On 26 January 2013 a symposium entitled Thera and Minoan Crete. New insights into two 'cultures of disaster' was held in Heidelberg. Further information is available at The program was:

M. Marthari, "From Cycladic to Minoanising: Cultural and social transformation in pre-eruption Thera as reflected in pottery and settlement patterns"

C. Doumas, "The role of Crete in the development of prehistoric Thera"

L. Platon, "The phase of the Theran volcanic destruction in Crete: some observations on the pottery types and motifs of the 'LMIA mature' phase, as it has been defined in selected Cretan sites"

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On 1 February 2013 a symposium entitled Island, Mainland, Coastland & Hinterland: Ceramic Perspectives on Connectivity in the Ancient Mediterranean was held in Amsterdam. Further information is available at

A. Bevan, "Pottery, politics and persistent landscapes in the Mediterranean"

K. A. M. van den Berg, "Barbarian Ware Strikes Again: Problems and Potential Significance of a Particular Ceramic Assemblage for Understanding Past Networks"

E. Nodarou and Y. Papadatos, "Mixing traditions – mixing cultures 'kampos group' pottery in prepalatial Crete"

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The December 2012 issue of Nestor is now available as a free download.

This is the last issue of Nestorthat will be distributed in hardcopy via the post. We are ending all subscriptions and invite our past subscribers to remain current with the bibliography in the field of Aegean Prehistory by downloading future issues from our website:

The editors of Nestor wish our readers the happiest of holidays and all the best in the New Year.

AIA Gold Medal

It gives us great pleasure to congratulate Jeremy B. Rutter, Sherman Fairchild Professor of the Humanities at Dartmouth, on his receipt of the Gold Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement from the Archaeological Institute of America, to be presented at the annual meetings 3-6 January 2013 in Seattle. Professor Rutter has published widely on Bronze Age Aegean pottery from Crete, the Cyclades, and the Greek Mainland. The AIA gives out one such award yearly for work in archaeology. The editors of Nestor join the AIA in saluting Professor Rutter.

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