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15 years of ΑΙΓΕΙΡΟΣ

On 1-2 December 2017 an international conference entitled 15 years of ΑΙΓΕΙΡΟΣ: Building a Research Network for Young Scholars in Athens was held at the German Archaeological Institute at Athens. Further information is available at https://www.dainst.org/dai/meldungen. Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
P. Baeriswyl, “The Aphrodision Quarter of Argos in the Mycenaean Period”
D. Frank, “Life beyond the Palace. A Mycenaean Settlement in the Vicinity of Tiryns”
A. Duray, “Excavating Archives: Archaeological Knowledge Production, Disciplinary Intersections, and the Late Bronze Age – Early Iron Age Transition in Greece”

Burial Tumuli in the Balkans

On 9 December 2017 an open workshop entitled Burial Tumuli in the Balkans was held at the Swiss School of Archaeology in Greece. Further information is available at http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/news/eventDetails/burial-tumuli-in-the-balkans. Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
A.-Z. Chemsseddoha, “Tumuli in Northern Greece: an old tradition, various realities”
C. Kleitsas, “The burial tumuli of Epirus through time and space: Not so rare after all”
R. Kurti, “Recent research on tumuli from northwest Albania”
E. Agolli, “Regional and intra-regional networks in late prehistoric Illyria: choices of architecture and topography of burial tumuli”
M. Gori, “Tumuli in central Dalmatia: old excavations and new research perspectives”
A. Touchais and N. Papadimitriou, “The prehistoric tumuli of Marathon- Vranas. Reassessing the data of an old excavation: new evidence and new queries”

Aegean Seminar in Zagreb

On 18-19 December 2017 M. Boyd delivered lectures to the Aegean Seminar in Zagreb entitled “The sanctuary at Keros in the Early Bronze Age: from centre of congregation to centre of power” and “Becoming Mycenaean? Developments in Mycenaean burial practices and their role in wider social change.” Further information is available from Helena Tomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Social Archaeology of Early Iron Age and Early Archaic Greece

The database of the ARISTEIA European project entitled The Social Archaeology of Early Iron Age and Early Archaic Greece is now available at http://aristeia.ha.uth.gr/index.php. Registration is required to use the database. The language of the research tools is English. 

The December 2017 issue of Nestor (44.9) is available as a free download.

2018 Harriet Boyd Hawes Fellowship

On 1 February 2018 applications are due for the 2018 Harriet Boyd Hawes Fellowship ($3000) to support investigation of the role of women or gender studies in Bronze Age Crete at the INSTAP Study Center for East Crete, highlighting spheres and aspects of ancient life that have not yet received sufficient attention in Aegean Bronze Age studies. Applicants should be scholars in the field of the Aegean Bronze Age/Early Iron Age who have completed a PhD in Archaeology, Anthropology, Art History, Ancient History, or Classics. Applications should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; application forms and instructions for supporting documents are available at http://www.instapstudycenter.net/general-information/hawes-forms.html. Desirable methods of inquiry include:
Ethnography/experimental archaeology
Exploration of written archives and collections from various periods
Library research
Examination of archaeological materials, including artifacts, bones, and other organic remains

2018 Michael Ventris Award

On 15 February 2018 applications are due for the Michael Ventris Award for Mycenaean Studies for 2018 (up to £2000), to be awarded to scholars who have obtained a doctorate within the past eight years or postgraduate students about to complete the doctorate in the field of Mycenaean civilization or kindred subjects, to promote research in (1) Linear B and other Bronze Age scripts of the Aegean and Cyprus and their historical and cultural connections, or (2) all other aspects of the Bronze Age of the Aegean and Cyprus. Applications (6 pages maximum) should be sent by email, ideally as a PDF attachment to the Classics Manager, Valerie James (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Further information, including detailed application instructions, is available at https://ics.sas.ac.uk/awards/award-prizes.

Andrew Sherratt Fund

On 15 March 2018 applications are due for the Andrew Sherratt Fund for 2018 (up to £1000), to assist postgraduate students in Old World Prehistory, from academic institutions anywhere in the world, to travel or gain access to resources that would otherwise be unavailable to them. Further information, including a link to the Google form for application, is available at https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/archaeology/research/andrew-sherratt-fund.

5th Wollesen Graduate Symposium

On 22 December 2017 abstracts (300 words maximum) are due for the 5th Annual Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium. The Art of Passage: Transnational Encounters and the Convergence of Cultures, to be held on 9 March 2018, hosted by the Department of Art and the Graduate Union of the Students of Art at the University of Toronto. Further information is available at https://gustasymposium.wordpress.com/. Considering the expansive definition of “passage,” this symposium hopes to contribute to the increasingly robust scholarship that seeks to rehabilitate, reveal, and interrogate the formative role that intercultural encounters have had on the history of art. We encourage submissions from students and scholars employing interdisciplinary approaches in the context of visual culture from antiquity to the present. Potential paper topics may include, but are not limited to:
Colonialism and postcolonial perspectives
Cultural exchange through artistic movements, techniques, methods, etc.
Exiles, networking, and circulations of ideas
Transnationalism and its impact on local traditions
Nationalism, independence, and globalization
Cosmopolitanism vs tradition
Dislocation in the shaping of art in and beyond the “margins”
The effect of globalism on art and art history
Migrations and utopias
“Hybridity,” “mimicry,” and artistic practices
Art and ideologies
Art beyond the Western canon

Religion and Cult in the Dodecanese

On 15 January 2018 abstracts (200 words maximum) are due for an international conference entitled Religion and Cult in the Dodecanese during the first millennium BC: Recent discoveries and research results, to be held in October 2018 at the University of the Aegean on Rhodes. Further information is available at http://dms.aegean.gr/rac/. The conference will particularly welcome papers in the following thematic circles:
New archaeological finds on sanctuaries and cult practices in the Dodecanese
Epigraphical and literary evidence on the religion and cults in the Dodecanese
The context of religion and cult practice in the Dodecanese
Theoretical issues on the relation between archaeology, religion, and cult

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