Past Lectures and Conferences


On 4-22 September Tom Palaima was a Visiting Scholar / Guest Researcher within Rachele Pierini’s Marie Curie project Trans-PLANT (in collaboration with Marie-Louise Nosch), hosted by the Center for Textile Research and the Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen. Summaries of his seminar presentations are available at


Nostoi II

On 11-13 November 2022 an international conference entitled Nostoi II. Traveling in the Eastern Mediterranean: Sea + Inland Routes from the Early Bronze to the End of the Early Iron Age was held in Athens. Further information is available at The program was:
E. Sapouna-Sakellaraki, “H Ζώμινθος στέλνει το Ιδαίο δέχεται”
M. Georgiadis, “Violence and the Unwanted Dead”
J. B. Knight, “In the Footsteps of Heroes: Ionian Migration and Cult in the Black Sea”
F. Fragkopoulou, “Early Archaic Ivory Seals in the Ionian Islands and the Peloponnese: Ritual Employment at (Inter)Regional Sanctuaries”
J. Lamaze, “Hearth-ΕΣΤΙΑ and Ancient Mariners in the Eastern Mediterranean (ca. 1200-500 BC): an overview”
E. Kozal, “Cilicia as a Composite Landscape: Insularity and Interconnectivity through a Historical and Archeological Perspective in the Late Bronze Age”
A. Safronov, “Some remarks on the 5th year inscription of Ramses III in Medinet Habu and a possible cause of the Sea Peoples’ migration”
A. G. Vlachopoulos, “The rock-art fleet of Astypalaia”
G. Mastropavlos, “Networks and island identities in the Aegean world from the Geometric to the Roman period: The case study of Kasos”
C. Donnelly, “Clay Balls, Mud Balls: The Influence of Egyptian Writing Practices on Cypro-Minoan”
E. Jean, “A Navy for a Non-Marine People? The Hittites and the Control of the Seas”
V. Samaras and P. Gounelas, “‘O strangers, who are you?’ Homeric Piracy and Archaeology”
I. Zogkos, “Siphnian Post-palatial Nostoi: the Mycenaean acropolis tis Baronas to Froudi”
D. Nakassis, “Before cabotage? Interregional exchange in the Late Bronze Age”
D. Logothetis and P.-M. Roussos, “‘Ars Ægyptiaca’. Egyptian and Egyptianising Artefacts in Early Iron Age Crete”
I. Bossolino, “Iron Age and Archaic Pottery from Rhodes: Local Taste and Foreign Influxes between East and West”
E. Tsangaraki, I. Fappas, and E. Kiriatzi, “A Mycenaean Storage/Transport Stirrup Jar in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki: The Northernmost Example in the Aegean?”
N. Sgouritsa, “The Amber in the Eastern Mediterranean”
M. Pieniążek, “Foreign, local, multicultural: 2nd Millennium BC seals from Western Anatolia”
P. W. Stockhammer, A. Scott, V. Altmann-Wendling, and C. Warinner, “Long-distance Transfer of Food from South and East Asia to the Eastern Mediterranean in the 2nd millennium BCE”
A. Y. Landau, “Trade, Mobility and Canaanite resilience before and after the Late Bronze Age collapse”
L. A. Hitchcock and A. Maeir, “Naue II Swords, Germs, and Iron: The Potential of Pandemic as a Contributing Factor to the Piratical Activities of the Sea Peoples”
O. Kouka and S. Menelaou, “‘Κρήτη και Μυτιλήνη, Σάμο κι Iκαριά, Νάξο και Σαντορίνη …’: Interconnections of Samos in the Aegean Middle Bronze Age”
A. Querci, “‘οὐδέ ποτ’ ἔσβη οὖρος’: An Interpretation of Nestor’s Nostos as a Possible Route Between the Troad and the Peloponnese During the Late Bronze Age”
D. Rousioti, “Travelling North, Travelling South: The Role of Sea and Inland Routes in the Mycenaean Religious Activity”
A. M. Greaves, “Beyond the Land/Sea Binary”
M. Iakovou and K. Kopanias, “Palaepaphos-Marchello from the Kouklia Expedition (1950) to PULP (2006-2008, 2021-2022)”
V. Şahoğlu, E. Kiriatzi, Ü. Çayır, Ü. Gündoğan, M. Vetters, M. Choleva, T. Maltas, and M. İncırlılı, “Çeşme – Bağlararası: Exploring Transformations in the Sea and Inland Routes in the First Half of the 2nd Millennium BC”
B. Janeway, “The Kingdom of Palastin: Sea Peoples of the North?”
Y. Kamış, “Connecting Cultures in the Early Bronze Age: Acemhöyük and the Anatolian trade networks”
Ç. Maner, “Over the Taurus Mountain Down to the Mediterranean: Connecting the Konya Plain with the Mediterranean during the Bronze and Iron Ages”
A. Matessi and T. E. Şerifoğlu, “Off the Beaten Tracks: Rough Cilicia as a Transit Zone during the Second Millennium BCE”
C. McNamee, S. Vitale, and F. Nani, “Built Environment, Funerary Landscape, and Cultural Change: A Case Study from the ‘Serraglio’, Eleona, and Langada on Kos During the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Periods”
O. Metaxas and I. Voskos, “Post-palatial Mediterranean Networks: A View from the Ionian Islands Towards the East”
E. Salavoura, “Beyond Perati: Eastern Attica in Postpalatial times”
S. Vitale and F. Bianchini, “The Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age Transition on Kos and the Wider SASCAR: New Data and Preliminary Interpretations”
I. Külekçi and O. Yildirim, “Larisa (Buruncuk): an Aeolian Site at the Aegean Crossroads”
S. Günel, “The Cultural Evaluation and Interactions of Çine-Tepecik in the Aegean World”
M. Montesanto, “The Eastern Mediterranean Economic Exchange: Sabuniye and the Delta Orontes and Amuq Valley”
S. Spanos, “Koukounaries (Paros) during the Late Helladic IIIC middle period. The Mycenaean pottery of the Lower Plateau and a rare representation of a ship”
A. Kanta and V. Apostolakou, “The Goddess and the Dragon: Movements of ideas and Materials from the East to Crete and Mycenae. New Evidence from the Lasithi Plateau”
T. Boloti, “Between East and West: The Adoption of the Warp-weighted Loom in the North-Eastern Aegean During the Bronze Age”
T. Pılavcı, “Sphinx in Anatolia: Tracing the composite feline form in Hittite visual arts”
E. Kuruçayırlı, J. Lehner, M. Jansen, and N. Hirschfeld, “New Copper Sources Reflected in the Cape Gelidonya Ingot Cargo”


Cultural Continuity, Change and Interaction

On 17-18 November 2022 an international symposium entitled Cultural Continuity, Change and Interaction in the Aegean World from the Second to the First Millenium BC was held online, hosted by the Dokuz Eylül University Archaeology and Archeometry Application and Research Center. Further information is available at The program was:
P. Pavúk and S. Japp, “Middle and Late Bronze Age Bakırçay/Kaikos Valley – Pottery Production and Exchange Based on the NAA Results”
B. Gür and E. Akdeniz, “A Lentoid Flask from Dağdeviren Mound in Akhisar (Manisa) and an Evaluation on Aegean and Western Anatolian Flask Forms of the Second Millenium BC”
K. Zannikos, “The Unpublished Pottery from the 2nd Millennium BC Emporio on Chios Island: A Revision of the Late Bronze Age Ceramic Sequence”
A. Panti, “LBA Pottery from the Caves of Aegean Thrace”
S. Spanos, “The Mycenaean Pottery from the Temenos-Temple area from Koukounaries and the Connections with the Other Cycladic Islands, Lefkandi and the Argolid”
A. Lekka, “Cultural Interaction Between the Aegean World and the Eastern Mediterranean Through the Pictorial Pottery of the end of Late Bronze Age”
R. Yağcı, “LH IIIC Problem in Eastern Mediterranean and Aegean in Terms of East-West Relations”
I. Soukantos, “Eastern Macedonia (Northern Greece) during the Late Bronze Age: A Cultural Interaction Crossroad Under Investigation”
M. Başaran Mutlu and G. Sazcı, “Cultural Interaction, Continuity and Change in Maydos During the 2nd Millennium BC”
M. Başaran Mutlu, “Preliminary Observations on the Role of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Intercultural Communication Networks in the Bronze Ages”
A. Vlachopoulos and X. Charalambidou, “Socio-cultural Changes and Continuities on Naxos, Cyclades from the Second to the First Millennium BC”
A. M. Vergaki, “Social Organization and Integration in Late Bronze Age Crete: Let the Rhyta Speak”
C. V. Alonso-Moreno, “Goods, Routes, and Ships: Long-Distance Interaction in Mycenaean Pylos at the End of Late Helladic IIIB”
K. Nikita, “Tracing Continuity, Change and Interaction in Luxury Goods: Glass in Post-Palatial Mycenaean Greece”
C. Atila, “The Effect of Ahhiyawa on the End of the Bronze Age”
M. H. Kan, “The Sea People and the End of the Era of Chariots: Rise of the Cavalry”
E. Kortanoğlu and M. Savrum-Kortanoğlu, “Thoughts on Prehistoric and Historical Monumentality in Transition Periods in Greece Continental”
K. Paschalidis, “From Grave Circle A to the Hellenistic Theater: The Birth of Agamemnon’s Legend on the West Slope of Mycenae”
C. Gallou and W. Cavanagh, “The ‘Crisis Years’ (Late Helladic IIIC to Submycenaean/Early Protogeometric) in Laconia, Southern Peloponnese, Revisited: A View from the Sea”
P. Triantafyllidis, “New Evidence of the Ancient Antissa of Lesvos During the Late 2nd and Early 1st Millennium BC”


Olive Oil and Wine Production

On 24-26 November 2022 an international symposium entitled Olive Oil and Wine Production in the Aegean and Mediterranean in Antiquity: Rural Settlements, Urban Centers and Trade. Eski Çağ’da Ege ve Akdeniz'de Zeytinyaği ve Şarap Üretimi: Kırsal Yerleşimler, Kentsel Merkezler ve Ticaret was held in Muğla, Turkey. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
M. Türkteki, İ. Tarhan, M. Massa, S. Türkteki, and Y. Tuna, “The Route and Consumption of Wine and Olive Oil in the Early Bronze Age: A New Perspective Through Organic Residue Analysis from Eskişehir-Küllüoba. Erken Tunç Çağında Şarap ve Zeytinyağının Rotası ve Tüketimi: Eskişehir-Küllüoba'daki Organik Kalıntı Analizleri Üzerinden Yeni Bir Perspektif”
A. Diler, “Earliest Data on Olive Oil and Wine Production in the Lelegian Peninsula: Adaptation, Transformation and Abandonment. Leleg Yarımadası Zeytinyağı ve Şarap Üretimine İlişkin İlk Veriler: Uyum, Dönüşüm ve Terk”


Aphrodite Rising

On 26 November 2022 a conference entitled Aphrodite Rising: 25+ Years of Cypriot Studies at Trinity was hosted by Trinity College Dublin. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
C. Morris, “Cypriot Studies in Trinity”
C. Alexandrou and B. O'Neill, “From a lump of clay to the finished product: an experimental approach to Late Cypriot female figurines”
L. Recht and K. Zeman-Wiśniewska, “New excavations at Erimi Pitharka”

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