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AIA Annual Meeting: Workshops

On 3-6 January 2013 the 114th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America will be held in Seattle, WA. Further information is available at the AIA website at http://www.archaeological.org/. In addition to the papers and posters noted in Nestor 39.8 (November 2012), the following workshops may be of interest to Nestor readers:

Beyond Iconography II: Materials, Methods and Meaning in Ancient Surface Decoration

"Porous Borders": Presenting Ancient Art in the Encyclopedic Museum

Minoanization vs. Mycenaeanization: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Aegean Seminar in Zagreb

On 3-4 December 2012 D. Panagiotopoulos delivered lectures to the Aegean Seminar in Zagreb and the University of Zagreb entitled "Minoan Bull-Leaping. Anatomy of an Athletic Ritual" and "Minoan Koumasa. Exploring the History of a Liminal Scape in Southern Crete." Further information is available from Helena Tomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Warfare in Bronze Age Society

On 6-9 December 2012 a conference entitled Warfare in Bronze Age Society: The Impact of Combat and Warfare on Societies in Bronze Age Europe and Beyond was held at the University of Gothenburg. Further information is available at http://www.historiskastudier.gu.se/english/current/news/Nyhet_detalj//warfare-in-bronze-age-society.cid1106465. Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:

A. Papadopoulos, "Parallel Lives? The Relationship between Warriors, Pirates and Merchants in Late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean"

B. Molloy, "A portrait of Dorian Grey (areas): Warfare and mobility in the central and southern Balkan peninsula in the 13th to 11th centuries BC."

S. O'Brien, "Violence and Gender in the Late Bronze Age Aegean"

I. Georganas, "'Warrior Graves' vs Warrior Graves in Late Bronze Age Aegean"

Mycenaean Seminar in Athens

On 19 December 2012 A. Vasilaki delivered a lecture to the Mycenaean Seminar in Athens entitled "Υστεροελλαδικό Αψιδωτό / Ελλειψοειδές (ωοειδές) Μέγαρο στα Τζαννάτα Πόρου Κεφαλονιάς."

Aegean Seminar in Zagreb

On 19 December 2013 M. Galaty delivered lectures to the University of Zagreb and the Aegean Seminar in Zagreb entitled "High Altitude Archaeology: The Shala Valley Project, Northern Albania" and "'Riding the River Styx: New Research In and Around Alepotrypa Cave, Greece." Further information is available from Helena Tomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sir Arthur Evans Archive Linear B Images

The Ashmolean Museum of the University of Oxford has recently launched a website on the "Sir Arthur Evans Archive" providing a first, basic, overview of its holdings (http://sirarthurevans.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/). Although not to item level, the website is a welcome addition and promises to be a very useful tool for Aegean Archaeology (especially for those interested in Minoan archaeology and its history). The website is based on the work of Dr Yannis Galanakis (formerly the curator for the Bronze Age Aegean collections and the Sir Arthur Evans archive at the Ashmolean and currently Lecturer in Aegean Archaeology at the University of Cambridge). One of the innovations of the website, instigated by Dr Galanakis in collaboration with Oxford's RTI team (Dr Jacob Dahl, Klaus Wagensonner and Nicholas Reid), is the digitization of the museum's small, but representative, Linear B collection from Knossos. The technology applied (RTI: Reflectance Transformation Imaging) allows for the best possible reading of these tablets online as it were under a completely new light:

http://sirarthurevans.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/collection/linearb/

http://sirarthurevans.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/collection/linearb/images.php

With the RTIViewer (free to download - following instructions in the webpage given above), you can access the Linear B photographs by cutting and pasting the url into the application (using the globe and folder icon to the right of the main screen of the RTIViewer). The images can be enlarged to magnificent effect and the lighting changed to make readings clearer and to see fingerprints and erasures. This resource should prove extremely useful for teaching and this form of visualisation may pave the way for future research in the field. For comments on the web site please contact the Ashmolean's webmaster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Ceramic perspectives on connectivity

On 30 November 2012 abstracts (250 words maximum) are due for a conference entitled Island, mainland, coastland & hinterland: ceramic perspectives on connectivity in the ancient Mediterranean, to be held at the University of Amsterdam on 1-2 February 2013. Abstracts should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further information and registration forms are available at http://npap.nl. Theoretically informed papers embracing (but not restricted to) the following themes are invited:

The relationship between geographical setting, ceramic assemblages and degree of connectivity between different communities

The role geographical and/or socio-political entities such as 'hinterland' or 'colony' play in interpreting ceramic assemblages

How can we interpret stylistic or technological ceramic 'hybrids' with respect to the movement of people, artefacts and ideas?

Can we identify in the ceramic record deliberate participation within or rejection/resistance to wider socio-cultural phenomena?

ASOR 2013

On 15 December 2012 member-organized session proposals are due for the American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meetings (ASOR 2013), to be held in Baltimore, MD on 20-23 November 2013. On 15 February 2013, or 1 March with an administrative fee, abstract submissions are due. On 15 August 2013 messages of intention are due for participation in the Projects on Parade poster session. Further information and all forms are available at http://www.asor.org.

TAG-Turkey Meeting

On 1 February 2013 titles and abstracts (150 words maximum) are due for the Theoretical Archaeology Group - Turkey (TAG-Turkey Meeting), to be held at Ege University, Izmir on 9-10 May 2013. Papers can be presented in Turkish or English. Titles and abstracts should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Suggested themes include:

History of archaeology, development of archaeology in Turkey

Current state of archaeological practice in Turkey

Settlement, Environment and Landscape archaeology

GIS applications in archaeology

Origins of social inequality, complex societies and the state

Gender Archaeology

Theories in archaeology

Methods in archaeology

Cultural heritage management and NGO's

Archaeology and education

Archaeology, mass media and popular culture

State and politics of archaeology

Ethnoarchaeology

Epistemology and ethics in archaeology

Philosophy of history and archaeology

Metrology and Space Perception in Prehistory

On 3 January 2013 applications and abstracts are due for an international conference entitled Mene, Tekel, Peres – The Development Of Metrology And Space Perception In Prehistory, to be held at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Wroclaw on 8-10 May 2013. The conference languages are English, German, and Polish. Abstracts and registration forms should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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