The September 2021 issue of Nestor (48.6) is available as a free download.

Extra-Scribal Writing

On 15 September 2021 paper titles and short abstracts (250 words) are due for a workgroup on Extra-Scribal Writing in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean (1600-800 c. BCE), to convene during Fall 2021 Semester via Zoom. After two further editorial meetings, the results of the seminar will be published through the book series Life and Society in the Ancient Near East (LSANE - Transnational Press London). Questions may be addressed to the volume editor Cassandra Donnelly, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proposal forms are available at Contributions are invited on:
• peripheral writing practices
• materiality of writing
• social networks that facilitate the spread of writing practices outside of scribal schools
• movements of peoples, scripts, marks, and number systems beyond their points of origin
• contacts between writers of different script traditions
• primary and secondary script invention
• regional and local variations in writing practices
• intersections between script, language, and identity
• writing and marking as an adaptive strategy of individuals and communities in economic settings
• continuity in extra-scribal writing practices across space and time
• graffiti, letters, writing on perishable materials


7ο Αρχαιολογικό ΄Εργο Θεσσαλίας και Στερεάς Ελλάδας 2018-2021

On 30 September 2021 participation forms including a brief summary (up to half a page) are due for the 7ο Αρχαιολογικό ΄Εργο Θεσσαλίας και Στερεάς Ελλάδας 2018-2021: από τους προϊστορικούς στους νεότερους χρόνους. 7th Archaeological Meeting of Thessaly and Central Greece 2015-2017: From Prehistory to the Later Periods, to be held on 24-27 February 2022 in Volos either in-person or online, depending on the health conditions. Further information and participation forms are available at


In Poseidon’s Realm

On 30 November 2021 abstracts (250 words) are due for the conference In Poseidon’s Realm XXVII: Maritime Landscapes, to be held on 16-22 May 2022 in Pula, Istria (Croatia). Further information is available at

EAA 2021

On 6-11 September 2021 the 27th Annual Meeting of The European Association of Archaeologists (EAA 2021): Widening Horizons will be held virtually, hosted in Kiel. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:

R. Timonen, “How Many Mycenaeans Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb? Agricultural Potential as a Method for Estimating Population Sizes”
L. Pisanu and L. Hitchcock, “Sardinia and Its Role in the Globalized Internationalization of Mediterranean Cultures”
M. G. Gradoli, “Dynamic Social Networks Across the Landscape. A Petrographic Study of Bronze Age Ceramics in the Marmilla Region, South-Central Sardinia, Italy”
A. Vanzetti, S. Levi, M. A. Castagna, P. Day, A. Di Renzoni, V. Cannavò, N. Natalia, and D. Gullì, “Central Mediterranean Interactions in the Late Bronze Age Seen from Cannatello Hut 2 (Sicily)”
C. Mazzucato, “Balancing Differences: Patterns of Social Differentiation and Integration Within Large Neolithic Communities”
U. D. Schoop, “Şerefe! The Beginning of Commensal Drinking Practices in Prehistoric Anatolia”
K. Trimmis, L. Tzortzopoulou-Gregory, and S. Paspalas, “The Terraces of Kythera: Interdisciplinary Biographies of a 4000 Year-Old Mediterranean Landscape”
L. Vokotopoulos, “Managing a Marginal Landscape in Bronze Age Crete: The Agricultural Terraces and Dams at Choiromandres, Zakros”
L. Kvapil, “On Not Overlooking Looking Closely: The Benefits of Macroscopic Analysis and Attribute-Based Terrace Documentation”
E. Levine, H. Öztürk, Z. Papdopoulou, A. Knodell, D. Nenova, D. Athanasoulis, and Ž. Tankosić, “An Island Through Time: Surface Survey and Selective Occupation on Strongylo (Antiparos)”
D. Forsyth, “The Iron Age Cyclades, A Study in Risk Buffering”
D. Nenova and A. Knodell, “Networks, Complexity, and Consumption In The Small Islands of the Aegean”
P. Mylona, A. Vionis, and B. Devillers, “‘Xeros’ or Not?: The Xeros River Valley in Cyprus and Its History Through the Ages”
X. Yang, F. Becker, D. Knitter, and B. Schütt, “Holocene Geomorphodynamics of the Tekkedere Valley, Pergamon Micro-Region (West Turkey) and the Interactions Between Humans and the Environment”
M. Siennicka, “(In)Visible Wool in the Prehistoric Aegean Textile Production”
L. Steel, “Sensory Engagements with Household Pottery in LBA Cyprus”
M. Rice, “The Material Life of Linear A: A Study of Objects Bearing an Undeciphered Script from Minoan Crete (c.1800-1450 BC)”
D. Daems, “Quantitative Shape-Based Approaches to Functional Typologies in Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Pottery from Southwest Anatolia”
C. Santiago-Marrero, C. Lancelotti, and M. Madella, “The Soil Has Memory - Identifying Plant Processing Areas and the Use of Domestic Spaces at Neolithic Çatalhöyük”
M. E. Alberti, “Craftwork and Daily Activities in Minoan Domestic Areas”
K. Jazwa, “Indoor-Outdoor Living: Exploring the Relationship Between Exterior Domestic Activity Areas and the Structuring and Use of Interior Spaces in Greece”
B. Whitford, “Implementing a 3D Documentation Workflow for Context-Based Excavations: The Chalcolithic Settlement at Tell Yunatsite, Bulgaria”
C. Giardino, G. Mieli, Gianfranco, L. Pisoni, and T. Zappatore, “Migrant Indicators: The Archaeological Identification of Migrants in the Prehistoric Mediterranean”
E. Alram and S. Cveček, “Tiny World and Neolithic Society: New Insight from the House Model of Platia Magoula Zarkou/ Western Thessaly, Greece”
P. F. Biehl and G. Naumov, “Miniature Imagery of Çatalhöyük West Mound”
P. Hristov, “Peculiar Whetstones from the Prehistoric Site of Kaimenska Chuka, Bulgaria”
M. Kulow, “Strange Inhabitants of Prehistoric Houses in the Middle Struma Valley, Southwest Bulgaria”
E. Trinder, “Urns, Emotions and Memory in Bronze and Iron Age Albania: Closing the Circle of Life”
A. Vlachou, “‘δῶρον δ᾿ ὅττι κέ μοι δοίης, κειμήλιον ἔστω’ (Hom. Od. 4, 600). Nostalgic Reflections in Early Greek Votive Practice”
C. Judson, “Do the Dorians Have DNA? Addressing Individual and Collective Identity in Greek Migration Traditions”
S. Voutsaki, “Uneasy Bedfellows? (Bio)Archaeology, Ancient History, Epigraphy and the Study of Mobility in the Ancient World”
P. Ramirez Valiente, “To Gender or Not to Gender? Insights from Asexual and Double-Sex Figurines of the Neolithic Aegean”
M. Mina, “Everything You Wanted to Know about Sex, but Were Afraid to Ask: Non-Binary Gender Systems and Asymmetries in Prehistoric Greece”
D. Theodoraki, “Investigating Human-Environment Interactions Using Archaeological Shell Proxies: the Case of the Franchthi Cave and Its Submerged Neolithic Settlement”
L. González Carretero, “Neolithic Culinary Traditions and Cuisine in Anatolia: Latest Results from Çatalhöyük”
J. Pyzel, K. Pawłowska, and M. Barański, “Animal Foodways in Late Neolithic Çatalhöyük: Integrating Spatial, Pottery, and Faunal Data”
E. Rosenstock and J. Hendy, “Culinary Practices as a Matter of Scale: Calcitic Deposits on Pottery in Prehistoric Anatolia and Europe”
A. Galik, “Neolithic Food-Ways and Subsistence in Northwestern and Western Anatolia”
C. Cakirlar, S. Kamjan, amd D. De Groene, “Bridging Neolithic Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria Through Foodways: Integrated Zooarchaeological and Isotope Data”
C. Cilingiroglu, “The Next Meal: Storage Practices in Neolithic Anatolia and Southeast Europe”
M. Lymperaki, D. Kotsou, S. Kotsos, and A. Metoki, “Foodways During the Neolithic Period of Northern Greece”
D. Turner, M. Prent, S. Thorne, and A. Brysbaert, “Comparative Trials in Finding the Blueprints for Early Aegean Fortifications”
T. Roushannafas, A. Bogaard, and M. Charles, “New Insights on the Identity and Domestication-Status of ‘New Glume Wheat’ in the Context of Broad-Spectrum Subsistence at Neolithic Çatalhöyük”
E. Marinova, D. Filipović, J. Gorczyk, J. Bulatović, and M. Vander Linden, “Combining Settlement Dynamics and Bioarchaeological Evidence for Inferring the Impact of Landuse on the Neolithic Landscales in Southeastern Europe”
R. Vandam, “Thinking Through ‘Marginal’ Landscapes in the Mediterranean: A Case Study from SW Turkey”
L. Nixon, “When the Going Gets Tough: Resource Packages and Sustainable Landscape Management in Sphakia, Crete”
T. Papadakou, G. Tsartsidou, L. Papadopoulou, K. Kotsakis, S.-M. Valamoti, and D.-C. Urem-Kotsou, “The Contribution of Phytoliths to the Understanding of the Human Activities Entangled in the EN Pottery of Northern Greece”
B. de Groot, “Style Below the Surface: Technological Variation in Ceramic Surface Treatments in Neolithic SE Europe and W Anatolia”
C. Alpagut, “White-On-Red Painted Pottery in the Early Neolithic: Interregional Interactions Between Southeastern Europe and Western Anatolia”
S. Amicone, B. Solard, Z. Tsirtsoni, D. Malamidou, M. Grebska, N. Todorova, and C. Berthold, “Graphite Painted Pottery from the Neolithic/Chalcolithic Balkans: An Archaeometric and Experimental Approach”
M. Kulow and T. Dzhanfezova, “Where ‘Pottery Styles’ Intertwine: Decorative Approaches and Surface Treatments Along the Neolithic Struma River (Bulgaria)”
L. Bonga, “Technology of Pottery Finishes in Neolithic Greece”
E. Voulgari, M. Sofronidou, and K. Kotsakis, “Defining the Boundaries of Clay Surfaces: Surface Treatments and Material Expressions of the Pottery from Neolithic Dispilio, Macedonia, Greece”
R. Rivers, P. Gheorghiade, H. Price, V. Vasiliauskaite, and T. Evans, “An Information Theoretic Approach to Mycenaean Pottery Datasets”
N. Saridaki, N. Kyparissi, and E. Kalogiropoulou, “Discussing Social Dynamics of a Pottery Workshop: Evidence from the Middle Neolithic Site Imvrou Pigadi, Greece”
E. Finn, “The Cross-Disciplinary Paradigm Lag: Archaeothanatological Analyses and Sociocultural Anthropological Models in the Archaeology of Bronze Age Crete”
I. Moutafi and S. Voutsaki, “One Is Not Enough, It’s Tomb 21: Taphonomy and Change in the Early Mycenaean Ayios Vasileios North Cemetery, Greece”
E. Rosenstock, “Age-at-Death, Consanguinity and Archaeology: Leveraging Human Remains for Chronology and Chorology”
M. Siennicka, “Changes in Textile Production in the Bronze Age Aegean”
E. Baysal, “Enduring Love? Shell Ornaments and Landscape Interactions During the Transition to Settled Life”
R. Winter and C. Çakirlar, “Exploring Past Exploitation Strategies of Groupers in the Levant Using Size Reconstructions”
M. Michael, “Exploring the Multi-Dimensional Synthesis of Fishing Activity: The Case Study of Cyprus”
A. Lekka, “‘Ponton Ichthyoenta’. Marine Creatures on Aegean and Cypriot Pictorial Pottery at the End of Late Bronze Age”
M. Psallida, “Managing Death in East Crete During LM III Period”
E. Salavoura, “New Opportunities in Turbulent Times: Attica in the 12th c. BC”
G. Middleton, “Hegemony and Fragility: The Case of Mycenaean Greece”
P. Zeman, “Differing Trajectories of Collapse in the Late Bronze Age Argolid: Mycenae and Tiryns from 1250 BC to 1100 BC”
E. Weiberg and M. Finné, “Vulnerable Mycenaeans? A Human-Environment Perspective”
B. Molloy, L. Fibiger, D. Michael, and A. Nafplioti, “Taking the Pulse of Biomolecular and Bioarchaeological Insights into Mobility and Change ca. 1200 BC in Southeastern Europe”
A. Gorgues, “When the Pendulum Swings Back: The 12th Century BCE as the Beginning of a Period of Growing European Integration”
H. Franzmeier, “1200 BC: A Perspective from the Nile Delta”
A. Georgiou, “Decentralised Commercial Strategies in the Mediterranean after 1200 BC and the Role of Cyprus”
C. Bell, “Using Machine Learning to Illuminate Social Change: Integrating Data Sets from 1300-1000 BC from the Atlantic to Southwest Asia”
S. Allen, “Multiscalar Periodicity in Prehistoric Wetland Settlements: A View from Southern Albania”
A. Maczkowski, M. Bolliger, A. Ballmer, M. Gori, P. Lera, C. Oberweiler, S. Szidat, G. Touchais, and A. Hafner, “Dendroarchaeology of Sovjan - The First Early Bronze Age Dendrochronological Analysis from the Southwestern Balkans (Albania)”
A. Mavromati, M. Ntinou, G. Tsartsidou, E. Margaritis, M. Boyd, and A. Renfrew, “Defining Recurrent Human Activities at a 3rd Millennium Settlement Through Concentrations of Archaeobotanical Remains: The Case of Dhaskalio, Keros, Greece”
K. Jazwa, “A Thrice Invented, Twice Lost Technology: Ceramic Tiled Roofs in Ancient Greece”
G. Kasapidou, G. Tsartsidou, C. McNamee, D. Chondrou, and S. Valamoti, “Grinding Plants for Food at the Early Bronze Age Site of Agios Athanasios: A Multiproxy Approach”
A. Gkazi, “Cretan Archaeology of the 1950s and the 1960s: An Engendered Endeavour”
E. Marinova, D. Takorova, and E. Demeulenaere, “A Case Study on Plant Food Storage and Surplus Management of the First Agricultural Societies of SE Europe”
C. Petridou and S. M. Valamoti, “An Investigation of Early Bronze Age Plant Foods from Archondiko Giannitson, Northern Greece”
I. Vrettou, “Child Burials in Mycenaean Chamber Tombs from Glyka Nera, Attica”
T. Dzhanfezova, “Early Neolithic Pottery and Potters in the Eastern Balkans: Exploring the Beginnings”
L. Bonga, “Early Potters in Greece: The Case of Mavropigi-Fillotsairi”
M. Bartelheim, B. Kızılduman, and U. Müller, “The Hoard Finds of the Late Bronze Age of Cyprus in Their Eastern Mediterranean Context”
A. Frank, K. Kristiansen, and K. Frei, “Using Modern Multi-Proxy Environmental Samples to Constrain Bioavailable Sr Isotope Baselines for Human Mobility Studies: A Case Study from Greece”
V. Xanthopoulou, N. Kougia, and I. Iliopoulos, “An Insight into the Suitability of Clayey Raw Materials: The Ceramic Provinces of Northern Peloponnese and South Epirus, Greece”
A. Judson, “Shaping and Writing on Clay: Producing the Linear B Tablets of Mycenaean Pylos”
S. Haciosmanoglu and M. Kibaroğlu, “Petrographic-Geochemical Characterization of Clay Deposits in the Ceyhan Plain (Southern Turkey): The Implications for Archaeometric Study of Ancient Ceramics”
P. Stockhammer, “Rethinking Mediterranean Connectedness”
E. Skourtanioti, G. Ruscone, G. Alberto, H. Ringbauer, J. Krause, C. Jeong, and P. W. Stockhammer, “Insights into Admixture History and Social Practices in the Prehistoric Aegean from ancient DNA”
A. B. Knapp, “Mobility and Migration at the End of the Bronze Age in the Southern Levant”
M. Feldman, “Insights from Ancient Genomes on Bronze and Iron Age Population Dynamics in the Levant”
T. Hodos, “The Future of Mediterranean Connectedness Studies”
E. Miller Bonney, “Reproducing the Past in Multiples: Shaping Past and Present Narratives”
S. Finlayson, “Going Round in Circles: Digitally Recreating Early Bronze Age Aegean Roller Seals”
K. Nikita, “Continuities and Discontinuities in Luxury Goods: The Case of Glass in Post-Palatial Mycenaean Greece”
L. Webster and S. Kleiman, “Change and Adaptability During the Late Bronze to Iron Age Transition: Insights from Radiocarbon and Pottery in the Southern Levant”
A. Yasur-Landau, “Rethinking the ‘Crisis Years’ in the Southern Levant: Canaanites, Philistines, Continuity and Connectivity ca. 1250-1050 BCE”
V. Orfanou, “From Collapse to Creative Destruction in the Late Bronze Age Southern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean”
T. Carter and R. Moir, “Sourcing Obsidian from the Early Bronze Age Maritime Sanctuary of Keros (Cyclades, Greece): An Integrated Approach”
P. Tsakanikou, “Refloating the Aegean Lost Dryland: An Affordance-Based GIS Approach to Explore the Interaction Between Hominins and the Palaeolandscape”
E. Anderson, “The Touch of the Deep: Novel Engagements with Marine Beings in the Social Spaces of Minoan Crete”
P. Zeman, “Relational Urbanization in the Mycenaean Greece: Conflict De-escalation in Late Bronze Age Palatial Settlement Networks”
F. Chelazzi, O. Menozzi, S. Agostini, A. Ciarico, and E. Di Valerio, “Inter-Period Transitions: Exploring the Long-Term History of the Aceramic Neolithic Through the New Case Study of Pyrgos Ayia Marina”
C. Paraskeva, “Variations on a Theme: Reassessing the Philia Conundrum”
S. Menelaou, D. Bolger, L. Bombardieri, and L. Crewe, “Breaking Boundaries: Examining Transitional Periods and Technological Choices in Prehistoric South-West Cyprus Through Pottery Analysis”
M. Amadio and L. Bombardieri, “Abandonment Practices in the Transformative Middle Bronze Age Cyprus”
A. Georgiou, A. Georgiadou, and S. Fourrier, “Tradition and Innovation During the 12th-to-11th Century BC Transition in Cyprus: New Data from the Kition-Bamboula Settlement”
L. Recht, “Transformation and Deep Time: Animals in Prehistoric Cyprus”
K. Zeman-Wisniewska, “Doves and Pigeons in the Bronze Age Cyprus – Tracing Changing Human-Bird Relations”
E. Margaritis and C. Henkel, “Farming the Big Islands of the Mediterranean: Crete and Cyprus in the Bronze Age”
F. Meneghetti, “Cyprus™: Looking for Branding Practices In Late Bronze Age Cyprus”
F. Chelazzi, “From Isolated Data Silos to an Integrated and Multi-Proxy Regional Synthesis. Insights in a Pan-Mediterranean Approach to Human-Environment-Climate Interaction”
M. Bersani-Pancheri and A. Pedrotti, “Origin and Spread of Anthropomorphic-Pot from the Near East to Europe Between the 7th-6th Millennium BC”
S. Kapahnke, “Applying Optically Stimulated Luminescence to the Late Bronze Age Anchorage of Maroni-Tsaroukkas, Cyprus”
T. Moutsiou, “Obsidian Interconnections Across the Sea: The View From the Island of Cyprus”
A. Reingruber and G. Toufexis, “Environmental Change and Human Response in a Thessalian Basin Landscape South of Mt Olympus: A Diachronic Study (6500-3300 BC)”
L. Burkhardt, “Scaling Dynamics on the Southeast Balkans in the Late Bronze Age”
E. Pizzutia and F. Palazzini, “Tracing Connections: The Bronze Age Site of Torre Castelluccia in the Regional and Interregional Networks of the Gulf of Taranto”
N. Psonis, D. Vassou, E. Tabakaki, E. Stravopodi, and D. Kafetzopoulos, “Early Bronze Age Aegean Genomes from Perachora Cave, Corinth, Greece”
A. Avramidou, J. Donati, A. Garyfallopoulos, C. Karadima, C. Pardalidou, A. Sarris, and N. Papadopoulos, “The Peraia of Samothrace Project: New Archaeological Investigation in Aegean Thrace”
D. Michael and B. Molloy, “Exploring Temporal and Geographical Differentiations in Late Bronze Age Greece: A Comparative Bioarchaeological Approach”


The Connected Past 2020

On 29-30 September 2021 The Connected Past 2020: Artefactual Intelligence will be held in Aarhus, Denmark. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
C. Mazzucato, “Networks of Houses and Networks of Objects: Creating and Interpreting Socio-Material Networks at Çatalhöyük”
H. Price, P. Gheorghiade, R. Rivers, T. Evans, and V. Vasiliauskaite, “An Information Theoretic Approach to Mycenaean Pottery Datasets”


Centenary of British Excavations at Mycenae

On 30 September – 1 October 2021 a conference Celebrating the Centenary of British Excavations at Mycenae and Remembering Alan Wace & Elizabeth French will be held virtually, hosted in Cambridge. Further information is available at The program will be:
D. Vasilikou, “Between myth and the material evidence. Panayotis Stamatakis at Mycenae”
K. Shelton, “Excavating Mycenae: the impact of the British School at Athens 100 years later”
S. Aulsebrook, “First steps on the road to understanding the role of metals in the Late Bronze Age community at Mycenae”
N. Blackwell, “Revisiting Alan Wace’s work on the chronology of Mycenae’s monuments through a stone working perspective”
A. Papadimitriou, “Αρχαιολογικές έρευνες στις Μυκήνες. Η συμβολή της Αρχαιολογικής Υπηρεσίας”
J. Bennet, “Linear B at Mycenae: why so late to arrive, why not more?”
E. Egan, “Πολύχρωμες Μυκήνες: the past, present, and future of wall painting studies at Agamemnon’s citadel”
C. Ichim, “Variations in chamber tomb traditions at Mycenae and beyond”


Gesture - Stance - Movement

On 11-13 November 2021 an international conference entitled Gesture - Stance - Movement. Communicating Bodies in the Aegean Bronze Age will be hosted in Heidelberg, either in hybrid form or entirely digitally depending on the Covid-19 pandemic situation. Further information is available at The program will be:
P. P. Betancourt, “Did the Goddess with Upright Arms have a Bench Shrine in the Inatos Cave?”
F. Blakolmer, “Beyond the Body: Facial Expression, Human Interaction and Narrativity in Minoan Iconography”
A. P. Chapin, “All Too Human? An Evolutionary Approach to Bodily Movement and Gesture in Aegean Art”
A. Dakouri-Hild, “Image and Affect: The Curious Case of Tanagra”
E. Drakaki, “‘It’s in the Hands’: A Gesture of Reverence or Strength?”
S. C. Ferrence, P. P. Betancourt, A. Giumlia-Mair, and James D. Muhly, “Two Embracing Men: A Mysterious Gold Pendant from the Cemetery of Petras, Siteia, Crete”
K. Giannaki, “The Function of Minoan Cheironomy”
U. Günkel-Maschek, “Expressions of Grief and Gestures of Lament in the Neopalatial Period”
B. R. Jones, “The Iconography of the Knossos Snake Goddesses Based on their Gestures, Stances, Movements and Attributes”
C. Kekes, “‘Hands on Abdomen’: Unveiling the Polysemy of an Aegean Gesture”
R. B. Koehl, “The Mycenaean Lunge and Thrust”
N. Marinatos, “Gestures in Minoan and Egyptian Art”
M. Mina, “Kept in the Dark: Bodily Movement as Multisensorial Experience in Minoan Cavernous Spaces”
M. Mitrovich, “The Human Body as a Shrine or the Breast of Both Worlds: The Application of Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology to the Study of the Iconography of the Human and the Divine in Bronze Age Crete”
L. Morgan, “Gesture and Movement in Wall Paintings as Directives of Viewing”
C. Murphy, “Tense Bodies and Formal Salutes: Examining Representations of the Male Torso”
D. Panagiotopoulos, “Powerless Images (?). (Mis-)reading Gestures and Stances in Aegean Iconography”
A. Papadopoulos and V. Pappa, “The Stages of Death in the Late Bronze Age Aegean: Before, During and After the Moment of Dying”
L. Phialon, “A Simple Touch? Reassessing Aegean Bronze Age Depictions of Human and Animal Figures Interacting with a Tree or a Column”
P. Ramirez-Valiente, “Gesturing Age, Posturing Gender. The Neolithic Antecedents of Bodily Comportment in the Aegean”
A. Simandiraki-Grimshaw, “Overt and Covert Bodily Communication in Bronze Age Crete”
A. Spiliotopoulou, “The Gesture of the Male Bronze Figurine from Katsambas”
C. Tully, “Against Nature: Tree-Shaking Action in Minoan Glyptic Art as Agonistic Behaviour”
V. Verešová, “Triumph and Defeat. Emulating Postures of Near Eastern Rulers in Aegean Iconography”
D. Wolf, “Ariadne’s Dance: Staging Female Gesture in Neopalatial Soft Stone Glyptic”
S. Aulsebrook, “Vessel-Based Gestures in Aegean Bronze Age Iconography”
T. Boloti, “do-ra pe-re: Bodies in Ritual Action(s) in the Aegean 2nd Millennium B.C.”
M. Carbonari, “Gesture, Action and Conflict: Hunters and Prey in Mycenaean Wall Paintings”
E. C. Egan, “Mirror Images: Dual Bodies and Illusion in Aegean Art”
F. Franković and U. Matić, “The Last Man Standing – Body Poses of Defeated Warriors in Late Bronze Age Aegean Iconography and Their Egyptian Comparanda”
J. E. Heywood, “Funeral or ‘Biography’? Re-considering the Potential Identities of Figures on the LM III Hagia Triada Sarcophagus”
L. A. Hitchcock, “From the Here and Now, to the There and Then: The Most Powerful Woman in Minoan Crete?”
S. Kiorpe, “Talking from the Grave: Communicative Gestures and the Creation of Communal Ties in EBA Burials from the Petras Cemetery, Siteia, Crete”
L. Valentinová, “Non-Narrative Rendering of Individual Identity: The Diagramming of Femaleness in the Adorants Fresco”


PEBA 2022

On 26-29 May 2022 a conference entitled Perspectives on Balkan Archaeology (PEBA 2022): The Mechanism of Power in Bronze and Iron Ages in Southeastern Europe will be held in Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
M. Gori, “Hunting for Prestige – Mobility, Raw Material and insignia”
L. Burkhardt, “Socio-economic mechanisms in the context of the Ada Tepe goldmine (LBA)”
Z. Videski, “Absence of Power? The Social Structure of the Late Bronze Age Society”
R. Kurti, “From Invisible Men of the Early Iron Age to the Warrior Elites of the Late Iron Age in Albania”
S. Pabst, “Supra-regional Power Structures Reflected in Burial Equipment of the Iron Age Necropolis at Vergina in Central Macedonia”
A. Panti, “Early Iron Age Settlements in the Thermaic Gulf and the Halkidiki peninsula. Tracing their Socio-political Identity”
T. Krapf, “Settlement Patterns in Albania at the turn from the Bronze to the Iron Age”
E. Baci, “Geospatial Analyses of Settlement Patterns in Albania (1100 BCE–395 CE)”


Detailed summaries of the presentations and discussions hosted by MASt@CHS in Spring 2021 are available online at The seminars were:
S. Morris, “The Kingdom of Philoktetes and the Curse of Agamemnon: Pieria in the Bronze Age (A View from the South)”
M. Silver, “The to-no Festival and Textile Trade in the Bronze Age Aegean”



On 17-19 May 2021 the 9th Developing International Geoarchaeology Conference (DIG2021) was held virtually, hosted at the University of Algarve, Faro. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
Rachel Kulick, D. Lewis, C. Atkins, F. Berna, K. Fisher, C. Kearns, and S. Manning, “Geoarchaeology at Bronze Age Maroni Vournes, Cyprus: Micromorphology and Palaeolandscape Analysis”


CAA 2021

On 14-18 June 2021 the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference (CAA 2021): Digital Crossroads was hosted online from the Cyprus University of Technology. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
D. A Lukas, “The Living Archive of Çatalhöyük: investigating the in-/transparencies of archaeological knowledge production”
M. C. Manzetti and A. Sarris, “A Methodological Approach for Intra-Site Analysis of Spatial Organization of Thessalian Neolithic Settlements”
D. Daems, “PolisABM: Modelling polis formation, urban systems and social complexity in the eastern Mediterranean from Iron Age to Hellenistic times”
A. Dakouri-Hild, A. Agapiou, S. Davis, and W. Rourk, “Evaluating an Ancient Landscape Using Remote Sensing: The Kotroni Archaeological Survey Project (KASP)”
C. Putzolu, M. Loy, J. Wallrodt, S. Stocker, and J. Davis, “Towards a workflow for documenting, processing and archiving large excavation contexts on-the-fly. Challenges and lessons learnt at The Palace of Nestor Project, Pylos”
B. Rueff, A. Pinto, K. Messini, and H. Procopiou, “From the material culture to the lived space. A virtual reconstruction of a Minoan workshop”
Y. de Raaff and G. R. Nobles, “Experimental archaeology in immersive Virtual Reality: a 3D reconstruction of a mortuary structure of Tomb 21, a Bronze Age mortuary structure from Ayios Vasileios, Greece”
P. Gheorghiade, H. C. W. Price, R. Rivers, and T. Evans, “Between land and sea: modelling terrestrial mobility and maritime interaction on Crete during the Late Bronze Age”
P. Kyriakidis, A. Nikolaidis, C. Panayiotou, G. Leventis, E. Akylas, C. Michaelides, D. Moutsiou, C. McCartney, L. Bitsakaki, S. Demesticha, V. Kassianidou, D. Bar-Yosef Mayer, and Y. Makovsky, “A null model of drift-induced maritime connectivity between Cyprus and its surrounding coastal areas at the onset of the Holocene”
K. Jarriel, “Technologies of Resilience, Climate Disaster, and Maritime Networks: A Case Study of Cycladic Small Worlds”
J. Fort and J. Pérez-Losada, “Computational modelling of Neolithic spread: archaeology and genetics”


Waiting for EMAC2023@Pisa

On 6-8 July 2021 a conference titled Waiting for EMAC2023@Pisa was held virtually. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
K. Christodoulou, “Preliminary results from a mineralogical and chemical study of clayey raw materials from the area of East Phokis and East Lokris”


On 8-11 June 2021 the 6th Landscape Archaeology Conference (LAC2020+1) will be held in Madrid. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
E. Charisopoulou, “Mapping as a tool for cultural management: The example of Corfu, Greece”
E. Koparal, “Agricultural Terraces of Historic Landscapes in Urla-Çesme Peninsula (Izmir Turkey)”
A. Landskron, “Anatolia from the Chalcolithic to the Iron Age: A Study of Human-Environment Dynamics”
B. Arikan, “Agent-based Land-use Modeling of Early Bronze Age Agropastoralism and Its Environmental Impacts in Different Regions of Anatolia”
G. Guillaume, “The Minoan caves, an anthropized natural space”
M. Milán Quiñones de León, “Landscape and territory of Minoan palaces”


Old textiles – more possibilities

On 14-18 June 2021 a conference entitled Old textiles – more possibilities will be held in hybrid format both online and in person in Copenhagen (CEST). Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
A. Ulanowska, “Textiles and Seals. New evidence for textile production in Bronze Age Greece from seals and clay sealings”
A. Iancu, “The ancient clay spools of Peloponnese. Questioning their function through their features”
M. Siennicka, “Landscapes of the Aegean prehistoric textile production: challenges and possibilities”
S. Vakirtzi, “Textile ethnographies in Greece and Aegean textiles research”
C. Margariti, F. Coletti, S. Spantidaki, A. Ciccola, I. Serafini, A. Nucara, and M. P. Caggia, “The potential of FTIR in the identification of excavated textile fibres”
B. Burke and B. Dimova, “Dressing the dead: early wool in Mycenaean Greece”
J. Marks, “Making the invisible visible: a case for the application of ethnoarchaeology and experimental archaeology in the study of Minoan dress on Crete during the Aegean Bronze Age”
L. Mazow, “Identifying the weaving contest between Athena and Arachne on the wall of a weaving workshop at Mycenae”
R. Pierini, “Colouring Techniques and Mycenaean Chronology: A Case Study from the Knossos Tablets”
K. Sarri, “Who wore the Pants in the Neolithic? A Survey on the Beginnings of Women’s Trousers in Prehistory”


Sympozjum Egejskie. 8th Conference in Aegean Archaeology

On 24-25 June 2021 the Sympozjum Egejskie. 8th Conference in Aegean Archaeology will be held both in person and online (CEST) at the University of Warsaw (Poland). Further information is available at The program was:
V. Martin, “The Metal “Ring-Idols”: a Material Approach to Metalworking during the Aegean Neolithic”
M. Figuera, “Repair, Reuse, Recycling: a Stake from Ayia Triada (Crete)”
P. Kapsali, “Exploring the Social Dimensions of Middle Bronze Age Pottery through Firing Technology”
F. M. C. Toscano, “Textile Production as an Indicator of Social Change: a Perspective from Bronze Age to Iron Age at Phaistos”
A. Christopoulou, B. Gmińska-Nowak, Y. Özarslan, N. Karadimas, J. Moody, and T. Ważny, “Dendrochronology and the Informative Potential of Charcoal Remains from Archaeological Sites in the East Aegean”
A. Nafplioti, “Life and Death at Early Neolithic Katsambas on Crete: a Bioarchaeological Perspective”
C. Vergidou, C. Henkel, A. Karligkioti, and K. Tsirsti, “Archaeological Science Biases: Reflections on the Aegean Bioarchaeological Record”
A. Allshouse, P. W. Stockhammer, and C. Warinner, “Differentiated Cuisines: a Meta-Analysis of Dietary Stable Isotopes in the Bronze Age Aegean”
K. Shelton, “Accessing Mycenaean Cult: Inside and Outside the Palatial Context”
J. Sienkiewicz, “Le Creuset of the Late Bronze Age? Kraters in the South-East Aegean”
I. Vrettou, “The Presence of Shells as an Indicator of Child Burials in Mycenaean Chamber Tombs from Glyka Nera, Attica”
M. Mangum, “Archaic Identity and Bronze Age Antecedents: Case Study Oisyme”
Z. Vasileva, “Jewellery Always Fits. An Inquiry into the Development of and Wearing Styles for 3rd Millennium BC Metal Hair-Rings”
E. Salgarella and R. Pierini, “Off the Top of Minoans’ Heads. Comparing Minoan Figurines and Linear A Signs 508-511”
J. Binnberg, “Naturalism in Aegean Bird Depictions”
A. M. Vergaki, “Storage Determines Design: the Impact of Storage Necessities on the Formation of NeoPalatial Architectural Modularities. The Example of the Minoan Hall”
R. Webb, “An Archaeological Perspective on Food Storage on the Mycenaean Mainland (13th – 12th Centuries BC)”
C. V. Alonso-Moreno, “Water Management at Mycenaean Pylos”
A. Querci and C. Caleo, “‘Αἰ δ’ἀγέροντο ψυχαὶ ὑπὲξ Ἐρέβευς νεκύων κατατεθνειώτων’. A Few Thoughts on an Enigmatic Larnax from Tanagra”
M. Wesołowska, “Can Mycenaean Culture Provide a Key to Understanding Polish National Heritage? The Example of Galicia”
P. Minkov, “Early and Middle Bronze Age Zoomorphic Figurines and Depictions from Present Day Bulgarian Lands”
A. Mercogliano, “The Settlement of Trapeza (Eastern Achaea, Greece): an Insight into the Beginning of the Middle Helladic Period in Achaea”
J. Huber, “Late Bronze Age Pottery from Triphylia: Cretan and Mainland Connections”
A. Kourkoulakos, “The Nature of the Mycenaean Material Presence at Panaztepe”
The Cultural Practices of Bronze Age Aegean Societies as Evidenced by Chipped Stone Assemblages: the North/South Debate Revisited Georgios Stergiou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) 13:50-14:10
D. Papageorgiou, “Tracing the Distribution of ‘Philistine Hearths’: Type and Construction Methods through Space and Time”
P. Zeman and K. Dudlik, “A Tale of a Mycenaean Palatial Town: Towards a Narrative History of Late Bronze Age Mycenae”
J. Cano-Moreno, “A Political Anthropology for NeoPalatial Crete”
A. Belza, “Between Crete and the Mainland: from the NeoPalatial to the Mycenaean Cyclades”
K. Mallinson, “Was Naxos Peripheral in the Middle and Early Late Bronze Age? A Re-Examination of the Later Bronze Age Material on Naxos”
M. Koletsos, “The Case for Creative Crafting: Multi-Crafting in Metropolis Square (Grotta, Naxos)”
S. Spanos, “Koukounaries on Paros during the Mycenaean Period (Upper, Lower Plateau and the Temenos-Temple Area)”

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