Bronze and Iron Age Archaeomusicology in Ancient Turkey

On 15 May 2012 registration of papers is due for a conference entitled Bronze and Iron Age Archaeomusicology in Ancient Turkey, to be held on 16-20 October 2012 in Bursa, Turkey, organized jointly by The Research Center of Archaeology of the University of Uludağ, Bursa, Turkey, and ICONEA. Papers (30/45 minutes) on all aspects of music practice and theory in Ancient Turkey, through iconographic and textual materials, and other relevant media, are invited in English or in Turkish with an abstract in English. Further information is available at or from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

1912-2012. A Century of Research in Prehistoric Macedonia

On 31 May 2012 abstracts (300 words maximum) are due for an international conference entitled 1912-2012. A Century of Research in Prehistoric Macedonia, to be held on 22-24 November 2012 in Thessaloniki, Greece. Further information and application forms are available at Papers are invited on all periods from the Paleolithic to the end of the Late Bronze Age and the transition to the Iron Age. The thematic sessions will be the following:

The history of prehistoric research in Macedonia: historical and critical approaches; theoretical and methodological issues; the excavations and the persons of research

Chronology: stratigraphic sequences; excavation assemblages; absolute dating

The environment of Macedonia and prehistoric people: paleoenvironment; diet; zooarchaeology; archaeobotany; physical anthropology; archaeometry

The creation of space: architecture; settlements and cemeteries; space and its notions

From objects to ideas: technologies and artefacts; interpretative approaches; understanding the prehistoric societies of Macedonia through archaeological research

From archaeological research to society: museological and educational issues; public archaeology; prehistoric research and public works

Archaeology and crisis: after one century, what? Future perspectives of prehistoric archaeological research in the uncertain and changing environment of our times.

Craft and People – Agents of Skilled Labour in the Archaeological Record

On 15 June 2012 abstracts (300 words) are due for an international conference entitled Craft and People – Agents of Skilled Labour in the Archaeological Record, to be held on 1-2 November at the British Museum, London. Further information and abstract forms are available at Themes of the conference will include:

Images of Craftspeople: Portraits and Self-Portraits

Object and Craft

Society and Craftspeople

TAG 2012

On 30 June 2012 proposals for sessions, individual papers, and posters are due for the 34th Annual Conference of the Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG 2012), to be held on 17-19 December 2012 in Liverpool. On 30 September 2012 final submission of accepted paper titles and abstracts (150 words maximum) are due. Further information is available at The theme for TAG2012 is "live archaeology."


On 23 September 2012 submissions are due for KUBABA 3: Journal Of Ancient Near Eastern and Eastern Mediterranean 
Studies. Articles, notes, news, and reviews are invited in Portuguese, English, Spanish, 
Italian and French from both professional scholars and young researchers on the interaction 
sphere of Southwest Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Aegean 
before the Classical Era. Further information is available at

Monumentality in the Archaeological Record

On 12-13 May 2012 the Fifth IEMA Visiting Scholar Spring Conference: Approaching Monumentality in the Archaeological Record will be held at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:

M. Kolb, "The Development of Monuments among Mediterranean Isles"

K. D. Fisher, "The Creation and Experience of Monumentality on Protohistoric Cyprus"

Aegean Seminar

On 16-17 April 2012 I. Pini delivered lectures to the Aegean Seminar and the University of Zagreb entitled "The History of Minoan Glyptic in the Early and Middle Minoan Period (ca. 2400-1700 B.C.)" and "Minoan and Mycenaean Signet Rings". Further information is available from Helena Tomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SAA 2012

On 18-22 April 2012 the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA 2012) was held in Memphis, TN. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers included:

A. Simmons, "The First Cypriot Villagers: the Case from Ais Giorkis, a Unique Early Neolithic Upland Site"

D. Bar-Yosef, "Mollusc shell research at Çatalhöyük, Turkey"

W. Carleton, J. Conolly, and M. Collard, "Modeling the depopulation of the East Mound at Çatalhöyük"

B. Boz and L. Hager, "Making Sense of Social Behavior from Disturbed and Commingled Skeletons: A Case Study from Çatalhöyük, Turkey"

C. Horne, T. Ward, M. Galaty, J. Gu, and M. Berch, "ICP-MS and LA-ICP-MS Analysis of Albanian Artifacts"

S. Allen and I. Gjipali, "Wetlands and the Transition to Agriculture in Europe: The 2010 and 2011 Excavations of the Southern Albania Neolithic Archaeological Project (SANAP) at Vashtëmi, Albania"

S. Deskaj, M.-G. Amore, L. Bejko, M. Galaty and Z. Tafilica, "The 2011 Field Season of the Projekti Arkeologjikë Shkodrës (PASH), Northern Albania"

B. Kyle and L. A. Schepartz, "The contribution of bioarchaeological analyses to current developments in Albanian archaeology"

T. Ward, J. Gu, M. Galaty, C. Horne, and E. Redman, "Analysis of Albanian Artifacts in the W. M. Keck Center at Millsaps College: An Instrumental Approach to Comparative Archaeology"

E. Agolli, "Pottery from the Tumulus of Kamenicë Southeast Albania Toward a Conceptual and Functional Classification System"

T. Krapf, "Local Traditions in a Period of Increasing Contacts: The Late Bronze Age Pottery of Sovjan in the Korçë Basin (Albania)"

S. Lima, "Ceramics of the Pavllas River Valley in the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age"

Z. Chovanec, "Intoxication on the wine dark sea: investigating psychoactive substances in the Mediterranean Basin"

L. Drake, "Sea Surface Temperatures and Archaeology: Identifying Climatic Change in Bronze Age Greece"

M. Spigelman, "Attempts at the Revitalization of Society in Late Bronze Age Cyprus"

P. Hristova, "Wearing Your Brand: Ritual Economy and Emergence of Social Complexity in the Bulgarian Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age"

S. Karacic, "The Household and Patterns of Descent in Mochlos, Crete"

E. Gorogianni, J. Hilditch, and N. Abell, "Learning curve or choice? The introduction of the fast potter's wheel at Ayia Irini Kea Greece"

M. Galaty, "'Ethnohistoric Archaeology' in Highland Albania: Using Ethnographic and Historical Surveys to Inform Regional Archaeological Data"

J. Conolly and A. Bevan, "Spatial and ecological modelling of archaeological survey data: an analytical example from the Antikythera Survey Project"

J. Gu, T. Ward, M. Galaty, C. Horne, and D. Nguyen, "Laser Ablation- Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectroscopy Analysis of Albanian Chert Artifacts"

K. Twiss and G. A. Demirergi, "The Temporality of Food at Neolithic Çatalhöyük, Anatolia"

S. Ketchum and S. Atalay, "The Heart of the Home - Fire installations and daily life at Çatalhöyük, Turkey"

A. Shapland, "Shifting horizons and emerging ontologies in Bronze Age Crete"

C. Burke, P. Day, A. Hein, J. Cherry, and D. Pullen, "The Early Helladic Ceramics of Korinthia: An Integrated Approach"

W. Gilstrap, C. T. Burke-Davies, P. M. Day, H. Graybehl, and R. Mentesana, "The Developing role of Thin Section Petrography in Aegean Archaeological Ceramic Analysis"

Archaeological Society at Athens

On 25 April 2012 E. Skafida, J.-P. Olivier, and A. Karnava delivered a lecture at the Archaeological Society at Athens entitled "Two new Linear B tablets from the Late Bronze Age settlement at 'Kastro-Palaia' in Volos: from the excavations of Dimitrios R. Theocharis to the results of the recent interdisciplinary investigations."

The March 2012 (39.3) issue of Nestor is now available as a free download.


On 30 April 2012 abstracts are due for the 2nd Luminescence in Archaeology International Symposium (lais2012), to be held on 5-7 September 2012 in Lisbon, Portugal. Presentations are invited to focus on contextual, methodological or phenomenological aspects of luminescence 
studies in archaeology and cultural heritage, including dating and material characterization. Further information, templates, and submission details are available at

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