The Past for Sale?

On 15 February 2013 abstracts for poster presentations, research papers, demonstrations, workshops, roundtables, organized sessions, and symposia are due for an international conference entitled The Past for Sale? The Economic Entanglements of Cultural Heritage, to be on 15-17 May 2013 at UMass Amherst. Further information is available at Abstracts should address one of the themes of tourism, urban revitalization, or archaeological looting, the antiquities market, and its costs. Specific topics under these themes may include:

The role of heritage in economic development

Negotiating the relationship between outsiders and stakeholders in economic development projects

Assessing the value of intangible cultural heritage

The complexities of repatriating museum artifacts

The impacts of tourism on historic sites and landscapes

Changes brought about through the revitalization of urban centers

The Disneyification of heritage sites: the balancing of profit, entertainment, and education

The unique challenges of heritage management in developing countries

The issues surrounding archaeological looting and/or the antiquities market

AIA 2014

On 10 March 2013 (24 March with $25 fee) proposals for workshops, colloquia including joint AIA/APA colloquia, undergraduate submissions, and any open-session submissions needing an early decision to acquire a visa or obtain funding are due for the 2014 Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, be held on 2-5 January 2014 in Chicago, IL. On 4 August 2013 (18 August with $25 fee) abstracts are due for all other workshops, open session papers and posters, and any provisionally accepted colloquia that are resubmitting. On 10 November 2013 submissions for roundtable and lightning sessions are due. Submission forms and further information are available at

Chicago TAG 2013

On 15 March 2013 abstracts (300 words maximum) are due for the conference of the Theoretical Archaeology Group (Chicago TAG 2013) on the theme of "Vision", to be held on 9-11 May 2013 at the University at Chicago. Further information, including a list of approved sessions, is available at

Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies

A new quarterly archaeological journal has been announced, the Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies. Articles (not more than 20–25 manuscript pages or ca. 6,000–7,000 words) should be submitted to Dr. Ann E. Killebrew (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); further information is available from Articles are invited from all varieties of professionals working on the past cultures of the modern countries bordering the Eastern Mediterranean Sea; a broad range of topics are welcomed, including, but by no means limited to:

Excavation and survey field results

Landscape archaeology and GIS

Underwater archaeology

Archaeological sciences and archaeometry

Material culture studies


Social archaeology

Conservation and heritage studies

Cultural heritage management

Sustainable tourism development

New technologies/virtual reality

Cycladic Seminars

The Archaeological Society at Athens has announced the following schedule of Cycladic Seminars for 2013, to take place in the small hall of the Archaeological Society's megaron (22 Panepistimiou St.) at 7 P.M. Further information is available at

14 January 2013: C. Renfrew, "The Early Cycladic settlement at Dhaskalio, Keros and the sanctuary at Kavos in the light of the 2006 to 2008 excavations: Deciphering a mystery"

2 April 2013: C. Televantou, "The Neolithic settlement at Strophilas, Andros: Expanding the horizons of Cycladic prehistory and iconography"

4 June 2013: C. Doumas, "Akrotiri, Thera: The first settlement"

26 November 2013: J. L. Davis, S. R. Stocker, and H. Brecoulaki, "Of ships - and sealing wax, fig trees - and kings: The Theran miniature frieze, the Pylos ship frieze, and power in the Mycenaean world"

Aegeus – Society for Aegean Prehistory has announced the schedule of Aegean Lectures for 2013, to take place at the Swedish Institute at Athens (Mitseon 9) at 7 P.M. Further information is available at

25 January 2013: G. Stratouli, "Ανιχνεύοντας νοικοκυριά, ανθρώπους και νοήματα: Δέκα χρόνια ερευνητικής δραστηριότητας στο νεολιθικό οικισμό Αυγής Καστοριάς"

22 February 2013: S. Dimaki, "Η ΥΕΙΙΒ-ΙΙΙΑ1 περίοδος στο Καλαπόδι Λοκρίδας"

29 March 2013: K. Kalogeropoulos, "Η ακρόπολη της Βραυρώνας κατά τη μυκηναϊκή περίοδο"

26 April 2013: M. Lindblom, "An LH IIIC Settlement in the Later Sanctuary of Poseidon on Kalaureia (Poros)"

14 June 2013: P. Koutsaftis, Archaeological film: TO.RA.KE.

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On 22 February 2013 K. P. Foster will address the New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium on "The Adornment of Aegean Boats." Further information is available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Beyond Collapse

On 1-2 March 2013 the 29th Annual Visiting Scholar Conference: Beyond Collapse: Archaeological Perspectives on Resilience, Revitalization & Reorganization in Complex Societies will be held at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (SIU). Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:

D. Small, "Using Complex Adaptive Systems as a Heuristic Model for Understanding the Rise of Community Complexity in Iron Age Crete"

M. Spigelman, "Revitalization and Reconfiguration in 12th Century BCE Cyprus"

K. Lantzas, "Reconsidering Collapse: Identity, Ideology, and Post- Collapse Settlement in the Argolid"

Conflict in the Peloponnese

On 22-23 March 2013 the 2nd Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher Work in Progress Conference: Conflict in the Peloponnese: Social, Military and Intellectual, from Prehistory to Modernity will be held at the University of Nottingham by the Centre for Spartan & Peloponnesian Studies (CSPS). Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:

S. O'Brien, "Pylos and Mycenae: Reassessing the role of force in the 'Mycenaean State'"

C. V. Alonso-Moreno, "The King, the Priest and the Peasant: Social Conflict and Solutions in Pylos"

K. Leith, "Prosymna's 'archers': weaponry deposition and martial identity in the Late Bronze Age cemetery at Prosymna in the Argolid"

CAA 2013

On 25-28 March 2013 the 41st Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA 2013): Across Space and Time will be held in Perth, Australia. Further information, including a list of sessions, is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:

C. Piccoli, P. Aparajeya, G. Papadopoulos, V. Stissi, J. Poblome, P. Bes, J. Bintliff, F. Fol Leymarie, and P. Daras, "Towards automatic classification of pottery sherds: a combined approach"

S. White and A. Wilson, "Androids on Andros: Digital field data collection for the Zagora Archaeological Project using ODK and Heurist"

Mycenaean Seminar in Athens

On 24 January 2013 O. Psychoyou addressed the Mycenaean Seminar in Athens on "A Mycenaean Sanctuary on Proph. Ilias at Mt Arachnaion in the Argolid" in the Ioannis Drakopoulos Amphitheatre (Central Building of the University of Athens Panepistimiou 30).

16th Sheffield Aegean Round Table

On 25-27 January 2013 the 16th Annual Sheffield Aegean Round Table - Of Odysseys and Oddities: Scales and modes of interaction between prehistoric Aegean societies and their neighbours was held at the Sheffield Centre for Aegean Archaeology. Further information is available at The program was:

K. Kristiansen, "Connectivity and conflict in the Bronze Age"

P. Halstead, "Scales and modes of interaction in and beyond the Neolithic Aegean: talking across the barriers"

Ç. Çilingiroğlu, "Impressed Pottery as a proxy for connectivity in the Neolithic Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean"

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