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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 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”

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

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.

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

Food and Drink in the Ancient World

On 1 February 2019 abstracts (300 words maximum) are due for a conference entitled Food and Drink in the Ancient World, to be held at Rutgers University on 31 May - 1 June 2019. Further information is available at Topics may include but are not limited to:
The Ancient Mediterranean Diet
• Staple foods in the Mediterranean (wine, oil, and bread; cereals and legumes)
o Meat consumption, availability of seafood
o Specialized diets, medical approaches to nutrition (e.g. for the military, athletes, infirm)
• The Social Context of Food and Drink
o Sacrifices and offerings, public and communal meals
o Variations in diet based on social class
o Food supply and shortages, grain doles (e.g. frumentatio, annona)
• Food as a Point of Contact, Creator of Identity, Delimitation of Otherness
o Import and markets, especially for spices and exotic ingredients
o Horticulture, soil chemistry, and cultivation of local specialties
o Taboos (e.g. beer and milk as barbarian; cannibalism as historical fact or political slander)
• Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages
o Wine and viticulture (e.g. merum, mulsum, and conditum)
o Access to potable water, aqueducts
o Drinking vessels (e.g. kylikes, skyphoi, kantharoi, and their images)

17th Annual International Conference on History and Archaeology

On 4 February 2019 abstracts (500 words maximum) are due for the 17th Annual International Conference on History and Archaeology: From Ancient to Modern, to be held in Athens on 3-6 June 2019. Further information and abstract submission forms are available at

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

On 8 February 2019 titles and descriptions (150 words maximum) are due for a symposium entitled Cypriot Archaeology, Pre-Modern Material Culture, and Cultural Heritage in the UK, to be held on 5 April 2019 at UCL Institute of Archaeology. Researchers and museum curators in the UK with an interest in Cypriot ancient history and archaeology, and cultural heritage are invited to present their work in this one-day symposium; abstracts should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

32η ΑΕΜΘ

On 10 February 2019 abstracts for synthetic studies on the theme “Χωροταξία και πολεοδομία. Δημόσια και ιδιωτική αρχιτεκτονική” (100 words) are due for the 32nd meeting of the conference Το Αρχαιολογικό Έργο στη Μακεδονία και στη Θράκη (32η ΑΕΜΘ), to be held on 14-16 March 2019. Further information is available atΕΓΚΥΚΛΙΟΣ%20ΑΕΜΘ.pdf.

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