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Mediterranean Archaeological Trust

On 31 January 2019 applications for grants (not normally exceeding £2,000) to assist with the final publication of archaeological fieldwork in the Mediterranean world are due to the Mediterranean Archaeological Trust. Grant application forms and other information are available at https://medarchaeotrust.org/.

Michael Ventris Award for Mycenaean Studies

On 1 February 2019 applications are due for the Michael Ventris Award for Mycenaean Studies for 2019 (up to £2500), 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, and (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 https://ics.sas.ac.uk/awards/award-prizes.

 

BANEA 2019

On 5 December 2018 paper, poster, and session proposals are due for the 2019 Annual Conference of the British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA 2019): Mind the Gap, to be held on 22-24 February 2019 at the University of Liverpool. Abstracts should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further information is available at https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/archaeology-classics-and-egyptology/research/banea/. Topics of sessions/workshops will include:
• Domestic/settlement archaeology
• Working with old data sets
• Archaeology of death
• Archaeology of religion, rituals and temples
• The origins of sedentism
• Epipalaeolithic Near East
• Archaeological traditions, borders and gaps
• Conflict and heritage panel discussion

ASOR 2019

On 15 December 2018 proposals for new sessions and workshops are due for the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR 2019), to be held San Diego, CA on 20-23 November 2019. The online system for paper proposals will be open from 15 January through 15 February 2019. Further information, including 2019 List of Approved Sessions and Workshops, is available at http://www.asor.org/am/2019-call-for-sessions/.

TAG Syracuse 2019

On 15 January 2019 session proposals are due for the Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG Syracuse 2019): Slow Archaeology, to be held at Syracuse University, New York on 3-5 May 2019. On 1 March 2019 paper proposals are due. Further information, including already accepted conference sessions, is available at http://tag2019.maxwell.syr.edu/.

EMAC 2019

On 15 January 2019 abstracts are due for presentations at the 15th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics (EMAC 2019), to be held on 16-18 September 2019 in Barcelona, Spain; on 8 September PDF poster submissions are due. Further information is available at http://www.ub.edu/emac2019/. Topics will include:
• Development of new methods and techniques
• Chronology and dating
• Provenance and networks
• Applied decorations
• Technical ceramics
• Ceramics as building materials
• Vessel function and vessel use
• Production centres and raw material studies
• Alteration and conservation
• Experimental studies and ethnoarchaeology
• Statistics and databases in ancient ceramic studies: papers in honour of Mike Baxter

Unlocking Sacred Landscapes: Digital Humanities and Ritual Space

On 31 January 2019 manuscripts are due for a topical issue of Open Archaeology on Unlocking Sacred Landscapes: Digital Humanities and Ritual Space, which will focus on digital approaches both to ritual space and to artefacts relating to ritual practice and cult. Further information is available at https://www.degruyter.com/page/1857?fbclid=IwAR3DsADrY3k_fL8w876V4woYJ6zrGZC9fNVBVwtvlJiWbGKQ_df6kkFv-7U. Contributions will be particularly welcomed that are archaeological, art-historical, anthropological, ethnographic, historical, computational, cultural heritage, or inter-disciplinary in their approaches, with a strong methodological focus on computational developments, digitisation processes, and spatial analysis dealing with:
• Inter- and intra-site Geographic Information System (GIS) approaches and spatial statistics and modelling of ritual space and/or its associated material assemblages
• Digitisation and virtual reconstruction of ritual space and/or its associated material assemblages
• Remote sensing\aerial\satellite approaches to ritual space
• Other computational methods and developments (e.g. space syntax and 3D modelling) applied to ritual space and/or its associated material assemblages
• Digital approaches to culture heritage management and culture heritage studies of ritual space and/or its associated material assemblages,
• Digital approaches to phenomenological, performative and experiential analyses related to ritual space and/or its associated material assemblages

7th Young Researchers’ Conference in Aegean Archaeology

On 1 March 2019 abstracts (in English, maximum 250 words) are due for the Sympozjum Egejskie. 7th Young Researchers’ Conference in Aegean Archaeology, to be held on 6-7 June 2019 by the Department of Aegean Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw. Proposals are invited from early career researchers on all themes (e.g. art, crafts, everyday life; social, funerary, political landscapes; long-distance relations, Aegeans overseas, influence on other cultures; etc.) related to Aegean Archaeology, i.e. Aegean areas and cultures in the Bronze Age, also in a broader context (new methods, approaches, and technologies applied to the research; new technologies in data, research, site management; etc.). Proposals should be sent to the Department of Aegean Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further information is available at http://www.archeo.uw.edu.pl/zalaczniki/upload2307.pdf and https://www.facebook.com/zaeiauw/.

Η αρχαιολογία του υφάσματος

On 4-18 December 2018 a conference entitled Η αρχαιολογία του υφάσματος will be held by the Εθνικό 'Ίδρυμα Ερευνών, Ινστιτούτο Ιστορικών Ερευνών in Athens. Further information is available at http://www.eie.gr/epistimiskoinonia/2017-2018/Morfotikes_Z.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0IVWemsKEbsW50UuBmjb1kXQs6SU0MNyAq8oHjNGWXXciObgQr4S1y5Mw. Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
‘Ι. Τζαχίλη, “Mεταξύ τέχνης, τεχνικής και αρχαιολογικής μεθόδου: η πολυσημία των αρχαίων υφασμάτων”
Κ. Σαρρή, “Πολύχρωμα υφάσματα και ενδύματα στο προϊστορικό Αιγαίο: αισθητικές και τεχνολογικές προσεγγίσεις”
‘Α. Μιχαηλίδου, “Ο ρόλος του υφάσματος στις προ-νομισματικές οικονομίες”
Β. Πετράκης, “Η οργάνωση και διαχείριση της υφαντικής παραγωγής στα μυκηναϊκά ανάκτορα”
Σ. Βακιρτζή,, “ Τεχνίτρες της κλωστής στο προϊστορικό Αιγαίο: η αρχαιολογία ενός ‘επαγγέλματος’”

PeClA 2018

On 6-7 December 2018 the 7th International Postgraduate Conference PeClA 2018 (Perspectives on Classical Archaeology). Pólemos – Bellum: Archaeology of Conflict in the Antiquity will be held at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Further information is available at https://ukar.ff.cuni.cz/cs/2018/10/22/pecla_2018/. Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
F. Franković, “Another One Bites the Dust – Iconography of Defeated Warriors in the Late Bronze Age Aegean”
M. Roháček, “War in Arzawa? Overview of weapons in Western Anatolia in 2nd Millenium BC”
M. Smisek, “Interception of the earthquakes in archaeological contexts during period of conflicts on LM IB Crete”

OIKOS

On 6-7 December 2018 an international workshop entitled OIKOS: Archaeological approaches to House Societies in the ancient Aegean will be held at the UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, organized by AEGIS. Further information is available at https://oikos.minoan-aegis.net/. The program will be:
J. Driessen and Q. Letesson, “‘On the House’. A diachronic look on the configuration of Minoan social relationships”
T. Whitelaw, “Houses, Households, families and corporate groups. Social Structures and their material representation in Minoan Crete”
M. Relaki, “Ecologies of belonging: Houses as commons in Bronze Age Crete”
C. Knappett, “The aesthetics of containment: concealing and revealing in Minoan houses”
S. Nanoglou, “There is no such thing as house society, or fetishising the house”
S. Todaro, “Residential mobility and ritual stability in Prepalatial Mesara: rebuilding Houses at Phaistos”
E. Gerontakou, M. Kyritsi, and A. Salichou, “‘Τα εν οίκω’: Tracing social identity and structure in the Minoan town of Zakros”
T. Brogan and C. Sofianou, “Darkness at the edge of town? Signs of inequality in the LM I Oikos at Papadiokampos”
T. F. Cunningham, “Scalar and temporal aspects of economic activities in Minoan Houses”
E. Hatzaki, “From the Neopalatial to Final Palatial: Knossian and Cretan ‘Houses in Motion’”
Υ. Papadatos, “Pottery consumption in Prepalatial domestic and funerary contexts: defining Houses through difference”
P. Militello, O. Palio, and M. Figuera, “Embedded Production: Elite Houses, Central Buildings and ideological co-operation”
E. Apostolaki, “Whom the House concerned: Land ownership and lines of descent in prehistoric Crete”
D. Puglisi, “Rites of Passage in Minoan Palatial Crete and their role in structuring a ‘House’ Society”
A. Simandiraki-Grimshaw, “The Body and the Ring: Metal Rings and Group Identities in the Late Bronze Age Aegean”
A. Peatfield and C. Morris, “Peak Sanctuary figurines: materializing issues of ritual personhood within community/House identity”
S. Finlayson, “The House Seal: examining seal-use and sealing practices in Proto- and Neopalatial Crete using Lévi-Strauss’ model of House Societies”
A. Karnava and I. Nikolakopoulou, “More oikoi at Akrotiri, Thera: physical and social landscape in the new north/northwest neighbourhood of the LB I settlement
E. Gorogianni, “Finding oikoi: Ayia Irini, Kea from the household perspective”
C. Wiersma, “Early Helladic III and Middle Helladic house (centric) societies”
K. Efkleidou, “Looking for Houses in the tombs. The evidence for House-societies in the Mycenaean Argolid”
S. Andreou and K. Efkleidou, “In quest of the ‘oikos’ in the Late Bronze Age tells of Central Macedonia: The evidence from Thessaloniki Toumba”
M. Ruiz-Galvez, “Women, Houses and House Societies”

Regional Approaches to Early Greek Society

On 14-16 December 2018 an international workshop entitled Regional Approaches to Early Greek Society, 1100–550 BCE will be held at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. Further information is available at http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/fakultaeten/philosophische-fakultaet/fachbereiche/altertums-und-kunstwissenschaften/institut-fuer-klassische-archaeologie/konferenzen/early-greek-society.html. Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
M. Kontopanagou, “The Athenian Society in the Transition to the Early Iron Age through Funerary Material Culture: the Case of the Herodou Attikou Street Cemetery”
B. Eder, “Between the Mycenaean and Greek Worlds: the Emergence of the Greek Sanctuary”
T. Keßler, “Regional (Id)entities. The Decoration of Early Iron Age Pottery around the Gulf of Corinth”
A. Livieratou, “From Mycenaean Periphery to ethne: the Complex Ways of Socio-Political Evolution in Phocis and East Locris in the Early Iron Age”
A. Stamoudi, “The Household Ceramics of the LHIIIC and Proto- Geometric Period from the Site of Kynos (Phtiotis). Its Character, Characteristics and Potentials”
I. Lemos, “Transformation, Tradition and Innovation: the Transition from the Late Bronze to the Early Iron Age”
E. Chatzinikolaou, “From the Individual to the Community: Re-Reading Domestic Space during the Transition from the Early Iron Age to the Archaic Period”

Household Archaeology in Old World Prehistory

On 21-22 November 2018 a conference entitled Household Archaeology in Old World Prehistory was held in Vienna. Further information is available at https://www.orea.oeaw.ac.at/en/events/event-detail/article/household-archaeology-in-old-world-prehistory/. Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
K. Kotsakis, “Households in the mist. A central concept of Old World Archaeology revisited”
M. Röcklinger, “Spatial and Social Organisation at EBA 1 Çukuriçi Höyük”
C. Moser, “Insights into an Early Bronze Age Settlement in the Western Thessalian Plain”
O. Kouka, “Social Dynamics and Space Management in the EBA East Aegean”
G. Sofianos, “The Minoan Oikos in Pre- and Proto-palatial Crete”
S. Emra, “The Household at Çukuriçi Höyük through Patterns of Butchery, Consumption and Disposal”
P. Halstead, “Households(?) in Neolithic Greece: Production, Storage and Consumption of Food”
V. Tzevelekidi, “The Contribution of Zooarchaeological Analyses to the Interpretation of Ancient Societies: The Case of the Neolithic Greek Site of Toumba Kremastis-Koiladas”
S. Cveček, “Households in Transition? (Un)shared Household Practices in the Early Bronze Age Western Anatolia”

SOMA 2018

On 22-25 November 2018 the 22nd annual Symposium On Mediterranean Archaeology (SOMA 2018). From East to West: The mobility of people, goods and ideas in the ancient Mediterranean was held at the Museo del Mare e della Navigazione Antica, Santa Severa, Rome. Further information is available at http://genama.info/soma/2018/. Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers included:
E. Scarsella, “The private agency in the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean”
K. Youngs, “Digitizing Cypriot glass and faience: manufacture, mobility and interconnections in the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean”
S. Ruzza “From East to West: some observations on the introduction of Naue II swords in the Aegean”
G. Avola, “Mobility of people and goods between the Aegean and the central Mediterranean in the III millennium BC: the evidence from Southeastern Sicily and Malta”

The November 2018 issue of Nestor (45.8) is available as a free download.

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