Conference: The Geoarchaeology of Mediterranean Islands — Cargèse, France – June 30 – July 02, 2015

International Colloquium

The Geoarchaeology of Mediterranean Islands

Multidisciplinary approaches to paleoenvironmental changes and the history of the human occupation in the Mediterranean islands since the Last Glacial Maximum

Dates : June 30 to July 02, 2015

Location : Centre de congrès CNRS de Cargèse (Corse, Corsica, France)
Official Languages : English and French

Aims of the colloquium: Situated between Europe, Africa and Asia, Mediterranean islands display unique palaeoenvironements and patterns of human occupation. Their physical properties (relief, coastal morphology, vegetation, etc.) are the long-term result of complex geological, tectonic, climatic and eustatic changes. In some cases, the current location and configuration of Mediterranean islands was dramatically different in the Pleistocene and even in the Early Holocene: Corsica and Sardinia, for example, until relatively recently formed a single island, and similar cases are found in the Tuscan archipelago, as well as the islands of the Aegean and Ionian seas.

During the Epipaleolithic and the Neolithic, the shapes of the island coastlines and valley profiles have varied widely because of several natural factors, but also on account of the anthropogenic impacts on insular environments. The chronology, character, and scale of initial island colonization in the Mediterranean, continue to be the major topics of scientific debate, as are subsequent human impacts through time.

By adopting a multidisciplinary approach, this colloquium aims to combine different approaches from the humanities, social sciences, and geosciences in order to assess long-term patterns of human-environmental interactions on Mediterranean islands during the Late Quaternary (the last 25 000 years).

Presentations should combine archaeological and (palaeo) environmental data. We encourage presenters to adopt comparative approaches between sites and regions for understanding crucial periods and key themes of research concerning the Mediterranean islands. Some possible examples include: Neolithic (or earlier) colonization of islands in the context of rapid sea- level changes (vertical and lateral); human settlement and its response to climate and vegetation change, and the environmental impact of agricultural practices in prehistoric and historic periods.

A session of the colloquium will be dedicated to the study of Ancient agriculture by adopting a geoarchaeological approach. Geographers, geologists, geomorphologists, archaeologists, historians and palaeoecology experts will discuss the results from different case studies chosen across the Mediterranean and will debate the consequences of the evolution of agricultural practices during prehistorical and historical periods on ancient economies. This empiric approach is a central issue in the current debate about sustainable development in the fragile environmental context of the Mediterranean islands.

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Free e-books from the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO)

2014 is a special year for the Netherlands Institute for the Near East: we celebrate our 75-year anniversary. As a modest part of the festivities, we are digitizing our sold-out publications and making them available on our website as free pdf downloads.

To start with, the following nine NINO publications have been put online:

·         B.G. Davies – Who’s Who at Deir el-Medîna. A Prosopographic Study of the Royal Workmen’s Community (Eg. Uitg. 13), 1999

·         B.J.J. Haring – Divine Households. Administrative and Economic Aspects of the New Kingdom Royal Memorial Temples in Western Thebes (Eg. Uitg. 12), 1997

·         H. Sancisi-Weerdenburg, A. Kuhrt (eds.) – Centre and Periphery. Proceedings of the Groningen 1986 Achaemenid History Workshop (Achaemenid History 4), 1990

·         H. Sancisi-Weerdenburg, A. Kuhrt (eds.) – The Greek Sources. Proceedings of the Groningen 1984 Achaemenid History Workshop (Achaemenid History 2), 1987

·         Jin Jie – A Complete Retrograde Glossary of the Hittite Language (PIHANS 71), 1994

·         J.P.A. van der Vin – Travellers to Greece and Constantinople. Ancient Monuments and Old Traditions in Medieval Travellers’ Tales (PIHANS 49), 1980

·         M. Stol – Studies in Old Babylonian History (PIHANS 40), 1976

·         Le temple et le culte. Compte rendu de la vingtième Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale organisée à Leiden du 3 au 7 juillet 1972 (PIHANS 37), 1975

·         M.N. van Loon – “Hans” Frankfort’s Earlier Years. Based on his Letters to “Bram” van Regteren Altena (Lectiones Orientales 3), 1995

Other titles will follow throughout the year. All digitized NINO publications are found on this page:

Information on our jubilee activities (mostly Dutch-language and Leiden-based):




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Announcing SPARC (Spatial Archaeometry Research Collaborations)

We are pleased to announce a new initiative, Spatial Archaeometry Research Collaborations (SPARC). SPARC is an NSF-funded program at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) of the University of Arkansas dedicated to promoting geospatial research in archaeology. SPARC offers direct support to archaeological projects through awards in three categories:

In addition, you can learn about the latest technologies and their archaeological applications through residencies at CAST or through our online resources and periodic webinars. You can also connect with potential collaborators or develop projects in partnership with SPARC.

Apply for SPARC Awards

Apply for Fieldwork Awards

Apply for Data & Analytics Awards

Apply for Publication Awards


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Upcoming Conference on Phoenician Sardinia and Carthaginian Hegemony

Conference on Phoenician Sardinia and Carthaginian Hegemony

Was there ever a problem? That is the central question of a three-day conference to be held in June 2013 to reconsider the so-called ‘Problem of the Fifth Century’ in Sardinia. Focused on Sardinia, but with comparative papers on Spain and Sicily, this conference will draw on the abundant new evidence of recent excavations and surveys to address the long-held belief of a crisis and ‘dark’ fifth century BC.

The three-day conference La Sardegna nel Mediterraneo occidentale dalla fase fenicia all’egemonia cartaginese: il problema del V secolo is organized by Massimo Botto, Peter van Dommelen and Andrea Roppa. Supported by the Mediterranean Center ISCIMA of the Italian CNR and Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, it will take place in the Sardinian town of Santadi from May 31st until June 2nd, 2013.

Additional details can be found at .

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Graduate Studies Opportunities at The American University in Cairo (AUC)

AUC proudly hosts around 50 graduate programs in various fields, including MA/Msc. programs, PhD, and graduate diplomas, all of which are of value to Egyptian and international students.

We are especially proud to promote our graduate programs in:

Middle East Studies, MA.

Arabic Studies, M.A.

Forced Migration and Refugee Studies, M.A.

International Human Rights Law, M.A.

Egyptology, M.A.

Gender and Women Studies, M.A.

Teaching Arabic as  a Foreign Language, M.A.

Sociology/Anthropology, M.A

International Counseling and Community Psychology, M.A.

Political Science, M.A.

All information on programs are viewable at

More information on the graduate admissions cycle, requirements, and deadlines, is available at

More information on tuition and fees and the various financial assistance opportunities, is available at

Information on graduate student life, services, and available opportunities, is accessed from within the following

For more information, please contact Yasmine Ibrahim at


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