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December (43.9) 

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December (42.9) 

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December (41.9) 

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December (40.9) 

November (40.8) 

October (40.7) 

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April (40.4) 

March (40.3) 

February (40.2) 

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December (39.9) 

November (39.8) 

October (39.7) 

September (39.6) 

May (39.5) 

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December (38.9) 

November (38.8) 

October (38.7) 

September (38.6) 

May (38.5) 

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March (38.3) 

February (38.2) 

January (38.1)



December (37.9) 

November (37.8) 

October (37.7) 

September (37.6) 

May (37.5) 

April (37.4) 

March (37.3) 

February (37.2) 

January (37.1)

2010 Index



December (36.9)

November (36.8) 

October (36.7)  

September (36.6) 

May (36.5) 

April (36.4) 

March (36.3) 

February (36.2) 

January (36.1)

2009 Index (36)

  • November 2019 issue available

    29 October 2019

    The November 2019 issue of Nestor (46.8) is available as a free download

  • Calls for Papers

    29 October 2019


    On 30 November 2019 abstracts (300 words maximum) are due for SCAPECON2020: NO(E)SCAPE? Relational archaeology in the Aegean Bronze Age: Breaking boundaries: negotiating change in the Aegean Bronze Age, to be held on 25-27 March 2020 in Groningen, The Netherlands. Further information is available at


    Archaeology of the Levant

    On 15 December 2019 abstracts (250 words maximum) for posters and papers are due for a conference entitled State of the Field 2020: Archaeology of the Levant, to be held at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island from 13-14 March 2020. Further information is available at Topics of discussion will include:
    • Current directions, critical trends and lacunae in archaeological research
    • Museum, archival studies, and other investigations that rely primarily on archaeological legacy data
    • The effects of colonial rule, modern geopolitics, fluctuating national boundaries, war, and migration, among many other factors on the practice and interpretations of archaeological work in the region.


    TAG 2020

    On 15 January 2020 session proposals are due for TAG 2020: Potentials and Limits of Big Data, to be held on 1-3 May 2020 at Stanford University; on 15 March individual paper contributions to an accepted session or a general session are due. Further information is available at

  • Future Lectures and Conferences

    29 October 2019

    Seminars in Aegean and Cypriote Archaeology

    The program of Seminars in Aegean and Cypriote Archaeology at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice has been announced for autumn 2019.
    30 October 2019: J. Driessen, “In the shadow of the Minotaur? Excavations at Sissi”
    28 November 2019: L. Bombardieri, “Erimi. Identità culturale e sviluppo economico di una comunità protourbana a Cipro”
    28 November 2019: G. Graziadio, “Le reciproche influenze sulle produzioni ceramiche di Cipro e dell’Egeo dagli inizi del secondo millennio a circa il 1200 a.C.”
    F. Gaignerot-Driessen, “Sacred Mountain: Cult Places and Practices at Anavlochos, Crete (1750-450 BC)”


    ENE 2019

    On 6-8 November 2019 the 1st Conference on the Early Neolithic of Europe (ENE 2019) will be held at Museu Marítim de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain). Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    C. Perlès, “Neolithic and the Sea”
    N. Mazzucco, “The Origins and Spread of Neolithic Harvesting Technologies from the Near East to Europe”
    B. Horejs, “Early farming communities between Anatolia, Aegean and the central Balkans”
    T. Papadakou, “Distribution of organic-tempered pottery in SE Europe and the Near East: a complex picture”
    M. Gurova, “Flint assemblages as trajectory to the Balkan Neolithization: Bulgarian case study”
    M. Grebska-Kulow, “Early Neolithic in Southwestern Bulgaria – supraregional connections”
    K. Douka, “Dating the Early Neolithic of mainland Greece, with a focus on Thessaly and Macedonia”
    I. Gjipali, “Chronological and cultural data on the Neolithization process in Albania”
    S. Souvatzi, “Socialising the landscape in the Early Neolithic of Thessaly, Greece”
    N. Nikolova, “Within and without: setting the boundaries of Early Neolithic settlement sites in Bulgaria”
    A. Angourakis, “Theory strikes back: a modelling and simulation theory building approach on the origin of agriculture”
    J. Markovic, “Dental buccal microwear and dietary strategies in the Early Neolithic of southeast Europe”
    B. Milic, “Technological responses to raw materials in the Early Neolithic Aegean and the Balkans”
    M. Georgiadis, “The Mesolithic and Early Neolithic funerary practices in the Aegean: from hunting-gathering to sedentism”
    I. Ninou, “Does ‘a mortar make a house…?’ Early Neolithic grinding and pounding stone tools from Greece: Mavropigi-Fillotsairi Kozanis”
    F. Argyris, “The manufacture of clay figurines in Early Neolithic Thessaly”


    Migrations in the Metal Ages

    On 9-10 November 2019 a conference entitled Where are you going? Reconsidering migrations in the Metal Ages will be held in Edinburgh. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    P. Stockhammer, “Mobility at the onset of the Bronze Age: A bioarchaeological perspective”
    C. Bruyere, S. Daly, and B. Molloy, “Exploring fortification and metal provenance to understand mobility in the Late Bronze Age”
    D. E. Michael, L. Fibiger, I. Moutafi, M. Katsimicha, and B. Molloy, “Exploring human mobility and social change in the Balkans and Greece c. 1200 BC from the perspective of human remains”



    On 12-14 November 2019 the 2nd International Congress on Archaeological Sciences in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East (ICAS-EMME 2) will be held at The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    S. Manning, “Time, History and Climate in Cyprus: the Cyprus Dendrochronology Laboratory and recent progress”
    N. Papakonstantinou, T. Booth, and S. Triantaphyllou, “Human remains under the microscope of funerary taphonomy. Investigating the histological biography of the decaying body in the prehistoric Aegean”
    T. Maltas, “Crop Choice and Socio-Economic Organisation in Bronze Age Western Anatolia”
    Ö. Çizer, “Early Bronze Age communities of Western Anatolia: with a special contribution on archaeobotanical research”
    E. Margaritis, “Arboriculture and urbanism in the Bronze Age Aegean”
    A. Spyrou, “Exploring the human-cattle relationship in Bronze Age Cyprus: Archaeozoological, isotopic and ethnographic approaches”
    A. Hadjikoumis, “The road to the Bronze Age: a diachronic approach to sheep and goat husbandry in prehistoric Cyprus”
    D. Abate, M. Faka, C. Ioannou, N. Bakirtzis, S. Hermon, and O. D. Le Brun, “From Analogue to Digital: 40 years of archaeological documentation and management at the Neolithic UNESCO World Heritage site of Khirokitia”
    G. Artopoulos, I. Romanowska, and O. D. Le Brun, “Khirokitia: simulating a proto-urban site”
    V. Kilikoglou, “Archaeological materials studies and modern innovation: examples from the study of ceramics and mortars”
    P. Elefanti, G. Marshall, Ch. Stergiou, and E. Kotjabopoulou, “Raw material procurement at Boila Rockshelter, northwestern Greece, as an indicator of hunter-gatherer mobility in Greece during the Late Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic”
    P. Mylona, M. Pomadère, and J.-D. Vigne, “The contribution of soil micromorphology for understanding the occupation styles in prehistory: Two case-studies from Cyprus and Crete”
    M. Amadio and L. Bombarideri, “Abandonment processes through the microscope lens. Microarchaeological data from Middle Bronze Age Erimi, Cyprus”
    V. Kassianidou and A. Charalambous, “Metallic and glazed artefacts from the Cypriot Chalcolithic”
    A. Charalambous, V. Kassianidou, and G. Papasavvas, “Using pXRF spectroscopy to identify ancient copper alloys: the case of LBA Enkomi (Cyprus)”
    S. Menelaou and O. Kouka, “‘ Cooking up’ pottery recipes: a diachronic technological and provenance analysis of cooking ware ceramics from prehistoric Heraion on Samos, Greece (5th to early 2nd millennia BC)”
    E. Kountouri, P. Tritsaroli, and T. Konstantakou, “Burials and human osteological remains from the Bronze Age acropolis of Aghios Ioannis in Boeotia, Greece: preliminary results of the bioarchaeological analysis”
    D. Kofel, T. Bürge, P. M. Fischer, “Crops and food choices at the Late Bronze Age site of Hala Sultan Tekke”
    M. Rousou, M. Tengberg, and O. Kouka, “The archaeobotany of Pre-Pottery Neolithic Cyprus: a synthesis of current and recent data”
    R. Winter, W. de Kock, and C. Çakirlar, “Marine vertebrate exploitation in the eastern Mediterranean c. 2500 BC - 1300 AD”
    X. Charalambidou, B. McLoughlin, and G. London, “Ancient artisans and ethno-archaeology. From Early Iron Age Naxos and Andros to modern Cyprus: first assessment and perspectives”
    S. Fouriki, E. Kiriatzi, M. Vlazaki, and B. Hallager, “‘Moving’ cooking pots in LBA Chania, Crete: local production and imports”
    C. Gardner, E. Kiriatzi, N. S. Müller, G. Giannakopoulos, K. Tsirtsi, K. Kissas, S. Müth-Frederiksen, C. Hayward, and N. M. Kristensen, “Revisiting the question of ceramic provenance in the Northern and North-eastern Peloponnese”



    On 17 November 2019 an international conference entitled Philistines! Rehabilitating a Biblical Foe will be held at Yeshiva University Museum, New York. Free registration is available at; further information is available from 800-838-3006. The program will be:
    A. Maeir, “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: Changing perspectives on the Philistines”
    L. Hitchcock, “An Architectural Biography of the ‘Melbourne Megaron’ in Area A”
    A. Killebrew, “ Philistines in Philistia: Interactions Between the Pentapolis Settlements and its Hinterland During the Iron I Period”
    D. Ben Shlomo, “Philistine Society as Revealed by its Art, Iconography, and Cultic Artifacts”
    S. Frumin, “Cereals and Fruits of the Philistines – Signs of Identity and Involvement”
    J. Katz, “Dynamics of Philistine Group Identity: From Barbarism to Civilization”
    A. Koller, “Language, Script, and Philistine ‘Assimilation’ in the Iron I and Iron II Levant”
    J. Chadwick, “When Gath of the Philistines became Gath of Judah”
    S. Holtz, “Jeremiah’s Prophecy to the Philistines (Jer. 47) as Literature and History”


    Crete in the LM II-IIIA2 Early Period

    On 21-23 November 2019 a conference entitled One State, Many Worlds: Crete in the LM II-IIIA2 Early Period will be held in Khania, Crete. Further information is available at The program will be:
    T. Whitelaw, “LM II-IIIA2 Knossos in Context”
    A. L. D’Agata and L. Girella, “Crete in the LM II-IIIA Period. Material Entanglements, Shifting Identities and International Connections: Towards an ‘Open Society?’”
    E. Hallager, “Greek-Swedish Excavations: the LM II and IIIA1 Period”
    B. Hallager, “Kydonia in the LM II-IIIA Period”
    E. Papadopoulou, “LM II-IIIA1 Aptera in the Knossian Sphere of Influence”
    Y. Tzedakis and V. Kolivaki, “The Cemetery of Armenoi (Rethymno) in the LM IIIA1-IIIA2 Early Period”
    Y. Galanakis, “An Epistemological Debate? Understanding the Formation of Local-scale Group Identities in the Funerary Record of LM II-IIIA Knossos”
    C. F. Macdonald, “Architectural Continuity, Renovation and Innovation in the Town and Palace of Knossos, LM IB-IIIIA1”
    A. Kanta, “Cult in the Final Palatial Period at Knossos: The Fetish Shrine of the Religious Centre of the City and Its Foundation. Historical Evidence from New Material”
    J. Weingarten, “The Use and Re-use of Gold Rings in Knossos after the LM IB Destructions”
    J. Driessen and O. Mouthuy, “The Late Minoan II-IIIA2 Linear B Archives at Knossos”
    M. Andreadaki-Vlazaki, “The Arrival of ‘Mycenaeans’ in the Area of Khania: Legend and Archaeology”
    J. M. A. Murphy, “Imports, Imitation, and Influence: The Complex Relationship between Pylos and Crete”
    M. C. Nelson, “The Palace of Nestor at Pylos and the Development of Its Masonry”
    A. Vasilogambrou, E. Kardamaki, P. Day, and V. Hachtmann, “Pottery Production and Consumption at Ayios Vasileios during LH IIIA and the Cretan Connections”
    J. C. Wright, “Socio-political Disorder and a New Political Economy at Knossos”
    D. Nakassis, “The Innocence of Facticity: ‘Mycenaean’ Knossos in its Aegean Context”
    V. Petrakis, “The Beginnings of Linear B and Literate Administration on the Greek Mainland”
    F. Blakolmer, “Many States, One World of Images? Some Thoughts on the Position of the Iconography of LM II-IIIA Crete in Its Wider Aegean Context”
    G. Rethemiotakis and K. S. Christakis, “The Changing Aspects of a Palatial Site: The LM IIIA Workshop Complex at Galatas and Its Implications for Understanding LM II-IIIA Pediada”
    C. Langohr, “Coping with Cultural Transformation and Continuity in East Crete during LM II-IIIA2 Early: A Ceramic Perspective”
    J. S. Soles, “Mycenaeans at Mochlos, an Update”
    P. Betancourt, S. Sarasin, and L. Kolonauski, “The Shrine of Eileithyia at Inatos in LM II to LM III Crete”
    M. Buell, “Down and Out in East Crete: Transformation and Change at Gournia and the Isthmus of Ierapetra from LM IB (Late) to the End of the IIIA2 Period”
    L. Platon, “On the Dating of the Establishment and the Origin of the First Inhabitants of the Post-palatial Settlement at Kephali, Chondros (District of Viannos)”
    C. Knappett and T. F. Cunnigham, “Palaikastro and Its Territory in LM II-IIIA1”
    M. Zoitopoulos, “A View from the Far East: The Reoccupation of the Zakros Settlement after the LM IB Destruction”
    J. Rutter (Conclusions)
    M. Galaty (Conclusions)


    AIA 2020

    On 2-5 January 2020 the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA 2020) will be held in Washington, D.C. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    C. B. Scott and C. H. Roosevelt, “Burned Out: Contextual and Volumetric Analysis of Hearths and Ovens at Bronze Age Kaymakçı, Western Anatolia”
    E. Unlu, “Late Bronze IIb Period at Tarsus-Gözlükule, Turkey”
    C. Atkins, “Of Unfinished Anchors and Maritime Trade Networks: a View from Maroni Tsaroukkas, Cyprus”
    K. Foster, “Mari and the Minoans”
    J. W. Lehner, E. Kuruçayırlı, N. Hirschfeld, M. Jansen, D. Langis-Barsetti, and S. Martin, “The Cape Gelidonya Shipwreck Ingot Cargo: New Research in Provenance, Composition, and 3D Morphometrics”
    N. G. Blackwell and N. Hirschfeld, “Reassessing the bronze objects from the Cape Gelidonya shipwreck in light of recent discoveries”
    B. E. Burns, “Beyond Boeotia: Mycenaean Eleon’s Extraregional and International Connections”
    A. M. Genova, “Separate but not Isolated: Foreign Travelogues and their Impact on Cretan Archaeology (c. 1660-1840)”
    A. Gaggioli, “Decolonizing Aegean Prehistory: a Postcolonial Critique of the Prehistory/History Divide in Greek Archaeology”
    E. Margaritis, C. Renfrew, M. Boyd, I. Legaki, G. Gavalas, M. Floquet, M. Georgakopoulou, M. Gkouma, J. Herbst, G. Kazatzis, A. Krijnen, N. Meyer, and I. Moutafi, “Centralisation and Monumentality in the Early Bronze Age Cyclades: New Excavations at Dhaskalio”
    E. Gorogianni, “Small World to Big World: Transformations in the Middle Bronze Age Cyclades”
    T. Carter, K. Mallinson, V. Mastrogiannopoulou, M. N. Pareja, G. Tsartsidou, T. Wong, C. Diffey, and D. Athanasoulis, “A New Minoan-Type Peak Sanctuary on Stelida, Naxos”
    A. R. Knodell, D. Athanasoulis, and Z. Tankosic, “The Small Cycladic Islands Project 2019: A Survey of Uninhabited Islands Near Paros”
    G. Erny, “Beyond site size hierarchies: reconsidering small survey sites on Crete”
    C. Fine, “Putting My Best Leg Forward: Ritual Vessels, Neolithic Exchange Networks, and Prehistoric Corinth”
    C. J. Kocurek, “Sherd by Sherd: A Quantitative Analysis of the Miniature Pottery from the SE Ramp Deposits at Ancient Eleon, Boeotia”
    L. Kaiser, “Through Thick and Thin: Identifying Multiculturalism and Personhood through the Evolution of Cooking Wares at Prepalatial Mochlos”
    I. Caloi, “Why Use the Wheel-Throwing Technique at Middle Minoan II (1800-1700 BC) Phaistos, Crete? Combining Experimental Archaeology with Macroscopic Analysis and Contextual Information”
    R. Vykukal, F. Mavridis, and Z. Tankosic, “Beeswax in Storage Jars: Implications for Storage Practices in the Early Bronze Age via Organic Residue Analysis”
    B. B. Wilemon, Jr., M. L. Galaty, and D. Nakassis, “Portable X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer Analysis of the Pylos Linear B Tablets”
    C. R. Hershenson, “Beyond Vernacular and Elite: Dependencies and Gradations of Social Status in Prepalatial Minoan Architecture”
    J. Flood, S. Pike, J. S. Soles, and D. Faulmann, “Palatial Stone Masonry and Transport: A New Geochemical Study of Minoan Ashlar and Quarries in East Crete”
    I. Tzonou, “Cyclopean Walls on Acrocorinth: Mycenaean Presence or Not?”
    K. A. Jazwa, “The Maa-Palaeokastro Architectural Documentation Project”
    C. F. Cloke, E. D. Breden, Q. Gregory, and E. C. Egan, “Re-Inventing the (Potter’s) Wheel: Modeling 3D Vessels from 2D Drawings”
    K. T. Glowacki and N. L. Klein, “Architectural Context and Aspects of Ritual Behavior at Late Minoan IIIC Kavousi Vronda”
    T. Krapf, “Late Bronze Age Central Euboea – An Update from the Swiss-Greek excavations at Amarynthos / a-ma-ru-to”
    K. Mallinson and T. Carter, “Knossian Religious Influence in the Cyclades? A Minoan Stone Ladle from Stelida, Naxos”
    D. B. Roberson, “An Investigation into the Intensity of Pottery Production in Lerna III”
    J. S. Smith, “Cypriot Art at the Ringling Museum: A New Gallery”
    R. Vykukal, F. Mavridis, and Z. Tankosic, “Biomolecular Investigations into the Use of Early Bronze Age Sauceboats from Ayia Triada Cave, Greece”
    M. Devolder, “Palatial Neighbors. Comparing Elite Architectural Features in the Palace at Malia and the Court-Centered Building at Sissi”
    T. Sager, A. Schmiit, and C. Girardi, “Building 18 at Sissi: a Neopalatial house tomb?”
    M. N. Pareja, “Observations on Sissi Plasters: Zones 4 and 5”
    J. Driessen, “Keeping up with the Joneses? The Central Building at Sissi”
    T. Claeys, “The Sissi Preservation Program: An Integrated and Participatory Approach for a Stronger Synergy between Archaeology, Preservation, and Presentation”
    S. Déderix and A. Schmitt, “Burying the Dead in Late Prepalatial and Protopalatial Crete. New Evidence from the Cemetery of Sissi (Zone 9)”
    L. Magna, “Investigating Cultural Sediments at Sissi through Microarchaeology”
    I. Caloi, “Consuming Pottery at Early Prepalatial Sissi. Preliminary Observations on the EM IIA and B Ceramic Deposits from the Settlement”
    J. Bintliff, “The Paradox of Regional Studies: Distinctive Introverted Communities with Histories and Prehistories of Internal and External Population Mobility. The Case of Boeotia, Central Greece in the Iron Age”
    N. Mac Sweeney, T. E. Şerifoğlu, A. Collar, and S. Eve, “From the Mountains to the Shore: Mobility in Iron Age Rough Cilicia”
    V. Klontza-Jaklova, T. Pavloň, M. Hlavica, I. Navrátilová, A. Geisler, T. Krofta, and M. Klontzas, “New Archaeological Project in Southern Albania: Upper Kurvelesh (dist. Tepelene)”
    S. Kirkpatrick Smith and M. Eaby, “It’s a Hard-Knock Life: Childhood on Chryssi Island, Greece”
    Z. Tankosic, F. Mavridis, and P. Zafeiriadis, “Gourimadi Archaeological Project: Preliminary Results of the Second Excavation Season”
    S. Déderix, N. Papadimitriou, A. Balitsari, G. Cantoro, A. Efstathiou, M. Nazou, and R. Laffineur, “Prehistoric Thorikos (Greece, Attica) – Preliminary Results from the Settlement”
    A. Dakouri-Hild, E. Andrikou, A. Agapiou, S. Davis, and T. Kinnaird, “The Kotroni Archaeological Survey Project (KASP) at Ancient Afidna in Northern Attica: Results of the First Season (2019)”
    A. Koh, I. Liritzis, and I. Roy, “The Natural and Cultural Environment of Southern Phokis: The Plain of Desfina”
    M. E. Voyatzis, D. Gilman Romano, and A. Karapanagiotou, “Excavation and Survey at the Sanctuary of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion, Summer 2019”
    S. C. Murray, C. Pratt, R. P. Stephan, M. C. McHugh, G. K. Erny, K. Psoma, B. Lis, M. Godsey, M. Nazou, D. Nakassis, and P. Sapirstein, “The 2019 Bays of East Attica Regional Survey (BEARS) Project: New Evidence for the Archaeology of the Bay of Porto Raphti”
    B. Martens, “The Prehistoric Cemetery on the North Bank of the Eridanos River, Athens: New Finds from the Agora Excavations”
    B. Burke and B. Dimova, “Early Mycenaean Cloth from Tomb 10 at Ancient Eleon in Boeotia”
    J. M. R. Engstrom and N. P. Herrmann, “Tomb 11 at Ancient Eleon (Boeotia): An Early Mycenaean Ossuary in a Built Funerary Environment”
    F. Gaignerot-Driessen, “The Early Iron Age Cemetery of Anavlochos, Crete”
    C. Judson, “A First Look at the Ceramic Assemblages from the Cemetery at Anavlochos”
    T. Palaima, “Pylos Ta 716: An Accurate Reading of an Essential Text for Understanding Mycenaean Ritual Practice”
    M. Beeler, “Seals, Feasts, and Collective Action in Early Bronze Age Greece”
    B. Morda, “Marketing in Neopalatial Crete: The Case of the Talismanic Seals and their Possible Socio-Political Implications”
    B. R. Jones, “Bringing the Minoan Fragmentary Relief Frescoes from Pseira to Life: New Reconstructions of the Murals, Figures, Costumes, Textiles and Jewelry”
    J. Rutter, “Setting the Table for the Feast to Come: Jack Davis’ Works on Aegean Bronze Age Pottery”
    J. F. Cherry, “Jack Davis and Islands”
    C. Runnels, “The Deposit-Centered Survey as a Method for Discovering Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Sites in Greece”
    O. Lafe, “Jack L. Davis and the ‘Modern Concept’ of Doing Archaeology in Albania”
    K. Shelton, “By the Sword of Perseus or the Bow of Herakles? Developing a ‘Hinterland’ in the Early Mycenaean Period”
    S. Stocker, “Jack Davis at Pylos”
    I. Moutafi, Y. Galanakis, and P. Karkanas, “It All Starts in the Field: How to Improve the Excavation of Human Remains in Mycenaean Mortuary Contexts and Why it Matters”
    G. C. Price, K. Shelton, and L. Kvapil, “Parts and Parcels: Insights into the Scalar Nature of Late Bronze Age Collective Identity through the Individual”
    A. Nafplioti, “Provenance, Bones and Strontium Isotopes”
    E. Nikita, “Family Matters: Bioarchaeological Perspectives into Mycenaean Kinship”
    K. Stiles and M. Liston, “Slinging Bullets: Studying Mycenaean Warfare through Skeletal Remains”
    O. A. Jones, “Bioarchaeological Research of Mycenaean Mortuary Practices: Current State and Ways Forward”
    E. Vika and A. Papathanasiou, “Mulling over Mycenaean diets”
    M. E. Eckert, “Sanctuaries of Aphrodite: Multicultural Contact Zones in the Context of International Seaborne Trade in the Late Bronze and Iron Age”
    I. S. Sanches, “Pathways to the Past. Travelling to Cult Places of Abandoned Settlements in the Cyclades in the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age: A Case Study of Ayia Irini in Kea”
    B. Molloy, “Analyzing mobility and conflict during the collapse of the Bronze Age in the Aegean and Balkans”
    J. Hruby, “The Palace of Nestor Falls Down; Then What?”
    R. Worsham and M. Lindblom, “Peopling Malthi: Estimating the Population of an LH I-II Settlement”
    S. Heuck Allen, “Engaged Scholarship: the Liberal Education of Harriet Boyd, Survival and Success in Crossing the Gender Divide in Early Aegean Archaeology”
    S. V. Todaro and P. D. Tomkins, “Knossos, Phaistos, and the Neolithics of Crete: New Light on Chronology, Connectivity and Cultural Divergence before the Bronze Age”
    L. Oberlin, “From Coarse to Fine and all through Time: Trickle Pattern Ware from the Early to Late Bronze Age on Crete”
    G. Doudalis, “A View from the Center: Ceramic Consumption in Middle Minoan IIB Sector Pi at Malia”
    R. Dewan, “Small but Mighty: Miniature Ceramic Vessels in MM IB-LM IB Minoan Settlements on Crete”
    R. A. K. Smith, “New Evidence from Late Minoan I Pottery Deposits at Gournia”
    H. W. Haskell, “Cretan Overseas Connections In Late Minoan IIIC: The Contribution of Transport Stirrup Jars”

  • October 2019 issue available

    01 October 2019

    The October 2019 issue of Nestor (46.7) is available as a free download.

  • Calls for Papers

    01 October 2019

    Graduate Student Conference at UCLA Cotsen Institute

    On 1 November 2019 abstracts (250 words maximum) are due for the Eight Graduate Student Conference at the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology on the theme “Experiencing Destruction and Regeneration in Archaeology,” to be held on 7-8 February 2020. Further information is available at Abstracts may be sent to


    EAA AM 2020

    On 7 November 2019 proposals for sessions are due for the 26th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA AM 2020): Networking! to be held in Budapest from 26-30 August 2020. From 18 December 2019 until 13 February 2020 paper and poster abstract submission will be open; on 22 April 2020 registration and payment is due from presenters (first authors). Further information and forms are available at The meeting will consist of sessions, round tables, and poster presentations focusing on the following main themes:
    Networks, networking, and communication: the archaeology of interactions
    From Limes to regions: archaeology of borders, connections, and roads
    Sustainable archaeology and heritage management in an unsustainable world
    Waterscapes: archaeology and heritage of fresh waters
    Theories and methods in archaeology: interactions between disciplines
    Embedded in European archaeology: the Carpathian Basin
    25 years after: The changing world and EAA’s impact since the 1995 EAA Annual Meeting in Santiago


    Tennessee Undergraduate Classics Research Conference

    On 18 November 2019 abstracts (250 words maximum) are due for the Ninth Annual Tennessee Undergraduate Classics Research Conference, to be held on 22 February 2020 at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Further information and the forms for submission are available at


    BANEA 2020

    On 1 December 2019 abstracts (200 words maximum) for presentations and posters are due for the 2020 Annual Conference of the British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA 2020), to be held on 9-11 January 2020 at the University of Oxford, with the main theme of “Critical Debates in the Archaeology of the Middle East.” Further information is available at

  • Future Lectures and Conferences

    01 October 2019

    New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium

    The New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium has announced the schedule of speakers for 2019-2020, to take place at the NYU Institute of Fine Arts, One East 78th Street, NY, New York at 6:30 pm. Further information is available at
    10 October 2019: E. Margaritis, “Farming the Marginal Landscapes of the Aegean Bronze Age: The Site of Dhaskalio in the Cycladic Archipelago”
    12 November 2019: K. Polinger Foster
    6 February 2020: L. V. Watrous
    30 April 2020: T. Palaima


    Mycenaean Seminars in London

    The University of London School of Advanced Study, Institute of Classical Studies has announced the following schedule of Mycenaean Seminars for 2019-2020, 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 and are held in Ground Floor room G22. Further information is available at
    16 October 2019: G. Baldacci, “Before the ‘Royal Villa’: Investigating the Protopalatial levels of Hagia Triada”
    13 November 2019 (room 349): I. Moutafi, “Towards a Social Bioarchaeology of the Mycenaean Period: Human bones, burial practices and ideological shifts in Late Bronze Age Achaea”
    4 December 2019: E. Oddo, “Fine Sherds and Blue Monkeys: Re-investigating the House of the Frescoes at Knossos”
    15 January 2020: U. Günkel-Maschek, “Small step, Big impact: A new interpretation of the Procession Fresco from Knossos”
    12 February 2020: B. Davis, “Using Linguistic Methods to Investigate Undeciphered Aegean Scripts”
    11 March 2020: R. Koehl, “Recent Evidence for Interconnections between the Aegean and Tel Atchana (ancient Alalakh) from the Middle Bronze into the Iron Age”
    20 May 2020, 5:00 PM: R. Orgeolet, “Layers of memory. 2009-2019: Ten years of excavations and research at Kirrha (Phocis, Greece)”


    Helene J. Kantor Centennial Symposium

    On 4-5 October 2019 a Symposium on the Occasion of the Helene J. Kantor Centennial will be held at the Penn Museum. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    T. Tartaron, “Helene Kantor and Aegean-Near Eastern Connections: An Update from the West”
    U. Matić, “Helene J Kantor and the Aegean-Egyptian Interconnections: Theoretical and Methodological Background of Her Work and Its Legacy”
    B. A. Judas, “The ‘International Style’ in Egypt”


    European Islands

    On 15-16 November 2019 a conference and edited book entitled European Islands Between Isolated and Interconnected Life Worlds: Interdisciplinary Long-Term Perspectives will be held at the University of Tübingen. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    K. Jazwa, “Settlement Planning during a Crisis: The Case of Maa-Palaeokastro (Cyprus)”
    S. Menelaou, “Shifting modes of insularity and connectivity in the east Aegean during the third millennium BC: the view from pottery analysis”


    ASOR 2019

    On 20-23 November 2019 the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR 2019) will be held in San Diego, CA. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    E. H. Cline, “Dirt, Digging, Dreams, and Drama: Why Presenting Proper Archaeology to the Public is Crucial for the Future of Our Field”
    A. Pinto, “Experimental Approach of the Cretan Clay Sistrum”
    C. Kearns, G. Andreou, K. Fisher, C. Fulton, and S. Manning, “Cityscape Interfaces: Comparative Studies of Long-Term Urban Complexes in South Central Cyprus”
    B. Davis, “Minoan Cross-Craft Connections: Evidence That Some Minoan Precious-Metalsmiths Were Also Scribes”
    E. Anderson, “Bodies, Walls, and Cloth: Shared Experience in Making Frescoes and Textiles in the Aegean Bronze Age”
    A. Simmons, “Location, Location, Location: Early Cypriot Neolithic Use of Upland Areas, the Case of Ais Giorkis”
    A. McCarthy, “The First Potters at Prastio: Refining the Neolithic Sequence in Western Cyprus”
    K. Grossman, T. Paulette, L. Graham, and A. McCarthy, “Village Politics in Prehistoric Cyprus: Makounta-Voules-Mersinoudia, 2017–2019”
    L. Crewe, “Recent Excavations at Bronze Age Kissonerga-Skalia”
    P. Waiman-Barak, T. Bürge, R. Shahack-Gross, and P. Fischer, “Provenance Analysis of Ceramics and Stone Anchors from Hala Sultan Tekke: Evidence for Intra-Island and Interregional Trade Connections during the Late Bronze Age”
    E. Arnold, D. Fulton, and J. Fulton, “Feeding Ashkelon: An Isotopic Investigation of Animal Resources at the Philistine City during the Iron Age I”
    G. Bourogiannis, “Cypriot Connectivity in the Mediterranean (CyCoMed) from the Late Bronze Age to the Classical Period: Archaeology, Texts, and Some Coins”
    T. Petit, “The Geometric Period Palace of Amathus, Cyprus”
    P. Stockhammer, E. Skourtanioti, C. Jeong, M. Akar, F. Balossi, Y. Erdal, S. Eisenmann, M. Frangipane, T. Ingman, P. Matthiae, G. Palumbi, F. Pinnock, U. Schoop, R. Shafiq, K. A. Yener, W. Haak, and J. Krause, “Population Dynamics in Prehistoric Anatolia from a Bioarchaeological Perspective”
    H. Sha and M. Artzy, “Late Bronze Age Cypriot Trade Networks as Perceived from the Haifa/Akko Bay and the Carmel Coast”
    M. Edrey, “Shipwreck or Sunken Votives: The Underwater Site of Shavei Zion Revisited”
    C. Roosevelt, P. Pavúk, and P. Demján, “Middle and Late Bronze Age Kaymakçı: New Data for Chronology and Connectivity in Western Anatolia”
    W. Crist, “The Ludic Lingua Franca: Games and Interconnections in the Ancient Near East”
    K. Shelton, “Late Bronze Age ‘Houses’ at Mycenae: Domestic and Industrial Complexity in the Palatial Period”
    E. Miller Bonney, “Altered States on Bronze Age Crete”
    C. Tully, “Understanding the Language of Trees: Ecstatic Experience and Interspecies Communication in Late Bronze Age Crete”
    D. Ilan, “The Kernos and Psychotropic Substances”
    N. Papalexandrou, “Vision as Ecstatic Experience in the Ancient Mediterranean”
    C. Scott and C. Roosevelt, “Sediments and Citadels: Using Geochemistry to Explore Spatial Organization at Kaymakçı, Western Turkey”
    K. Streit and F. Höflmayer, “The Austrian-Israeli Expedition to Tel Lachish—Results from Three Seasons of Excavation”
    L. Webster, “The Middle to Late Bronze Age Transition from a 14C Perspective: The Contribution of the Tracing Transformations Project”
    R. Kulick, F. Berna, and K. Fisher, “Settlement Activity and Site Formation at Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios, Cyprus: Evidence from Geoarchaeology”
    E. Ridder, P. Fall, S. Pilaar Birch, M. Metzger, and S. Falconer, “Stable Isotope Inference of Environmental Change, Town Abandonment, and Redevelopment in the Southern Levant and Cyprus”
    B. Clark, “Cypriot Pottery as an Indicator for Adaptive Trade Networks”
    K. Cantu, R. Norris, G. Papatheodorou, I. Liritzis, D. Langgut, M. Geraga, and T. E. Levy, “Climate Change and Anthropogenic Erosion in the Coastal Mycenaean World—Potami Bay, Gulf of Corinth, Greece”
    L. Steel, “Becoming a Woman in Late Bronze Age Cyprus”
    L. Lucas, “Shifting Harvests: Archaeobotanical Contributions to Our Understanding of the Cypriot Chalcolithic–Bronze Age Transition”


    Stellar Ventures

    On 12-15 December 2019 a conference entitled Stellar Ventures: From the Shores of Crete to the Plains of Macedonia will be held in honour of Professor Stelios Andreou at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Further information is available at and The provisional program is:
    J. Davis and S. Stocker: Keynote Lecture
    A. Papanthimou, “Ο προϊστορικός οικισμός του Αρχοντικού Γιαννιτσών στο πολιτισμικό πλαίσιο της ΠΕΧ ΙΙΙ-αρχή ΜΕΧ”
    K. Wardle and D. Wardle, “Assiros Toumba: retrospect and prospect”
    C. Koukouli-Chrysanthaki, “Ανατολική Μακεδονία: από την Εποχή του Χαλκού στην Πρώιμη Εποχή του Σιδήρου”
    C. Ziota, “Ύστερη Εποχή του Χαλκού: terra incognita στον αρχαιολογικό χάρτη της Φλώρινας”
    E. Vasileiou, “A life without palaces: settlement, economy and society in the fringe of the Mycenaean World. The case of Epirus”
    P. Halstead, “Farming and food production in Bronze Age Macedonia: fringe or frontier?”
    A. Karathanou, E. Gkatzogia, D. Kotsachristou, M. Ntinou, M. Mangafa, and S.-M. Valamoti, “Archaeobotanical research at Thessaloniki Toumba: 34 years of investigations”
    R. Veropoulidou, “Purple dye production in the Aegean Bronze Age: the shell evidence”
    A. Vasileiadou, D. Nikolaidou, and S. Chronaki, “We are what we eat. An environmental and sociocultural perspective on the interpretation of faunal remains in Toumba, Thessaloniki”
    D. Margomenou, M. Roumbou, and S. Kirillidou, “Multi-stranded approaches to the study of food storage: a case-study from LBA Thessaloniki Toumba”
    E. Kiriatzi, “From pots to people: who were the potters in Late Bronze Age Central Macedonia?”
    I. Mavroidi and E. Kiriatzi, “Traditions of making and using pottery in an Early Bronze Age community in central Macedonia: the case of Agios Athanasios”
    E. Vliora, E. Kiriatzi, and K. Psaraki, “Diversions from the local tradition? The case of the Red Slipped Ware from Thessaloniki Toumba and neighbouring sites during the final Late Bronze Age”
    Y. Papadias, V. Kilikoglou, E. Kiriatzi, and K. Kotsakis, “Variability, homogeneity, omission or just a change in taste: investigating the incised pottery tradition in EIA Macedonia”
    R. Christidou and K. Chondros, “Bone artifacts of the late 2nd millennium BC: a discussion based on evidence from Thessaloniki Toumba”
    Y. Venieri, “Η κεραμεική παραγωγή στην περιφέρεια της Φαιστού κατά την παλαιοανακτορική περίοδο: η περίπτωση του μεσομινωϊκού οικισμού στο Αποδούλου Αμαρίου”
    E. Zachou, “Η πρώιμη εποχή του Χαλκού στην ανατολική Λοκρίδα: oι οικισμοί του Προσκυνά και του Μήτρου”
    A. Batziou, “The LBA Thessaly: results and perspectives”
    M. Efthimiadou, “Palatial and non-palatial industrial production in Mycenaean Greece”
    M. Paipeti, “Domestic space in Mycenaean Greece”
    G. Cadogan, “Unmuddling Middle Minoan: Professor Stelios Andreou’s thread in a Cretan labyrinth”
    K. Sbonias, “Settlement trajectories in the island complex of Santorini in the Bronze Age: Thera and Therasia”
    A. Touchais and G. Touchais, “Middle Helladic society: power versus kinship”
    J. Bennet, “Texts in action: how did writing effect power in LBA Aegean polities?”
    R. Jung, “Mycenaean pottery around the Mediterranean”
    S. Triantaphyllou, “Burials on the go. The manipulation of the dead in the prehistoric Aegean under a taphonomic point of view”
    K. Efkleidou, “Beyond kinship: the OIKOS paradigm as an alternative to understanding social organization in the Argolid during the Late Bronze Age”
    S. Nanoglou, “‘We, the people’: constituent moments in Aegean prehistory”
    N. Valasiadis, “The ‘Battle of Crete’ war cemeteries”
    N. Efstratiou, “Island archaeology through the paradigms of recent approaches: the case of Lemnos”
    L. Vokotopoulos, “Μορφή των εγκαταστάσεων και χρήσεις του αγροτικού τοπίου στην Ανατολική Κρήτη κατά την Παλαιοανακτορική και τη Νεοανακτορική εποχή: συνέχειες και τομές”
    E. Tsiolaki, “The Early Bronze Age period in Southwestern Messenia: contextualizing the Pylos Regional Archaeological Project evidence”
    A. Krahtopoulou, “The many wonders of western Thessaly”
    M. Pappa and J. Czebreszuk, “The Anthemous valley archaeological project”
    J. Wright, “Hellenism’s most sacred site: the acropolis as a topos for Greek identity”
    C. Morgan, “A century of navigation: steering the pre- and proto-history of the Ionian Islands”
    J. Whitley, “Bridging the narrative divide: Bild und Lied before and after the ‘Dark Ages’”
    K. Kotsakis, “Archeology in the 2020s: will the (real) scientists in the room please rise?”
    L. Stefani and A. Shapland, “Aegean prehistory in Crete and Macedonia in the wake of Venizelo”
    D. Panagiotopoulos, “(Un-) central places. Exploring the ancient and modern potential of marginal landscapes”
    K. Kasvikis, “Archaeology and education today: a theoretical framework and the Greek case”
    A. Koussoulakou, “Archaeological mapping: past and present”
    P. Patias, D. Kaimaris, and T. Roustanis, “A new beginning”
    E. Lemos: Conference Epilogue

  • Past Lectures and Conferences

    01 October 2019

    Craftspeople Mobility

    On 27-28 October 2019 a workshop entitled Craftspeople Mobility in Archaeological, Historical and Ethnographic Record: A Comparative Perspective from the Aegean was held at the British School at Athens. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
    K. Nowicki, “Population movement in Crete and the Southeast Aegean during the Final Neolithic and the Bronze Age: evidence, facts and myths”
    B. Dimova, J. Cutler, and M. Gleba, “Mobility and textile workers”
    N. Blackwell, “Assessing Artisan Mobility versus Shared Technology in Mycenaean Stone Working: Regional Implications for the Use of the Pendulum Saw and its Modification”
    B. Lis and E. Kiriatzi, “Placing potters’ mobility in a broader social context - stories from the prehistoric Aegean”
    P. Halstead, “Mobility of people and livestock: shifting archaeological models and methods”

  • September 2019 issue available

    03 September 2019

    The September 2019 issue of Nestor (46.6) is available as a free download.

  • Grants and Fellowships

    02 September 2019


    On 1 November 2019 applications are due to the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP) for 2020 New or Renewal Research Grants, 2nd or 3rd Year Applications, the SCEC Librarian Fellowship, Six-Week Research Grants at INSTAP SCEC, and the Petrography Internship at INSTAP SCEC. Applications for Publication Subventions have no specific due dates. The application process is online at Further information is available at


    Margo Tytus Visiting Scholars Program and the Cincinnati Summer Residency

    On 1 February 2020 applications are due for both the Margo Tytus Visiting Scholars Program and the Cincinnati Summer Residency Program for 2020-2021. Applicants for the Margo Tytus Visiting Scholars Program will ordinarily be senior scholars who are a minimum of five years beyond receipt of the PhD, with notable publication histories, who are expected to be in residence at the University of Cincinnati for a minimum of one semester (ca. four months) and a maximum of two during the regular academic year. Tytus Scholars receive a monthly stipend of $1,500 plus housing near campus and a transportation allowance, as well as office space attached to the Burnam Classics Library.
    Applicants for the Cincinnati Summer Residency program may be recent PhDs , scholars early in their careers, and/or those turning to new topics of research with their PhD in hand by the time of application, and will ordinarily be in residence at the University of Cincinnati for approximately two months in the summer terms, May to mid-August. Cincinnati Summer Residents receive housing near campus and office space attached to the Burnam Classics Library only. Further information and application forms are available at

  • Calls for Papers

    02 September 2019


    On 15 September 2019 submissions are due to the journal SYNERGHEION. Rivista internazionale di studi greci. Lingue, Culture, Società on all aspects of the Greek language and culture, from the prehistoric antiquity to the modern and contemporary age, including their transmission through the ages, the translation activity and the history of tradition and reception of texts and other tangible or intangible resources. Submitted papers can be written in Italian, English, French, and Modern Greek, accompanied by an abstract in English and in the language of the contribution. The academic articles are peer-reviewed by applying the double-blind method, in accordance with international scientific standards. Further information is available at


    SOMA 2019

    On 1 October 2019 abstracts (2000 characters, title 200 characters) are due for the 23rd annual Symposium On Mediterranean Archaeology (SOMA 2019): The International Trade Around Mediterranean, to be held on 14-17 November 2019 in Koper, Slovenia. Further information is available at Sessions will include:
    Legislation of the cultural heritage
    Management and interpretation of underwater cultural heritage
    Tools and methods (conservation, restoration, documentation, excavation)
    Maritime cultural landscapes
    Ports, harbours, and anchorages
    Material culture of maritime trade
    Seafaring and navigation


    WAC – 9

    On 15 October 2019 session submissions (300 words maximum) are due for the 9th World Archaeological Congress (WAC – 9), to be held on 5-10 July 2020 in Prague. On 15 December 2019 session abstracts will be announced and on 21 March 2020 submissions of individual papers and posters are due. Further information is available at


    8th Annual International Conference on History & Archaeology

    On 28 October 2019 session and paper proposals are due for the 8th Annual International Conference on History & Archaeology: From Ancient to Modern, to be held on 1-4 June 2020 in Athens. Further information is available from Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos at


    CAA 2020

    On 15 November 2019 abstracts for presentations are due for the annual conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA 2020): iNside iNformation, to be held on 14-17 April 2020 in Oxford. Further information is available at


    14th International Congress of Thracology

    On 30 November 2019 abstracts (500 words maximum) for presentations are due for the 14th International Congress of Thracology: ThRACing the Past from Bronze Communities to Iron Kingdoms, to be held on 6-9 May 2020 in Deva, Romania. Further information is available at

  • Future Lectures and Conferences

    02 September 2019

    Cycladic Seminar

    The program of the Cycladic Seminar has been announced for autumn 2019. All seminars begin at 7:00 pm at the Archaeological Society, 22 Panepistimiou, Athens.
    12 November 2019: Χ. Τελεβάντου, “Η μυκηναϊκή Ακρόπολη του Αγίου Ανδρέα Σίφνου: τα τελευταία δεδομένα”
    10 December 2019: J. Rambach, “Evidence of contact between the Cyclades and Peloponnese in the 4th and 3rd millennia BC”


    EAA AM 2019

    On 4-7 September 2019 the 25th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA AM 2019): Beyond Paradigms will be held in Bern. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    G. Naumov, “Everything Else Matters: Reconsidering The Lacustrine Societies in the Prehistoric Balkans”
    V. Todoroska, “The Prehistoric Wetland Sites of Ohrid and Prespa Lake”
    T. Giagkoulis, “Does It Really Matter? Aspects of Spatial Organization of the Prehistoric Settlements in Amindeon Basin Western Macedonia, Greece”
    P. Zervoudakis, “A Glocal Re¬evaluation of Possible Pleistocene Sea¬-crossings”
    B. Whitford, “Life in the Foothills: A Diachronic Assessment of Neolithic Settlement Patterns in the Sandanski¬-Petrich Basin of Southwest Bulgaria”
    R. Kunze, “Prospecting for Prehistoric Copper - Field Observations from a Geoarcheological Survey in SE Bulgaria”
    T. Krapf, I. Gjipali, M. Gori, R. Ruka, and T. Hauck, “The Bronze and Iron Age Occupation of the Blazi, Neziri and Këputa Caves in the Mati Region of Northern Albania”
    L. Burkhardt, “Socio-¬Economic Entanglements of the LBA Goldmine at Ada Tepe (Bulgaria)”
    D. Nenova, “Is It Lonely in the Mountains? Patterns of Isolation and Interaction in Late Bronze Age Thrace”
    M. Vercik, P. Ardjanliev, and P. Tušlová, “Going Global, Staying Local? The Ohrid Region Between the Bronze and the Iron Ages”
    H. Price, P. Gheorghiade, T. Evans, R. Rivers, “The Mycenaean Aegean: Negotiating Too Much and Too Little Data”
    S. Sebald, A. Papathanasiou, M. Richards, and G. Grupe, “You Are What You Eat: Isotopic Mixing Models Applied to Data from Neolithic Europe”
    F. Fulminante and E. Farinetti, “Textile Tools from Survey Data: What Can We Learn from Them? A Test Study from Central Italy and Greece”
    M. Gurova, “Neolithic Flint Assemblages from Bulgaria: The Challenge of Capturing a Transition”
    T. Dzhanfezova and M. Grębska-Kulowa, “Pottery Tradition in Transition? The Passage from the Early to the Middle Neolithic Period at Ilindentsi, Southwest Bulgaria”
    P. Zidarov, “Who Makes History in Prehistory? The Social Meaning of Advanced Technologies at Varna and Troy”
    T. Boloti, “What Did Phugegwris See? Aspects of Domestic Furniture in the Late Bronze Age Aegean”
    H. Whittaker, “Forms and Functions of Mycenaean Furniture”
    J. Muñoz Sogas, “The Idaean Cave in Crete: An Ivory Carving Workshop”
    B. Morda, “Crafting and Marketing in Neopalatial Crete: The Talismanic Seals as a Vehicle of Social Ideas”
    E. Miller Bonney, “Concealing Crafting as a Message to the User”
    A. Mazarakis Ainian, “Cult Practices in Early Iron Age Oropos?”
    P. Charalambidou, “The Role of Feasting and Commensality: Comparing Euboean Sanctuaries During the Early Iron Age and Protoarchaic Period”
    V. Kuleshov, “Remnants of the Past, Fragments of the Present: Means of Payment and Ways of Counting Wealth in the Homeric Age”
    C. Marangou, “A Rock-¬Cut Landscape by the Sea: Myrina Kastro in Prehistory and Antiquity (Lemnos Island, Greece)”
    H. Ozturk, “Babies in the Aegean Bathwater”
    E. Zangger, “Introduction: The Luwians and Their Contemporaries in Late Bronze Age Western Asia Minor”
    I. Hajnal, “West of Troy ¬– An Interdisciplinary Approach”
    M. Vassileva, “Southeastern Balkans and the LBA Aegean¬-Anatolian Network”
    C. Bachhuber and M. Massa, “In Search of a ‘Luwian’ State: Regional Analysis of the Late Bronze Age in the Konya Plain, Turkey”
    M. Türkteki and E. Fidan, “An Important Bronze Age Settlement in Inland Western Anatolia: Intensive Survey Project of Tavsanli Höyük and Its Surroundings”
    A. Asinmaz, “A Spatial Investigation of the Distribution of Late Bronze Age Settlements in Western Anatolia”
    S. Aydingun, “Late Bronze Age of Istanbul”
    A. Kourkoulakos, “A Re-¬Interpretation of the Late Bronze Age Chronology at Beycesultan Based on C¬-14 Dating”
    A. Kloekhorst, “The Linguistic Landscape of Middle and Late Bronze Age Western Anatolia”
    W. Waal, “In Search of the Missing Link. Writing in Western Anatolia During the Late Bronze Age”
    F. Breyer, The Relationship Between Hieroglyphic and Cuneiform Luwian. Reflections on the Origins of Anatolian Hieroglyphs”
    F. Wouduizen, “Arzawa, Assuwa, and Mira: Three Names for One and the Same Country in Western Anatolia”
    S. Taskin, “Possible Coastal Luwian Settlements in the North¬-East Aegean”
    U. Berndt, “Status Display in Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Sanctuaries Reviewed ¬– What Shapes a Find Assemblage?”
    K. Giannakos, “Hittite Documents Referring to Contemporaries Abroad ¬ and Their Implications for Dating the Trojan War”
    I. Rutherford, “From Dandanku to Calchas: Military Rituals As a Case of Religious Interaction Between Anatolia and Greece”
    E. Margaritis and C. Pagnoux, “Olive and Grape in Prehistoric Aegean: Reseating the Research Agenda”
    M. Milella, S. Haddow, M. Vasic, B. Tibbetts, and C. Knüsel, “A Multi-Proxy Analysis of Diachronic Changes in the Social Dimensions of Sex and Age-at-Death at Neolithic Çatalhöyük”
    B. Tibbetts, “Funerary Treatment of Çatalhöyük Subadults: Implications for the Study of Social Variability and Cultural Tradition in Neolithic Near East Populations”
    K. Harabasz, “An Integrated Approach to Revealing Human Biographies. The Case of the Neolithic Settlement at Çatalhöyük in Central Anatolia”
    C. Knusel, M. Milella, L. Bennison-Chapman, S. Doyle, C. Tsoraki, and B. Glencross, “Social Violence and Intolerance at Neolithic Çatalhöyük, Central Anatolia, Turkey (7100-¬5950 Cal. B.C.)”
    C. Lemorini and D. D’Errico, “Funerary Practices at Neolithic Çatalhöyük (Central Anatolia): What Use¬-Wear Analysis and Chipped Stone Tools May Tell Us”
    C. Tsoraki and R. Veropoulidou, “Microhistories of Funerary Practices at Neolithic Çatalhöyük, Turkey: Insights from the Stone and Shell Burial Assemblages”
    M. Pilloud, S. Haddow, C. Knüsel, and C. Larsen, “Funerary Practices at Çatalhöyük Within the Broader Framework of the Neolithic in Central Anatolia”
    S. Haddow, S. Votruba, R. Özbal, and J. Pearson, “A Histotaphonomic Approach to Assessing Funerary Practices in Neolithic Anatolia”
    A. Aston, “How the Cycladic Islanders Found Their Marbles: Material, Skill and Social Cognition in the Ancient Aegean”
    L. Phialon, “Hollow and Different: New Insights on Late Bronze Age Terracotta Figures and Figurines from Boeotia”
    V. Chrysovitsanou, “The Wrong Tool for the Job? Classical Archaeology Methods in the Study of Prehistory: The Case of the Cycladic Figurines”
    P. Zervoudakis, “Half Farmers, Half Gatherers: Ethnoarchaeology of Foraging in the Aegean Basin”
    Z. Koren, “Singular Determination of the Malacological Provenance of Royal Purple”
    T. Boloti, “Horizontal vs Vertical Loom = Tradition vs Innovation? The Case of Koukonisi Settlement (Lemnos Island) in the North Eastern Aegean”
    A. Ulanowska, “Textiles and Seals: Investigating Relations Between Textile Production and Seals and Sealing Practices in Bronze Age Greece Using Statistical Methods”
    A. Peatfield, “Anatomical Models and the Recognition and Representation of Disease in Minoan Bronze Age Crete”
    C. Aamodt, “Purification Rituals and the Notion of Hygiene in Mycenaean Greece”
    T. Alusik, “Methodology and Sources for the ‘History’ of Prehistoric or ‘Dark Age’ Medicine: The Case of Greece”
    E. Miller Bonney, “Can Agential Realism Function As Riposte to Positivist Archaeology?”
    I. Moutafi, “Funerary Taphonomy As a Key to the Social Bioarchaeology of the Mycenaean Period”
    A. Windler, “From the Aegean Sea to the Paris Basin: The Economic Dimension of Spondylus Exchange Between 5500 and 5000 BC”
    C. Marangou, “Originals and Copies: From Imitation to Miniaturization (Neolithic Period¬ Early Bronze Age)”
    F. Meneghetti, “A Reappraisal of Miniature Oxhide Ingots from Late Bronze Age Cyprus”
    S. Triantaphyllou, C. Snoeck, Y. Chatzikonstantinou, and D. Panagiotopoulos, “The Use of Fire on the Human Remains in a Minoan Tomb: The Case of Tholos B at Koumasa, Crete”
    S. Triantaphyllou, “Bodies on Fire: Tracing the Practice of Burning the Human Remains in the Prehistoric Aegean Through Macroscopic Methods”
    T. Giagkoulis, “The Wooden Accessing and Enclosing Structures of the Neolithic Lakeside Settlement Anarghiri IXB in Amindeon Basin (Western Macedonia, Greece)”
    A. Marciniak, P. Filipowicz, K. Harabasz, and J. Hordecki, “Semantic Web Applications and Public Outreach. Exploring the Çatalhöyük Database”
    N. Papadimitriou and S. Finlayson, “Sensory Approaches to Aegean Sealstones: Investigating Questions of Craftsmanship and Use”
    A. Goumas, N. Papadimitriou, and E. Konstantinidi-Syvridi, “From Trace to Tool – From Movement to Practice. A Craftsman’s Perspective on Mycenaean Gold Technology”
    S. Kaltsogianni, “Understanding Neolithic Settlements in Their Entirety: Peripheral Spaces in Neolithic Northern Greece, Though Central to Prehistoric Everyday Life”
    A. Peatfield, “The Mountains of Crete: Ritual and Representation of Spiritual Geography in the Minoan Bronze Age”


    EMAC 2019

    On 16-18 September 2019 the 15th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics (EMAC 2019) will be held in Barcelona. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    M. Kibaroglu, E. Kozal, A. Klügel, G. Hartmann, and P. Monien, “Tracing the Provenance of Red Lustrous Wheel-Made Ware (RLW): Petrographic, Geochemical and Sr-Nd Isotope Analysis”
    M. Choleva, E. Kiriatzi, N. Petropoulos, and N. Müller, “Shared technological milieus: defining the borders between wheel-made and hand-made pottery production in Early Helladic Argolid”
    A. Dimoula, S. Koulidou, Z. Tsirtsoni, and S. M. Valamoti, “Fusion cooking pots: an integrated cooking pottery study at the northern edge of the Mycenaean world”
    S. Menelaou and O. Kouka, “Pottery production and technological traditions at Neolithic and Chalcolithic Samos, Greece: preliminary data from Kastro-Tigani and Heraion”
    M. Dikomitou-Eliadou, N. S. Müller, M.s Martinón-Torres, J. M. Webb, A. Benzonelli, and M. D. Glascock, “Elemental analysis of pottery from the Early and Middle Bronze Age necropolis of Lapithos. The early history of a long-lived production centre in Cyprus”
    S. Todaro, “For a ‘best practice approach’ to experimental reproductions of ancient pottery: on-site testing of raw clay with archaeological tools and installations. A pilot study from Bronze Age Crete”
    S. Hacosmanolu, M. Kibarolu, E. Kozal, H. Mönninghoff, and J. Opitz, “Provenance and Production Technologies of Late Bronze and Iron Age Plain and Drab Ware from Sirkeli Höyük (Cilicia, South Anatolia)”
    C. Burke and M. Zavadil, “Tradition and Adaptation: The Potting Technology of Middle Helladic Archaia Pheneos”
    J. Kozatsas, K. Kotsakis, D. Sagris, and K. David, “Individualised traditions. Tracing out pottery forming techniques through X-ray micro-CT in a pottery assemblage from Middle Neolithic Sesklo (Thessaly, Greece)”
    V. Xanthopoulou, I. Iliopoulos, N. Kougia, A.-M. Pollatou, and I. Liritzis, “Archaeometric Analysis for the Characterization of Ceramic Fabrics and Local Clays from Late Helladic Kastrouli (Central Greece)”
    Y. Papadias, E. Vliora, A. Dimoula, N. Saridaki, and A. Krahtopoulou, “Fields of sherds: an integrated study of prehistoric ceramics across the cultural landscape of western Thessaly, Greece”
    N. Saridaki and K. Kotsakis, “Mobility in the Neolithic of Northern Greece: Case Studies Based on Pottery from Central and Western Macedonia, Greece”
    B. Lis, E. Kiriatzi, and N. Müller, “Mobility of Aeginetan potters around 1200 BC: a science-based archaeological approach”
    B. Lis, E. Kiriatzi, and A. Batziou, “Towards a better understanding of handmade burnished pottery in Late Bronze Age Greece”
    E. Kiriatzi, V. Şahoğlu, M. Choleva, Ü. Çayir, and M. İncirlili, “Understanding the role of Çeşme – Bağlararası in Aegean and Anatolian networks during the 2nd mil. BC: the case of Minoanising pottery”
    E. Voulgari, “The tyranny of the obvious: Decorated pottery from Neolithic Dispilio, Greece”
    I. Caloi, “Identifying wheel-fashioned and wheel-thrown vases in Middle Minoan Crete. Coupling macroscopic analysis and experimental archaeology”


    PESHE 8

    On 19-21 September 2019 the 8th Annual Meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution (PESHE 8) will be held in Liège. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    J. Marreiros, “Functional analysis on the lithic assemblage from Layer I (the Bachokirian) at the onset of the Upper Paleolithic in Bacho Kiro cave, Bulgaria”
    K. Harvati, “Marathousa 2: A new Middle Pleistocene locality in Megalopolis Basin (Greece) with evidence of human modifications on faunal remains.”


    VII Purpureae Vestes

    On 2-4 October 2019 the VII Purpureae Vestes International Symposium: Redefining Textile Handcraft, Structures, Tools and Production Processes will be held in Granada, Spain. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    A. Ulanowska, “Textile Production and Administrative Practices in Bronze Age Greece: The Evidence from Seals and Seal-Impressions”
    G. Muti, L. Bombardieri, and G. Albertazzi, “Weaving a River Valley Biography. An Examination of the Relationships between Textile Production, Social Dynamics and Natural Resources in Bronze Age Kouris Valley (Cyprus)”
    G. Nikolovieni, “Crafting the Dress: From Textile Tools to Iconography at the Neolithic Site of Strofilas, Andros, Greece”
    K. Żebrowska, “Textiles and Seals: On Use of Seals with Textile Motives in Bronze Age Greece”


    Purple Dye Production and Use in Cyprus and the Aegean

    On 1-2 November 2019 a conference entitled The materiality of purple dye production and use in Cyprus and the Aegean from Prehistory to the Late Roman period will take place at the Archaeological Research Unit (ARU), University of Cyprus, Nicosia. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    D. S. Reese, “A survey of shell purple-dye production and use in the eastern half of the Mediterranean”
    R. Veropoulidou, “Purple dye in the Aegean Bronze Age: the archaeo-malacological perspective”
    P. M. Fischer, “Purple dye production at the Late Cypriot site of Hala Sultan Tekke, Cyprus”
    A. Batziou, D. Agnousiotis, and R. Veropoulidou, “A purple dye workshop at “Magoula Pefkakia?” Preliminary results from the integrated study of archaeological finds from a Bronze Age site near Volos, Greece”
    S. Sotiropoulou and T. Marketou, “Rhodian purple dye: evidence from the prehistoric settlement at Trianda and the ancient town of Rhodes, Dodecanese”

  • Past Lectures and Conferences

    02 September 2019

    INSCRIBE Seminar

    On 9-10 May 2019 INSCRIBE: Invention of Scripts and Their Beginnings at the Università di Bologna hosted a seminar on Aegean scripts. Further information is available at The lectures were:
    M. Civitillo, “La lettura dei testi in geroglifico minoico su glittica”
    M. Valério, “Recent Advances in the Study of the Cypro-Minoan Script”


    Prehistoric Thorikos

    On 15 May a scientific forum entitled From mine to workshop. An archaeology of metal production at prehistoric Thorikos (Laurion, Attica) was held in Heidelberg. Further information is available at The program was:
    R. Laffineur, “Bronze Age Thorikos: From mine to workshop and beyond”
    S. Déderix, “Filling gaps in prehistoric Thorikos (2018‐2022)”
    D. Morin, “Silver ore mining in the Aegean world during prehistory and antiquity: The underground mine of the acropolis of Thorikos”
    A. Sarris, “Surveying ancient workshop areas: A geophysical approach”
    E. Filippaki and Y. Bassiakos, “Preliminary analyses and geochemical studies at Velatouri hill, Thorikos‐Laurion”
    M. Georgakopoulou, “Comparative evidence – Material evidence for production and working of metals in the Bronze Age Cyclades”
    T. Brogan, “Comparative evidence – A review of recent finds and research on metal smelting and metal working in east Crete from the Final Neolithic to the Neopalatial period”
    N. Papadimitriou, “Evidence of craft activities from the prehistoric settlement of Thorikos”
    V. Kassianidou, “Comparative evidence – Politiko‐Phorades: A Late Bronze Age primary copper smelting workshop in its archaeological context”


    Political geographies of the Bronze Age Aegean

    On 29-31 May a workshop entitled Political geographies of the Bronze Age Aegean: A Joint workshop by the Belgian School at Athens (EBSA) and the Netherlands Institute at Athens (NIA) was held in Athens. Further information is available at The program was:
    J. Driessen and G. J. van Wijngaarden, “Introduction to Political geographies of the Bronze Age Aegean”
    J. Wright, “The Late Bronze Age in the Aegean in Archaeological Context”
    Circulated paper: M. Wiener, “Minoan Colonization”
    Y. Papadatos and T. Kalantzopoulou, “Turning the landscape into territory: strategies of power for the exploitation of the Cretan mountains during the Neopalatial period”
    D. Pullen, “Boundaries, Territories, and Borders in the Bronze Age Argolid-Corinthia: Natural, Social, or Political?”
    I. Mathioudaki and L. Girella, “The political geography of central Crete during the Early Neopalatial period from a ceramic perspective”
    L. Vokotopoulos, “A tale of two sanctuaries ‒ a tale of two cities. A Minoan borderline at the east end of Crete”
    N. Papadimitriou, “Mistaken ‘Mycenaean territories’: cultural and political fragmentation in the area later called Attica”
    E. Hatzaki, “Alone at last: Knossos’s territorial expansion from Neopalatial to Final Palatial”
    E. Palaiologou, “The distribution of space at Mycenae, Greater and beyond”
    M. Anastasiadou, “Sealing ‘Traditions’ in Neopalatial Crete as Evidence of Regional Character and Interregional Contact: The Case of Kato Zakros”
    S. Voutsaki, “Towards a political geography of Mycenaean Laconia”
    D. Panagiotopoulos, “Ambiguous data. Neopalatial nodules and political (?) territories”
    A. Papadopoulos and V. Petrakis, “Geographies of war? Conceptions of space within Mycenaean palatial polities through textual and archaeological references to military matters”
    F. Blakolmer, “The phenomenon of an ‘iconographic koine’ in the Aegean Bronze Age: A comparison of the situations in Neopalatial Crete and in palatial Mycenaean Greece”
    G. Cadogan, Material culture vs socio-political organisation in Pre- and Protopalatial Crete: Lies or targeted truths?”
    A. van de Moortel, “Constructing Authority at Prepalatial Mitrou, Central Greece”
    M. Cosmopoulos, Political geography of Pylos and the Unification of the Pylian state?”
    A. Philippa-Touchais, Forms of power from the beginning of the Middle Helladic period”
    B. Eder, “How to approach the political geography of Mycenaean Greece?”
    L. Papazoglou and C. Paschalidis, “Dispersion of power in Early Mycenaean Western Achaea and the transition to the Palatial period”
    E. Andrikou, Mycenaean Presence in Mesogeia and Lavreotike, Attica”
    B. Legarra Herrero, Death and its place in the Cretan Political Landscape”
    E. Salavoura, Problems of the Mycenaean expansion in the central Peloponnese”
    A. Knodell, “Palatial and Non-Palatial Landscapes in the Mycenaean World: Territorial Models for Central Greece”
    J. Bennet, Horizontal, Vertical, Textual, Material: reflections on the potential to define geographical and socio-political structures in the LBA Aegean”


    Food and Drink in the Ancient World

    On 31 May - 1 June 2019 a conference entitled Food and Drink in the Ancient World was held at Rutgers University. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
    C. Judson, “Does It Matter if It’s Sacrifice?: Redefining the Parameters of Ritual Dining in Cretan Hearth Temples”
    R. Palmer, “Spilling the Beans: the Roles of Legumes in the Bronze Age Aegean”


    Jade Cultures

    On 4-5 June 2019 a conference entitled International Network on Jade Cultures around the World was held at The Danish Institute in Athens. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
    M. Brandl and C. Schwall, “Provenance analysis of raw materials in the Cukurichi Höyük, Western Anatolia”
    A. Katerinopoulos and C. Mavrogonatos, “Jadeitite occurrence in Syros Island, Aegean Sea, Greece: Petrographic remarks and implications for early exploitation”
    A. Okay, “Jade and jadeite in Turkey”


    The Archaeology of Cyprus and the Wider Mediterranean

    On 6-8 June 2019 a conference entitled The Archaeology of Cyprus and the Wider Mediterranean: A Conference in Honour of A. Bernard Knapp was held at the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus. Further information is available at The program was:
    J. Webb, “Cyprus’ external connections in the prehistoric Bronze Age: refining a maximalist position”
    S. Hadjisavvas, “Mathiatis Mavrovouni. A miner’s sanctuary”
    V. Kassianidou, “Copper production in the Late Cypriot – through a glass darkly”
    D. Rupp and M. Tsipopoulou, “Remembering a complex memory landscape: The Late Minoan III interventions in the Pre- and Proto-Palatial Cemetery at Petras - Kephala (Siteia, Crete)”
    L. Crewe, “Mortuary practices at the Chalcolithic cemetery of Souskiou Laona”
    C. Kearns, “The limits of Protohistory: towards an archaeology of Cypriot Iron Age communities”
    G. Andreou, “Reconsidering the mountainous landscapes of Cyprus in antiquity”
    M. Given, “From settlement hierarchies to entangled communities: towards a theory of survey”
    K. Fisher, “Toward a social life of things in Late Bronze Age Cyprus”
    A. Brysbaert, “SETinSTONE? The chaine operatoire of ‘building big’ in the LBA Argive Plain, Greece”
    C. Monroe, “All the king’s wine? Late Bronze Age vineyards in texts from Emar and Ugarit”
    C. Fulton, “Re-assessing the anchorage of Maroni-Tsarroukkas within Bronze Age maritime trade”
    M. Artzy, “Mariners’ cuisine? Cook ware at the LBII Tell Abu Hawam anchorage”
    S. Manning, “An archaeology of climate (and Cyprus): a prolegomenon”
    J. Cherry, “Thirty Years before the mast: At the helm of JMA with Bernard Knapp”
    B. Knapp: Reflections and comments


    41st Annual Excavation, Survey and Archaeometry Symposium

    On 17-21 June 2019 the 41. Uluslararası Kazı, Araştırma ve Arkeometri Sempozyumu. 41st Annual Excavation, Survey and Archaeometry Symposium was held in Dicle University in Diyarbakır. Further information is available at,41sem2019prengpdf.pdf?0. Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
    Ç. Çilingiroğlu Ünlüsoy, “Çatalhöyük 2018”
    Ö. Çevik, “Ulucak Excavations”
    Z. Derin, “İzmir-The Yeşilova Höyük Excavations in 2018”
    İ. Özer, “İnkaya Excavation, 2018”
    H. Taşkiran, “Karain Excavations-2018”
    N. Karul, “Excavations at Aktopraklık, 2018”
    B. Erdoğu, “2018 Excavations at Gökçeada Uğurlu/Zeytinlik”
    E. Özdoğan, “Kırklareli Mound 2018 Season”
    İ. Özer, “Muğla and Çanakkale Survey, 2018”
    B. Yükmen Edens, “‘Early Prehistory and Cilicia Basalt Areas Project’ Stage II: Work in 2018”
    E. Güldoğan, “İstanbul Survey Project (İstYA) 2018: Beykoz I”
    B. Ulaş, “Archaeobotanical Research on Istanbul’s Neolithic and Byzantine Sites”
    I. Caneva, “The 2018 Field Works at Mersin-Yumuktepe”
    M. Novak, “The Swiss-Turkish Excavation at Sirkeli Höyük 2018”
    H. Erkanal, “Land and Underwater Excavations at Liman Tepe, 2018”
    R. Tuncel, “Panaztepe Excavations in 2018”
    V. Şahoğlu, “Excavations at Çeşme – Bağlararası, 2018”
    S. Günel, “Excavations at Çine-Tepecik Höyüğü, 2018 Campaign”
    G. Sazci, “Excavations at Maydos Kilisetepe Höyüğü 2018”
    R. Aslan, “Troy Excavations in 2018”
    H. Hüryilmaz, “Excavations at Gökçeada-Yenibademli Höyük 2018”
    A. Özyar, “Tarsus-Gözlükule Excavation: 2018 Season”
    V. Şahoğlu, “Rescue Excavations at Kömür Burnu (Karaburun), 2018”
    T. Kaner, “The Kaymakçı Archaeological Project: 2018 Research at a Bronze Age Center”
    F. Dedeoğlu, “Ekşi Höyük Excavations in 2018”
    S.Yaylali, “Excavations at Çakırbeyli-Küçüktepe Höyük in 2018”
    A. L. D'Agata, “Misis Höyük 2018 Excavations”
    K. S. Girginer, “Tatarlı Höyük Excavation in 2018”
    D. Yaşin, “Tepebağ Höyük/Adana Excavations in 2018”
    Ç. Atakuman, “Bozburun Prehistoric Survey 2018”
    Ç. Çilingiroğlu, “2018 Season of Karaburun Archaeological Survey”
    Ş. Aydingün, “İstanbul Prehistoric Surveys: Büyükçekmece”
    D. Yalçikli, “Archaeological Survey of Balıkesir (Burhaniye, Bigadiç and Dursunbey), 2018”
    E. Özdoğan, “Neolithic Research at the East of Lake Manyas”
    D. Sari, “Bilecik Archaeological Survey 2018”
    Y. Kamiş, “2018 Eminler Höyük and Karaman Plain Surveys”
    K. Özçelik, “Prehistoric Survey in Denizli, 2018”
    B. Boz, “The 6th Millennium BC Burial Pit in Uğurlu /Gökçeada Island”
    G. Y. Mavinil, “The Use of GIS in Archaeology: Troya”
    C. Edens, “Prehistoric Landscapes and Geomorphology in Eastern Cilicia”
    A. Karadaş, “Paleogeography and Geoarchaeology of Kadıkalesi (Ancient Anaia) (Kuşadası-Aydın)”
    Y. Aydin, “Raw Material Analyses of the Lower Paleolithic Chipped Stone Finds from Karain Cave: Initial Results”
    E. Fidan, “Prehistoric Archaeo-metallurgy Studies of Western Anatolia”
    E. Aşkin, “Ancient Settlements and Settlement Organization in the Province of Karaman and the Mut Administrative District in the Province of Mersin: Archaeological Survey 2018”
    F. Tülek, “Archaeological Investigations in Osmaniye Province, 2018”
    T. E. Şerifoğlu, “Taşeli-Karaman Archaeological Project 2018 Fieldwork Season”
    F. E. Dökü, “Uylupınar (Early Kibyra) Settlement Surveys in 2018”
    R. Becks, “Şeref Höyük/Komama Survey 2018”
    T. Caymaz, “The 2018 Survey in South of the Urla Peninsula”
    R. İlhan, “Paleogeographical and Geoarchaeological Research of Panaztepe in 2018 (Menemen-İzmir)”
    E. Öner, “Paleogeographical and Geoarchaeological Research of Tepecik Mound in 2018 (Çine-Aydın)”
    D. Silibolatlaz Baykara, “Zooarchaeological Studies at Tatarlı Höyük in 2013-2014 Excavation Campaigns”
    T. Maltas, “The Agricultural Origins of Urbanism and Inequality in the İzmir Region: Preliminary Results”
    M. Ali Kaya, “Integrated Geophysical Application at Gökçeada-Uğurlu-Zeytinlik Mound in 2018”
    Ü. Aydinoğlu, “Survey of Urbanization and Rural Settlements in Rough Cilicia in 2018”
    D. Kaplan, “Survey Hinterland of Tarsus (2018)”
    E. Koparal, “Urla, Çeşme, Seferihisar Archaeological Survey 2018 Season”
    G. Coşkun, “Archaeological Survey of Lebedos and its Territory, 2018”
    A. Baran, “Rhodian Peraia Survey 2018”
    A. Kizil, “Survey at Euromos and Surroundings 2018”
    U. Çörtük, “The Archaeological Survey at the Koinon of Pisye – Pladasa – 2018”
    Ş. Gümüş, “Muğla Province, Islands, Bodrum Peninsula, Damlıboğaz, Sarıçay Plain, Pilavtepe, Kissebükü, Kedrai (Sedir Island) 2018 Survey of Lelegian Settlements at Mainland”
    F. Demir, “Aigeai Survey 2018”
    S. Gündüz, “Ancient Harbors and Underwater Surveys of Yalova Coasts – 2018”
    A. Bilir, “Underwater Survey of Northeast Marmara 2018”
    O. Dumankaya, “Balıkesir Province Marmara Coast Underwater Research-2018”
    M. Şahin, “Archaeological Survey at the Bursa and Surrounding – 2018”
    E. Erdan, “Tisna Archaeological Survey in 2018”
    A. Büyüközer, “Archaeological Survey of Yatağan and Its Environment in 2018”
    H. M. Özgen, “Archaeological Survey of Balıkesir – Burhaniye, Gömeç, Ayvalık & Edremit, The 2018 Campaign”
    R. Körpe, “2018 Gelibolu Peninsula and Sestos Survey Project”
    E. Aslan, “Kekova Island Underwater Protection / Rescue Excavations”
    M. Şahin, “Underwater Excavations in the İznik Lake – 2018”
    H. Özdaş, “Underwater Archaeological Survey in Aegean-Mediterranean Seas, 2018”
    H. Öniz, “Underwater Archaeological Research at The Coast of Turkish Mediterranean – 2018”
    E. Aslan, “Kekova Island Underwater / Surveys in 2018”
    H. Öniz, “Archaeological Studies on Silifke Dana Island – 2018”


    Bones, Bodies, Images

    On 20 June 2019 an international conference entitled Bones, Bodies, Images: Shifting Identities at the Onset of the Mycenaean Era was held at the Groningen Institute of Archaeology. Further information is available at The program was:
    E. Milka, “Buried Identities in the MH Argolid”
    A. Philippa-Touchais, “The dynamics of the MH societies through their residential and funerary/ritual practices, with emphasis to Argos and the Argolid”
    S. Voutsaki and I. Room, “Mortuary treatment in the MH period: Simple, static, homogeneous and dull?”
    I. Moutafi, “My bones, your bones, our bones… Or how changing attitudes to the dead paved the way for a new era”
    J. Wright, “Thoughts on Symbols in Action”
    T. Verlaan, “Perceptions of Life: Imagery in Early and Middle Helladic periods”
    M. Mina, “Constructing Identities in the Mortuary Arena: Imagery in the Shaft-Grave Era”
    Y. van den Beld, “The Griffin is a composite beast. A look at the grave of the Griffin Warrior: context, wealth and personhood in the Mycenaean world”

  • May 2019 issue available

    03 May 2019

    The May 2019 issue of Nestor (46.5) is available as a free download.

  • Calls for Papers

    03 May 2019

    ENE 2019

    On 15 May 2019 abstract submissions are due for the 1st Conference on the Early Neolithic of Europe (ENE 2019), to be held on 6-8 November 2019 at Museu Marítim de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain). Further information is available at Topics will include:
    • Neolithic spread and supraregional interactions
    • Chronology and modelling
    • Human – Environment interaction
    • Population characteristics and dynamics
    • Territory and settlement
    • Subsistence
    • Technological processes
    • Funerary practices
    • Symbolism


    On 31 May 2019 abstract submissions are due for the 2nd International Congress on Archaeological Sciences in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East (ICAS-EMME 2), to be held on 12-14 November 2019 at The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus. Papers (podium or poster presentations) on all aspects of research on natural, material and computational science applications to archaeology and cultural heritage in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East are invited. Further information is available at Sessions will include:
    • Archaeological Materials
    • Art Characterisation
    • Computation in Archaeology
    • Crops, Food Choices, and Landscapes in the Bronze Age
    • Data Management, Open Data, and Data Mining
    • Human Osteoarchaeology
    • Open Sessions

     MESO 2020

    On 15 September 2019 session proposals are due for the 10th International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe (MESO 2020), to be held on 7-11 September 2020 in Toulouse, France. Sessions should as far as possible be full half-days (about 8 papers) and should cover broad thematic, geographical, and chronological fields. From 15 October 2019 to 15 March 2020 the call for papers and posters will be open. Further information is available at

    ISA 2020

    On 15 November 2019 abstracts (200-400 words; 2500 characters including spaces) are due for the 43rd International Symposium on Archaeometry (ISA 2020), to be held on 18-22 May 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. Further information and the link to submit abstracts will be available at The subjects of the symposium are grouped into the following sessions:
    • Remote Sensing, Geophysical Prospection, and Field archaeology
    • Archaeochronometry (organic and inorganic materials)
    • Biological Materials and Bioarchaeology
    • Technology/provenance - stone/pigments/plaster
    • Technology/provenance - ceramics/vitreous/glass
    • Technology/provenance – metals
    • Human-Environment Interactions
    • Special Session: Nuclear and Radioactive-based Techniques in Cultural Heritage

    SAA 2020

    On 5 September 2019 submissions, both session and individual are due for the Society for American Archaeology 85th Annual Meeting (SAA 2020), to be held on 22-26 April 2020 in Austin, TX. Further information is available at

  • Future Lectures and Conferences

    03 May 2019

    IARSS 2019

    On 31 May - 1 June 2019 the 22nd annual Iron Age Research Student Symposium (IARSS 2019) will be held at Cardiff University. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    K. Tylawska, “Cretan Kommos and Near Eastern marzeah. Communal dining in Iron Age Crete”

    7th Conference in Aegean Archaeology

    On 6-7 June 2019 the Sympozjum Egejskie. 7th Young Researchers’ Conference in Aegean Archaeology will be held by the Department of Aegean Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    P. Pavúk, “Archaeology of Cultural Contacts: NE Aegean in Second Millennium BC”
    G. Albertazzi and G. Muti, “At the Roots of Production. Early and Middle Bronze Age Kouris Valley (Cyprus) as a ‘Textile Environment’”
    K. Żebrowska, “Between Sicily and the Aegean. A Comparison of Textile Making Technologies from the Interconnected Regions”
    G. Sarah, “Building a Minoan Larnax: Techniques, Gestures and Craftsmanship”
    N. Katsaraios, “Recounting the Tinned Ceramic Vessels in the Late Bronze Age Aegean”
    K. Jarošová, “Settlement Structure of the Chios Island during the Bronze Age Period”
    C. Maggidis, E. Karantzali, and A. Psychas, “Reassessing a Peripheral Geopolitical Vacuum: The Case for a Mycenaean Palace State in the Spercheios Valley Region”
    M. Katsimicha, I. Moutafi, and T. Jakob, “Investigating the ‘Rural’ Mycenaean Community: Preliminary Results of the Bioarchaeological Study of the Late Helladic III Kallithea-Rampantania Cemetery, Achaea, Peloponnese, Greece”
    S. Aulsebrook, “The Orchomenos Hoard: An In-Depth Look at Wells”
    K. Lewartowski, “Warriors in legends, warriors in art – some thoughts provoked by the Pylos Combat Agate”
    J. Sienkiewicz, “Deconstructing ‘Peak Sanctuaries’ and Understanding Regional Variabilities”
    M. Psallida, “Funerary Places in East Crete: The Case of the LM III Cemetery of Myrsini-Aspropilia, Siteia”
    V. E. Dimitriou, “The Role of Metals in the Aegean during the Final Neolithic. The Acropolis of Athens”
    U. Berndt, “Changes in Religious Ritual in Mycenaean Greece: Communicative Memory and the Postpalatial Period”
    E. Barkouli, “Minoans Overseas: Keftiw in Egyptian Literature and Art as a Historical Resource and Aegeo-Egyptian Relations in the Late Bronze Age”
    M. Wesołowska, “The Ritual Path of Initiation as a Protection from Danger”
    K. Bigoraj, “Theories and Facts about Cats (in the Minoan and Mycenaean Cultures)”
    P. Galanis, “Studies on the Iconography and Interpretation of Combat Scenes of the Late Bronze Age Aegean: A Re-Appraisal”

  • Past Lectures and Conferences

    03 May 2019

    Interconnections in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds

    On 3 April 2019 a workshop entitled Interconnections in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds was held at the University of Crete in Rethymnon. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
    E. Cline, “Trade Networks and Social Interactions in the Late Bronze Age Aegean and Near East”

    CAA 2019

    On 23-27 April 2019 the Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA 2019): Check Object Integrity will be held in Kraków. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers included:
    T. Claeys, “‘Meeting The Minoans’ – an Assessment of Visitors’ Experience on a Bronze Age Archaeological Site in Crete”
    G. Artopoulos and I. Romanowska, “Modelling spatial relations at Choirokoitia,”
    T. Sager, “Untangling Complexities of the Cretan Postpalatial Built Environment”
    B. Bogacz, N. Papadimitriou, D. Panagiotopoulos, and H. Mara, “Recovering Commonalities and Highlighting Differences in Aegean Sealings”
    V. Klinkenberg and R. Timonen, “The missing landscape of the Mycenaean Argive Plain”
    G. Malaperdas, V. Panagiotidis, A. Psychas, C. Maggidis, and N. Zacharias, “GPS Technology in Field Survey the Mycenaean Spercheios-Valley Archaeogeophysical Project (MY.SPE.AR. Project 2018-2022)”
    A. Brysbaert, “‘Welcome to the Aegean Bronze Age’ Computer-enhanced Open Access in archaeological research”
    P. Gheorghiade and H. Price, “From Local to Global: Nested Interaction and Community in Late Bronze Age Crete”

  • April 2019 issue available

    01 April 2019

    The April 2019 issue of Nestor (46.4) is available as a free download.

  • Calls for Papers

    01 April 2019

    Dialogues in Archaeology

    On 7 April titles and abstracts (up to 300 words) are due for participation in the 5η Αρχαιολογικοί Διάλογοι. 5th meeting of Dialogues in Archaeology, to be held on 31 May-2 June 2019 in Volos; submissions should be sent by email to Further information is available at The central theme of the conference will be ThalassoGeographies: Sea Routes, Flows, Networks; themes will include:
    • Population movements by sea, creation and development of migrant settlements through time, migrants’ professional activities and their relations with the rest of the population diachronically.
    • Commercial activities, sea routes and communications, diasporas, port areas and the related human communities.
    • Craft production and sea-related activities, the relationship of the sea with the residential environment and the forms of human interaction with craft/industrial space.
    • Underwater antiquities (shipwrecks, harbors, sunken antiquities, prehistoric continental shelf). Management and promotion of underwater cultural resources (the conditions for the development of the sea front, alternative underwater tours, museums of underwater antiquities etc). ‘Internal’ aquatic landscapes (rivers and lakes) may be included in this section.
    • Ports as cosmopolitan centres of coexistence and tolerance in diversity and hybridity.
    • Migrants and indigenous: the historical background of their relations from prehistory until today.
    • ‘Insularity’: islands as intermediate and transitional zones, not only literally but also metaphorically (stability of terrestrial ground versus the instability of the sea horizon’s infinity).
    • Issues of shipbuilding and navigation.
    • Urbanization and demographic changes throughout the centuries.

    5th Symposium of Greek Gastronomy

    On 30 April 2019 submissions are due for the 5th Symposium of Greek Gastronomy: Sensing the Food. 5o Συμπόσιο Ελληνικής Γαστρονομίας, to be held on 27-28 July 2019 in Chania, Crete. Abstracts (150-300 words) for 15-minute oral presentations with a biographical statement (100 words) should be submitted, with “Symposium 2019” in the email subject line. The 2019 symposium will take be held outdoors, so participants should plan to present without the use of microphones or PowerPoint. Further information is available at Proposals are invited from the fields of archaeology, history, anthropology, sociology, ethnography, cross-cultural sciences, gastronomy, geography, neurobiology, art, design and literature, particularly interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research; possible topics may include but are not limited to:
    • Sensory aspects of food and gender
    • Food’s sensory qualities and social class
    • Food’s sensory qualities and ethnicity
    • Τaste as a social sense
    • Food, senses and identity
    • Food - sensory memory
    • Food and sensory ethnography
    • Food, place and the taste of home
    • Taste, smell: pleasure/disgust, pure/impure
    • Food and sensory storytelling
    • Senses and the interactions between humans, food and environment.
    • Emotions surrounding food
    • Neurogastronomy
    • Food as performance art
    • Making sense of multisensory food
    • Culinary heritage, produits de terroir, senses and emotions
    • Taste as experience
    • Sensory marketing and tourist culinary experience
    • Gastronomic tourism and visitors’ senses and emotions.
    • Gastronomical virtual reality
    • Sensory science and the food industry
    • Multi-sensory food design

    European Islands

    On 15 May 2019 abstracts (250 words in English) are due for a conference and edited book entitled European Islands Between Isolated and Interconnected Life Worlds: Interdisciplinary Long-Term Perspectives, to be held at the University of Tübingen on 15-16 November 2019. Further information is available at Thematic questions include:
    • Are island residents more attuned to climate change because of their dependence on its control?
    • How are islands different from other isolated locations (e.g. desert communities)?
    • Which social and societal practices are unique to small islands (<10,000 km2) vs. larger islands?
    • What is the role of islands in processes of globalization?
    • How do islands cope with adversity through their religious beliefs, technological outlays, regulations, and social norms? Can these practices be seen as a (cultural) resource for the islanders?
    • How do we distinguish different types of identities between archipelagos and islands?
    • Does the distance to the mainland play a role in island historical development? Can differences be traced between geographical regions?

  • Future Lectures and Conferences

    01 April 2019

    Cypriot Archaeology, Pre-Modern Material Culture, and Cultural Heritage in the UK

    On 5 April 2019 a symposium entitled Cypriot Archaeology, Pre-Modern Material Culture, and Cultural Heritage in the UK will be held at UCL Institute of Archaeology. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    G. Mut, “Textiles are in the details. Looking for a Chalcolithic ‘textile culture’”
    L. Crewe, “Excavating a looted cemetery: methods and results from Chalcolithic Souskiou-Laona”
    E. Cory-Lopez, “Picrolite: the chaîne opératoire in a practical approach”
    M. Monaco, “Exploring changes in activity patterns among Cypriot Chalcolithic and Bronze Age communities”
    R. Laoutari, “Is it an ‘elite’ world? Unfolding the deathways at the Prehistoric Bronze Age Cemetery of Vounous, Cyprus”
    S. Douglas, “Burials, Bodies and Objects: Using the Mortuary Record to Interpret Bronze Age Identity on Cyprus”
    M. Dikomitou-Eliadou, “Early and Middle Bronze Age Lapithos X-rayed: The ReCyPot project”
    R. J. Stacey, R. K. Smith, and J. Thomas-Oates, “Of opium and oil: detection of alkaloids in a Cypriot base-ring juglet”
    L. Bushnell, “Opium abuse in ancient Cyprus? Out of context, it’s just fake news”
    T. Humphrey, “Hierarchy and heterarchy, a brief re-exploration of Cypriot socio-political organisation in the Late Bronze Age”
    M. Dolan, “Shipshape: Re-examining the role of terracotta boat models in Late Bronze and Iron Age Cyprus”
    G. Papantoniou, A. K. Vionis, and D. Nicolaou, “Unlocking the Sacred Landscapes of Cyprus (UnSaLa-CY) – Settled and Sacred Landscapes of Cyprus (SeSaLaC): Two interconnected Cyprus-based Projects”

    SAA 2019

    On 10-14 April 2019 the Society for American Archaeology 84th Annual Meeting (SAA 2019) will be held in Albuquerque, NM. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    P. N. Kardulias, “The Ethnoarchaeology of Stone Craft Production in Athienou, Cyprus”
    P. Vaiglova and A. Bogaard, “The Nitrogen Challenge at Çatalhöyük”
    E. Roditi and B. Starkovich, “Were Neandertals the Original Snowbirds? Zooarchaeological Evidence from Greece”
    H. Tomas, “Early Bronze Age Burial Structures of the Eastern Adriatic and Their Possible Connections with the Aegean”
    A. Simmons, “Neolithic Voyagers: Why Colonize the Mediterranean Islands—The Example from Cyprus”
    G. Elezi, “Manufacture of Late Neolithic Pottery from the Southern Balkans: An Integrative Approach”
    Z. Chovanec, “Over Land, Sea and the Space Between: Evidence for Multi-Scalar Interactions between Eastern Mediterranean and Central European Communities during the Bronze Age”
    L. Swantek, “Local Actions and Long-Distance Interactions: Challenging the Paradigm for the Emergence of Social Complexity on Cyprus during the Bronze Age”
    E. Booker, “Cypriot Clay Bodies: Contact, Corporeality, and Figurine Use in the Cypriot Late Bronze Age”
    W. Weir, “The Development of Plain and Monochrome Wares in Protohistoric Bronze Age Cyprus”
    W. Crist, “Social Approaches to Board Games in Mediterranean Archaeology”
    N. Susmann, “Expanding the Boundaries of Cultic Space: An Investigation of Nature in Greek Cultic Spaces in the Argolid and Messenia (2800–146 BCE)”
    R. Kulick, “Crisis in Geoarchaeological Context: Reassessing Bronze Age ‘Collapse’ at Palaikastro, Crete, Greece”
    B. Lis, E. Kiriatzi, and N. Müller,”From Local to Regional Technological Landscapes – The Mobility of Aeginetan Potters”
    S. Debowski and D. Doyel, “The World as His Oyster: Our Journey with Alan Simmons”
    J. Cooper, “Neolithic Tales from the Eastern Mediterranean Basin: A Graduate Student’s Experience under Dr. Alan H. Simmons at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in the 1990s”
    T. Davis, “Hippos, Cows and CAARI: Alan Simmons’ impact on Cypriot Archaeology”
    A. McCarthy, “Signs of Shared Identity: Neolithic Incised Stones in Cyprus and Beyond”
    L. Lucas, “Filling the Envelope: a History of Archaeobotanical Research in Cyprus”
    K. DiBenedetto and L. Keach, “Landscape and Super-Regional Scale Interaction within the Aceramic Neolithic of Cyprus”
    A. Osterholtz, “Becoming Cypriot: Identity Formation, Negotiation and Renegotiation on Bronze Age Cyprus”
    R. Kolvet, “Characteristics of an Upland Cypro-PPNB Ground Stone Assemblage”
    K. Twiss, J. Taylor, J. Issavi, S. Haddow and C. Mazzucato, “Assessing Inequality at Neolithic Çatalhöyük, Anatolia”
    S. Allen and M. Wendel, “Landscape and Plant Use in High Albania: New Results from the Late Neolithic to Iron Age at Gajtan and Zagorës”
    B. Starkovich, “Small Carnivore Use in the Upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic of Kephalari Cave (Peloponnese, Greece): Opportunistic or Optimal?”

    Middle and Late Helladic Laconia

    On 12-13 April 2019 a conference entitled Middle and Late Helladic Laconia: Competing principalities? will be held at the Netherlands Institute at Athens, organized by the Netherlands Institute at Athens, the Ephorate of Antiquities of Laconia, and the University of Groningen. Further information is available at The program will be:
    E. Banou, A. Chapin, and L. Hitchcock, “The Eurotas Valley, Laconia, in the 2nd Millennium B.C.: The Area of Vapheio–Palaiopyrgi in Context”
    W. Cavanagh, C. Gallou, I. Spondylis, and J. Henderson, “Southern Laconia in the Middle and Earlier Late Bronze Age: pottery from Pavlopetri and other sites”
    K. P. Trimmis, “The curious case of an island: A preliminary account on the Northern Kythera Middle and Late Bronze Age Landscapes; Laconian, Cretan, or Kytherian?”
    C. Wiersma and W. de Neef, “The Ayios Vasilios Survey Project. Results of the pedestrian field survey and geophysical research
    S. Voutsaki, “The political geography of Mycenaean Laconia”
    N. Karadimas, A. Vasilogamvrou, and E. Kardamaki, “Preliminary remarks on the stratigraphy of the West Stoa from the new Mycenaean palace at Ayios Vasileios, Laconia”
    M. Tsouli, A. Kotsi, and D. Vlachakos, “A new Mycenaean settlement by the middle Evrotas valley: the site Vrysika of Xirokambi”
    S. MacVeagh Thorne and M. Prent, “Middle Helladic Geraki”
    J. Crouwel, “Geraki - from Middle to Late Helladic: ceramic evidence”
    E. Banou, M. Tsouli, and G. Tsiaggouris, “Ceramic Evidence on the Transition to the Mycenaean Era in Southern Laconia: Prehistoric Pottery from Passavas near Gytheio”
    D. Kondyli and I. Mathioudaki, “Throwing some light on the early history of the Mycenaean palace at Ayios Vasileios, Laconia: Examining three early Mycenaean pottery deposits from Building Alpha”
    V. Hachtmann and S. Voutsaki, “The relationship between Central and South Laconia during the Early Mycenaean period: The pottery evidence”
    M. Tsouli, A. Maltezou, and G. Tsiaggouris, “New evidence on the funerary landscape of Middle Helladic Laconia”
    L. Souchleris, “A new cemetery of the Late Bronze Age at Pellana, in the northern part of the Eurotas valley”
    T. Alušik, “Health status in Middle and Late Helladic Laconia”
    S. Voutsaki, I. Moutafi, V. Hachtmann, and M. Dee, “The North Cemetery at Ayios Vasilios: austerity and differentiation in the Early Mycenaean period”
    Y. de Raaff, T. Verlaan, S. Voutsaki, and G. Nobles, “Destruction, construction and reconstruction: the Built Chamber Tomb of the North Cemetery at Ayios Vasilios, Laconia”
    Y. van den Beld, “Brick by brick: labour investment and processes of change in Ayios Vasilios”

  • Past Lectures and Conferences

    01 April 2019

    Ο Sir Arthur Evans, ο Μεγάλος Πόλεμος και η ειρήνευση του Μινωικού Πολιτισμού

    On 14 March 2019 a conference entitled Ο Sir Arthur Evans, ο Μεγάλος Πόλεμος και η ειρήνευση του Μινωικού Πολιτισμού was held in Athens. Further information is available at The program was:
    Γ. Αλεξόπουλος, “Εισαγωγή: Ο Έβανς, ο Μεγάλος Πόλεµος, η µουσική του και η ειρήνευση του κόσµου, παρελθόντος και µέλλοντος”
    Τ. Σακελλαρόπουλος, “Ο A’ Παγκόσµιος πόλεµος ως φορέας αλλαγών και ανατροπών. Σκέψεις για την ελληνική περίπτωση”
    Κ. Χρηστάκης, “Τhe Palace of Minos. Οι ανασκαφές του Sir Arthur Evans στην κοιλάδα της Κνωσού και ο Μεγάλος Πόλεµος”
    Β. Συθιακάκη and Ε. Καβουλάκη, “Ο Sir Arthur Evans, η προστασία και αναστήλωση του ανακτόρου της Κνωσού και ο Μεγάλος Πόλεµος”
    N. Momigliano, “War and Peace: the Great War, Sir Arthur Evans, and the Minoans”
    Γ. Αλεξόπουλος, “Η Μεγάλη Μητέρα Θεά ως ενοποιητικός µύθος στην αρχαιολογία του Έβανς”
    Χ. Βλαβιανός, “Non dulce, non et décor pro patria mori: Ο Α’ Παγκόσµιος Πόλεµος στην ποίηση του Έζρα Πάουντ και του Τ.Σ. Έλιοτ”
    D. Grimley, “Requiems and Reconstruction: Elgar, Delius, and the First World War”

    ΑΕΜΘ 2019

    On 14-16 March 2019 the 32nd meeting of the conference Το Αρχαιολογικό Έργο στη Μακεδονία και στη Θράκη (ΑΕΜΘ 2019): Χωροταξία και πολεοδομία. Δημόσια και ιδιωτική αρχιτεκτονική was held in Thessaloniki. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
    Ι. Μπασιάκος, Σ. Παπαδόπουλος, Ν. Νεραντζής, and Χ. Κουκούλη, “Χωροθέτηση, ομοιότητες και διαφορές πρώιμων μεταλλουργικών εγκαταστάσεων στο Β. και Ν. Αιγαίο”
    Σ. Βασιλείου, “Η Χαλκιδική από το τέλος της Προϊστορίας έως τον 4ο αι. π.Χ. Παρατηρήσεις στην τοπογραφία και στη δομή των εγκαταστάσεων”
    Σ. Ανδρέου, “Από τις τούμπες στις τράπεζες: μεταβολές στην ενδοκοινοτική οικιστική οργάνωση στο τέλος της 2ης και τις αρχές της 1ης χιλιετίας στην Κεντρική Μακεδονία”
    Π. Ζαφειριάδης, “Οργάνωση του χώρου στους οικισμούς της Νεότερης Νεολιθικής – Πρώιμης Εποχής του Χαλκού στη Μακεδονία. Διαχρονική, συγκριτική σύνοψη και νέες προσεγγίσεις”
    Ά. Παντή, Δ. Ισαακίδου, Α. Καγιούλη, Σ. Κόττη, and Σ. Μπρόζου, “Ένας νέος οικισμός των προϊστορικών χρόνων στον Πεντάλοφο Ωραιοκάστρου”
    Ε. Στεφανή and Ν. Μερούσης, “Πρακτικές οργάνωσης του κοινοτικού χώρου στην προϊστορική Ημαθία: η διάσταση του χρόνου”
    Π. Χρυσοστόμου, “Οι διαχρονικές διαφοροποιήσεις στη μορφή και στην οργάνωση της κατοικίας και του οικιστικού χώρου των προϊστορικών εγκαταστάσεων στο λεκανοπέδιο Αμυνταίου Φλώρινας”

    L’écriture entre Mésopotamie, Égypte et Égée

    On 28-30 March 2019 a conference entitled L’écriture entre Mésopotamie, Égypte et Égée aux Troisième et Second millénaires avant notre ère was held in Milan. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
    L. Godart, “L’histoire des écritures égéennes”
    A. Tzigounaki, “La pre-scrittura nel mondo egeo”
    L. Godart and A. Sacconi, “Les supports de l’écriture et les nodules à base plate dans le monde égéen”
    M. Civitillo, “R.E.A.D.I.N.G Cretan Hieroglyphic Inscriptions on Seals”
    E. Hallager, “The Minoan Roundel – their Function and their Linear A Inscriptions”
    E. Notti, “Writing Practices in Late Bronze Age Thera”
    G. Facchetti, “Sematogrammi nelle scritture lineari, fra iconicismo e fonetismo”
    J. Bennet, “The Linear B Administrative System”
    A. Greco, “Filologia, paleografia e grafologia. I primi risultati di uno studio integrato sulle tavolette in Lineare B di Knossos (The pa-i-to epigraphic project)

  • March 2019 issue available

    05 March 2019

    The March 2019 issue of Nestor (46.3) is available as a free download.

  • Grants and Fellowships

    05 March 2019

    CREWS visiting fellowship

    On 15 April 2019 applications are due for a Visiting Fellowship with the ERC-funded Project Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems (CREWS, grant no. 677758), which is based in the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge. A CREWS Visiting Fellowship may be held for up to three months and is intended to allow the holder to conduct a key piece of research on a theme in line with the Project's main areas of research focus. The Fellowship does not carry a stipend or honorarium, but funding is provided to reimburse travel and accommodation expenses. Application instructions are available at; enquiries may be directed to

  • Calls for Papers

    05 March 2019

    ASWA 2019

    On 15 March 2019 abstracts (400 words maximum) are due for the XIVth International Meeting of the Archaeozoology of Southwest Asia and Adjacent Areas (ASWA[AA]) Working Group (ASWA 2019), to be held in Barcelona on 3-7 June 2019. Further information is available at

    AIA 2020

    On 17 March 2019 (31 March with a late fee) submissions for colloquia, workshops and open-session papers and posters needing an early decision to acquire a visa or obtain funding are due for the 121st Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA 2020), to be held in Washington, D.C on 2-5 January 2020. On 4 August 2019 (18 August with a late fee) submissions are due for all other workshops, open session papers and posters, and any provisionally accepted colloquia that are resubmitting. On 15 November 2019 submissions for lightning sessions and roundtables are due. Submission forms and further information are available at

    Challenging the Dead

    On 28 March 2019 abstracts (500 words) are due for a workshop entitled Challenging the Dead: Working out problems in mortuary archaeology, to be held in Groningen on 2-3 May 2019. Further information is available at The themes of the conference include:
    • Theoretical Questions
    • Methodology
    • Ethics
    • Knowledge utilization

    Sanctuaries and Cults in the Aegean

    On 31 March 2019 abstracts (250 words) are due for an International Scientific Conference entitled Sanctuaries and Cults in the Aegean from Early Historic Times to Late Antiquity (11thc. BC - 6th c. AD), to be held on Lemnos on 11-14 September 2019. Participation forms and further information are available at The themes of the conference will be:
    • Sanctuaries within or outside cities in the Aegean (topography, architecture, excavation data, dating, finds, literary testimonies and interpretative approaches)
    • Cults of gods and semi-gods in the Aegean
    • Cultic beliefs and practices

  • Future Lectures and Conferences

    05 March 2019

    Archaeological Research Unit

    The spring 2018 schedule of lectures at the Archaeological Research Unit at the University of Cyprus is in progress. All lectures are held at 7:30 PM unless otherwise stated at the Archaeological Research Unit (Γλάδστωνος 12, Λευκωσία, 1095) and are livestreamed at Further information is available at Lectures of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    21 January 2019: S. Menelaou, “A multi-scalar approach to ceramic production, consumption and distribution: the methodological paradigm of the Early Bronze Age Heraion on Samos, Greece”
    11 February 2019: G. Papantoniou, “Unlocking the Sacred Landscapes of Cyprus (UnSaLa-CY) and Landscape Archaeology in the Xeros River Valley in Larnaca”
    16 February 2019, 9:00 AM: Το Αρχαιολογικό Έργο του Πανεπιστημίου Κύπρου, 2018
    4 March 2019: J. Bintliff, “The Cambridge-Bradford (-Durham-Leiden-Edinburgh) Boeotia Project: the first 40 years of a Regional Landscape Survey in Central Greece”
    15 April 2019: C. Vonhoff, “Metallic status symbols from Cypriot Early Iron Age élite burials (LC IIIB/CG) – Helmets, shepherd’s crooks, mace heads and tridents as indicators for social rank and élite self-conception within Cypriot society of the late 2nd and early 1st Millennium B.C.”
    6 May 2019: Χ. Ντούμας, “Ακρωτήρι Θήρας: Ενδείξεις για την ιδεολογία των προϊστορικών κατοίκων του”
    13 May 2019: L. Recht, “Equids in Bronze Age Cyprus”
    20 May 2019: A. Karnava, “Perceptions of language and scribal practices in Cyprus during the 1st mill. BCE”
    27 May 2019: Μ. Μηνά, “Ούτε εκμινωισμένη, ούτε εκμυκηναϊσμένη: η Κάρπαθος στην Εποχή του Χαλκού”

    Cyprus Institute Colloquium

    The colloquium program related to archaeology at the Science and Technology in the Archaeology and Culture Research Center of the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia has been announced for spring 2018. Further information is available at Lectures of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    9 May 2019: V. Karagiorghis, “Aspects of Cypriot Archaeology today: Tradition, Innovation and Homeric Flavor”
    16 May 2019: E. Kountouri, “The political geography of a Mycenean district: recent archaeological survey and excavations at the northeastern Kopais”
    16 June 2019: A. Karnava, “The 1st mil. BCE Cypriot Syllabic Script: Current Studies and Research Perspectives”

  • February 2019 issue available

    05 February 2019

    The February 2019 issue of Nestor (46.2) is available as a free download.

  • Calls for Papers

    05 February 2019

    POCA 2019

    On 31 March 2019 abstracts are due for the Postgraduates in Cypriot Archaeology (POCA 2019) conference, to be held on 13-15 June 2019 in Berlin. Contributions on all aspects of Cypriot archaeology from postgraduate students and young scholars will be welcomed. Abstracts, including name, contact details, institutional affiliation (if any), title of paper and a short description (500 words) should be sent to and Papers presented at the meeting will be published as a volume of the series Studia Cyprologica Berolinensia.

    12 ICAANE

    On 15 June proposals (1000-1500 characters) are due for workshops are due for the 12th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (12 ICAANE), to be held on 14-18 April 2020 in Bologna. On 31 July 2019 abstracts (400-1000 characters) for papers and posters are due. Further information is available at The themes of the congress are:
    Field Reports. Recent excavations, surveys and research
    • Environmental Archaeology. Changing climate and exploitation strategies: impact on ecology, anthropized landscapes and material culture
    • Hammering the material world. Characterization of material culture, processes and technologies
    • Cognitive archaeology. Reading symbolic and visual communication networks and structures
    • Modeling the past. Contemporary theoretical approaches to the archaeology of economies and societies
    • Networked archaeology. Global challenges and collaborative research in the new millennium
    • Endangered cultural heritage. Coordinated multilateral research, conservation and development strategies
    • Islamic archaeology. Continuities and discontinuities between a deep past and modernity

  • Future Lectures and Conferences

    05 February 2019

    Cycladic Seminar

    The program of the Cycladic Seminar has been announced for 2019. Unless otherwise stated, all seminars begin at 7:00 pm at Archaeological Society at Athens. Further information is available at
    15 January 2019: R. B. Koehl, “The 12th-century Aegean pottery from the Koukounaries Hill, Paros and Tell Atchana (ancient Alalakh), Turkey: some social and historical implications and unexpected interconnections”
    2 April 2019: Α. Παπαγιαννοπούλου, “Τελετουργίες και κεραμική στις Κυκλάδες της πρώιμης Ύστερης Εποχής του Χαλκού”
    12 November 2019: Χ. Τελεβάντου, “Η μυκηναϊκή Ακρόπολη του Αγίου Ανδρέα Σίφνου: τα τελευταία δεδομένα”
    10 December 2019: J. Rambach, “Evidence of contact between the Cyclades and Peloponnese in the 4th and 3rd millennia BC”

    Πόλεμος στην αρχαιότητα

    A program of archaeological lectures on Πόλεμος στην αρχαιότητα will be held at the Heraklion Museum. The lectures begin at 6:30 pm. Further information is available at
    13 February 2019: Μ. Τσιποπούλου, “Ενδείξεις βίας και πολεμικής ετοιμότητης στην Μινωική Κρήτη”
    3 March 2019: Κ. Βουτσά, “Ενδείξεις βίας και πολεμικής ετοιμότητης από τα αρχεία Γραμμικής Β΄ των μυκηναϊκών ανακτόρων”
    27 March 2019: Κ. Πασχαλίδης, “Ταφοί πολεμιστών του μυκηναϊκού κόσμου”
    3 April 2019: Κ. Νικολέντζος, “Οι οχυρώσεις του μυκηναϊκού κόσμου”

    Minoan Seminar

    The program of the Minoan Seminar has been announced for Spring 2019. All seminars begin at 6:30 pm at Athens Archaeological Society, Panepistimiou 22. Further information is available at
    22 February 2019: M. Eaby, “ Creating new identities in Late Minoan IIIC East Crete: the case of House A.2 at Chalasmenos, Ierapetra”
    24 May 2019: C. Langohr and I. Mathioudaki, “Comparing ceramic data – proposing synchronisms: Neopalatial pottery sequences from Malia (Quartier Pi) and Sissi and their relation to other Minoan sites”

    The Creation of Landscapes VI 

    On 11-16 March 2019 an international open workshop entitled Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 15,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes VI will be held at Kiel University, Germany. Further information is available at Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    C Knappett, “Deep histories of Mediterranean mobility and the role of network models”
    H. Dawson, “Redefining the role of insular and marginal spaces in Mediterranean interaction networks from the Neolithic onwards”
    K. Dudlik, “People, Ideas, and Things: A Theoretical Analysis of Koan Mycenaean Identity During the Late Bronze Age”
    K. Spathmann, “Cyprus’ link to the Levant: The ancient city of Sidon and its relation to the island’s Early Iron Age pottery”
    V. Matta, “Uncovering networks through the study of Nuragic sanctuaries”
    L. Bernardo-Ciddio, “The Iron Age Adriatic World: Identity and Connectivity Beyond Borders”
    R. Rivers, “The Mycenaean Aegean: Negotiating too much and too little data”
    P. Zeman, “Aegean connections in context: appropriation of urban culture in the Mycenaean Greece”
    J. Czebreszuk, “Sea routes of amber around Europe. The dynamics of Baltic amber distribution during the IInd millennium BC”
    S. Stoddart, “Territoriality in Southern Europe in the Bronze and Iron Age”
    H. Weiss, “Megadrought, Collapse and Resilience at 4.2 ka BP across West Asia”
    L. Bowler, T. Hodos, H. Cheng, L. Edwards, O. Tüysüz, D. Fleitmann, “Evaluating the influence of climate on the Late Bronze Age collapse in the eastern Mediterranean”
    T. Birndorfer, “Geoarchaeological analyses at Tiryns (Peloponnese, Greece)”

    Exploring the Social and Cultural Contexts of Historic Writing Systems

    On 14-16 March 2019 the 2019 CREWS Project (Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems) conference, Exploring the Social and Cultural Contexts of Historic Writing Systems, will be held in the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge. Further information is available at Registration is now open. Attendance is free but places are limited; contact Dr. Philip Boyes ( Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
    Y. Duhoux, “Scripts’ secondary purposes”
    T. Nash, “Cultures of Writing: The Invention and Re-Invention of Greek Writing in Context”
    M.-L. Nosch and A. Ulanowska, “Materiality of the Cretan Hieroglyphic Script”
    S. Finlayson, “Writing and elite status in the Bronze Age Aegean”

    No (e)scape? Society, Environment and Artifacts Entrapped

    On 29-30 March 2019 an International Conference of Masters Students and PhD Candidates entitled No (e)scape? Society, Environment and Artifacts Entrapped – Relational Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age will be held at the Archaeological Museum in Poznań, Poland. Further information is available at The program will be:
    A. V. Pantelaios, “The Minoan Court-Centered Buildings as “labor-scapes” of communal co-operation”
    P. Zeman, “Urbanization in the Late Bronze Age Aegean: towards a model of Mycenaean palatial town”
    S. Müller, “Burial rituals at palatial sites of the Argive Plain during Late Helladic times (c. 1600 - 1080 BC)”
    E. Oikonomou, “The Vapheio Cups: An Anthropological Approach”
    D. Borowka, “In search of a structure. The influence of Egyptian stone vessels on Minoan elite groups in the Middle Minoan period”
    A. Filipek, “The Concept of the Great Mother Goddess in the Study of the Minoan Religious System in the Bronze Age. Anthropomorphic Figurines – Typology, Archaeological Contexts, New Interpretations”
    D. Olah, “Marble figurines entrapped by the archaeological contexts”
    E. Chreiazomenou, “Cultural Reflections on Technology and Production: Thoughts on the Ground Stone Tools from Bronze Age Gavdos”
    D. Markaki, “Decolonizing Cretan prehistory: From Minoan seal stones to folkloric milkstones”
    C. Bahyrycz, “Central Macedonia in Relation to the North and South. Northern Aegean in the Light of Ceramic Evidences”
    W. Jenerałek, “Gold Extraction on Amalara Archaeological Site in the European Context”
    P. Vlachou, “Moving unidentified between the Aegean and the Syro- Anatolian region: the long term interactive context of Early Bronze Age combed/scored ware distribution”
    J. Fatyga, “Aegean remains in Egypt based on archaeological sites Tell el-Dab’a, Tell el-Farah (south), Tell el-Ajjul, Tel Heror”
    S. Vitale, I. B. Camici, and K. Dudlik, “Entanglements and Burial Assemblages: the Case of Eleona and Langada on Kos”
    Y. van den Beld, “The Griffin is a composite beast”
    I. Rom, “Connected in death: Interpreting networks of interaction by looking at mortuary practices of West-Greece (2200-1600 BC)”
    E. Angeli, “Bull worship and Bull-leaping in Minoan Crete: a dual relationship between the human and the nature”
    D. Wolf, “Times of Change? From Hetero- to Homosomatic Human-Animal Relations”
    M. S. McGrath, “Preliminary Strontium Isotope results from Nichoria Bronze Age and Iron Age Equid Teeth”
    F. G. Slim, “Pig husbandry in Late Bronze Age of Anatolia and the Aegean exemplified with the case study of Kaymakçı, Manisa, Western Anatolia”

  • January 2019 issue available

    07 January 2019

    The January 2019 issue of Nestor (46.1) is available as a free download.

  • Announcements

    07 January 2019

    It gives us great pleasure to congratulate Professor Curtis Runnels on his receipt of the Gold Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement from the Archaeological Institute of America, presented at the annual meetings on 4 January 2019 in San Diego. The AIA gives out one such award yearly for work in archaeology. The editors of Nestor join the AIA in saluting Professor Runnels.

  • Grants and Fellowships

    07 January 2019

    Andrew Sherratt Fund for 2019

    On 15 March 2019 applications are due for the Andrew Sherratt Fund for 2019 (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

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