ISA 2024

On 12 January 2024 abstracts are due for the 44th International Symposium on Archaeometry (ISA 2024), to be held in Melbourne on 27-31 May 2024. Further information is available at The sessions will be:


ASOR 2024

On 15 January 2024 proposals for new member-organized sessions and workshops (250 words) are due for the American Schools of Overseas Research Annual Meetings (ASOR 2024), to be held in Boston and hybrid format on 20-23 November 2024. The call for papers will be open 15 February – 15 March 2024. Further information is available at


SOMA 2024

On 22 January 2024 abstracts (1500-2500 characters with spaces) are due for the 25th Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology (SOMA 2024), to be held in Zadar, Croatia on 25-27 April 2024. Topics will include seafaring and navigation; ports and harbours; maritime cultural landscapes; material culture; research methods and tools, particularly those attempting to reconstruct the ancient trade in the Mediterranean and its maritime connectivity with the contributions of underwater or land archaeology; new ideas for the conservation and interpretation of cultural heritage; and related topics such as art history, numismatics, epigraphy as well as other topics that connected the Mediterranean world through the history. Further information is available at


The Archaeology of Affluence

On 31 January 2024 abstracts (250 words) are due for an international conference entitled The Archaeology of Affluence: Comparative perspectives on surplus, wealth, and social organisation in pre-modern societies, to be held in Bologna, Italy on 8–9 May 2024. Abstracts should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Presenters are invited to offer their papers for publication in a peer reviewed proceeding of the workshop to be edited by the conference organizers, Santo Privitera, Francesco Iacono, and Palmiro Notizia. Suggested topics may include:
• The roots of affluence:
o Was it farming?
o Was surplus available to communities with little arable land or placed next to the coasts and/or wetlands?
o Was animal husbandry the key variable?
o What strategies were groups of herders and farmers employing to overcome the dearth of resources and, in turn, create affluence?
• The relationship between individual and community affluence:
o How even was affluence distributed among populations?
o Was this connected to an unbalance in social arrangements?
o How is this unbalance (or lack thereof) translated in the archaeological record of the world of the living or the dead?
o How was affluence made evident and communicated (e.g. by laying out monumental buildings and spaces, enlarging private dwellings, or furbishing tombs?)
• The management of affluence:
o Was affluence a multiplier of social complexity?
o How were groups managing affluence? Through feasting practices and/or the destruction of wealth?
o How far-reaching was the use of administrative tools aimed at bookkeeping (sacrificial or archival economies)?
o In a wider perspective, what was the role played by the accumulation and storage of staples, on the one hand, and the production of high-status and precious artefacts, on the other?
• The relationship between affluence and technology:
o What were the means through which affluence was achieved and regenerated over time? (e.g., exploiting wetlands, farming practices, animal husbandry, metal mining, staple storage, special textile techniques, trade relationships)
o What are its traces in the archaeological record (e.g., architectural monumentality, dining sets in precious metals, clay skeuomorphs, iconography)?



On 13 February 2024 abstracts (500 words) are due for the 22nd Annual International Conference on History and Archaeology: From Ancient to Modern (ATINER 2024), to be held by the History Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research on 3-6 June 2024 in Athens. Further information is available at



On 31 March 2024 abstracts (200-300 words) are due for the 4th International Congress on Archaeological Sciences in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East (ICAS-EMME 4), to be held at the Cyprus Institute, in Nicosia, Cyprus on 15-18 May 2024. Further information is available at


The program of ATLAS—Archaeological Topographies: Current Trends in Landscape Archaeology and Spatial Analysis has been announced for 2024. All lectures begin at 19:00 EEST in Athens. Further information is available at Lectures of interest to Nestor readers will include:
5 February 2024: C. Nuttall, “Problematising coastal landscapes. Spatial markers of coastscape engagement and the application of GIS-based methods in Aegean Prehistory”
4 March 2024: A. Leontaritis, “Mapping formerly glaciated environments: landscape evolution under millennial-scale climate variability”
2 December 2024: A. Brysbaert, “Studying the dynamics of the LBA Mycenaean taskscape in the Argolid through labour cost research and digital technologies”
16 December 2024: F. Gaignerot-Driessen and S. Sorin, “Sacred landscape archaeology: micro-mapping a votive deposit at Anavlochos, Crete”


BANEA 2024

On 3-5 January 2024 the 2024 Annual Conference of the British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA 2024). Archaeological and heritage practice in Southwest Asia: towards equitable futures will be held at the University of Glasgow. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
D. Papageorgiou, “Reconstructing food preparation practices in Northern Levant and Cilicia during the LBA-EIA transition”
A. Ladas and D. Papageorgiou, “A landscape aspect of human interaction: the role of coastal sanctuaries in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean during the LBA”

Michael Ventris Award for Mycenaean Studies for 2024

On 1 February 2024 applications are due for the Michael Ventris Award for Mycenaean Studies for 2024 (up to £3000), to be awarded to scholars who have obtained a doctorate within the past eight years or postgraduate students about to complete the doctorate in the field of Mycenaean civilization or kindred subjects, to promote research in (1) Linear B and other Bronze Age scripts of the Aegean and Cyprus and their historical and cultural connections, or (2) all other aspects of the Bronze Age of the Aegean and Cyprus. Applications (6 pages maximum) should be sent by email, ideally as a PDF attachment, to the Classics Manager, Valerie James (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Further information, including detailed application instructions, is available at

Lidar and Landscapes in the Archaeology of Greece

On 2 January 2024 abstracts (200 words) are due for a workshop entitled Lidar and Landscapes in the Archaeology of Greece, to take place on 15 March 2024 at the American School of Classical Studies. Abstracts should be sent to Alex Knodell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Archaeologists working with lidar in Greece are invited to discuss recent and ongoing projects, with a particular focus on research goals and methodologies. The following themes are suggested for consideration:
• Problems and potential for lidar applications in Greece versus other parts of the world
• Techniques for processing or visualizing point clouds and various types of derivative rasters
• Archaeological and environmental spatial analysis
• Feature identification and classification
• Machine learning
• Ground-truthing, verification, and error detection
• Comparison with other remote sensing techniques
• Issues of scale—site, landscape, and regional applications
• Lidar as an archaeological tool versus a remote sensing research topic in its own right
• Interdisciplinary collaboration



On 4 January 2024 abstracts (250 words) are due for papers, roundtables, panels, or other formats at the 10th UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Graduate Student Association of Archaeology (GSAA) Conference. Plural Geographies: exploring alternative ecologies and navigating through the field, to be held in hybrid format at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, on 17–18 May 2024. Further information is available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and at The following keywords are suggested to inspire work but are not limiting:
• Ecologies: historical ecology; political ecology; multi-natures; networks; entanglements
• Geographies: critical geographies; alternative geographies; geographical methods; GIS; mapping memory; mapping experiences; critical mapping; ecologies; places
• Place and space: place-making; spatial experience; architectonics; critical heritage; heritage and contested land; identity and place; thirdspaces
• Landscapes: seascapes; skyscapes; earth; archaeoastronomy
• Land: land-use; land rights; land back; borders; borderlands; migration; land-based violence; diaspora; exile
• Time and temporalities: periods; epochs; relative dating; Indigenous conceptualizations of time; alternative timescales; archaeology of the contemporary; archaeology of the past informed by the present; archaeology of the future
• Beyond archaeology: disciplinary reimagining; multidisciplinary archaeology; decolonizing archaeology; breaking disciplinary boundaries; architecture and historicity


2nd Women in the Archaeology of Greece

On 15 January 2024 abstracts (500 words in Greek, French, English, or German) are due for the second workshop on Women in the Archaeology of Greece: Tribute to Veronika Mitsopoulos-Leon, with a focus on women and archaeological institutions, to take place on 13 March 2024 at the Austrian Archaeological Institute in Athens, co-organized by the École française d'Athènes. Further information is available at The 2024 workshop aims to explore different aspects of the institutional obstacles and opportunities encountered by women, in particular:
• The official or unofficial reluctance towards women on the part of foreign institutes and Greek universities, Archaeological Services, museums, and research centers
• The role of these institutions as springboards or, on the contrary, brakes in the career of women archaeologists, for instance in terms of funding opportunities
• The strategies adopted by women to pursue their career goals



On 15 January 2024 abstracts (500 words) are due for the 4th Perspectives on Balkan Archaeology (PEBA 4). The Things of Life: Resources and Religion in the Metal Ages in Southeastern Europe, to be held on 25-28 September 2024 in Varna. Further information is available at Speakers are invited to present papers related to one or several of the following issues:
• How did the regular needs for materials and resources affect the socio-economic developments of prehistoric communities?
• Power and Landscape: How is the emergence of power related to access to and control over different types of materials and resources?
• Sustainability and exploitation: How was sustainability used to manage resources effectively? Which consequences had exploitation of resources?
• Production, Trade, Exchange, and Competition: How did economic developments, new technologies in extracting and producing various materials, and expanded trade networks facilitate societies’ access to resources from more distant places?
• What role did animal and plant resources play in communities? What was the symbolic significance of certain animals and plants in societies (in terms of archaeozoology/archaeobotany and animals/plants in funerary contexts, deposits, or pictorial representations)?
• What role does access to water sources play in the location and development of settlements, roads, and networks? And how are water sources used or associated with a religious or ritual context?
• How and what materials and resources were used for the various rites, burial facilities and treasures?


2nd Indus and the Aegean

On 29 February 2024 abstracts (250 words maximum) for 20-minute papers are due for the Second International Workshop on Relations Between the Indus and the Aegean in the Bronze Age: Commodities and Exchange, to take place on 29-30 November 2024 at the University of Oxford. All presenters are invited to offer their papers for publication in a peer-reviewed proceeding of the workshop to be edited by Dr. Marie Nicole Pareja. Abstracts should be sent to Robert Arnott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., from whom further information is available.

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