On 28-30 January 2021 the inaugural meeting the Mediterranean Archaeology Australasian Research Community (MAARC) will be held virtually, hosted by the University of Melbourne (AEDT). Attendance is free but registration is required; details should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
K. Mann, “Pioneering field practices in Aegean settlement archaeology: The innovation and ongoing influence of Judy Birmingham at Zagora on Andros”
A. Dighton, “In the beginning: the origins of olive and grape consumption - the view from the Eastern Mediterranean”
L. Pisanu, “Mediterranean trade routes during the Bronze and Early Iron Age: What is the role of Nuragic Sardinia?”
J. Webb, “The north coast of Cyprus in the prehistoric Bronze Age: locality, political economy and connectivity”
K. Trimmis, P. N. Kardulias, L. Tzortzopoulou-Gregory, C. Marini, and C. L. Fernée, “The north remembers: continuity and change in the prehistoric landscapes of northern Kythera, Greece”
S. A. Paspalas, “The Early Iron Age settlement of Zagora and its external contact: the evidence of its fine wares”
L. Hitchcock, “The Deep State and the Minoan ‘Palaces’ in Crete: Bureaucracies as Constraining and Enabling SocioPolitical Structures”
C. Tully, “On every high hill and under every green tree: open air cult sites in the Levant and Crete”
J. Heywood, “Funerals and the Ideological Role of Marine Iconography on Post-palatial Crete”
R. E. Kortanoğlu and M. Savrum-Kortanoğlu, “Thoughts on Some Prehistoric and Historical Monumental Structures in Continental Greece”
D. Frankel, “Challenges from the past”
J. Webb, “New Sites from Old. Three Examples”
C. Davey, “Revisiting artefacts: Metal working at Bamboula (Kourion)”
L. Tittl, “‘Out here we are stoned’: the cosmological significance of rocky terrain in Bronze Age Crete”

Recherches à Malia (Crète)

On 2 December 2020 a webinar was held entitled Recherches à Malia (Crète). Actualités et perspectives. Further information is available at The program was:
L. Lespez and A. Glais, “Recherches sur le paléoenvironnement de Malia: quelques résultats des carottages 2015”
S. Müller Celka, L. Fadin, and E. Régagnon, “Construction du Web-SIG de Malia architecture générale et résultats de la campagne 2019”
S. Müller Celka and E. Régagnon, “Recherches récentes à Chrysolakkos : exemple d’application du SIG à l’étude d’un édifice”
G. Doudalis and M. Pomadère, “The protopalatial material of ‘Secteur Pi’ at Malia: first results”
M. E. Alberti, C. Langohr, and M. Pomadère, “Séquence céramique néopalatiale à Malia. Les apports majeurs du Secteur Pi à la compréhension de l’histoire du site”
P. Mylona, “Architecture et fonctionnement des espaces dans le secteur Pi: l’apport des analyses micromorphologiques”
A. Gardeisen and K. Papayianni, “Ressources et environnement de Malia: une approche à travers les animaux terrestres”
T. Theodoropoulou, “Un palais minoen tourné vers la mer? Exploitation et utilisations des ressources marines à Malia”
M. Devolder, “Nouvelles recherches sur la séquence architecturale du palais de Malia”
I. Caloi, “L’occupation prépalatiale au cœur de l’établissement maliote: premiers résultats et perspectives de recherche”
M. Anastasiadou, “New Seals and Seal Impressions from Protopalatial Malia: The Magasins Dessene and Quartier Pi”
E. Tsafou, “Residue Analysis and Culinary Practices at Malia”
B. Rueff, “L’éclairage artificiel dans l’habitat à Malia. Une analyse fonctionnelle des lampes de Chrysolakkos, du Quartier Mu et du Quartier Pi”
H. Procopiou, “Des outils lithiques aux activités: le Quartier Mu de Malia”
V. Chankowski, “Bilan et perspectives pour les travaux de l’EFA à Malia”

The December 2020 issue of Nestor (47.9) is available as a free download.

Michael Ventris Award 

On 1 February 2021 applications are due for the Michael Ventris Award for Mycenaean Studies for 2021 (up to £2000), 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

Beyond Cyprus

On 8-11 December 2020 an international digital conference entitled Beyond Cyprus: Investigating Cypriot connectivity in the Mediterranean from the Late Bronze Age to the end of the Classical period will be hosted by the Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation (EEST). Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
V. Kassianidou, “Tracing Cypriot connectivity with the east Mediterranean and beyond through the trade of copper”
J. M. Webb, “Precursors: Cyprus’ maritime connectivity before and during the transition to the Late Bronze Age”
G. Papasavvas, “Enkomi elites and Egyptian gold”
D. Pilides, “The Agios Sozomenos forts: An assessment of the phenomenon of their establishment and development in light of new evidence”
E. Mantzourani and G. Vavouranakis, “The anthropomorphic figurines of Cyprus in the Bronze Age: Style, local traditions and foreign associations”
A. Lekka, “Pottery fashion in the Late Bronze Age: Stylistic similarities between Cypriot and other local wares in Eastern Mediterranean”
E. Margaritis and C. Hankel, “Farming the big islands of the Mediterranean: Crete and Cyprus in the Bronze Age”
N. Papadimitriou, “Cyprus and the Aegean in the Late Bronze Age”
H. Charaf, “Disentangling the relationships between Cyprus and Lebanon during the second millennium BC: What Sidon can bring to the table”
T. Pedrazzi, “Canaanite jars in Cyprus in the 13th–11th century BC: Transfer of goods, transformation of networks”
A. Papadopoulos, “The Cypriot and Aegean pottery from Tell el-Hesi: Merchants from Cyprus in the southern Levantine trade networks?”
J. Sienkiewicz, “Cyprus and Rhodes in the Late Bronze Age: A Special Relationship?”
M. Artzy and H. Sha, “The Cypriot counterpart of Late Bronze Stratum V at Tell Abu Hawam?”
S. Vilain, “From trading connections to cultural exchanges: Cypriot imports and their imitations in the Levant and Egypt during the Middle and Late Bronze Ages”
P. Boyes, “The social context of Cypriot writing at Ugarit: Cypriot communities and Levantine elites”
G. Koiner, “Cypriot antiquities in Austrian collections: History and research”
S. Schmid, “On the composition and whereabouts of Max Ohnefalsch-Richter’s collection of Cypriot antiquities”
K. Kopanias, I. Voskos, D. Papageorgiou, and C. Theotokatou, “External contacts and a reassessment of socio-political evolution in the Kouris region during the LBA and EIA”
K. Kopanias, E. Vemou, and K. Sidiropoulou, “3D Model Analysis of some LBA and EIA Swords from Cyprus”
S. Demesticha, “Transport containers and maritime networks: The case of Cyprus”
A. Vacek, “Trading spheres, competition and cooperation within long distance trade in the Early Iron Age eastern Mediterranean: Examining the Cypriot’s share”
A. Orsingher, “Sailing East. Networks, Mobility, Trade and Cultural Exchange between Cyprus and the central Levant during the Iron Age”
A. Gilboa, P. Waiman-Barak, G. Lehman, A. Georgiadou, and G. Shalvi, “Cyprus and the Southern Levant in the Iron Age: A continuously changing story”
A. L. D’Agata, “Networks of similarities, worlds of shared practices: Re-interpreting the relations between Cilicia and Cyprus in the first centuries of the first millennium BC”
K. Spathmann, “Sidon and its relation with the Early Iron Age pottery of Cyprus”
F. Zervaki, “Cypriot imports and influence in Rhodes from the 11th – 10th century BC and links to the Aegean and the central Mediterranean”
G. Bourogiannis, “Cypriot Black-on-Red traits in the Aegean: In search of a beginning and an end”
A. Christophilopoulou, “Ancient migration or ancient mobility? Perspectives from Cyprus”


AIA 2021

On 5-10 January 2021 the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA 2021) will be held online. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
T. Maltas, “Agricultural Resilience and the Collapse of Bronze Age Citadels in Western Anatolia”
E. Oddo, ”Going Backward to Move Forward: Archive Archaeology and the House Of The Frescoes at Knossos”
C. Donnelly, ”Writers, Markers, and Merchants in the Late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean”
S. E. M. Thorne, ”Geraki in Laconia: the Middle Helladic Period”
J. Meier, “‘Well off’ Animal Abundance and Context-Based Analysis of Depositional Histories at Petsas House, Mycenae”
S. Hilker, “A Spatial Analysis of Mycenaean Settlement Architecture”
E. Gorogianni and K. Psimogiannou, “Storage in the Prehistoric Aegean: A Diachronic View on Material Dimensions and Social Implications” (Workshop). Panelists: K. S. Christakis, E. Gorogianni, J. Hruby, D. Margomenou, K. Psimogiannou, and M. Roumpou
M. F. Lane, “The Offspring of Kephissos: The Middle and Late Bronze Age Settlements in the Northeastern Kopaic Basin in Regional Context”
A. Van de Moortel, “Ritual and Mortuary Practices at Mitrou During the Late Bronze Age”
Z. Tankosic, “Gourimadi, Karystos: The Results of the Third Season of Excavations at the Earliest Known Settlement in Southern Euboea, Greece”
F. Dibble, “Adapting to Ancient Climate Change. Animal Husbandry in Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Greece”
K. Jarriel, “Disaster and Technologies of Resilience: Small World Interaction after the Theran Eruption”
D. M. Buell, “Minoans at Aghios Nikolaos: Preliminary Results of the Khavania Topographic and Architectural Mapping Project, Summer 2019”
A. Cabaniss, “Family Dinners: Constructing and Maintaining Cooking Micro-Traditions within an East Cretan Late Minoan IIIC settlement”
C. J. Sturge, “The Late Bronze Age Goblet on Crete and the Mainland: An Index of Similarity or Variation?”
V. Şahoğlu, “Liman Tepe: A Coastal Site in Western Anatolia where Land Routes meet the Maritime World”
C. Judson, “The Dorians Keep Invading: Confronting the Perpetuation of Migration Narratives in Cretan Archaeology”


18. Österreichischer Archäologentag (2021)

On 8-10 April 2021 the 18. Österreichischer Archäologentag (2021) will be held in Graz. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
J. Weilhartner, “Zur ‘Göttin mit Kylix’ in der ägäischen Ikonographie”
F. Blakolmer, “Der minoische Genius beim Stieropfer vor der Göttin. Frühägäische Repräsentationsstrategien anhand eines mykenischen Siegelbildes aus Pylos”

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