South by Southeast

On 1-2 July 2017 an international conference entitled South by Southeast: The History and Archaeology of the Southeast of Crete, from Myrtos to Kato Zakros was held in Pacheia Ammos, Crete. Further information is available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:

L. Bonga, “Southeastern Crete before the Bronze Age”

K. Nowicki, “The South-East Siteia Region in the Transition between the Late Neolithic and the Early Minoan I Period: New Evidence for Settlement Changes”

S. Ferrara, “Cretan Hieroglyphic Seals: A Holistic Approach”

E. Hatzaki, “Myrtos Pyrgos House Tomb: the LM I Pottery in Context”

T. Kalantzopoulou, “Living on the Edge: Habitation on the Uplands of East Crete – Preliminary Results from an Extensive Survey”

Y. Papadatos and C. Sofianou, “A View from Above – The Neopalatial Peak Sanctuary at Stavromenos Anatoli and its Implications for the Understanding of Minoan Occupation in the Area of Ierapetra”

V. Apostolakou, P. Betancourt, T. Brogan, M. Eaby, K. Chalikias, K. Mountaki, C. McNamee, D. Mylona, and C. Sofianou, “Minoan Island Archaeology: Contextualizing House A.2 on Chryssi in the East Cretan Bronze Age Economy”

C. Spencer and T. Whitelaw, “Simulating Prehistoric Settlement in the Ierapetra Region: Extrapolations from the Northern Isthmus”

C. Knappett, “Maritime Small worlds of Protopalatial Southeast Crete”

J. Gait, N. S. Müller, E. Kiriatzi, and C. Knappett, “Pottery Production and Consumption at Palaikastro”

L. Platon, “The Kato Zakros Valley in the Kaleidoscope of History”

L. Vokotopoulos, “Choiromandres: Periods of Use and Character of the Occupation – An Overview”

F. Liard and P. Koutsovitis, “Patterns of Production and Exchange of Pottery in the ‘South Coast’ Fabric – A Mineralogical Study”

E. Nodarou, “Εδώ στο Νότο – ‘South Coast’ Fabrics and Patterns of Pottery Production in Southeast Crete”

C. Sofianou, “Κεφαλή Γυναικείου Αγάλματος από την Ιεράπετρα”

T. Fragkopoulou, “The Role of the Sea for the Southeastern Coast of Crete – A Diachronic Approach”

G. Cadogan, “The Swinging Myrtos Valley: Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”

4th Symposium of Greek Gastronomy

On 29-30 July 2017 the 4th Symposium of Greek Gastronomy: Known, forgotten and lost grains will be held in Chania, Crete. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers included:

Γ. Mαρουλάκη, “Η εξέλιξη των κρουστήρων και των τριβείων για των παρασκευή καρπών και τροφής την προϊστορική εποχή​”

J. J. García-Granero​, A. Bogaard​, D. Urem-Kotsou​, E. Tsafou​, S. Kotsos​, and E. Hatzaki​, “Exploring Greek prehistoric cuisine through phytolith and starch analyses”

P. E. Patton and S. Allen​, “A Forgotten Cultigen? Chenopodium album L. (κλουβιδα)”

Γ.-Π. Γεωργακόπουλος​, “Οι αρχαιολογικές ενδείξεις για τις σχετιζόμενες με τα δημητριακά και το αλεύρι δραστηριότητες των κατοίκων των νεοανακτορικών οικισμών: γενική επισκόπηση και το παράδειγμα της Ζάκρου”

R. Palmer​, “Grains and Breadmaking in the Linear B Tablets: the Nature of the Evidence”

Ά. Τσαγράκης,​ “Καταγραφή και χρήση των δημητριακών στις προϊστορικές γραφές του Αιγαίου”

EAA 2017

On 30 August - 3 September 2017 the 23rd Annual Meeting of The European Association of Archaeologists 2017 (EAA 2017): Building Bridges will be held in Maastricht. Further information is available at Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers included:

L. Donnellan, “Funerary performance and inter-regional interaction in the Early Iron Age Northern Aegean”

E. Dalkilic, “Using Inter-site Relationships during Middle Bronze Age Cyprus to Explain Social Change: A Social Network Analysis Perspective”

M. Andonova, E. Marinova, and D. Dimitrova, “An integral approach towards the analysis of ancient mat-weaving: the case of the Kitova mound (Thracian Valley, Bulgaria)”

J. Bintliff, “Social Theory and the Greek Iron Age”

D. Kloukinas, “Ghost in the ruins: the analysis of building remains in Neolithic northern Greece and beyond”

T. Giagkoulis, “Non-residential wooden structures in the Neolithic Lakeside Settlement Anarghiri IXb (Western Macedonia, Greece)”

K. Dudlik, “Creation or manipulation of the memory? The re-use of the tumulus in Lerna in Early Mycenaean Period”

H. Dawson, “Island encounters in the Bronze Age central Mediterranean: A network approach”

P. Charalambos, “Late Chalcolithic to Early Bronze Age Cyprus: From Unilinear to Multilinear Socio-Cultural Change”

G. Doudalis, “An Age of Transition: Ceramic innovations and Social Changes in the Mirabello Gulf during the Middle Minoan Period”

M. Gurova, “Flint assemblages in the context of cultural transition during VI mill. BC: a case study from Bulgaria”

P. Suchowska, “New technologies and transformations in the European Bronze Age: Naue II swords and mobile warriors”

P. Ramirez Valiente, “Writing, image and individualization: a view from Minoan Crete”

K. Harabasz, “The life cycle theory in studying of human osteobiography. A case from the Neolithic Çatalhöyük”

C. Bahyrycz, “Place of Vardar and Struma river valleys in the cultural network of Central Macedonia in the Late Bronze Age”

C. Budd, “Early farmers of northwest Anatolia: new dietary isotope studies of bone collagen at Neolithic Barcın Höyük and Aktopraklık”

E. Theodoroudi and K. Kotsakis, “Iron Age Macedonia: A ‘buffer-zone’ between ancient Greek history and contemporary archaeologies”

A. Hart, “Understanding ‘Ceramic Identity’ Through Analysis of Manufacture and Consumption of Iron Age Ceramics from Bulgarian Thrace”

E. Miller Bonney, “The Fine Grey Ware Pyxis: Evidence for a Localized Crossover?”

C. Jeffra, “The integration of crafting spaces: a perspective from the Bronze Age Aegean”

M. Ivanova and E. Marinova, “Pioneer farming in the Balkans during the early sixth millennium BC: integrating quantitative bioarchaeological datasets with bioclimatic parameters”

A. Diez Castillo, O. García Puchol, S. McLure, J. Bernabeu Aubán, and S. Pardo-Gordó, “Can spatio-temporal kernels provide a better understanding of the earliest farming expansion through the Mediterranean?”

D. C. M. Raemakers and C. Cakirlar, The role and nature of early animal husbandry in secondary Neolithisation: The Dutch and eastern Aegean cases in comparative perspective”

A. Markou, “The Hellenocentric View of Cyprus and Negotiating Cypriot Identity Through Archaeology”

J. S. Soles, “Recent Metal Discoveries in Bronze Age Crete”

A. Brysbaert, “On the road again. The impact of transport logistics and infrastructure in monumental building efforts”

S. Voutsaki, Y. Van den Beld, and Y. De Raaff, “Labour investment and social change: the case of the North Cemetery at Ayios Vasilios, Greece”

K. Efkleidou, “Architectural design and conspicuous consumption as social strategy in Mycenaean communities”

P. Ladegaard-Pedersen, K. M. Frei, and K. Kristiansen, “Back to Basics: A Cyprus Case Study Problematizing Sampling for a Strontium Isotope Baseline”

A. Chevalier, M. Ivanova, E. Bánffy, and J. Vukovic, “Foodplants of the first Balkan farmers: assessing the diversity of domestic and wild plants through microfossils analyses on grinding tools”

M. Gurova, “Early agricultural toolkit in the Balkans: Bulgarian case study”

M. Kostadinova-Avramova, D. Jordanova, D. Jordanova, Diana, V. Grigorov, D, Lesigyarski, P. Dimitrov, P. Bozhinova, and E. Bozhinova, “Characterization of ceramic sherds from Bulgaria in terms of firing temperatures determined by rock-magnetic studies”

K. Dudlik, “Minoan value? Meaning of the artifacts from Crete in Mycenaean Grave Circles”

J. Hilditch, C. Jeffra, and L. Opgenhaffen, “Tracing the Potter’s Wheel – 3D techniques for visualising, analysing and interpreting technological innovation in the Bronze Age Aegean”

B. Nessel, G. Brügmann, E. Pernicka, and J. Marahrens, “How did tin trade in southeast Europe work? Considerations about long distance networks and raw material exchange”

E. Panagiotopoulou, “Strontium isotope analysis: maximizing the results of migration studies”

H. Öztürk, “‘Mycenaeans in the East?’: Late Bronze Age Burial Gift Assemblages of the SE Aegean”

C. Wiersma, “The intensive survey at prehistoric Ayios Vasilios: A stepping stone for a European research project”

Ž. Tankosić and E. Watts Malouchos, “The Ocean Between Us: Comparing Archaeological Survey in the Mediterranean and the Midwest”


M. Nazou, “Surveying islands in Europe: bridging theoretical perceptions and methodologies”

H. Tomas, “Cetina Valley as a Bronze Age mediator between the Mediterranean and Central Europe – results of an intensive survey project”

A. Turley, “A Poor Pick Of Pottery? Reassessing The Type-Site In Middle Helladic ‘Dark Age’ Thessaly: The Almiros Plain”

H. Öztürk, “The Potential of Palaeogenetics for the Aegean Bronze Age Studies”

I. Lazaridis, A. Mittnik, N. Patterson, A. Vasilakis, P. J. P. McGeorge, E. Konsolaki-Yannopoulou, G. Korres, H. Martlew, M. Michalodimitrakis, M. Özsait, N. Özsait, A. Papathanasiou, M. Richards, S. Alpaslan Roodenberg, Y. Tzedakis, R. Arnott, P. Stockhammer, R. Pinhasi, D. Reich, J. Krause, and G. Stamatoyannopoulos, “The genetic origins of the Minoans and Mycenaeans”

M. Amadio, “Preservation Environment and Post Depositional alterations of earthen architectural materials at Middle Bronze Age Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou, Cyprus”

J. Anvari, “The architecture of Çatalhöyük West: of buttresses, vanishing floors, and pseudo-bricks”

J. Wattez, A. Peinetti, M. Onfray, and P. Mylona, “Detection of prehistoric earthen architecture: geoarchaeological contribution”

M. Lorenzon, “The Taphonomy of Minoan mudbricks”

S. Prevost-Dermarkar and C. Germain-Vallée, “The earthen architecture at Neolithic Dikili Tash (Greece): twenty years of research on building techniques”

M. Z. Baranski, “Architecture as a process of continuity and change: Late Neolithic building strategies and techniques at Çatalhöyük”

P. Tomkins, “Marginal gains? The breaking and making of communities in East Crete at the transition to the Early Bronze Age”

P. Stockhammer and B. Athanassov, “Re-thinking Marginality as Opportunity for Interaction: an Example from the Northern Fringes of the Late Bronze Age Aegean”

H. Whelton, P. Halstead, S. Triantaphyllou, V. Isaakidou, K. Kotsakis, D. Urem-Kotsou, R. Evershed, “A multi-proxy approach to diet and animal management in the Neolithic of northern Greece”

J. Ethier, E. Bánffy, J. Vuković, K. Bacvarov, M. Roffet-Salque, R. Evershed, and M. Ivanova, “Cash cows: The introduction of domestic livestock beyond the Mediterranean zone in the sixth millennium BC”

P. Zeman, “The final development of the Mycenaean palace at Pylos”

J. Hordecki, “What does marginality really mean in research agenda? Post-Chalcolithic Çatalhöyük and its relevance for marginality understanding”

P. Charalambos, “Integrating Data for a Holistic Landscape Approach to Chalcolithic Cyprus: Issues, Methods and Reflection on Results”

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