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."


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

Climate Change and Preservation Management

On 2-3 April 2012 a colloquium entitled Climate Change and the Preservation Management of Archaeological Sites will be held at the Acropolis Museum, Athens. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:

E. Kyriakidis, "Climate Change Impact on Values of Minoan Archaeological Sites"

Classics Goes Green

On 21 April 2012 a graduate student conference entitled Classics Goes Green: Interactions with the Environment will be held at the Univesity of Cincinnati. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:

K. Necciai, "Geoarchaeological Investigations into Bronze Age Aegean Terracing"

A. Knodell and E. Oddo, "Shared Processes in Ceramic and Metallurgical Industries in Minoan Crete"

Multiple Mediterranean Realities

On 26-28 April 2012 an international conference entitled Multiple Mediterranean Realities - Spaces, Resources, Connectivity will be held at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:

C. von Rüden, "Making the Way through the Sea in Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean"

A. B. Knapp, "Prehistoric Cyprus: A 'Crossroads' of Interaction?"

H. Friese, "Transnational Mobilities and Cultural Resources"

W. Gauß and G. Klebinder-Gauß, "The Chance of a Lack. Landscape and Economy at Aegina"

A. Collar, "Using Networks to Explore the Spread of Religious Ideas in the Mediterranean"

J. Driessen and Q. Letesson, "Minoan Lines. Levels of Connectivity in the Cretan Bronze Age"

Y. Hamilakis, "Producing Mediterraneaness through Material Heritage"


On 30 April–4 May 2012 the 8th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (8th ICAANE) will be held in Warsaw, Poland. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:

A. J. Nazaroff, "Social Complexity and Source Entanglement in Anatolia: A Case-Study from the Neolithic Chert Assemblage at Çatalhöyük, Turkey"

C. Sauvage, "Fish vs. ships: Characterization of Social Groups in the Late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean"

A. U. Türkcan, "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia: Surveys in Challenging Landscapes of North-Western Anatolian Valleys"

L. Czerniak, "From 'history houses' to cult structures. The emergence of rituals out of domestic space at Çatalhöyük East towards the end of the 7th millennium BC"

F. Tulek and B. Ogüt, "Prehistoric Pottery of the Osmaniye Province in East Cilicia: A Holistic Approach"

T. van de Velde, "Townships and villages at margin of the Near East: examples from LBA Greece"

Between Life and Death

On 11-12 May 2012 an international postgraduate research conference entitled Between Life and Death: Interactions Between Burial and Society in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East will be held at the University of Liverpool. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:

D. Smith, "Variations on a theme: mortuary regionalism in the Final Neolithic and Early Helladic Peloponnese"

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