Italy and Cyprus in Antiquity

On 16-21 May 2023 a conference entitled Italy and Cyprus in Antiquity: A Fresh Look was held at the Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome, under the auspices of the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Rome. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
A. Georgiou, “Contextualising Cypriot connectivity with Italy post-1200 BC”
F. Lo Schiavo and M. Perra, “Sardinia and Cyprus: an update”
S. Sabatini and M. E. Alberti, “Late Bronze Age textile production in the Terramare region, the Aegean, and in Cyprus: approaching differences and similarities”
M. Perna, “The corpora of Cypriot Syllabic scripts of the second and first millennia BC. An update on the publication”
M. Cultraro, “Decoupling connectivity and maritime mobility. Cyprus and Sicily in the Late Bronze Age”
A. Vanzetti, S. T. Levi, and D. Gullì, “The site of Cannatello (AG, Sicily, Italy) and the connectivity from Sardinia to Cyprus in the Late Bronze Age boom-and-crisis years (ca. 1400–1150 BC)”
L. Nigro, “Cyprus and Motya. Contacts and exchanges at the dawn of Mediterranean seafaring interconnections”



On 22-25 May 2023 the 13th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (13th ICAANE) will be held in Copenhagen. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
R. Özbal, A. Breu, H. Özbal, L. Thissen, A. Türkekul-Bıyık, and F. Gerritsen, “Pottery and Dairying in Neolithic Anatolia: The Case of Barcın Höyük, Turkey”
C. Scott and C. Luke, “Gods and the Machine: Structure-from-Motion Recording in the Excavation and Analysis of Ritual Caches from Kaymakçı, Western Turkey”
K. Kopanias, A. Georgiou, M. Iacovou, A. Hadjikoumis, L. Kassianidou, E. Margariti, E. Nikita, D. Papageorgiou, and G. Papasavvas, “New light on LBA-EIA Cypriot burial customs: two new burials from Palaepaphos (Kouklia-Marchello, Cyprus)”
D. M. Alberghina, “Reconstructing Metallurgical Horizons in LBA western Anatolia. Procurement Networks and Technological Strategies at the citadel of Kaymakçi”
S. Vilain, “From imitation to innovation: An insight on copies and local productions inspired by Cypriot wares in the Eastern Mediterranean during the 2nd millennium BCE”
M. Kibaroğlu and D. P. Mielke, “Archaeometric investigations on the production and distribution of Hittite pottery”
S. Günel, “The cultural development of Çine-Tepecik and the reflection on Aegean archaeology”
F. Meneghetti, “The world is a small place: an interdisciplinary approach to the study of miniature pottery from Athienou-Bamboullari tis Koukounninas (Cyprus)”
M. Bowers, “Tracing Textiles and Trade in the Aegean and Near Eastern Late Bronze to Early Iron Age Transition”
J. Muñoz Sogas, “Hybrid religions in the Eastern Mediterranean: Egyptian and Phoenician conceptions in Greece”
F. Meneghetti and E. De Benedictis, “Ex charta lux: a multidisciplinary study of the excavations of Enkomi (Cyprus)”
K. Soennecken, “Tracking down ‘Sea Peoples’ far away from the Mediterranean Cities. The(im)possibility of finding ethnicity in archaeological evidence”



On 14-16 June 2023 the 16th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics (EMAC2023) will be held in Pisa, Italy. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
I. Caloi and F. Bernardini, “Micro-CT scanning of Minoan vases from Phaistos, Crete. Preliminary results on ceramic forming techniques of the Middle Bronze Age”
C. Burke, V. Testolini, V. Xanthopoulou, and I. Iliopoulos, “What Makes a Classic? Continuity of raw material procurement and ceramic fabrics in Pheneos, from the Bronze Age to the Classical Period”
S. Menelaou, O. Kouka, E. Kiriatzi, N. Müller, and C. Gardner, “Characterising pottery production and importation in Early Bronze Age Troy: petrographic and geochemical analysis”
B. Lis, A. Batziou, J. H. Sterba, and H. Mommsen, “Pottery of Argive provenance in coastal Thessaly during the Late Bronze Age according to Neutron Activation Analysis”
S. Menelaou, E. Marzec, F. Georgiadis, S. Katsarou, A. Siros, and A. Darlas, “Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery consumption at Agriomernos Cave, Samos (Greece): compositional analysis and provenance determination”
R, Klöckl and V. Testolini, “Copy and Paste. Technological choices and skills adaptation in Pheneos, Arcadia”
A. Barouda, P. Quinn, N. Efstratiou, “Technologies and Traditions of Pottery and Plaster Production at Neolithic Makri, Thrace, Greece”
T. Ogawa, S. N. Müller, H. Procopiou, S. Triantafyllou, S. Andreou, and E. Kiriatzi, “Cooking ware at prehistoric Toumba Thessaloniki: an indicator of continuity in potting tradition and culinary practice”
M. Giobbe, E. Kiriatzi, I. Lemos, N. Müller, M. A. Di Vito, S. De Vita, T. E. Cinquantaquattro, and M. D’Acunto, “Human mobility and technological transfer between Greece and Southern Italy: the cases of Pithekoussai and Cumae. Project outline”

Abundance and Scarcity in the Ancient Mediterranean World

On 21-22 April 2023 a graduate student conference entitled Abundance and Scarcity in the Ancient Mediterranean World was held by the Harvard Department of the Classics in Cambridge, MA. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
E Cline, “Aspects of Abundance and Scarcity during the Late Bronze Age and After in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean”
R. McKay, “Choices in Common: The Management of Common-Pool Resources and the Evidence of Collective Action in Bronze Age Messenia”

The Connected Past 2023

On 16 April 2023 abstracts (300 words maximum) are due for The Connected Past: Digital Methods for Studying Networks and Complexity in the Humanities (The Connected Past 2023), to be held on 12-15 September 2023 in Helsinki. Further information and the link to submit abstracts are available at Contributions may include, but are not limited to:
• New digital methods or tools for studying historical, archaeological, or lexical datasets
• Modelling – spatial, statistical, material datasets
• Geospatial analysis, methods, and applications
• Exploring trade routes, mobility, interaction, migration of people, things, and ideas
• Integration of spatial and material datasets
• Diachronic, multi-scalar analyses using digital methods
• Traditional SNA applied to historical datasets
• Agent Based Modelling (ABM)
• Digital materiality
• Text mining and analysis
• Novel visualization methods and analysis of datasets
• Digital methods and community archaeology/heritage management in the Middle East
• ANE imperial dynamics and social networks

New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium

The New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium has announced the updated schedule of lectures during the remainder of spring 2023. The lectures will take place on Zoom and begin at 12 pm EST. Further information is available at
Thursday, 6 April 2023: N. Abell, “An Exploration of Mechanisms of Interaction and Exchange in the MBA–LBA Cyclades”
Tuesday, 18 April 2023: J. Soles, “The Rise and Fall of a Rich Minoan Town in Crete: 50 Years of Greek-American Collaboration Excavating at Mochlos”


ICAP 2023

On 28 March – 1 April 2023 the 15th International Conference on Archaeological Prospection: Advances in On- and Offshore Archaeological Prospection (ICAP 2023) will be held in Kiel, Germany. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
A. Sarris and T. Strasser, “Investigating the sedimentary fillings of Megalos Peristeres Cave, Rethymno, Crete, through GPR techniques”
A. Sarris, K. Hatzigiannakis, and D. Panagiotopoulos, “The contribution of geophysical and spectral imaging techniques in the archaeological investigations of Minoan Koumasa”


SAA 2023

On 29 March – 2 April 2023 the Society for American Archaeology 88th Annual Meeting (SAA 2023) will be held in Portland, OR. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
D. Pullen, “Taking the Palace out of Palatial Control”
K. Grossman and T. Paulette, “Society against the State in Prehistoric Cyprus? Exploring the Politics of Village Life”
D. Pollard, “Peaks Above, Plains Below: The Deeper Context of Settlement Patterning in Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Crete”
A. Simmons, “The Hippos Who Would Not Die: Akrotiri Aetokremnos, Cyprus, and a Scientific Dilemma”
A. Brysbaert, “A Moving Taskscape in the Late Bronze Age Argolid, Greece”
C. Hastorf, “Forensic Culinary Archaeology: Seeking the Longevity of Recipes and Their Flavors from Crete”
F. Dibble, “Formation Processes and Biases in Big Data”


CAA 2023

On 3-6 April 2023 the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods to Archaeology Conference: 50 Years of Synergy (CAA 2023) will be held in Amsterdam. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
R. Rivers, H. C. W. Price, P. Gheorghiade, V. Vasiliauskaite, A. Diachenko, T. Evans, and F. Rossi, “Minoan Assemblage Distributions and Machine Learning”
P. Cuthbertson, P. Tsakanikou, S. Kübler, and N. Galanidou, “Landscape Heterogeneity at the Acheulean Site of Rodafnidia (Lesbos, NE Aegean): Connecting sites and continental models through intermediary scales”
E. Mavros, “Gaming as a Guide to the Past Environments: A Gentle Assistance to Landscape Archaeology in Palaepaphos, Cyprus”
C. Safadi, “Establishing the guiding principles for maritime heritage data and databases in the eastern Mediterranean: initial review of feasibility and potential”
K. A. Crawford, G. Artopoulos, and I. Romanowska, “Does economic exchange drive settlement persistence patterns? Simulating patterns between Cyprus and the Levant during the Late Bronze Age”
P. Gheorghiade and C. Spencer, “Travelling the wine dark sea – Networks of Mobility in the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean”
A.-M. Xenaki, “Point Process Modelling of human-landscape relations in Eastern Crete”
P. Kyriakidis and E. Gravanis, “A Framework for Modeling/Simulating Controls, Patterns and Consequences of Maritime Human Mobility Potential in Early Prehistory”

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