TALOS Webinar

The TALOS Webinar on the “Santorini Eruption: Comparative anthropological and volcanological research of an archaeological case study” has announced their schedule of upcoming lectures, each at 5 pm (UTC+1). The registration link for each talk is available at
2 November 2023: F. Mavridis, P. Zafeiriadis, and Ž. Tankosić, “Inverted practices: Tephra and related cult in the BA Cyclades”
16 November 2023: K. Sbonias, “Human responses to the volcanic landscape. The case of the Prehistoric Therasia Project”
30 November 2023: M. Marthari, “Living opposite the Thera volcano: the nature of the Raos volcanic destruction and comparisons to Akrotiri”


New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium

The New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium has announced the schedule of lectures for 2023-2024, to held at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1 East 78th Street, New York, NY 10075 or the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, 15 East 84th Street, New York, NY 10028. Abstracts and Zoom registration links for each talk will be available at a few weeks in advance of each date.
6 November 2023, 12 pm ET: P. Hnila, “Load-bearing Horizontal Timber Framing in Aegean Bronze Age Architecture and Its Anatolian Parallels”
30 November 2023, 12 pm ET: T. Palaima, “70 Years of Wa/ondering: The Pylos Ta series and Mycenaean Ceremonies”
26 February 2023, 12 pm ET: A. Knodell, “New Perspectives on Settlement Patterns in the Bronze Age Cyclades: A View from the Margins”
11 March 2023, 6:30 pm EDT: S. Hogue, “Destruction and Reuse of the Palace of Nestor Main Building”
11 April 2023, 6:30 pm EDT: L Kvapil: “Terraces, Technology, Land, and Labor in Mycenaean Greece”


Change and Continuity

On 3-4 November 2023 the Canadian Institute in Greece (CIG) Graduate Student Conference: Change and Continuity will be held in hybrid format by the Canadian Institute in Greece. Further information and the link to the livestream are available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
E. Tsafou, “Cooking traditions of Minoan Crete, an interdisciplinary study on ceramic cooking vessels”
S. Murray, “Continuity, Change, and Narrative in Archaeological Thought: Lessons from Postpalatial Porto Rafti”
H. Rückemann, “Between Progress and Tradition: An insight into the Early Iron Age transition in the middle Kephissos-Valley (Phocis)”
S. Cushman, “For Richer and for Poorer: The Meaning of Mortuary Continuity and Change in Late Bronze Age Greece”


Perfume Production in the Ancient World

On 6-8 November 2023 an international conference entitled Perfume Production in the Ancient World will be held in Prague. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
M. R. Belgiorno, “‘Eau de B.C.’, perfumed, alcoholic, intoxicating spring of human pleasure. (Mesopotamian and Aegean origins of Mediterranean distillation)”
B. Rueff, “Was the firebox an incense burner? Preliminary Research on Minoan Perfumery”


AWLL 2023

On 10-12 November 2023 the 14th Association for Written Language and Literacy international workshop on writing systems and literacy: Writing/reading interface (AWLL 2023) will be held in Rome. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
A. Santamaria, “Readability determines the presence of writing: materials, light effects, and sign sequences on Cretan Hieroglyphic seals”


AEA 2023

On 24-26 November 2023 the 43rd Conference of the Association for Environmental Archaeology: Telling Environmental Archaeology Stories (AEA 2023) will be held in Tarragona, Spain. Further information is available at Based on the preliminary program, papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
E. Margaritis, C. Henkel, and K. Tsirtsi, “Cultivating the big islands of the Mediterranean: agriculture, farming and urbanization in Bronze Age Crete and Cyprus”
G. Apostolou, A. Mayoral, K. Venieri, S. Dimaki, A. Garcia-Molsosa, M. Georgiadis, and H. A. Orengo, “Holocene alluvial dynamics and human settlement histories in the Xerolakkos catchment (Grevena, GR)”
M. Andonova-Katsarski, Y. Katreva, K. Boyadziev, E. Marinova-Wolff, and Y. Boyadziev, “The Late Chalcolithic vegetal fibres at Tell Yunatsite, Southern Bulgaria”
A. E. T. Kriti, A. Livarda, H. A. Orengo, E. Ninou, and I. Mylonas, “Modern Experimental Cultivations and Charring Experiments of Barley; Methods, Preliminary Results, Challenges and Possibilities”
K. Tsirtsi, G. Kasapidou, P. Koullouros, and E. Margaritis, “The role of archaeobotanical material in better understanding transitional periods: the case of Chalcolithic Cyprus”
Chr. Papoulia, “Taming the sea. A multi-proxy investigation of Mediterranean Stone Age aquatic technologies”


ScapeCon 6

On 2-3 December 2023 the 6th International Conference of ScapeCon: Contextualizing Fire in Aegean Prehistory (ScapeCon 6) will be held by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Further information is available at or from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
S. Kyrillidou, “Session Keynote: Tinders Blazing into the Domestic and Ritual Sphere”
N. Selekos, “Constructing early Mycenaean elite identity: experimentation through fire and blood at Kynortion, Argolid”
P. Bacoup, “Woodworking, architecture and fire in the northern Aegean and southern Balkans in the Neolithic period”
P. Ramirez-Valiente, “This fire is out of control: reevaluating burnt houses in Neolithic Greece, intentional or accidental?”
V. Martin, “Putting one's heart(h) into forging: using the fire in Aegean metalworking at the end of the Neolithic”
C. Snoeck, “Session Keynote: Finding People Through Ashes”
D. Rauschenberger, “Cremation in Neolithic Western Macedonia: a cultural anthropological approach to the transformative power of fire in the mortuary realm"
Y. Chatzikonstantinou, S. Triantaphyllou, C. Snoeck, E. Stamataki, and D. Panagiotopoulos, “Contextualizing Minoan Koumasa through the multidisciplinary examination of the human remains”
A. Kourkoulakos, “A Journey to the Netherworld: an archaeological and textual survey for the use of fire in Anatolia, the Aegean and the Balkans during the Late Bronze Age”
V. Papathanasiou, S. Triantaphyllou, A. Lioutas, and V. Misailidou-Despotidou, “Exploring cremation pathways in Early Iron Age central Macedonia: preliminary insights from Polichni and Nea Philadelphia cemeteries”
E. Gourgouleti, “The concept of operational solidarity as a step towards understanding the curious case of the EC II human cremation at Dhaskalio”
E. Stamataki, “Did the season count? Investigating how seasonality affects pyrotechnology and cremation conditions using experimental archaeology”
A. Livarda, “Session Keynote: Burning Nature to Produce and Consume”
S. Chronaki, D. Androulaki, P. Halstead, S. Triantaphyllou, and S. Andreou, “Lighting a fire for cooking: culinary practices in the prehistoric settlement of Thessaloniki Toumba”
A. Kriti, “Experimental charring experiments on barley towards the creation of new tools to explore agriculture in the past”
D. Kadi, P. Halstead, S. Triantaphyllou, and M. Pappa, “Thermal processing of animal bones: the case of Kyparissi Vasilika”
S. Maritsa, “The role of fire occurrences in the shaping of FN ecosystems in Crete”
M. Choleva, “Session Keynote: Flames of Clay Transformation”
T. Ogawa, S. Triantaphyllou, S. Andreou, H. Procopiou, N. S. Muller, and E. Kiriatzi, “Cooking ware repertoire in the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age of Thessaloniki Toumba. Tradition and Innovation of cooking practices”
J. Stuehler, “The usage of fire in a domestic context: Late Helladic sherd hearths reconsidered”
K. Mastorogiannis, S. Triantaphyllou, and S. Andreou, “Colouring through fire: ceramic technology in LBA central Macedonia”
B. Rueff and T. Ogawa, “Where there is smoke there is fire: an experimental and use-wear approach of domestic Minoan fire structures from Malia”
N. Saridaki, I. Siamidou, F. Adaktylou, and K. Kotsakis, “Keeping the home fires burning in the Final Neolithic of northern Greece”

Mediterranean Archaeological Trust

On 27 November 2022 applications for grants not normally to exceed £2,500 to expedite the publication of archaeological fieldwork in the Mediterranean world are due to the Mediterranean Archaeological Trust. Further information is available at

L’iconographie cynégétique

On 15 October 2023 abstracts (300 words maximum) are due for a colloquium entitled L’iconographie cynégétique dans les mondes anciens, to be held on 22-26 April 2024 in Paris. Further information is available at The themes will be:
• Construire l’iconographie cynégétique
• Les images de la chasse, une source historique
• Images de la chasse et idéologie du pouvoir
• La chasse et sa mise en scène : des enjeux rituels
• Mythologie et iconographie cynégétique


TAG 44

On 15 October 2023 abstracts are due for TAG 44. Climate archaeology: temporalities and ontologies, to be held on 18-20 December 2023 at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. The list of sessions and their chairs to whom abstracts should be sent are available at


GIS in Crete

On 27 October 2023 abstracts (250 words maximum) are due for an international conference entitled GIS in Crete: Archaeological Questions and Computational Answers, to be held on 30-31 May 2024 in Athens by the Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation and the Department of Archaeology at Ghent University. Abstracts, with title, name(s) of the author(s), affiliation(s), and contact information for 20-minute presentations should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further information is available at


TMA 71

On 30 October 2023 preliminary titles and abstracts (ca. 250 words) are due for the 71st issue of Tijdschrift voor Mediterrane Archeologie (TMA) for articles of 1500-3000 words due on 31 January 2024. TMA welcomes contributions ranging from case studies to theoretical approaches related to the archaeology of the Mediterranean world in its broadest sense. Research with a historical or epigraphic approach can also be admitted. Further information is available at


Interdisciplinary Ceramic Research in the Peloponnese

On 31 October 2023 abstracts (350 words maximum) are due for a conference entitled Interdisciplinary Ceramic Research in the Peloponnese – Technological Traditions through the Ages, to be held on 4-6 April 2024 at the Austrian Archaeological Institute Athens. Further information is available at


EAA AM 2024

On 9 November 2023 proposals for sessions are due for the 30th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA AM 2024), to be held in Rome in hybrid format on 28-31 August 2024. From 18 December 2023 until 8 February 2024 paper abstract submission will be open. Further information and forms are available at


ISA 2024

On 15 November 2023 abstracts are due for the 44th International Symposium on Archaeometry (ISA 2024), to be held on 27-31 May 2024 in Melbourne, Australia, hosted by the Australasian Research Cluster for Archaeological Science (ARCAS). Further information and the link to submit abstracts are available at The subjects of the symposium are grouped into the following sessions:
• Rock Art and Pigments
• Field Methods and Remote Sensing in Archaeological Science
• Dating Methods
• Bioarchaeology and Biomolecules
• Stone, Residues, Use Wear
• Ceramic, Metal, Vitreous
• Human-Environment Interactions
• Architectural and Cultural Heritage Archaeology

60th ARU Public Lectures Series

The program of the 60th ARU Public Lectures Series of the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus, focusing on the archaeology of Cyprus and the Aegean, has been announced for autumn 2022. All lectures are held virtually via ZOOM every Monday at 7:30 pm (EET); they are free and open to the public, but registration is required for access before each event starts. Registration is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
25 September 2023: C. Souyoudzoglou-Haywood, “Late Bronze Age archaeology of the island of Kefalonia in the 21st century: From culture history to hermeneutics”
27 September 2023 (hybrid): Book presentation – G. Koiner presenting E. Poyiadji-Richter, ed. 2023. Alexander Malios Collection, Vol.1: Cypriot Antiquities. (Leipzig: AMRICHA).
2 October 2023: M. Tsipopoulou, “Feasting (and dancing and singing?) with death: Ceremonial areas in the necropolis of Petras, Siteia, as a mnemonic landscape”
6 November 2023: E. Kozal, “Cypro-Cilician connections in the Late Bronze Age”
13 November 2023: K. Fisher, “Rethinking Late Cypriot monumentality”
20 November 2023: C. Kearns, “Challenges and opportunities in the archaeology of rural landscapes of Iron Age Cyprus”
11 December 2023: M. Rousou, “The contribution of botanical reference collections to archaeological studies: From the field to the laboratory”


Mycenaean Seminars

The University of London School of Advanced Study, Institute of Classical Studies has announced the following schedule of Mycenaean Seminars for 2023-2024, to take place in the Institute of Classical Studies, Room G37, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Attendance may be either in person or online unless otherwise noted; booking is required. Mycenaean Seminars begin at 3:30 pm GMT. Further information is available at
18 October 2023: A. Shapland, “Animals, Humans and Social Change in Palatial Crete”
8 November 2023: Ž. Tankosić, “An Island Between Two Worlds: Southern Euboea (the Karystia) in the Neolithic and the Early Bronze Age”
6 December 2023: V. Şahoğlu, “Çeşme – Bağlararası: Exploring Dynamic Patterns of Connectivity and Transformation of a Coastal Western Anatolian Settlement during the MBA/LBA Transition”
17 January 2024: A. Bogaard, “New Insights into the Lakeshore Neolithic of South-east Europe from the EXPLO Project”
14 February 2024: E. Finn, “Moving, Making, Meaning: Pebbles in the Archaeology of Bronze Age Crete”
13 March 2024 (online only): C. Langohr, “The Postpalatial Communities of Crete. Assessing Local Practices and Foreign Elements within a Unique Architectural Complex at Sissi (13th c. BCE)”
15 May 2024 (online only): C. Gallou, “‘Malea's Airy Height’: the Mycenaeans and the Sea in South-eastern Laconia”


Minoan Seminar

The Minoan Seminar is being hosted in hybrid format at the British School at Athens. Registration is required for either in-person or online attendance. Further information is available at The first seminar of 2023-2024 has been announced:
20 October 2023, 6 pm EEST: I. Mathioudaki and L. Girella, “The three West Court Kouloures at Knossos: between the First and Second Palace periods”


Η αρχαιολογία της πειρατείας στην αρχαιότητα

On 5-6 October 2023 a conference entitled Η αρχαιολογία της πειρατείας στην αρχαιότητα will be held in Athens. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
Ο. Βικάτου and Β. Στάικου, “Από τους Ταφίους του Ομήρου στους κουρσάρους της Αγίας Μαύρας. Εξερευνώντας την ιστορία της πειρατείας στο κεντρικό Ιόνιο πέλαγος. From Homer’s Taphians to the corsairs of Santa Maura: Exploring the legacy of piracy in the central Ionian Sea”
Π. Γουνελάς, “Πλέοντας «πόντον ἐπ’ ἀτρύγετον»… Η αρχαιολογία της πειρατείας στο Αιγαίο της Πρώιμης Εποχής του Σιδήρου. Sailing through ‘the unresting sea’: The archaeology of piracy in the Aegean of the Early Iron Age”
J. Driessen, “Ληστικός or Can we really talk of pirates in the Bronze Age? Ληστικός ή Μπορούμε πραγματικά να μιλάμε για πειρατές κατά την Εποχή του Χαλκού;”
Ά. Παπαδόπουλος, “Πολεμιστές, οικονομία και πειρατεία. Ένα ιδιαίτερο κοινωνικό τρίπτυχο στην Ανατολική Μεσόγειο της Εποχής του Χαλκού. Warriors, economy, and piracy: A peculiar social triptych in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean”
Χ. Παπαναστασοπούλου, “Πειρατεία στις επιστολές της Αμάρνα; Η διαμαρτυρία του βασιλιά της Alashiya και ο επίμονος Rib-Addi της Βύβλου. Piracy in the Amarna letters? The protest of the king of Alashiya and the persistent Rib-Addi of Byblos”
Α. Λαδάς, “Αναζητώντας ξυλεία στα λημέρια των πειρατών. Τα νέα δεδομένα στη ναυπήγηση πλοίων στο τέλος της Ύστερης Εποχής του Χαλκού και στις αρχές της Πρώιμης Εποχής του Σιδήρου. Seeking timber in the pirates’ lairs: The new facts at the end of the Late Bronze Age and the beginning of the Early Iron Age”
Δ. Σακκάς, “Αναζητώντας την πειρατεία στο Αιγαίο της Μέσης και της πρώιμης Ύστερης Εποχής του Χαλκού. Searching for piracy in the Middle and early Late Bronze Age Aegean”
Π. Κουνούκλας, “Ληΐστορες Λοκροί στη μυκηναϊκή εικονογραφία του Κύνου. Lokrian freebooters in the Mycenaean iconography of Kynos”
Λ. Βοκοτόπουλος, “Οι οχυρωμένες θέσεις της Κρήτης του 13ου/12ου αι. ΠΚΕ και η ανασφάλεια στη θάλασσα. The Cretan fortified sites of the 13th/12th c. BCE and insecurity at sea”
Κ. Τσονάκας, “Τα πολλαπλά πρόσωπα των θαλασσοπόρων κατά τη Μυκηναϊκή Ανακτορική περίοδο. The multiple personae of the seafarers during the Mycenaean Palatial period”
Ν. Γιαγκουδάκη, “Αναζητώντας τις απαρχές της πειρατείας στο Αιγαίο: Εμπόριο και θαλάσσιες επιδρομές κατά την Πρώιμη Εποχή του Χαλκού. Seeking the origins of piracy in the Aegean: Trade and maritime raids during the Early Bronze Age”
Α. Αγγελοπούλου, “Η τέχνη του πολέμου στο προϊστορικό Αιγαίο. Πρωτοκυκλαδικές οχυρωμένες ακροπόλεις και όπλα. The art of war in prehistoric Aegean: Early Cycladic fortified citadels and weapons”
Π. Τζοβάρας, “‘Έμποροι’ ή ‘πειρατές’; Τα τεχνικά χαρακτηριστικά των τύπων πλοίων της Ύστερης Νεολιθικής-Πρώιμης Εποχής Χαλκού σε συνάρτηση με τη χρήση τους. ‘Merchants’ or ‘pirates’? The technical properties of the Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age boat types of the Aegean in relation to their functions”
Μ. Πλατή and Ε. Μάρκου, “Παρουσίαση του εκπαιδευτικού προγράμματος ‘Η πειρατεία στις αρχαίες Κυκλάδες’. Presentation of the educational program ‘Piracy in the ancient Cyclades’”

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