and Its Foundation. Historical Evidence from New Material”
J. Weingarten, “The Use and Re-use of Gold Rings in Knossos after the LM IB Destructions”
J. Driessen and O. Mouthuy, “The Late Minoan II-IIIA2 Linear B Archives at Knossos”
M. Andreadaki-Vlazaki, “The Arrival of ‘Mycenaeans’ in the Area of Khania: Legend and Archaeology”
J. M. A. Murphy, “Imports, Imitation, and Influence: The Complex Relationship between Pylos and Crete”
M. C. Nelson, “The Palace of Nestor at Pylos and the Development of Its Masonry”
A. Vasilogambrou, E. Kardamaki, P. Day, and V. Hachtmann, “Pottery Production and Consumption at Ayios Vasileios during LH IIIA and the Cretan Connections”
J. C. Wright, “Socio-political Disorder and a New Political Economy at Knossos”
D. Nakassis, “The Innocence of Facticity: ‘Mycenaean’ Knossos in its Aegean Context”
V. Petrakis, “The Beginnings of Linear B and Literate Administration on the Greek Mainland”
F. Blakolmer, “Many States, One World of Images? Some Thoughts on the Position of the Iconography of LM II-IIIA Crete in Its Wider Aegean Context”
G. Rethemiotakis and K. S. Christakis, “The Changing Aspects of a Palatial Site: The LM IIIA Workshop Complex at Galatas and Its Implications for Understanding LM II-IIIA Pediada”
C. Langohr, “Coping with Cultural Transformation and Continuity in East Crete during LM II-IIIA2 Early: A Ceramic Perspective”
J. S. Soles, “Mycenaeans at Mochlos, an Update”
P. Betancourt, S. Sarasin, and L. Kolonauski, “The Shrine of Eileithyia at Inatos in LM II to LM III Crete”
M. Buell, “Down and Out in East Crete: Transformation and Change at Gournia and the Isthmus of Ierapetra from LM IB (Late) to the End of the IIIA2 Period”
L. Platon, “On the Dating of the Establishment and the Origin of the First Inhabitants of the Post-palatial Settlement at Kephali, Chondros (District of Viannos)”
C. Knappett and T. F. Cunnigham, “Palaikastro and Its Territory in LM II-IIIA1”
M. Zoitopoulos, “A View from the Far East: The Reoccupation of the Zakros Settlement after the LM IB Destruction”
J. Rutter (Conclusions)
M. Galaty (Conclusions)


AIA 2020

On 2-5 January 2020 the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA 2020) will be held in Washington, D.C. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
C. B. Scott and C. H. Roosevelt, “Burned Out: Contextual and Volumetric Analysis of Hearths and Ovens at Bronze Age Kaymakçı, Western Anatolia”
E. Unlu, “Late Bronze IIb Period at Tarsus-Gözlükule, Turkey”
C. Atkins, “Of Unfinished Anchors and Maritime Trade Networks: a View from Maroni Tsaroukkas, Cyprus”
K. Foster, “Mari and the Minoans”
J. W. Lehner, E. Kuruçayırlı, N. Hirschfeld, M. Jansen, D. Langis-Barsetti, and S. Martin, “The Cape Gelidonya Shipwreck Ingot Cargo: New Research in Provenance, Composition, and 3D Morphometrics”
N. G. Blackwell and N. Hirschfeld, “Reassessing the bronze objects from the Cape Gelidonya shipwreck in light of recent discoveries”
B. E. Burns, “Beyond Boeotia: Mycenaean Eleon’s Extraregional and International Connections”
A. M. Genova, “Separate but not Isolated: Foreign Travelogues and their Impact on Cretan Archaeology (c. 1660-1840)”
A. Gaggioli, “Decolonizing Aegean Prehistory: a Postcolonial Critique of the Prehistory/History Divide in Greek Archaeology”
E. Margaritis, C. Renfrew, M. Boyd, I. Legaki, G. Gavalas, M. Floquet, M. Georgakopoulou, M. Gkouma, J. Herbst, G. Kazatzis, A. Krijnen, N. Meyer, and I. Moutafi, “Centralisation and Monumentality in the Early Bronze Age Cyclades: New Excavations at Dhaskalio”
E. Gorogianni, “Small World to Big World: Transformations in the Middle Bronze Age Cyclades”
T. Carter, K. Mallinson, V. Mastrogiannopoulou, M. N. Pareja, G. Tsartsidou, T. Wong, C. Diffey, and D. Athanasoulis, “A New Minoan-Type Peak Sanctuary on Stelida, Naxos”
A. R. Knodell, D. Athanasoulis, and Z. Tankosic, “The Small Cycladic Islands Project 2019: A Survey of Uninhabited Islands Near Paros”
G. Erny, “Beyond site size hierarchies: reconsidering small survey sites on Crete”
C. Fine, “Putting My Best Leg Forward: Ritual Vessels, Neolithic Exchange Networks, and Prehistoric Corinth”
C. J. Kocurek, “Sherd by Sherd: A Quantitative Analysis of the Miniature Pottery from the SE Ramp Deposits at Ancient Eleon, Boeotia”
L. Kaiser, “Through Thick and Thin: Identifying Multiculturalism and Personhood through the Evolution of Cooking Wares at Prepalatial Mochlos”
I. Caloi, “Why Use the Wheel-Throwing Technique at Middle Minoan II (1800-1700 BC) Phaistos, Crete? Combining Experimental Archaeology with Macroscopic Analysis and Contextual Information”
R. Vykukal, F. Mavridis, and Z. Tankosic, “Beeswax in Storage Jars: Implications for Storage Practices in the Early Bronze Age via Organic Residue Analysis”
B. B. Wilemon, Jr., M. L. Galaty, and D. Nakassis, “Portable X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer Analysis of the Pylos Linear B Tablets”
C. R. Hershenson, “Beyond Vernacular and Elite: Dependencies and Gradations of Social Status in Prepalatial Minoan Architecture”
J. Flood, S. Pike, J. S. Soles, and D. Faulmann, “Palatial Stone Masonry and Transport: A New Geochemical Study of Minoan Ashlar and Quarries in East Crete”
I. Tzonou, “Cyclopean Walls on Acrocorinth: Mycenaean Presence or Not?”
K. A. Jazwa, “The Maa-Palaeokastro Architectural Documentation Project”
C. F. Cloke, E. D. Breden, Q. Gregory, and E. C. Egan, “Re-Inventing the (Potter’s) Wheel: Modeling 3D Vessels from 2D Drawings”
K. T. Glowacki and N. L. Klein, “Architectural Context and Aspects of Ritual Behavior at Late Minoan IIIC Kavousi Vronda”
T. Krapf, “Late Bronze Age Central Euboea – An Update from the Swiss-Greek excavations at Amarynthos / a-ma-ru-to”
K. Mallinson and T. Carter, “Knossian Religious Influence in the Cyclades? A Minoan Stone Ladle from Stelida, Naxos”
D. B. Roberson, “An Investigation into the Intensity of Pottery Production in Lerna III”
J. S. Smith, “Cypriot Art at the Ringling Museum: A New Gallery”
R. Vykukal, F. Mavridis, and Z. Tankosic, “Biomolecular Investigations into the Use of Early Bronze Age Sauceboats from Ayia Triada Cave, Greece”
M. Devolder, “Palatial Neighbors. Comparing Elite Architectural Features in the Palace at Malia and the Court-Centered Building at Sissi”
T. Sager, A. Schmiit, and C. Girardi, “Building 18 at Sissi: a Neopalatial house tomb?”
M. N. Pareja, “Observations on Sissi Plasters: Zones 4 and 5”
J. Driessen, “Keeping up with the Joneses? The Central Building at Sissi”
T. Claeys, “The Sissi Preservation Program: An Integrated and Participatory Approach for a Stronger Synergy between Archaeology, Preservation, and Presentation”
S. Déderix and A. Schmitt, “Burying the Dead in Late Prepalatial and Protopalatial Crete. New Evidence from the Cemetery of Sissi (Zone 9)”
L. Magna, “Investigating Cultural Sediments at Sissi through Microarchaeology”
I. Caloi, “Consuming Pottery at Early Prepalatial Sissi. Preliminary Observations on the EM IIA and B Ceramic Deposits from the Settlement”
J. Bintliff, “The Paradox of Regional Studies: Distinctive Introverted Communities with Histories and Prehistories of Internal and External Population Mobility. The Case of Boeotia, Central Greece in the Iron Age”
N. Mac Sweeney, T. E. Şerifoğlu, A. Collar, and S. Eve, “From the Mountains to the Shore: Mobility in Iron Age Rough Cilicia”
V. Klontza-Jaklova, T. Pavloň, M. Hlavica, I. Navrátilová, A. Geisler, T. Krofta, and M. Klontzas, “New Archaeological Project in Southern Albania: Upper Kurvelesh (dist. Tepelene)”
S. Kirkpatrick Smith and M. Eaby, “It’s a Hard-Knock Life: Childhood on Chryssi Island, Greece”
Z. Tankosic, F. Mavridis, and P. Zafeiriadis, “Gourimadi Archaeological Project: Preliminary Results of the Second Excavation Season”
S. Déderix, N. Papadimitriou, A. Balitsari, G. Cantoro, A. Efstathiou, M. Nazou, and R. Laffineur, “Prehistoric Thorikos (Greece, Attica) – Preliminary Results from the Settlement”
A. Dakouri-Hild, E. Andrikou, A. Agapiou, S. Davis, A. Agapiou, P. Bes, X. Charalambidou, M. Chidiroglou, T. Kinnaird, W. Rourk, K. Sarri, and A. Yangaki, “The Kotroni Archaeological Survey Project (KASP) at Ancient Afidna in Northern Attica: Results of the First Season (2019)”
A. Koh, I. Liritzis, and I. Roy, “The Natural and Cultural Environment of Southern Phokis: The Plain of Desfina”
M. E. Voyatzis, D. Gilman Romano, and A. Karapanagiotou, “Excavation and Survey at the Sanctuary of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion, Summer 2019”
S. C. Murray, C. Pratt, R. P. Stephan, M. C. McHugh, G. K. Erny, K. Psoma, B. Lis, M. Godsey, M. Nazou, D. Nakassis, and P. Sapirstein, “The 2019 Bays of East Attica Regional Survey (BEARS) Project: New Evidence for the Archaeology of the Bay of Porto Raphti”
B. Martens, “The Prehistoric Cemetery on the North Bank of the Eridanos River, Athens: New Finds from the Agora Excavations”
B. Burke and B. Dimova, “Early Mycenaean Cloth from Tomb 10 at Ancient Eleon in Boeotia”
J. M. R. Engstrom and N. P. Herrmann, “Tomb 11 at Ancient Eleon (Boeotia): An Early Mycenaean Ossuary in a Built Funerary Environment”
F. Gaignerot-Driessen, “The Early Iron Age Cemetery of Anavlochos, Crete”
C. Judson, “A First Look at the Ceramic Assemblages from the Cemetery at Anavlochos”
T. Palaima, “Pylos Ta 716: An Accurate Reading of an Essential Text for Understanding Mycenaean Ritual Practice”
M. Beeler, “Seals, Feasts, and Collective Action in Early Bronze Age Greece”
B. Morda, “Marketing in Neopalatial Crete: The Case of the Talismanic Seals and their Possible Socio-Political Implications”
B. R. Jones, “Bringing the Minoan Fragmentary Relief Frescoes from Pseira to Life: New Reconstructions of the Murals, Figures, Costumes, Textiles and Jewelry”
J. Rutter, “Setting the Table for the Feast to Come: Jack Davis’ Works on Aegean Bronze Age Pottery”
J. F. Cherry, “Jack Davis and Islands”
C. Runnels, “The Deposit-Centered Survey as a Method for Discovering Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Sites in Greece”
O. Lafe, “Jack L. Davis and the ‘Modern Concept’ of Doing Archaeology in Albania”
K. Shelton, “By the Sword of Perseus or the Bow of Herakles? Developing a ‘Hinterland’ in the Early Mycenaean Period”
S. Stocker, “Jack Davis at Pylos”
I. Moutafi, Y. Galanakis, and P. Karkanas, “It All Starts in the Field: How to Improve the Excavation of Human Remains in Mycenaean Mortuary Contexts and Why it Matters”
G. C. Price, K. Shelton, and L. Kvapil, “Parts and Parcels: Insights into the Scalar Nature of Late Bronze Age Collective Identity through the Individual”
A. Nafplioti, “Provenance, Bones and Strontium Isotopes”
E. Nikita, “Family Matters: Bioarchaeological Perspectives into Mycenaean Kinship”
K. Stiles and M. Liston, “Slinging Bullets: Studying Mycenaean Warfare through Skeletal Remains”
O. A. Jones, “Bioarchaeological Research of Mycenaean Mortuary Practices: Current State and Ways Forward”
E. Vika and A. Papathanasiou, “Mulling over Mycenaean diets”
M. E. Eckert, “Sanctuaries of Aphrodite: Multicultural Contact Zones in the Context of International Seaborne Trade in the Late Bronze and Iron Age”
I. S. Sanches, “Pathways to the Past. Travelling to Cult Places of Abandoned Settlements in the Cyclades in the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age: A Case Study of Ayia Irini in Kea”
B. Molloy, “Analyzing mobility and conflict during the collapse of the Bronze Age in the Aegean and Balkans”
J. Hruby, “The Palace of Nestor Falls Down; Then What?”
R. Worsham and M. Lindblom, “Peopling Malthi: Estimating the Population of an LH I-II Settlement”
S. Heuck Allen, “Engaged Scholarship: the Liberal Education of Harriet Boyd, Survival and Success in Crossing the Gender Divide in Early Aegean Archaeology”
S. V. Todaro and P. D. Tomkins, “Knossos, Phaistos, and the Neolithics of Crete: New Light on Chronology, Connectivity and Cultural Divergence before the Bronze Age”
L. Oberlin, “From Coarse to Fine and all through Time: Trickle Pattern Ware from the Early to Late Bronze Age on Crete”
G. Doudalis, “A View from the Center: Ceramic Consumption in Middle Minoan IIB Sector Pi at Malia”
R. Dewan, “Small but Mighty: Miniature Ceramic Vessels in MM IB-LM IB Minoan Settlements on Crete”
R. A. K. Smith, “New Evidence from Late Minoan I Pottery Deposits at Gournia”
H. W. Haskell, “Cretan Overseas Connections In Late Minoan IIIC: The Contribution of Transport Stirrup Jars”

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