Editor: Carol R. Hershenson

Assistant Editors: Anna Belza

Nestor is an international bibliography of Aegean studies, Homeric society, Indo-European linguistics, and related fields. It is published monthly from September to May (each volume covers one calendar year) by the Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati. It is currently edited by Carol R. Hershenson.

The primary geographic nexus of Nestor is the Aegean, including all of Greece, Albania, and Cyprus, the southern area of Bulgaria, and the western and southern areas of Turkey. Nestor includes publications concerning the central and western Mediterranean, southeastern Europe, the eastern Mediterranean, western Asia, and other regions of archaeological research, if the specific bibliographic items contain Aegean artifacts, imitations, or influences, or make reference to Aegean comparanda.



December 2016 issue available
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 08:41

The December 2016 issue of Nestor (43.9) is available as a free download.

Grants and Fellowships
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 08:35

Michael Ventris Memorial Award for Mycenaean Studies

On 1 February 2017 applications are due for the Michael Ventris Memorial Award for Mycenaean Studies of up to £2000, 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, or (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, Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Further information, including detailed application instructions, is available at http://www.icls.sas.ac.uk/awards/awards-prizes.

Calls for Papers
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 08:26

ASOR 2017

On 15 December 2016 proposals for sessions and workshops are due for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR 2017), to be held on 15-18 November 2017 in Boston, MA. On 9 January-15 February 2017 proposals for papers will be open, and from 9 January-1 August 2017 proposals for posters will be open. Further information is available at http://www.asor.org/am/2017/sessions.html.

South by Southeast

On 15 December 2016 abstracts (150 words in English) are due for an international conference entitled South by Southeast: The History and Archaeology of the Southeast of Crete, from Myrtos to Kato Zakros, to be held on 1-2 July 2017 in Pacheia Ammos, Crete. This conference aims to promote a holistic and diachronic discussion of the available archaeological and historical information from all periods about this vibrant region, its role in the major coastal and maritime networks of East Crete, and its unique culture, as well as its current interpretations. Abstracts should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

13th International Congress of Thracology

On 31 December 2016 abstracts and registration are due for the 13th International Congress of Thracology. Ancient Thrace: Myth and Reality, to be held on 3-7 September 2017 in Kazanlak, Bulgaria. On 31 March 2017 transfer of the conference fee is due. Contributions concerning any aspects of and approaches to Thracian antiquity are welcome, including Thracian and related history, archaeology, art, culture, language, religion, numismatics, epigraphy, and interdisciplinary studies in a time-span ranging from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. The congress languages will be English, German and French. Further information is available at http://www.thracology2017.com/en/index.php.

Dynamics and Organisation of Textile Production

On 15 January 2017 paper titles and abstracts (ca. 250 words) are due for an international conference entitled Dynamics and Organisation of Textile Production in Past Societies in Europe and the Mediterranean, to be held on 21-22 June 2017 at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Łódź, Poland. Abstracts should be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Further information is available at http://iaepan.vot.pl/osrodkiwszystkie/osrodek-etnologii-i-antropologii-wspolczesnosci/78-pl/instytut/aktualnosci-instytutu/1562-konferencja-tekstylna.


On 15 March 2017 proposals for panels are due for the 19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology (XIXth ICCA), to be held on 22-26 May 2018 in Bonn and Cologne; the calls for papers and workshops, and registration will open on 1 May 2017. The primary theme will be "Archaeology and Economy in the Ancient World." Further information is available at http://www.aiac2018.de/. Panels concerning Greco-Roman civilization and their neighbouring cultures from the Aegean Bronze Age to the end of Late Antiquity are invited for the following sessions:

The human factor: demography, nutrition, health, epidemics

The impact of natural environmental factors on ancient economy: climate, landscape

Systems of production: land use, industry, technology, artistic production

System of extraction: mining, pollution, technology,

Distribution: trade and exchange, monetarization, credit, networks, transport, infrastructure (e.g. ports)

Consumption: daily and luxury consumption, conspicuous consumption, waste, recycling, diet

Economy of cult: investment, religious and ritual consumption, economics of death

The role of the city in the ancient economy: urban infrastructure, relations between town and country

The military economy at war and peace

Economy of knowledge: education, innovation, literacy

Methodology: survey archaeology, natural sciences, quantification

Other topics outside the main theme of the conference are open to suggestions

4th Symposium of Greek Gastronomy

On 20 April 2017 abstracts (300 words maximum) and short speaker biographies (100 words maximum) in either Greek or English are due for oral presentations (15 minutes) at the 4th Symposium of Greek Gastronomy: Known, forgotten and lost grains, to be held on 29-30 July 2017 in Chania, Crete; on 20 April 2017 abstracts (70 words maximum) and speaker biographies (100 words maximum) in either Greek or English are due for posters. Proposals are invited from academics, independent scholars, and professionals in the fields of humanities and social sciences (such as archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, anthropology, sociology, history, cross-cultural studies, education, ethics, women studies, literature, philology, etc.), ethnobotanologists, botanologists, grain growers, bakers, artisans, brewers, cooks and chefs, artists and activists, journalists and writers, in the form of oral and poster presentations, literary reflections, pieces of art, performances and interactive experiments relating to the theme of the Symposium. Further information is available at https://greekgastronomy.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/known-forgotten-and-lost-grains-4th-symposium-of-greek-gastronomy-call-for-papers/. Topics will include but are not limited to:

Early human grain consumption

History of floury grains

Bread, beer, and other uses of grains

Forgotten and lost grain crops

Cultivation, grain processing, bread–making and gender

Grain choices and social class

Cultural differences in processing and consumption

Grains, bread, feast and famine

Cereal grains and politics

Grain prices: scarcity and abundance

Grain trade and market efficiency

Grains, bread, city and country connections

History of technology, environmental history and grains

How grains became a standardized commodity

Trends in grain / bread consumption through history

Leavened and unleavened: Christian identity and self-definition

Grains, farming, eating and their influence on art and literature

Future Lectures and Conferences
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 08:21

Minoan Seminar

The program of the Minoan Seminar has been announced for 2016-2017. Unless otherwise stated, all seminars begin at 6:30 pm at the Archaeological Society, 22 Panepistimiou, Athens; those planning to attend should inform the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Further information is available at http://www.minoanseminar.gr/.

25 November 2016: P. Tomkins, "Making p(a)laces, stabilising the social. Understanding the emergence of the Minoan palaces during the Cretan Early Bronze Age"

3 March 2017: M. Marthari, "Investigating the outskirts of the prehistoric town at Akrotiri, Thera: a rich LC I/LM IA building complex at the site of Raos"

31 March 2017: C. MacDonald and L. Girella, "North and South. Central Crete from the later Protopalatial into the earlier Neopalatial periods"

26 May 2017: E. Hatzaki: "Rus in Urbe: Late Bronze Age Knossos"

CAA-GR 2016

On 20-21 December 2016 the 2nd Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference in Greece (CAA-GR 2016) will be held at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Further information is available at http://www.caa-gr.org/2016/. Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:

Α. Argyriou and A. Sarris, "Geoinformatic approaches to assess the landform characteristics of Minoan settlements and characterize the water management planning in Bronze Age Crete"

Θ. Αγγελοπούλου and Γ. Βαβουρανάκης, "Μοντελοποίηση των ανασκαφικών συγκειμένων: εννοιολογική αρχιτεκτονική και συμβατότητα στην τεκμηρίωση προϊστορικών θέσεων"

C. Papadopoulos, Y. Hamilakis, N. Kyparissi-Apostolika, and M. Diaz-Guardamino, "Digital engagements with clay: computational imaging and 3D printing for the study, interpretation and dissemination of the Neolithic figurines from Koutroulou Magoula, Greece"

BANEA 2017

On 4-6 January 2017 the 2017 Annual Conference of the British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA 2017) will be held in Glasgow. Further information is available at http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/humanities/research/archaeologyresearch/projects/banea2017/. Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:

A. Jacobs, "The Many Dimensions of Plain Ware Pottery in Late Bronze Age Cyprus: an examination of a potters' community at Alassa"

Past Lectures and Conferences
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 08:15

Ιστορικό και πολιτιστικό τοπίο

On 3-5 November 2016 a conference entitled Ιστορικό και πολιτιστικό τοπίο: παρεμβάσεις και διαχείριση, πρόσληψη και μετασχηματισμοί was held in Athens. Further information is available at http://www.piop.gr/el/Activities/ekdiloseis-mouseia/IA_diimerida_perivallontos_2016.aspx. Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:

Δ. Μιχαηλίδης, "Η προϊστορία του φυσικού περιβάλλοντος της περιοχής της Βραυρώνας βάσει της μελέτης απολιθωμάτων πτηνών από τη σπηλαιοδολίνη Βραυρώνας"

Λ. Καραλή, "Θαλασσινά τοπία: Οι ακτές και ο κόσμος της θάλασσας μέσα από τα αρχαιοπεριβαλλοντικά κατάλοιπα"

Δ. Μυλωνά, "Βιωμένα θαλασσινά τοπία της προϊστορίας: μια αρχαιολογική προσέγγιση"

Λ. Μενδώνη, "Το παραγωγικό τοπίο των Κυκλάδων. Μια εθνοαρχαιολογική προσέγγιση"

J. C. Wright, "Ολοκληρωμένα πολιτιστικά τοπία: έννοιες και πρακτικές"

Δο Τοπικό Συνέδριο Λακωνικών Σπουδών

On 10-12 November 2016 the Δο Τοπικό Συνέδριο Λακωνικών Σπουδών was held in Sparta. Further information is available at http://www.laconialive.gr/4ο-τοπικό-συνέδριο-λακωνικών-σπουδών-δ/. Papers of interest to Nestor readers included:

Α. Μπάνου, "Η Λακωνία υπό το φως των εξελίξεων της μυκηναϊκής αρχαιολογίας: Ερευνητικές υποθέσεις και προοπτικές"

Connecting Cultures

On 23-25 November 2016 an international archaeological symposium entitled Kültürlerin Bağlantısı: Başlangıcından Roma Dönemi Sonuna kadar Eski Yakın Doğuda Ticaret ve Bölgelerarası İlişkiler. Connecting Cultures: Trade and Interconnections in the Ancient Near East from the Beginning until the End of the Roman Period was held in Lefkoşa/Nicosia. Further information is available at http://www.arkeo.hacettepe.edu.tr/belgeler/finalprogram.pdf. Papers of interest to Nestor readers will include:

M. Şevketoğlu, "Tatlısu-Çiftlikdüzü (Akanthou-Arkosykos) Aceramic Neolithic Settlement in Cyprus and its Anatolian Connections"

N. K. Bostanci, "Pre-Neolithic Hunter-Gatherer-Fisher Seafaring in the Eastern Mediterranean: New Perspectives from Cyprus"

C. M. Erek, "İlk Sonuçlara Göre Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti'ndeki Prehistorik Dönem İzleri"

Tuesday, 06 December 2016 08:12

PPN Chipped and Ground Stone Industries of the Near East

On 23-27 November 2016 the 8th International Conference on PPN Chipped and Ground Stone Industries of the Near East: Near Eastern Lithic Technologies on the Move - Interactions and Contexts in the Neolithic Traditions was held at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia. Further information is available at https://www.ucy.ac.cy/aru/documents/Conferences/CypPPN8_Program.pdf. Papers and posters of interest to Nestor readers included:

A. H. Simmons, "No Chipped Stone is an Island: A Reimagining of the Role of Early Cypriot Lithic Assemblages within the Neolithic World"

F. Briois, "Introduction, adaptation and development of the first Pre Pottery Neolithic communities in Cyprus: The contribution of lithic industries in the Amathus area"

C. McCartney, "Lithic contexts at the site of Ayia Varvara Asprokremnos, evidence for specialization"

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