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’”

ESHE 2023

On 21-23 September 2023 the 13th Annual Meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution (ESHE 2023) was held in Aarhus, Denmark. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
D. De Caro, M. Kuhn, E. Panagopoulou, K. Harvati, and V. Tourloukis, “The technological behaviour in the Lower Palaeolithic site of Marathousa 1 (Megalopolis basin, Greece)”


Cretan Hieroglyphic and Linear A

On 23 September 2023 a workshop entitled New Prospects on the Aegean Undeciphered Scripts: Cretan Hieroglyphic and Linear A was held at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum in collaboration with the ERC research project “INSCRIBE – Invention of Scripts and their Beginnings” of the University of Bologna. Further information is available at The program was:
S. Ferrara, “Introduction”
A. Kanta, “Recent finds from the cult centre of the city of Knossos”
A. Santamaria, “Shaping, reading and stamping a hieroglyphic seal: The interweaving of material, epigraphic and contextual features”
M. Civitillo, “Seals for counting? A new proposal for the ‘meaning’ and use of recently identified Cretan Hieroglyphic Script signs on seals”
A. Greco, “The Minoan scribes treated as criminals! First results of an integrated palaeographic survey of the corpus of Linear A tablets from Phaistos”
J. Weingarten, “A new look at the first ever published Cretan Hieroglyphic 4-sided prism, 150 years later”
G. Flouda, “Closing remarks: From iconicity to the future of Minoan writing”


Brightening the Dark Ages

On 27-30 September 2023 an international conference entitled Brightening the Dark Ages, Archaic Greek Culture and Its Past was at the Academy of Athens. Further information is available at The program was:
A. Vlachopoulos, X. Charalambidou, and V. Lambrinoudakis, “The settlement of Grotta, Naxos: from the ‘proto-urban town’ to the historical ‘polis’”
Y. Lolos and C. Marabea, “Kanakia and Ginani: the end of the Mycenaean Palatial Age and the transition to the Early Iron Age in Southern Salamis”
H. Goette, “The sanctuary of Zeus Hellanios on Aigina: Mycenaean connections into historical times?”
C. Brillante, “Homeric poetry and local traditions: the Pylian epos between Mycenaean and archaic age”
A. C. Cassio, “Ἀλλόκοτα γράμματα: notes on the dialectal and graphemic fragmentation of archaic Greece”
M. Finkelberg, “From Iolkos to Troy: Thessaly and Thessalians in Greek heroic tradition”
K. Kalogeropoulos, “Aristocratic and democratic perceptions of the Mycenaean past in Attica during the 8th and the 7th centuries BCE”
J. Burgess, “Achilles and the development of Trojan war myth”
A. Lardinois, “Homer’s Pindar: the epic possession of a lyric past”
R. Seaford, “From aggregation to antithesis: vase-painting, text, and cosmology in the developing ‘polis’”
I. Rutherford, “Greek religious networks from Mycenaean period to archaic Greece”
E. Cingano, “Epic verse and performance before Homer: the spoken word and the fixed text”
G. Nagy, “Comparative approaches to Greek myths about invasions during the ‘Dark Ages’: on the so-called Dorian Invasion”
E. Cline, “Coping, adapting, and transforming in the aftermath of the LBA collapse: the view from the Aegean to Assyria during the Iron Age”
J. Whitley, “Alternative pasts: Crete and Thessaly compared”
S. Sherratt, “Euboean sub-protogeometric plates in the 9th century BCE, East and West”
E. Wagner-Durand, “‘Fantastic Beasts’ … between East and West: the transfer of emotive images using the example of composite and other special beings”
P. W. Stockhammer and The Attica Archaeogenetic Project, “A bioarchaeological light on the ‘Dark Ages’”
I. Hajnal, “The Greek dialects in the early phase of the Dark Ages”
A. Duplouy, “A link to the past? The ancestors cult reconsidered”
A. Willi, “Before the dithyramb”
R. Janko, “Archaeological versus linguistic interpretations of the Greek Dark Age: the power of wishful thinking”
R. Osborne, “What sort of a political world should we posit for the 8th century BCE?”


La religion micénica

On 28-29 September 2023 a symposium entitled La religion micénica: conceptos, prácticas, objetos was held in Segovia. Further information is available at The program was:
C. Varias García, “La religión de Micenas en las fuentes textuales y arqueológicas”
A. Bernabé, “En torno a ki-ri-te-wi-ja”
J. M. Jiménez Delgado, “La sacerdotisa Erita, los ko-to-no-o-ko y las parcelas ke-ke-me-na de pa-ki-ja-ne: personal religioso y tenencia de tierras en Pilo”
H. Whittaker, “From Bronze to Iron; the Demise of Mycenaean Religion”
E. R. Luján, J. Piquero, and I. Serrano, “De animales y máscaras: sobre los zoónimos micénicos”
J. Weilhartner, “Mycenaean kings and the divine sphere: some thoughts on a ‘complicated relationship’”
S. Lupack, “Reconsidering Religion in the Throne Room: Religious Authority in Mycenaean Society”
F. Díez Platas, “Sillas, vasos y gestos: sobre la iconografía de la celebración cultual del vino en la imaginería micénica”
F. Blakolmer, “Why are we unable to identify the deities of the Linear B texts in Mycenaean iconography?”
M. Perna, “Religione e scrittura nella società minoica e micenea”
C. Varias García, A. Bernabé, J. Weilhartner, F. Blakolmer, and H. Whittaker, “Progress and Perspectives in the study of Mycenaean Religion”

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