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Prehistoric lakeshore settlements in South-East Europe

On 5-6 July 2022 a mid-term conference entitled Prehistoric lakeshore settlements in South-East Europe: archaeological, palaeoecological and bioarchaeological investigations within the EXPLO project was held at the Research Dissemination Center (KEDEA), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Further information is available at https://www.voria.gr/elfinder/Programma.pdf. the program was:
A. Hafner, “Overview of the University of Bern archaeological project”
W. Tinner, “Overview of the University of Bern palaeoecological project”
A. Bogaard, “Overview of the University of Oxford project”
K. Kotsakis, “Overview of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki project”
J. Francuz, “Dendrochronology: Turning Prehistory into History? An outline of the methodological basics of building and dating tree-ring chronologies from wood sampled from wetland sites”
A. Maczkowski, “Prehistoric dendrochronology in the southern Balkans: state-of-the-art and prospects”
M. Bolliger, “The dendroarchaeology of the prehistoric waterlogged site Ploča - Mičov Grad, Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia”
T. Giagkoulis, F. Stefanou, and K. Kotsakis, “Phases and architecture of Dispilio: results and challenges”
S. Kyrillidou, I. Siamidou, I. Oikonomou, R. Veropoulidou, and K. Kotsakis, “Site stratigraphy and key stratigraphic markers at the Neolithic wetland settlement of Dispilio. Our progress to date within the project of EXPLO”
E. Voulgari, M. Sofronidou, N. Saridaki, I. Siamidou, E. Tsiola, N. Katsikaridis, and K. Kotsakis, “Reassembling continuity and change in Neolithic Dispilio”
M. Sofronidou, E. Voulgari, A. Dimoula, N. Saridaki, and K. Kotsakis, “Dispilio pottery in its regional context: affinities and potential contacts”
T. Bekiaris, A. Kita, E. Koutsopoulou, B. Milić, and G. Stratouli, “The stone and bone industries from Neolithic Dispilio: preliminary typological and technological observations”
J. Reich, “Archaeological Fieldwork at Lake Ohrid”
M. Hostettler, “Farmers of the Bronze Age – Exploring land use dynamics and agricultural practices using legacy data and land-use modelling”
A. Thévenaz, C. Morales-Molino, E. Gobet, C. Martin, C. De Jonge, O. Rach, D. Sachse, and W. Tinner, “Reconstructing Holocene climate dynamics in Northern Greece using biomarker proxies in lake sediments”
K. Ganz, C. Morales-Molino, E. Gobet, L. Hächler, D. Kiosak, N. Kotova, J. van Leeuwen, S. Makhortykh, S. Ogi, E. Schaad, C. Schwörer, P. Zander, M. Grosjean, and W. Tinner, “From sea to summit: the impact of climate and land-use change on vegetation at different altitudes and along two Neolithisation routes”
L. van Vugt, C. Morales-Molino, E. Gobet, M. Grosjean, A. Knetge, J. F. N. van Leeuwen, A. F. Lotter, H. Vogel, A. Hafner, and W. Tinner, “Insights into the impacts of climate and land use on the vegetation of the Four Lakes region in Northern Greece”
L. van Vugt, E. Gobet, K. Ganz, G.-L. Grünenfelder, H. Vogel, and W. Tinner, “First results on 50,000 years of vegetation history at Limni Orestiás Kastorias”
V. Isaakidou, P. Halstead, R. Veropoulidou, R. Chronaki, D. Androulaki, and A. Bogaard, “The zooarchaeology of Dispilio, Lake Orestias, Kastorias”
M. Ergun, E. Gkatzogia, M. Ntinou, M. Charles, and A. Bogaard, “The archaeobotany of Dispilio, Lake Orestias, Kastorias”
E. Gobet, S. Brechbühl, L. van Vugt, C. Morales-Molino, J. Volery, A. F. Lotter, A. Ballmer, S. O. Brugger, A. Hafner, and W. Tinner, “Vegetation dynamics and land-use change at the Neolithic lakeshore settlement site of Ploča Mičov Grad, Lake Ohrid”
R. Ballantyne, M. Charles, and A. Bogaard, “The archaeobotany of Progradec, Lin 3, Lake Ohrid”
A. Holguin, M. Charles, M. Ergun, and A. Bogaard, “The archaeobotany of Ploča Mičov Grad, Lake Ohrid”

YRA 5

On 3 July 2022 abstracts (250 words maximum) are due for the fifth workshop entitled Young Researchers in Archaeometry (YRA 5), to be hosted online on 5¬–6 September 2022 by the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Abstracts, with authors’ names, titles, and institutions should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further information is available at https://yrarchaeometry.weebly.com/.

 

Cultural Continuity, Change, and Interaction

On 15 July 2022 abstracts (300 words maximum) are due for an international symposium entitled Cultural Continuity, Change and Interaction in the Aegean World from the Second to First Millenium BC, to be hosted online on 17-18 November 2022 by the DEÜ Archaeology and Archeometry Application and Research Center in Turkey. Abstracts, with authors’ names, titles, and institutions should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further information is available at https://www.academia.edu/76798261/Call_for_Papers_INTERNATIONAL_SYMPOSIUM_CULTURAL_CONTINUITY_CHANGE_AND_INTERACTION_IN_THE_AEGEAN_WORLD_FROM_THE_SECOND_TO_FIRST_MILLENIUM_BC.

 

Interconnective Approaches to the Ancient World

On 31 July 2022 titles (20 words maximum) and abstracts (300 words maximum) are due for a conference for student and early-career researchers entitled Bridging the Gaps: Interconnective Approaches to the Ancient World, to be held on 19-20 November 2022 in Swansea University. Further information is available at https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/06/30/bridging-the-gaps-interconnective-approaches-to-the-ancient-world/. Paper proposals will be welcomed that may engage with (among other topics):
• Local-regional-international contact and influence
• Interdisciplinary theory and methodology
• Intersectionality and gender history
• Interconnections in power, authority, and society
• Subaltern groups and marginalised voices
• Archaeology and material culture
• Temple and private religion
• Outreach and public engagement
• Teaching and pedagogy
• Reception studies
• Contemporary or historiographical memory and recollection

 

TAG–US Archaeology of Transformation

On 20 August 2022 submissions (250 words) are due for a Theoretical Archaeology Group—US (TAG–US) workshop entitled Archaeology of Transformation: Changing Scapes, to be hosted online on 21 October 2022 at the University of Chicago. Further information is available at http://www.tag-usa.org/tag-workshops.html. Potential topics include:
• Scapes as ways of knowing
• Temporality
• Engagement with landscapes
• Too many scapes?

WAC – 9

On 3-8 July 2022 the 9th World Archaeological Congress (WAC – 9) will be held in Prague. Further information is available at https://www.wac-9.org/. Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
M. Pyrgaki, “A new materialistic ontologically oriented approach: the case study of the Dispilio Neolithic lakeside settlement”
S. Davis, “The Kotroni Archaeological Survey Project: Landscape-scale survey and initial results”
T. Strasser, “The Asphendou Cave Petroglyphs: An Eyewitness Account of Pleistocene Crete”
S. Souvatzi, “Concentricity, circularity and kinship”
T. Moutsiou, “Modelling the Pleistocene Colonisation of Cyprus, Eastern Mediterranean”
S. Cveček, “Çukuriçi Höyük: Household economics in the Early Bronze Age Aegean”
S. M. Valamoti, “Understanding ancient cuisine through an ethnoarchaeobotany of traditional plant food preparations: case studies from Greece”

 

Ventris at 100

On 7 July 2022 the Institute of Classical Studies, London will hold an in-person event on Ventris at 100 to celebrate 100 years from Michael Ventris' birth and 70 years since the decipherment of Linear B. To attend, registration is required at https://ics.sas.ac.uk/events/michael-ventris-100. Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
J. Bennet, “Without Ventris ...? What would we not know about early Greece had Linear B remained undeciphered?”
E. Salgarella, “Time to rotate the kaleidoscope? Changing perspectives on 'Minoan' Linear A”
C. Donnelly, “What's in a Word? New Paths and Old Roadblocks in the Study of Cypro-Minoan”

Intercultural Contacts

On 2-3 June 2022 an international conference entitled Intercultural Contacts Between the Ancient Near East and the Mediterranean was held in Thessaloniki. Further information is available at https://www.auth.gr/conferences/diethnes-synedrio-diapolitismikes-e/. Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
A. David, “Aegean Sources of Architectural and Iconographic Motifs in Akhenaten’s New Visual Repertoire”

 

IKUWA7

On 6-10 June 2022 the 7th International Congress for Underwater Archaeology (IKUWA7) was held in Helsinki. Further information is available at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/7th-international-congress-for-underwater-archaeology. Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
A. Georgiou, “Aspects of maritime trade and connectivity: the Egyptian transport amphorae from Late Bronze Age Cyprus”
M. Michael, “Maritime Cultural Landscape of Fishing Communities in Cyprus”

 

New Perspectives in Greek Archaeology

On 24-25 June 2022 a celebration in honor of John Camp from his students at the Athenian Agora entitled New Perspectives in Greek Archaeology was held in Athens. Further information is available at https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/events/details/new-perspectives-in-greek-archaeology-a-celebration-in-honor-of-john-camp. Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
A. Duray, “Stratigraphies of the Late 19th-Early 20th Centuries: Disciplinary Negotiation, Archaeological Practice, and the Late Bronze Age–Early Iron Age Transition”

 

Aegean Acheulean

On 25-29 June 2022 an international conference entitled Aegean Acheulean at the Eurasian crossroads: Hominin settlement in Eurasia and Africa was held at the Museum of Industrial Olive-Oil Production, Lesbos, Greece. Further information is available at https://www.facebook.com/ngalanidou/posts/pfbid02RWZKbJs6C4jDYa9XQpAF7Ft3sGb2JUArUZdP616MdMKeiuhkh75qTPYKbkubHZ4ul. Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
A. Darlas, “Le Paleolithique Inferieur en Grece et l’apport des nouvelles donnees issues de la grotte de Petralona”
N. Galanidou, “The Aegean Palaeolithic research agenda”
N. Galanidou, J. McNabb, P. Tsakanikou, E. Karkazi, N. Soulakellis, C. Vasilakos, E. E. Papadopoulou, and G. Iliopoulos, “Digging, mapping, profiling, trenching, and sampling: archaeological field strategies for investigating the Acheulean Rodafnidia, Lesbos”
G. Iliopoulos, J. Alexopoulos, P. Papadopoulou, A. Zeliklidis, S. Dilalos, N. Voulgaris, A. Biggin, L. J. Arnold, N. Taffin, and N. Galanidou, “The Acheulean site of Rodafnidia: geology, stratigraphy and chronology”
E. Karkazi, A. Magganas, and N. Galanidou, “Lithic Raw Material Economy and Provenance at the Acheulean site of Rodafnidia, Lesbos”
G. Herzlinger and N. Galanidou, “A 3D geometric morphometric shape analysis of the Acheulean Large Cutting Tools from Lesbos”
N. Bourli, G. Iliopoulos, N. Galanidou, and A. Zeliklidis, “The Acheulean site of Rodafnidia: detailed sedimentological analyses”
N. Bourli, G. Iliopoulos, P. Papadopoulou, N. Galanidou, A. Maravelis, and A. Zeliklidis, “Following the water: palaeocurrent directions of the Middle Pleistocene fluvial network of Rodafnidia”
P. Papadopoulou, K. Vassiliadou, M. Kolendrianou, G. Iliopoulos, and N. Galanidou, “The palaeoenvironment of the Acheulean site of Rodafnidia: the microfossil record”
N. Galanidou, P. Tsakanikou, G. Iliopoulos, P. Papadopoulou, L. J. Arnold, and A. Zeliklidis, “The Kamara and Vathy Lagkadi Palaeolithic sites, Lisvori alluvial plain: geology, stratigraphy and finds”
S. Kübler, P. Tsakanikou, G. Iliopoulos, and N. Galanidou, “Soil resources as indicators for affordances at the Acheulean site of Rodafnidia: a geoedaphic approach”
S. Sotiropoulou, M. Kalaitzis, D. Sakellariou, E. Skourtsos, H. Kranis, T. Hasiotis, and N. Galanidou, “Plio-Quaternary palaeogeographic evolution of central south Lesbos: implications for Palaeolithic Archaeology”
A. Athanassiou, G. A. Lyras, A. A. E. van der Geer, “The Villafranchian fauna of Vatera, Lesbos, Greece”
P. Tsakanikou, “Reassessing the biogeographical role of the Aegean region during the early and Middle Pleistocene: an affordance-based modelling approach”
H. Taşkiran and B. Dinçer, “Acheulean in Turkey”
H. Bulut and G. Karhan, “Looking for Acheulean Assemblages of the North Aegean Palaeolithic: new contributions, issues and remarks from the Canakkale – Balıkesir coastline, Turkey”
K. Özçelik and H. Bulut, “Traces of the Acheulean culture in Denizli (South Aegean/Western Anatolia”
N. Sanz, “From Pleistocene Science to Pleistocene Heritage”

PoCA 2022

On 15 June 2022 abstracts (250 words maximum) are due for the 19th meeting of Postgraduate Cypriot Archaeology (PoCA 2022), to be held on 1-3 December 2022 hosted by The Institute of Classics – Classical and Provincial Roman Archaeology at University of Graz both in person and on-line. Title; author’s name, address, and affiliation; and abstract should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Further information is available at https://www.academia.edu/79050782/CALL_FOR_PAPERS_PoCA_2022_Graz.

 

TAG 43 Edinburgh 2022

On 31 July 2022 abstracts (200-250 words) are due for Session 23: Revolutions in the maritime world of the Late Bronze Age Aegean at the Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference: Revolutions (TAG 43 Edinburgh 2022), to be held on 15-17 December 2022 at the University of Edinburgh. Further information is available at https://tagedinburgh2022.wordpress.com/. The full list of TAG 2022 sessions is:
• Absence: Perspectives from archaeology and heritage
• An archaeology of life
• Archaeological osmosis: giving voice to those who put up with us
• Reading artefacts and excavating books. A relation between archaeology and literature
• Poetic champions compose? Archaeology and poetry
• Archaeology, heritage and social activism
• Beyond migration: How can biomolecular data help us interpret past social worlds?
• Climate archaeology: Temporalities and ontologies
• Colonial pasts and presents in Southwest Asia
• Archaeological deathways in the contemporary world
• 5000 years of (r)evolution? Decentring colonial legacies around transitions to agriculture
• Deposition in detail – Has there been a revolution, or have we missed it?
• Revolutionizing early medieval forts
• “More-than” approaches in heritagescapes of the Anthropocene: The environmental ethics of heritage
• Revisiting the fragmentation revolution
• From pencil to pixel: Revolutions in archaeological illustration and visual communication
• Gender revolutions: Assessing the impact of gender and feminist theory in archaeological research and teaching
• An archaeology of global medieval life
• Heritage-making in and after conflict
• Theoretical revolutions and popular apathy: How is the history of archaeology understood in the ‘real world’?
• Revolutions in prehistoric households and houses
• Revolutionising the Iron Age: Gender perspectives in archaeological interpretation
• Revolutions in the maritime world of the Late Bronze Age Aegean
• Migration and integration: The aftermath of immigration
• Considering a multispecies framework in archaeological interpretation: Debating the role of human and non-human beings in the past
• On the revolutionary potential of new materialist approaches: A workshop
• The revolution will not be recognised: The phenomenology of past social change
• Productive not reductive: An archaeological exploration of different differences
• Revolutionary innovations? Rethinking long-term technological change
• ‘Revolutions’ in archaeological practice: Co-creation and delivery of research strategies in academic and commercial archaeology
• Revolutions in the archaeology of early urbanism: Conceptual and methodological innovations
• Rethinking rock art: Biographies of research, new theoretical explorations and multidisciplinary approaches
• The elder trowels: What have archaeologists learned from time spent in Tamriel (etc.)?

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