Communities in Transition: The Circum-Aegean Later Neolithic Stages (ca. 5000/4800-3200/3000 BC)

On 15 October 2012 abstracts (600 words maximum) are due for an international conference entitled Communities in Transition: The Circum-Aegean Later Neolithic Stages (ca. 5000/4800-3200/3000 BC), to be held at the Danish Institute at Athens on 7-9 June 2013. Further information and application forms are available at

6th Symposium of the Hellenic Society of Archaeometry: Craft-based Cultural Influences in the Mediterranean

On 31 October 2012 abstracts are due for the 6th Symposium of the Hellenic Society of Archaeometry: Craft-based Cultural Influences in the Mediterranean, to be held in Heraklion, Crete on 8-11 May 2013. Further information will be available at The following thematic sessions have been announced:

Integrated studies on provenance and technology of material remains

Investigating landscapes and intangible cultural heritage within

Conservation science and technology

Biomaterials and archaeology

19th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA AM 2013)

On 15 November 2012 proposals for sessions are due for the 19th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA AM 2013), to be held in Pilsen, Czech Republic from 4-8 September 2013. Further information and forms are available at or

Mycenaean Seminars in London

The University of London School of Advanced Study, Institute of Classical Studies has announced the following schedule of Mycenaean Seminars in London for 2012-2013, to take place in the Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House South Block Ground Floor G22 / 26, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Unless otherwise stated, Mycenaean Seminars begin at 3:30 pm. Further information is available at or from Dr. Olga Krzyszkowska at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

17 October 2012: A. Bevan, "Antikythera in prehistory and over the long-term: landscape survey and small island research"

14 November 2012: A. Karagianni, "It's about time: temporality in the texts and archaeology of Linear B Knossos" (Room 349: Painted Ceiling Room)

5 December 2012: J. Hilditch, "Constructing communities from clay: new evidence from Akrotiri for considering technology transmission and group interaction within the southern Aegean"

16 January 2013: V. Petrakis, "A tale of system reform: the genesis of the 'Mycenaean' literate administration"

13 February 2013: P. Militella, TBA

13 March 2013: T. Tartaron, "Local maritime connectivity in the Mycenaean world"

15 May 2013, 5pm: A. Kanta, TBA (Michael Ventris Memorial Lecture)

Minoan Seminar

The program of the Minoan Seminar has been announced for 2012-2013. Unless otherwise announced, all seminars begin at 6:30 pm at the Archaeological Society, 22 Panepistimiou, Athens. The full program, with abstracts when they become available and archives of past seminars, is available at People are also encouraged to join the Minoan Seminar Group on Facebook.

19 October 2012: A. Papadopoulos, "War, art and political authority: a view on Neopalatial Crete. Πόλεμος, Τέχνη και Πολιτική Εξουσία: Μια Ματιά στη Νεοανακτορική Κρήτη"

2 November 2012: T. Brogan and J. Morrison "An Anthropological Approach to Ancient Cooking Techniques: Experimenting with Replicas of Late Minoan Cook-pots and Food. Μια ανθρωπολογική προσέγγιση αρχαίων τεχνικών μαγειρικής: πειραματικό μαγείρεμα με τη χρήση αντιγράφων Υστερομινωικών αγγείων"

7 December 2012: E. Gavilaki, "The use of caves in West Crete during the Minoan period, on the basis of the evidence from the Melidoni cave. Η χρήση των σπηλαίων της Δυτικής Κρήτης, κατά την Μινωική περίοδο, με αφορμή το σπήλαιο Μελιδονίου"

18 January 2013: A. Kanta, "The palatial centre at Monastiraki Amariou, and Protopalatial town planning in Crete. Το ανακτορικό κέντρο στο Μοναστηράκι Αμαρίου και η Παλαιοανακτορική πολεοδομία της Κρήτης"

15 February 2013: A. Farnoux and J. Driessen, "Quartier Nu at Malia. To Quartier Nu στα Μάλια

15 March 2013: S. Todaro, "Phaistos and Ayia Triada in the Prepalatial period: the domestic, the ritual and the funerary dimension. Η Φαιστός και η Αγία Τριάδα κατά την Προανακτορική περίοδο: οικιστικά, ταφικά και τελετουργικά δεδομένα"

19 April 2013: S. Vitale, "The 'Serraglio' during the Late Bronze Age IA Period: An Update on the Significance of Contacts and Interactions between Crete and Kos. Το Σεράγλιο κατά την Ύστεροχαλκή ΙΑ περίοδο: πρόσφατα στοιχεία για τη σημασία των σχέσεων και των επαφών μεταξύ Κρήτης και Κω"

24 May 2013: M. Hasome, "In what way is the iconography of Minoan seals meaningful? Οι συμβολισμοί της εικονογραφίας των μινωικών σφραγίδων"

Mycenaean Seminar in Athens

The dates and speakers for the Mycenaean Seminar in Athens have been announced for 2012-2013. All seminars will take place at the Central Building of the University of Athens, 30 Panepistimiou, Athens. The titles will be announced when they are available.

1 November 2012: E. Andrikou

20 December 2012: A. Vasilakis

24 January 2013: W.-D. Niemeier

28 February 2013: S. Andreou

28 March 2013: G. Touchais

25 April 2013: G. Karamitrou-Metesidi

22 May 2013: J. Wright

Un millénaire d'histoire et d'archéologie chypriotes (1600-600 av. J.-C.)

On 18-19 October 2012 an international colloquium entitled Un millénaire d'histoire et d'archéologie chypriotes (1600-600 av. J.-C.) will be held in Milan. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:

L. Crewe, "Regional and Islandwide Connections with the Eastern Mediterranean During Late Cypriot I"

N. Hirschfeld, "Late Bronze Age Cyprus and Overseas Trade"

M. Yon, "Cyprus and North Levant: the Written Evidence and the Archaeological Record"

L. Kassianidou, "The Role of Cyprus in the Trade of Metals in the Mediterranean During the Late Bronze Age"

F. Lo Schiavo and F. Campus, "Metals and Beyond: Cyprus and Sardinia in the Bronze Age Mediterranean Network"

A. Hermary, "Religion et cultes à Amathonte dans l'Antiquité"

G. Papasavvas, "Metalworking in Late Bronze Age Cyprus"

G. Graziadio and E. Pezzi, "Some Considerations on the Function of the Mycenaean Pottery Found in the Enkomi Tombs"

H. Matthäus, "Social and Ethnic Change in Cyprus During the 11th Century B.C. - New Evidence from Kourion, Kaloriziki, Tomb 40"

C. Vonhoff, "Tombs and Burial Gifts as Indicators for Autochthonous Traditions and External Cultural Influences"

A. Greco, "Cyprus and the 'Anatolian' Mycenaeans"

G. Facchetti, M. Negri, and E. Notti, "Epigraphy and Linguistic History of Cyprus: Status and Perspectives"

New light on archaeological ceramics

On 19-21 October 2012 a conference entitled Insight from innovation: New light on archaeological ceramics will be held at the University of Southampton. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:

I. Berg, "X-radiography of ceramic artefacts: pitfalls and challenges"

J. Hilditch, D. Pirrie, C. Knappett, N. Momigliano, and G. Rollinson, "Taking the coarse with the fine: the application of automated SEM-EDS with QEMSCAN® to ceramic assemblages in the Bronze Age Aegean"

On 23-25 November 2012 the 12th annual Postgraduates in Cypriot Archaeology (POCA 2012) conference will be held in Erlangen. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:

L. Bombardieri, M. L. Amadio, and M. Faggi, "Development in building activity, materials, and techniques of the Early to Middle Cypriote architecture: The case of the workshop complex at Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou"

P. Christofi, E. Stefani, and L. Bombardieri, "Bridging the Gap: long-term use and re-use of Bronze Age funerary areas at Ypsonas-Vounaros and Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou"

P. Kontolaimos, "New approach on Late Bronze Age Cypriot Urbanism. The Case of Enkomi"

G. M. Andreou, "Tochni Lakkia revealed. Reconsidering settlement patterns in the Vasilikos and Maroni valleys"

B. Stärz, "Late Bronze Age Ivory Mirror Handles from Cyprus – Aspects of Representation and Cultural Exchange"

H. S. Hristov, "The Griffin-Fight on Ancient Works of Art from Cyprus. Iconography and Interpretation"

S. Vilain, "The rediscovery of some forgotten Late Cypriot pottery from the Dakerman necropolis preserved in the National Museum of Beirut (Lebanon)"

A. Paule, "Viewing the Past Through a Magnifying Glass: Some Case Examples of Small Artefacts Indicating Links Between Protohistoric Cyprus and the Aegean"

S. Torello Di Nino, "Cyprus: settlement patterns between Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age"

Conference on Cultural Heritage (EuroMed 2012)

On 29 October - 3 November 2012 the International Conference on Cultural Heritage (EuroMed 2012) will be held in Lemesos, Cyprus. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:

A. Lentini and M. R. Belgiorno, "Investigations on a Bull's Head from Pyrgos/Mavroraki (LM) to Design the Biodiversity of Cyprus in Early-Middle Bronze Age"

P. Parthenios and, N. Patsavos, "A Dynamic Online Interface Representing a Polyvalent Cultural Identity: The Case of Crete"

A. Agapiou, D. G. Hadjimitsis, A. Georgopoulos, A. Sarris, and D. D. Alexakis, "Towards an Archaeological Index: Identification of the Spectral Regions of Stress Vegetation Due to Buried Archaeological Remains"

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

On 1-2 November 2012 an international conference entitled Craft and People: Agents of Skilled Labour in the Archaeological Record will be held at the British Museum, London. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:

A. Brysbaert and M. Vetters, "Buried, wasted, half-done and left-over: in search of the artisans among their 'rubbish'"

G. Nightingale, "Crafts and terminology of crafts in Mycenaean Greece"

S. Todaro, "Forming vases at Prepalatial and Protopalatial Phaistos. Layering and its potential for understanding the chaîne opératoire of ceramic manufacture"

J. Sofaer, "The CinBa Project"

J. Cutler, "Arachne's web: women, weaving and networks of knowledge in the Bronze Age southern Aegean"

A. Aubignac, "Funerary craft and production in the early Iron Age in Crete"

I. Caloi, "Breaking with tradition: throwing off the hump at Protopalatial Phaistos"

J. Hruby, "How Many? Quantifying Potters at the Palace of Nestor and in Messenia"

S. Katsarou, "Crafting identities by fingernail designs on Greek Neolithic pot surfaces"

S. Prillwitz, "Potters in Tiryns from the Mycenaean Palace to the Geometric cemetery – Tracing shifts and traditions in organisation, technology and customer demands"

Τo αρχαιολογικό έργο στην Πελοπόννησο

On 7-9 November 2012 a conference entitled Τo αρχαιολογικό έργο στην Πελοπόννησο will be held in Tripolis, Greece. Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:

Α. Ντάρλας, "Η Παλαιολιθική Εποχή στη Νότια Πελοπόννησο: Είκοσι χρόνια έρευνας στη χερσόνησο της Μάνης"

Ε. Παναγοπούλου and Π. Ελεφάντη, "Η παλαιολιθική έρευνα στη θέση Λακωνίς Ι, νοτιοανατολική Πελοπόννησος και η συμβολή της στη μετάβαση από την Μέση στην Ανώτερη Παλαιολιθική στην Ελλάδα"

Ι. Ευσταθίου, "Το πρόγραμμα επιφανειακής έρευνας των σπηλαίων στη Χερσόνησο του Μαλέα, 2007- 2010"

On 6-9 December 2012 the Conference on the Research of Fortifications in Antiquity will be held at the Acropolis Museum, Athens. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:

T. Alusik, "Fortifications of Prehistoric Crete: the current state of the research"

S. Hubert, "Repräsentation und Kultausübung an Mykenischen Stadttoren"

A. Brysbaert, "'Set in Stone'? Structure's symbolism at Bronze Age Tiryns, Greece"

A. Philippa-Touchais, "The Middle Bronze Age Fortifications of Aspis Hill, Argos"

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