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12th International Workshop of the Association for Written Language and Literacy

On 26-28 March 2019 the 12th International Workshop of the Association for Written Language and Literacy (AWLL12). Diversity of writing systems: embracing multiple perspectives will be held in the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, UK. Further information is available at https://awll12.wordpress.com/. Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers will include:
S. Finlayson, “Writing material matters: a discussion of the use of clay in the Bronze Age Aegean”
P. Steele and R. Crellin, “Contextualising writing in the ancient world: two case studies”
E. Salgarella and A. Judson, “Diversity and variation in the writing systems of Bronze Age Greece”
P. Boyes, “Multiscriptality and Society in Late Bronze Age Ugarit”
C. Donnelly, “Regional Pressures in the Formation and Use of Cypro-Minoan”

In Poseidons Reich XXIV

On 10-14 April 2019 the conference In Poseidons Reich XXIV. Kontaktzonen: Archäologie zwischen Wasser und Land Küsten, See- und Flussufer will take place in Bodrum, Turkey. Further information is available at http://www.deguwa.org/?id=12. Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:
D. Cvikel, Y. Me-Bar, and A. Miller, “The Holding Power of Bronze Age Stone Weight Anchors”
H. Hristov, “Die Seevölker - Überlegungen zu ihrer Herkunft”

Aegean Seminar in Zagreb

The Aegean Seminar in Zagreb hosted the following lectures in December. Further information is available from Helena Tomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
6 December 2018: D. Urem-Kotsou, “Pottery and cooking practices in Neolithic Greece. An experimental approach to the study of use-alterations related to processing of food”
18 December 2018: R. Seifried, “Living in the Shadow of a Minoan Palace in the 21st Century: The Case of Kato Zakros, Crete”

Genes, Isotopes and Artefacts

On 13-14 December 2018 a conference entitled Genes, Isotopes and Artefacts: How Should We Interpret the Movement of People Throughout Bronze Age Europe? was held in Vienna. Further information is available at https://www.orea.oeaw.ac.at/veranstaltungen/event-detail/article/genes-isotopes-and-artefacts/. Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:
J. T. Koch, “Formation of the Indo-European Branches in the Light of the Archaeogenetic Revolution”
M. Gavranović, “Distinction and movements of the Bronze Age groups in the Balkans – a long search for indicators of mobility”
B. Molloy, “In search of the Dorian Invasion: Integrating settlement, material and scientific perspectives on mobility in the late Bronze Age Balkan peninsula”

The December 2018 issue of Nestor (45.9) is available as a free download.

Mediterranean Archaeological Trust

On 31 January 2019 applications for grants (not normally exceeding £2,000) to assist with the final publication of archaeological fieldwork in the Mediterranean world are due to the Mediterranean Archaeological Trust. Grant application forms and other information are available at https://medarchaeotrust.org/.

Michael Ventris Award for Mycenaean Studies

On 1 February 2019 applications are due for the Michael Ventris Award for Mycenaean Studies for 2019 (up to £2500), to be awarded to scholars who have obtained a doctorate within the past eight years or postgraduate students about to complete the doctorate in the field of Mycenaean civilization or kindred subjects, to promote research in (1) Linear B and other Bronze Age scripts of the Aegean and Cyprus and their historical and cultural connections, and (2) all other aspects of the Bronze Age of the Aegean and Cyprus. Applications (6 pages maximum) should be sent by email, ideally as a PDF attachment to the Classics Manager, Valerie James (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Further information, including detailed application instructions, is available at https://ics.sas.ac.uk/awards/award-prizes.

 

BANEA 2019

On 5 December 2018 paper, poster, and session proposals are due for the 2019 Annual Conference of the British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA 2019): Mind the Gap, to be held on 22-24 February 2019 at the University of Liverpool. Abstracts should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further information is available at https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/archaeology-classics-and-egyptology/research/banea/. Topics of sessions/workshops will include:
• Domestic/settlement archaeology
• Working with old data sets
• Archaeology of death
• Archaeology of religion, rituals and temples
• The origins of sedentism
• Epipalaeolithic Near East
• Archaeological traditions, borders and gaps
• Conflict and heritage panel discussion

ASOR 2019

On 15 December 2018 proposals for new sessions and workshops are due for the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR 2019), to be held San Diego, CA on 20-23 November 2019. The online system for paper proposals will be open from 15 January through 15 February 2019. Further information, including 2019 List of Approved Sessions and Workshops, is available at http://www.asor.org/am/2019-call-for-sessions/.

TAG Syracuse 2019

On 15 January 2019 session proposals are due for the Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG Syracuse 2019): Slow Archaeology, to be held at Syracuse University, New York on 3-5 May 2019. On 1 March 2019 paper proposals are due. Further information, including already accepted conference sessions, is available at http://tag2019.maxwell.syr.edu/.

EMAC 2019

On 15 January 2019 abstracts are due for presentations at the 15th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics (EMAC 2019), to be held on 16-18 September 2019 in Barcelona, Spain; on 8 September PDF poster submissions are due. Further information is available at http://www.ub.edu/emac2019/. Topics will include:
• Development of new methods and techniques
• Chronology and dating
• Provenance and networks
• Applied decorations
• Technical ceramics
• Ceramics as building materials
• Vessel function and vessel use
• Production centres and raw material studies
• Alteration and conservation
• Experimental studies and ethnoarchaeology
• Statistics and databases in ancient ceramic studies: papers in honour of Mike Baxter

Unlocking Sacred Landscapes: Digital Humanities and Ritual Space

On 31 January 2019 manuscripts are due for a topical issue of Open Archaeology on Unlocking Sacred Landscapes: Digital Humanities and Ritual Space, which will focus on digital approaches both to ritual space and to artefacts relating to ritual practice and cult. Further information is available at https://www.degruyter.com/page/1857?fbclid=IwAR3DsADrY3k_fL8w876V4woYJ6zrGZC9fNVBVwtvlJiWbGKQ_df6kkFv-7U. Contributions will be particularly welcomed that are archaeological, art-historical, anthropological, ethnographic, historical, computational, cultural heritage, or inter-disciplinary in their approaches, with a strong methodological focus on computational developments, digitisation processes, and spatial analysis dealing with:
• Inter- and intra-site Geographic Information System (GIS) approaches and spatial statistics and modelling of ritual space and/or its associated material assemblages
• Digitisation and virtual reconstruction of ritual space and/or its associated material assemblages
• Remote sensing\aerial\satellite approaches to ritual space
• Other computational methods and developments (e.g. space syntax and 3D modelling) applied to ritual space and/or its associated material assemblages
• Digital approaches to culture heritage management and culture heritage studies of ritual space and/or its associated material assemblages,
• Digital approaches to phenomenological, performative and experiential analyses related to ritual space and/or its associated material assemblages

7th Young Researchers’ Conference in Aegean Archaeology

On 1 March 2019 abstracts (in English, maximum 250 words) are due for the Sympozjum Egejskie. 7th Young Researchers’ Conference in Aegean Archaeology, to be held on 6-7 June 2019 by the Department of Aegean Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw. Proposals are invited from early career researchers on all themes (e.g. art, crafts, everyday life; social, funerary, political landscapes; long-distance relations, Aegeans overseas, influence on other cultures; etc.) related to Aegean Archaeology, i.e. Aegean areas and cultures in the Bronze Age, also in a broader context (new methods, approaches, and technologies applied to the research; new technologies in data, research, site management; etc.). Proposals should be sent to the Department of Aegean Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further information is available at http://www.archeo.uw.edu.pl/zalaczniki/upload2307.pdf and https://www.facebook.com/zaeiauw/.

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