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Rosetta

On 10 December 2013 submissions are due for the Spring 2014 issue of Rosetta - Papers of the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham, a semi-annual journal for postgraduates and professionals from a variety of historical and archaeological disciplines on any subject covered by the Department of CAHA, including but are not limited to Assyriology, Egyptology, Ancient History, Classical Studies, Archaeology, Visual and Spatial Technologies, Heritage Management, Conservation Studies and Museum Studies, and Byzantine, Ottoman, and Modern Greek Studies; on 30 May 2014 submissions are due for the Summer 2014 issue. Articles will be welcomed covering a wide scope of archaeology, history, and classics subjects, book reviews, museum or conference reports and any responses to previous articles. Previous issues and further information are available at http://rosetta.bham.ac.uk/. Submissions should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Why Things Matter

On 15 December 2013 abstracts are due for a conference entitled Why Things Matter, to be held at California State University Fullerton on 6-8 March 2014. Abstracts (200 words maximum) should be sent to the organizers Emily Miller Bonney (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Kevin Lambert (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Papers are invited on subjects including the dependencies of things both on people and on other things; transformations of things precipitated by both internal and external forces and how these changes may impinge on human experience; the variance of time scales of things particularly compared to human life, with some things enduring well beyond human experience, and others so transitory that we hardly notice them; the way thingness can be hidden as when things like window panes or screens can be invisible, because we look through and not at them; different ways of conceptualizing things from Entanglement to ANT to SCOT; things in the formation and development of the human mind. Potential topics include:

The landscape

The emergence of modern humans

The extended mind

The artefact

Natural things

Intangible things

Crossroads

On 1 February 2014 abstracts are due for an international conference entitled The Crossroads II, or There and Back Again? to be held on 15-17 September 2014 at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. Abstracts (300-400 words) for posters or papers (20-minutes, in English) on the study of relations between Egypt, the Aegean, the Levant, and the Sudan in the Second and First Millennia B.C.E. should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Return of Cultural Objects

On 14 November 2013 a conference entitled Restitution and Repatriation: The Return of Cultural Objects will be held at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. Further information is available at http://law.depaul.edu/centers_institutes/art_museum/archaeological/generalinfo.asp. Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:

C. B. Rose, "Beyond the UNESCO Convention: the Case of the Troy Gold in the Penn Museum"

Cycladic Seminar

On 25 November 2013 J. L. Davis, S. R. Stocker, and H. Brecoulaki will address the Cycladic Seminar on "Of ships - and sealing wax, fig trees - and kings: The Theran miniature frieze, the Pylos ship frieze, and power in the Mycenaean world" at the Greek Archaeological Society in Athens. Further information is available at http://www.archetai.gr/site/content.php?artid=1726.

Textiles and Cult

On 21-22 November 2013 a conference entitled Textiles and Cult in the Mediterranean Area in the first millennium BC will be held at the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Textile Research, SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Further information is available at http://ctr.hum.ku.dk/conferences/2013/Workshop_Textiles_and_Cult_preliminary_programme_october_2013.pdf/. Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:

T. Boloti, "Offering of cloth and/or clothing to the sanctuaries: a case of ritual continuity from the 2nd to the 1st millennium B.C. in the Aegean?"

Keros Symposium

On 17 October 2013 a symposium was held at the Athens Archaeological Society entitled 1963-2013: 50 years of archaeological investigations on Keros. In addition to a presentation of the first volume of the results of the excavations on Dhaskalio by R. Barber, the program was:

M. Cosmopoulos, "Excavators of Keros C. Doumas, C. Renfrew, P. Zapheiropoulou, K. Tsakos, L. Marangou, O. Philaniotou, research from 1963-2013"

G. Gavalas, "Looting and systematic research on Keros"

P. Sotirakopoulou, "The ceramic of Dhaskalio from the excavations of 2006-2008: interpretation and matters of chronology"

M. Boyd, N. Brodie, and J. Wright, "Surface survey on the island of Keros in 2012-2013: initial discussion and results"

Cretan Landscape

On 18 October 2013 a round table discussion was held at the Institute of Classical Archaeology (Heidelberg University) entitled Reconstructing the Prehistoric Cretan Landscape: Perspectives, Problems and Prospects. The program was:

A. Sarris, "Geoinformation Technologies Applied in Prehistoric Crete"

D. Panagiotopoulos, "The Heidelberg Koumasa Project. Reconstructing a Marginal Mediterranean Landscape."

I. Rabenseifner, "Reconstructing landscape on Crete by geomorpholgical mapping based on GeoEye data"

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On 31 October 2013 L. Papzoglou-Manioudaki addressed the Mycenaean Seminar in Athens on "Ο μυκηναϊκός οικισμός και οι τάφοι στο λόφο της Μυγδαλιάς κοντά στην Πάτρα" at the British School.

NARNIA Fellows' Research Workshop

On 7-8 November 2013 the NARNIA Fellows' Research Workshop: Recent developments in the interdisciplinary study of ancient materials from the Eastern Mediterranean was held at the Department of Archaeology, Ljubljana University, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:

C. Makarona, "Geochemical proxies for provenancing Cypriot pottery classes from Early to Late Bronze Age contexts"

W. Gilstrap, "Ceramic production technology and exchange during the Late Helladic IIIB period in the area of the Saronic Gulf, Greece"

R. Mentesana, "Technological and social change in Phaistos, Crete, from the Final Neolithic through EMIIA"

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On 8-9 November 2013 the 20th Neolithic Seminar: The Transition to Farming in Eurasia: Changing Interpretative Paradigms was held at the Department of Archaeology, Ljubljana University, Ljubljana, Slovenia. All previous Neolithic Seminar proceedings are available in the periodical Documenta Prehistorica XXI-XXXIX (http://arheologija.ff.uni-lj.si/documenta/). Further information is available at http://arheologija.ff.uni-lj.si/. Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers included:

M. Özdoğan, "A New Look to the Introduction of the Neolithic Way of Life. Changing Paradigms in the Expansion of Neolithic Way of Life"

K. Kotsakis, "From Waves of Advance to Networks: Changing Paradigms for the Expansion of the Neolithic in Europe"

A. Bunguri, "Different Models for the Neolithisation of Albania"

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