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Illuminating Mediterranean Antiquity through Comparative History

On 4 March 2022 abstracts (300-500 words) and short biographies are due for a conference entitled Illuminating Mediterranean Antiquity through Comparative History: Theorising ‘Soft’ Approaches, to be held online on 20-21 July. Further information is available at https://www.academia.edu/70856817/CFP_Illuminating_Mediterranean_Antiquity_through_Comparative_History_Theorising_Soft_Approaches. Potential topics for comparative illumination:
• Colonial/imperial activities
• Relationships between humans and the natural world
• Indigenous conceptions of history
• Role of family, sex, gender
• Military history
• Religious belief, ritual, institutions
• Political rhetoric and institutions

 

CAA 2022

On 21 March 2022 abstracts for papers and posters are due for the Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA 2022): iNside iNformation, to be held on 8-11 August 2022 in Oxford, England, projected in hybrid format. Extended abstracts (1000 words maximum plus 3 citations) are required for papers submitted to standard and other sessions; abstracts (200-500 words, plus 3 citations) are required for posters. On 21 March 2022 nominations of participants in round tables are also due from their organisers. The call for workshops will be announced separately. Further information is available at https://2022.caaconference.org/.

 

AIA 2023

On 27 March 2022 (10 April with a late fee) submissions for colloquia, workshops and open-session papers and posters needing an early decision to acquire a visa or obtain funding are due for the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA 2023), to be held in New Orleans, LA from 5-8 January 2023. On 7 August 2023 (21 August with a late fee) submissions are due for all other workshops, open session papers and posters, and any provisionally accepted colloquia that are resubmitting. On 15 November 2022 submissions are due for Lightning Sessions and Roundtables. Submission forms and further information are available at http://www.archaeological.org.

 

Necropoleis Research Network

On 30 March 2022 titles, abstracts (ca. 300 words), and short cvs (200 words maximum) are due for the Necropoleis Research Network 5th Annual Meeting, to be held on 12-13 October 2022 at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Further information is available at https://www.facebook.com/groups/12556446054/posts/10159931638541055/. The themes of the conference are:
• The study of cremations
o The rite of cremation
o The technology of cremation
o Bioarchaeological analysis of cremated human remains
o Regional variation and change through time in the practice of cremation
o Cremation and its social, economic and cultural dimensions
o Funerary rituals and ideologies of fire
o Terminology, interpretation and reconstruction of cremation burials
• New methods in mortuary archaeology, with an emphasis on bioarchaeological or digital methods
• Recent finds of important new discoveries.

 

ScapeCon 2022

On 31 March 2022 abstracts (300 words maximum) are due for the 5th international postgraduate and early career scholars’ conference in Aegean archaeology ScapeCon 2022. No (e)scape from bits and pieces: Towards an archaeology of fragmentation in the Aegean Bronze Age — · People · Material Culture · Data, to be held on 24-27 November 2022 in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Further information and application forms are available at https://scapecon.minoan-aegis.net/.

ARCHAEOLOGY@Thessaloniki

The Department of History and Archeology at Aristotle University Thessaloniki has announced the schedule of  internet lectures ARCHAEOLOGY@Thessaloniki, to be held via Zoom. All lectures are on Thursdays at 19:00 (EET) Further information and the link are available at https://www.hist.auth.gr/events_seminars/archaeology-thessaloniki/. The schedule will be:
24 February 2022: Α. Βλαχόπουλος, “Οι τοιχογραφίες της Θήρας. Από την ανασκαφή στην ερμηνεία”
17 March 2022: K. Reber, “Αrtemis Amarysia in Amarynthos – The Discovery of a lost Sanctuary”
24 March 2022: B. Pitarakis, “In Pursuit of the Byzantine Object: Cultural Policy, Diplomacy, and Scholarship in Late Ottoman Istanbul”
31 March 2022: Β. Τουρλούκης, “Ο ρόλος της ελλαδικής χερσονήσου στις μετακινήσεις πληθυσμών και την πρώιμη κατοίκηση της Ευρασίας κατά την Παλαιολιθική περίοδο: θεωρητικές προσεγγίσεις, ερμηνευτικά μοντέλα και νέα δεδομένα από πρόσφατες έρευνες”
7 April 2022: Ι. Λεβέντη, “Μαρμάρινα μετάλλια (tondi) της ελληνιστικής εποχής: μια επανεξέταση”
14 April 2022: G. Meyer-Fernandez, “The sculptural elements and wall paintings of a little-known monument: the medieval and early-modern Panagia Hodegetria cathedral of Nicosia, Cyprus”
5 May 2022: Α. Παπαθανασίου, “Νεολιθικό Σπήλαιο Αλεπότρυπα, Διρού. Μια συνολική επανεκτίμηση παλαιάς και νέας έρευνας”
12 May 2022: Α. Μουστάκα, “Στη σκιά του Κρονίου: λατρευτικές πρακτικές και η σημασία της λατρείας της Ειλειθυίας και του Σωσίπολη στην Ολυμπία”
19 May 2022: Γ. Τσιγάρας, “Εκκλησιαστική πολιτική και τέχνη τον 16ο αιώνα στο Άγιον Όρος. Η περίπτωση των τοιχογραφιών του παρεκκλησίου της Παναγίας του ‘Ακαθίστου Ύμνου’ της Μονής Διονυσίου”

 

GIAP Seminars 2022

The Institut Català d’Arqueologia Clàssica has announced the schedule of speakers for the GIAP Seminars 2022: Recent Advances in the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean. All lectures will be held at virtually via MS Teams. They are open to the public and neither registration nor a Teams account are required. Further information and the link to join the webinar are available at https://giap.icac.cat/seminars/. The schedule will be:
24 February 2022, 18h (CET): N. Galanidou, “The Inner Ionian Archipelago research: towards a hybrid island archaeology”
23 March 2022: X. Rubio, TBA
28 April 2022: N. Alonso, TBA
26 May 2022: A. Bevan, TBA

 

Άγιος Βασίλειος Λακωνίας

On 1 March 2022 a virtual conference entitled Άγιος Βασίλειος Λακωνίας — Τομέας ΙΙΙ: Αποκρυπτογραφώντας ένα νέο μυκηναϊκό ανάκτορο στην εηρύχορον Λακεδαίμονα. Ayios Vasileios — Sector III: Deciphering a new Mycenaean palace in spacious Lacedaemon, will be held by The Archaeological Society at Athens. Further information and the link to join the conference are available at https://www.facebook.com/TheArchaeologicalSocietyatAthens/. The program will be:
Ν. Καραδήμας, “Σύντομη παροθσίαση του Τομέα ΙΙΙ και η στρωματογραφία της Δυτικής Στοάς”
Α. Βασιλογάμβρου, Β. Πετράκης, and Α. Καραγιάννη, “Τα ενεπίγραφα σφραγίσματα από τον Άγιο Βασίλειο Λακωνίας”
Α. Καραγιάννη, “Πινακολογικές παρατηρήσεις για τις πρακτικές καταγραφής και τις συνήθειες των Μυκηναίων γραφέων στο ανάκτορο του Αγίου Βασιλείου στο Ξηροκάμπι Λακωνίας”
Μ. Ρούμπου, “Μελέτη αποθήκευσης στη Δυτική Στοά μέσα από την ανάλυση οργανικών καταλοίπων σε πίθους και αγγεία”
Ν. Καραδήμας, Β. Κασίχτη, and Α. Βασιλογάμβρου, “Μυκήναϊκές τοιχογραφίες από τον Τομέα ΙΙΙ: Προκαταρκτική παρουσίαση και πρώτη αρχαιομετρική προσέγγιση”
Ε. Καρδαμάκη, “Η κεραμική από ένα ΥΕ ΙΙΙΒ στρώμα καταστροφής με τοιχογραφίες στα ανατολικά της Νότιας Στοάς”
Τ. Θεοδωροπούλου, “Κατάλοιπα υδρόβιων πανίδων από τον Τομέα ΙΙΙ”
Α. Καραθώνου, “Αρχαιοβοτανικά κατάλοιπα από τη Δυτική Στοά”
S. Chlouveraki, Y. Facorellis, A. Koukouli, A. Stefanis, and P. Theolakis, “Characterization of building materials”
D. J. Fallu and P. Karkanas, “Micromorphological analysis of occupation, destruction, and abandonment at Ayios Vasileios”
A. Christopoulou, B. Gmińska-Nowak, and T. Waźny, “Message from the past in wood and charcoal from Ayios Vasileios Mycenaean palace”
Π. Παπαδοπούλου, “Ο Τομέας ΙΙΙ του Αγίου Βασιλείου Λακωνίας στους μεσαιωνικούς χρόνους: η μαρτυρία των νομισμάτων”
Ν. Καραδήμας, “Ένα πρόγραμμα βαίνει στο τέλος του. Ανασκόπηση – αναμνήσεις - ευχαριστίες”

 

ICAS-EMME 3

On 14-18 March 2022 the 3rd International Congress on Archaeological Sciences in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East (ICAS-EMME 3) will be held at The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus. Further information is available at https://icasemme.cyi.ac.cy/. Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
M. Amadio and L. Bombardieri, “Geoarchaeology of prehistoric Cypriot architecture. Integrated analyses of mudbricks from Middle Bronze Age Erimi”
P. Fischer, “Hala Sultan Tekke, Cyprus: Interregional interactions in the Late Bronze Age”
N. Herrmann, S. Fuehr, and A. Van de Moortel, “Isotopic assessment of the diverse burial sample from Late Helladic and Protogeometric Mitrou and Tragana-Agia Triada”
A. Eleftheriadou, “An application of point pattern analysis and spatial statistics in lithic distributions”
S. Pancaldo, J. Mokrisova, and E. Bauzyte, “Island metallurgy: Investigation of Cypriot metal objects in the collection of The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge”
E. Nikita, M. Mardini, and P. Degryse, “SrIsoMed: An open access database for Sr isotopes across the Mediterranean”
D. Iliopoulos and E. Stathopoulou, “Collagen extraction and evaluation of organic preservation in skeletal material from the Neolithic settlement in Dispilio, Greece”
M. Roumpou, E. Vika, V. Hachtmann, and S. Voutsaki, “Before they were Kings: an interdisciplinary study of consumption practices in the Ayios Vasileios North Cemetery (Laconia)”
S. Frumin and E. Weiss, “Archaeobotanical perspectives from two thousand years at Tell es-Safl Gath”
M. Georgakopoulou, L. Filippaki, and Y. Bassiakos, “Copper alloys in the Early Bronze Age Aegean”
A. Charalambous and R. Laoutari, “From the north to the south, metals all around: Alloying in the prehistoric Bronze Age sites of Bellapais-Vounous and Kalavasos-Village, Cyprus”
D. Alberghina, “Metal-making strategies and technological skills in 2nd Millennium BCE western Anatolia: New archaeometric data from the LBA citadel of Kaymakçı”
D. Kondopoulou, M. Rivero-Montero, M. Gomez-Paccard, and E. Aidona, “Variations of the geomagnetic field during the second and first millennia BCE through the study of Greek pottery: impact for archaeology”
V. Kassianidou, A. Charalambous, D. Ioannides, M. Iacovou, A. Agapiou, and Z. Zomeni, “Recording the copper slag heaps in the hinterland of the kingdom of Palaepaphos”
M. Mehofer, T. Bürge, and P. Fischer, “Bronze Age copper production at Hala Sultan Tekke, Cyprus: First archaeometallurgical results”
A. Nikolopoulou and E. Philippaki, “EBA metal objects from Mesi Glyfada sea, Northern Aegean, Greece: preliminary data”
T. Rose, S. Klein, K. Westner, and Y.-K. Hsu, “From OXALID to GlobaLID: A substantial upgrade of a well-known data pool of lead isotopes for metal provenancing using R and Shiny App”

PlantCult

On 28 February 2022, PlantCult: Investigating the food cultures of ancient Europe held a one-day Zoom meeting. Further information is available at https://www.facebook.com/PlantCult/. The program was:
C. Hastorf, “PlantCult and the Archaeobotany of Food: some introductory words”
T. Valamoti, “The ERC PlantCult project: overview of the project implementation”
T. Valamoti, C. Petridou, and S. Michou, “Plantfoods of prehistoric Greece”
I. Hristova, E. Marinova, A. G. Heiss, and T. Valamoti, “Archaeobotanical study of archaeological food remains from Bulgaria”
H.-P. Stika, M. Berihuete-Azorin, M. Hallama, A. Mechler, J. Stäzler, and T. Valamoti, “PlantCult Ancient Cereal Food - Gruenkern: unripe spelt against hunger or as gourmet food”
A. G. Heiss, F. Antolín, M. Berihuete-Azorín, L. Kubiak-Martens, E. Marinova, H.-P. Stika, and T. Valamoti, “Out of the pot, out of the oven: PlantCult insights into prehistoric bread-like objects from central Europe”
H.-P. Stika, M. Berihuete-Azorin, A. G. Heiss, F. Antolín, E. Marinova, L. Kubiak-Martens, C. Petridou, E. Rosenstock, and S. M. Valamoti, “PlantCult Ancient Beer - New Methods of Analysis”
G. Kasapidou, G. Tsartsidou, and C. McNamee, “Plant processing through the analysis of micro-botanical remains: data from Bronze Age settlements in northern Greece”
D. Chondrou, M. Bofill, R. Vargiolu, H. Zahouani, and H. Procopiou, “Exploring the role of grinding stone tool technology in prehistoric Greece through usewear analysis”
T. Bekiaris, D. Chondrou, and I. Ninou, “The study of prehistoric food-processing stone tools from SE Europe in PlantCult Project”
A. Dimoula and Z. Tsirtsoni, “The contribution of PlantCult project in cooking pottery research”
E. Standall, A. Dimoula, C., Z. Tsirtsoni, and O. Craig, “Exploring Prehistoric Culinary Practices in South East Europe by Organic Residue Analysis”
M. Ntinou and C. Pagnoux, “The beginnings of arboriculture in Greece: new data from charcoal and morphometric analyses”
M. Jones, “Overview of the PlantCult project”

The February 2022 issue of Nestor (49.2) is available as a free download.

EAA 2022 Session: Borderlands, Interaction Zones, and Bounded Spaces in the Prehistoric Eastern Mediterranean

On 10 February 2022 abstracts are due for “Session 359: Borderlands, Interaction Zones, and Bounded Spaces in the Prehistoric Eastern Mediterranean: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Reconstruction of Connectivity,” co-organized by Sergios Menelaou, Umay Oğuzhanoğlu, and Ourania Kouka at the 28th European Association of Archaeologists Annual Meeting (EAA 2022), to be held on 31 August - 3 September 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. Further information on this session is available at https://submissions.e-a-a.org/eaa2022/sessions/overview/preview.php?id=359; registration forms and abstracts may be submitted at https://www.e-a-a.org/eaa2022.

 

PeCla 2022

On 28 February 2022 abstracts (500 words) are due for the 9th International Postgraduate Conference: Border Zones – Meeting Places in the Ancient World (PeCla 2022), to be held on 11-12 April 2022 at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Further information is available at https://www.archeologia.uw.edu.pl/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/CFP_Pecla-2022_final.pdf.

 

Periplous: il mare nella Preistoria mediterranea

On 28 February 2022 abstracts (2000-2500 characters including spaces) are due for LVII Riunione Scientifica dell’IIPP. Periplous: il mare nella Preistoria mediterranea, to be held on 19-22 October 2022 in Siracusa, Italy. Further information is available at https://www.iipp.it/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/RS_IIPP_2022_Periplous_I_circolare.pdf. Sessions at the conference will explore the following themes:
• Connectivity;
• Fragmentation;
• Mobility;
• Science applied to the study of the sea;
• Human groups and the sea;
• Symbolism;
• Sicily and its extra-island relations.

 

Terracottas in Motion

On 15 March 2022 abstracts (ca. 500 words) are due for an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural zoom colloquium entitled Terracottas in Motion, to be held under the auspices of
The Association for Coroplastic Studies on 20 October 2022. Further information is available at https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2969113463403682&id=1520393088275734; abstracts should be sent to Maya Muratov (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Jaimee Uhlenbrock (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Potential contributions should explore any of the following multiple facets of the concept of terracottas in motion:
• Terracottas and travel:
o This can be manifested/documented through shipwrecks containing terracottas, or through the finds of terracottas on the sea floor;
o Appearances of terracottas (in bulk or of specific types) in networks distant from their centers of production; their spatial distribution;
o Representations of travel in terracotta imagery by models of carts, horse riders, boats, etc.;
o Evidence for the travel of molds for terracotta sculpture from one production center to another;
o Evidence for the travel, or transfer, of motifs across regions or wider geographic areas;
• Short-distance movement via commercial activity, as documented by
possible shop or warehouse contexts, to which terracottas were moved from
production sites;
• Movement in terracottas as reflective of ritual activity that illustrates specific placement of terracottas by the user; ritual carrying, ritual breakage, ritual deposition, etc.;
• Terracotta representations implying movement from one place to the other, such as in
imagery that depicts carrying or offering;
• Movement present in iconographic choices, such as in representations of walking, running, dancing, game playing, etc., and riding of all kinds, on horses, dolphins, lions, swans, bulls, war elephants, mythical beasts, etc.;
• Interpretations of movement, such as is suggested by models of feet, boots, or shoes;
• Movement as implied by gestures;
• Interactive terracottas that in whole or in part were moved by the hand of a user;
• Terracottas designed actively to move in space on their own, such as those that were suspended.

 

Artefakt

On 18 March 2022 abstracts (250 words) are due for a Student-Doctorate Archaeological Scientific Conference entitled Artefakt, to be hosted by the Department of Archeology at the University of Warsaw on 21-22 May 2022, planned in hybrid format pandemic permitting. Further information is available at https://www.facebook.com/Studencko-Doktorancka-Archeologiczna-Konferencja-Naukowa-Artefakt-109009785011988.

 

Prehistoric, Ancient and Medieval Medicine

On 30 March 2022 offers of papers, posters, and workshops, and provisional requests to participate are due for an international symposium entitled Prehistoric, Ancient and Medieval Medicine: New Perspectives and Challenges for the Twenty First Century, to be held at Institute for History of Medicine and Foreign Languages, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic on 21-24 September 2022. Further information is available from Prof. Assoc. Tomas Alusik at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to whom offers should also be sent. Papers presented at the conference can address, but are not limited, to the following topics:
• Methodologies and techniques, theoretical viewpoints, as well as applications of new scientific methods as applied to the research;
• The evidence for the practice of medicine, such as medical interventions, surgery and remedies;
• The challenges in the recognition of medicine in the archaeological record;
• The preventive aspects of the use of medicine, such as the care of the sick or personal hygiene and their identification in the archaeological record;
• The social and religious aspects of healing;
• Healers and practitioners;
• Healing places;
• The state of health of the populations in the periods in question;
• Excavation or survey reports of the sites focused or related to the medical practice.

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