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

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.”
29 November 2019: F. Gaignerot-Driessen, “Sacred Mountain: Cult Places and Practices at Anavlochos, Crete (1750-450 BC)”


Circle of Lectures

The program of the Circle of Lectures at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens has been announced for December 2019:
2 December 2019: Χ. Σοφιανού, “Ένας ασύλητος θαλαμοειδής τάφος Υστερομινωικής ΙΙΙΑ-Β περιόδου στο Κεντρί Ιεράπετρας”
9 December 2019: J. Driessen, “In the shadow of the Minotaur – Recent Excavations at Sissi (Lasithi, Crete)”
16 December 2019: Χ. Σοφιανού, Γ. Παπαδάτος, M. Eaby, and T. Brogan, “Rock Art and Round Buildings in Eastern Crete: the Case of Final Neolithic Sopata and early Minoan Mesorachi”


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, A. Agapiou, P. Bes, X. Charalambidou, M. Chidiroglou, T. Kinnaird, W. Rourk, K. Sarri, and A. Yangaki, “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”

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

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


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

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

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