CFP: Communities, Landscapes, and Interaction in Neolithic Greece — Deadline November 17, 2014

Communities, Landscapes, and Interaction in Neolithic Greece

International conference 29-30 May 2015

http://igean.ims.forth.gr/conference/

 

The ‘Communities, Landscapes and Interaction in Neolithic Greece’ conference aims to investigate our changing perceptions on Neolithic landscapes in Greece and to reconsider the dynamics of human-environment interactions. Key topics carefully selected to unfold and  trigger discussions on the emerged diversity and variability of Neolithic societies in Greece are landscape, land use, palaeoenvironment, networks and connectivity. Emphasis is given to the interdisciplinary nature of research that can produce synthetic results.

The conference is organized as a final event for the project ‘IGEAN – Innovative Geophysical Approaches for the Study of Early Agricultural Villages of Neolithic Thessaly’, carried out by the Laboratory of Geophysics – Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeo-environment (GeoSat ReSeArch) of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies – Foundation for Research and Technology (IMS-FORTH) in Crete in cooperation with the ΙΓ’ Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities in Volos.

The event will take place at the Conference Room of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies in Rethymno, Crete, on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th of May 2015.

Call for Papers — Deadline November 17, 2014:

The last three decades has been a period of growing archaeological activities in Greece that enhanced our awareness of the diversity and variability of ancient communities. In the context of large-scale excavations and systematic surface research our knowledge of the Neolithic archaeological landscape has changed considerably. New sites offer rich datasets from many aspects of material culture that challenge traditional perceptions and suggest complex interpretations of the past. Various scientific techniques have improved our understanding on the range of community formations and lifeways in the Neolithic. As a result, recent developments have created a need to discuss old and new data on a synthetic level and to reconsider the dynamics of human habitation in the region.

The Conference’s research aims are to investigate and record our changing perceptions of Neolithic landscapes in Greece and to reconsider the dynamics of human-environment interactions. Key research topics are human choices on landscape inhabitation and land use preferences. Discussions on subsistence, palaeoenvironment and paleoclimate also will add knowledge to our understanding of Greek Neolithic communities. The interaction between human choices and the natural environment will be explored with discussions about the variation in settlement organization demonstrated through various intra-site spatial layouts and recurrent community structures. By analyzing different aspects of material culture, conference participants will discuss the evidence for mobility of humans and goods, social interaction, and the creation of social networks among communities within and between different regions.

The interdisciplinary approach of the conference aims to gather researchers from various disciplines to discuss the contributions of their scientific research. Prominence will be given to work that demonstrates synthetic results that enhance the development of broad and multifaceted analyses of Neolithic narratives. Collaborative presentations are strongly encouraged. The conference is expected to continue and build on the debate of landscape, settlements patterns, and network relations and to attract papers that will tackle synthetic narratives of the Greek Neolithic based on old and new data and techniques. Presentations will be delivered in English. A printed version of the proceedings will be published shortly after the conference in order to share the results of the debate to a broader audience.

The conference will be organized based on several main themes:

  • Communities: settlement patterns and organization, houses, households, intra-site spatial organizations and demarcation structures, enclosures.
  • Landscapes: palaeoenvironment, palaeoclimate, pedological preferences, geomorphology, off-site land use and subsistence.
  • Interactions: mobility, networks, exchange and material culture, connectivity.

The event will take place at the Conference Room of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies in Rethymno, Crete, on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th of May 2015. Oral presentation will not exceed 20 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for discussion. Posters are also welcome to provide an opportunity for preliminary research to be presented. Please submit an abstract no longer than 400 words.

SAA November 6 Online Seminar Now Open

Please direct all replies to Maureen_Malloy@saa.org

Back by popular demand — a  free , 2-hour class taught by former SAA President Fred Limp!

New developments in technologies for the measurement of form and space in archaeology: An introduction for students.  This online workshop is free to SAA members and will be taught by Dr. Fred Limp, RPA. Dr. Limp has been involved in the application of geomatics methods to archaeology for more than three decades. He was the founder and director of the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies for 18 years, and has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate and short courses on the topic.

Exactly 60 years ago Gordon Willey famously stated that the objectives of archaeology are “approached by the study and manipulation of three basic factors: form, space and time.” Since then we have seen the huge impact that improved technologies for the measurement of time have had on the field. We are currently in the midst of a similar revolution in the methods for the measurement of space and form. The workshop is designed as an introduction to these developments – providing an accessible review of the characteristics and uses of such methods as high-resolution GNSS, “laser scanning,” close range photogrammetry and related methods for the measurement of space and form of landscapes, sites, structures and objects.

Course: New developments in technologies for the measurement of form and space in archaeology: An introduction for students.

Instructor: Dr. Fred Limp, RPA

Date: November 6, 2014

Time: 2:00-4:00 PM EST

Space is limited and seats fill up quickly. Register today at www.saa.org

Fellowships in Cyprus: CAARI Fellowships 2015-2016 — Deadline December 15, 2014

Fellowships in Cyprus

 

THE CYPRUS AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (CAARI) in Nicosia, Cyprus, welcomes scholars and students specializing in archaeology, history, and culture of Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean. CAARI is located in central Nicosia close to the Cyprus Museum and the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus (both with major libraries), as well as the main business and commercial district. In addition to hostel accommodation for a total of twelve residents, the institute has excellent research facilities: a 10,000-volume library, comprehensive map and artifact collections, archival material, and facilities for Internet, scanning, and photography.  For further information on CAARI: http://www.caari.org

 

Deadline for CAARI-sponsored fellowships: December 15, 2014

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FELLOWSHIPS AND APPLICATIONS PROCEDURES:

http://www.caari.org/Fellowships.html

CAARI at Boston University

656 Beacon Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA  02215

Email:  caari@bu.edu

 

Graduate Student Fellowships

 

The Danielle Parks Memorial Fellowship:  A fellowship of US $1000 FOR a graduate student of any nationality who needs to work in Cyprus to further his/her research on a subject of relevance to Cypriot archaeology and culture. The purpose of the fellowship is to help cover travel to and living expenses in Cyprus. Residence at CAARI is required. Deadline: December 15, 2014.

 

The Helena Wylde Swiny And Stuart Swiny Fellowship: One grant of US $1000 to a graduate student of any nationality in a U.S. college or university to pursue a research project relevant to an ongoing field project in Cyprus; to be used to fund research time in residence at CAARI and to help defray costs of travel. Residence at CAARI is required. Deadline: December 15, 2014.

 

The Anita Cecil O’Donovan Fellowship: One grant of US $1000 to a graduate student of any nationality, studying in any nation, to pursue a research project relevant to an ongoing field project in Cyprus; to be used to fund research time in residence at CAARI and to help defray costs of travel. Residence at CAARI is required. Deadline: December 15, 2014.

 

Fulbright Student Program: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/countries/selectedcountry/cyprus

 

*See also below for CAORC Fellowships open to US doctoral candidates.

 

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

CAARI Senior Scholar In Residence: An established scholar who commits to stay at least 30 days in succession at CAARI, ideally in the summer, and to be available in evenings and weekends to younger scholars working there, in return for 50% reduction in residency rate. Must have PhD in archaeology or ancillary field for at least 5 years prior to visit, be fluent in English (but may be of any nationality), and be committed to mentoring students. Travel and other expenses not covered. Deadline: December 15, 2014.

 

CAARI/CAORC Research Fellowships: Two fellowships provide US $5500 each (up to US $1500 for transportation and an additional US $4000 for research expenses on the island) and are designed for scholars who already have their PhDs, whose research engages the archaeology, history, culture, or geography of Cyprus, and who would derive significant benefit from a month’s research time on the island. Particular consideration is given to applicants whose projects enable them to include Cyprus in their teaching.  A minimum of 30 days residence at CAARI is required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Deadline: December 15, 2014. (NOTE: Amount available is anticipated but depends on federal appropriations which have not yet been finalized)

 

Fulbright Scholars Program: http://www.cies.org/country/cyprus

 

CAORC Fellowships Open To Both Pre- And Post-Doctoral Researchers

 

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Research Fellowships:

Open to scholars who already hold a Ph.D. and U.S. doctoral candidates who wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance. Fellowships require scholars to conduct research in more than one country, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center, including CAARI. http://caorc.org/fellowships/multi/; Deadline: January 2015.

 

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowships:

A new focused regional fellowship program enabling scholars who have recently (within last 10 years) earned their Ph.D. and U.S. doctoral candidates to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance in countries bordering the Mediterranean and served by American overseas research centers, including CAARI.

http://caorc.org/fellowships/mellonmed/; Deadline: January 2015, check website for details (also for Multi-Country above).

Call for Manuscripts: SAA’s Advances in Archaeological Practice

Advances in Archaeological Practice: A Journal of the Society for American Archaeology is now accepting manuscripts for Volume 3 (2015). The journal publishes problem-oriented research articles on how we do archaeology. It also publishes short how-to articles written by experts to walk readers through the steps necessary to tackle challenging tasks archaeologists face every day. Both article types are peer reviewed.

As an Advances author, you benefit from a broad readership of international archaeologists cross-cutting academic, government, and private employment sectors, rapid time to publication, free full-color graphics, the ability to imbed dynamic digital content in articles, instant global distribution, and an on-line discussion forum where readers around the world can discuss your work. Submit a manuscript now to be considered for spring publication!

Contact:
Christopher Dore, Editor

Fieldwork Opportunity: Balkan Heritage Field School Call for Applications

The Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) has just opened the application session for the next field school season in 2015.

The Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS) is a program of the Balkan Heritage Foundation (a Bulgarian public, non-profit, non-governmental organization). Since 2003 it has been offering different projects/courses, taught in English, for practical education in the fields of Archaeology and History of South-Eastern Europe, Documentation, Conservation and Restoration of Historic Artifacts and Monuments, in two Balkan countries: Bulgaria and Republic of Macedonia. The Program has involved a number of academic and research institutions, museums and heritage specialists from Bulgaria, Republic of Macedonia, USA, Canada, France and Japan – among them is the New Bulgarian University, which provides to all students the opportunity to obtain by request credit hours for their participation in the BHFS projects/courses.

Check all the projects and courses open currently for applications below in this e-mail or at the BHFS website: http://www.bhfieldschool.org . They are affiliated with ongoing research and/or conservation projects (such as excavations, expeditions, conservation workshops). The available projects/courses take place at different excavation sites and historic places related to all major cultures and civilizations that once existed in the Balkans (starting with the Balkan Neolithic cultures followed by the Balkan Chalcolithic, Ancient Greek and Roman, Byzantine and Medieval Balkan as well as Ottoman civilizations). Conservation projects focus on work with authentic artifacts: ancient Greek pottery, Roman and Late Antique pottery and glassware, mosaics and wall-paintings.

Benefit from:

1. The discounts available such as SUPER EARLY BIRD SPECIAL  a 15% discount off the admission fee for ALL EXCAVATION PROJECTS available by 30 November, 2014 and EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – a 10% discount off the admission fee for all projects and courses available by 31 January, 2015;

  1.  The project packs combining up to three different projects located in up to two countries and providing a more comprehensive and longer (up to 8 weeks) experience as well as beneficial discounts off the admission fees;

3. All the tours around the Balkans including Istanbul and Troy (Turkey), Athens, Delphi, Philippi, Pella and Vergina (Greece) as well as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria, Republic of Macedonia and Serbia.

 

THE BHFS PROJECTS/COURSES IN 2015

 ARCHAEOLOGY & EXCAVATION

 

THE BIRTH OF EUROPE – EXCAVATION OF THE NEOLITHIC SETTLEMENT ILINDENTSI (Bulgaria) + OPTIONAL TOUR OF PHILIPPI AND KAVALA (Greece)

Excavations of one of the earliest Neolithic settlements in Europe (6000-5500 BC), near Ilindentsi, Southwestern Bulgaria. The Field School focuses on Neolithic and field archaeology, finds processing and Neolithic ceramic studies.

Two field school sessions are available:

Session 1: 13 June – 27 June, 2015

Session 2: 28 June – 12 July, 2015

Academic credits available for students: up to 9

 

RISE AND FALL OF THE FIRST EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION – TELL YUNATSITE EXCAVATIONS (Bulgaria) + OPTIONAL TOUR OF TROY AND ISTANBUL (Turkey)

Excavations of Tell Yunatsite – one of the very first urban settlements in Europe (5000-4200 BC), near Pazardzhik, Southern Bulgaria. The Field School focuses on Chalcolithic and field archaeology, finds processing as well as Prehistoric warfare.

Two field school sessions are available:

Session 1: 12 – 26 July, 2015

Session 2: 26 July – 9 August, 2015

Academic credits available for students: up to 9

 

STOBI (CAPITAL CITY OF MACEDONIA SECUNDA) EXCAVATIONS (Republic of Macedonia) + OPTIONAL TOURS OF ATHENS, DELPHI, PELLA AND VERGINA (Greece)

Excavations of the Theodossian Palace – one of the most impressive Roman buildings with floor mosaics in the ancient (Late Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine) city of Stobi, Republic of Macedonia. The Field School focuses on Classical and field archaeology as well as finds processing.

Two field school sessions are available:

Session 1: 27 June – 11 July, 2015

Session 2: 11 – 25 July, 2015

Academic credits available for students: up to 9

 

APOLLONIA PONTICA EXCAVATIONS (Bulgaria) + OPTIONAL TOUR OF ISTANBUL (Turkey)

Excavations of the sacred precinct (temenos) of the Temple of Apollo – St. Kirik Island in Sozopol (once known as Apollonia Pontica), Bulgaria. The Field School focuses on Classical and field archaeology, finds processing as well as ancient Greek colonization.

Three field school sessions are available:

Session 1: 27 June – 11 July, 2015

Session 2: 11 – 25 July, 2015 

Session 3: 27 June – 18 July, 2015

Academic credits available for students: up to 9

 

ANCIENT GREEKS IN THE LAND OF DIONYSOS – EXCAVATION OF EMPORION PISTIROS, THRACE (Bulgaria)

Excavations of emporion Pistiros – an ancient Greek trade center and river harbor located deep in ancient Thrace: the land of origin of Dionysos and Orpheos. The Field School focuses on Classical and field archaeology, finds processing as well as studying the interactions between ancient Greek and Thracian civilizations.

Three field school sessions are available:

Session 1: 26 July – 9 August, 2015

Session 2: 9 – 23 August, 2015

Session 3: 26 July – 16 August, 2015

Academic credits available for students: up to 9

 

 

CONSERVATION & RESTORATION

 

WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ROMAN MOSAICS (Republic of Macedonia)

The workshop will guide the participants through the history, techniques and consequent stages of conservation and documentation of Roman and Late Roman (Early Byzantine) mosaics/mosaic fragments found in the ancient city of Stobi.

Dates: 6-20 June, 2015

Academic credits available for students: 6

 

WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ROMAN MOSAICS AND MURAL PAINTINGS (Republic of Macedonia) + TOUR OF ANCIENT MACEDONIAN CAPITALS PELLA AND VERGINA (Greece)

The workshop will enable students and volunteers to gain comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience in both Roman Mosaic and Mural Painting Art and Conservation. Participants will be guided through the consequent stages of study, conservation, restoration and  documentation as well as the history and technology of Roman mosaics and mural paintings. It will be based on authentic Roman and Late Roman mosaics/mosaic and wall-painting fragments found in the ancient city of Stobi.

Dates: 6-27 June, 2015

Academic credits available for students: 9

 

WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION, RESTORATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ROMAN POTTERY (Republic of Macedonia)

The workshop will introduce the participants to the history and technology of Roman and Late Roman (Early Byzantine) pottery and will guide them through the consequent stages of archaeological conservation, restoration, documentation and study. It will be based on Roman and Late Roman pottery found in the ancient city of Stobi.  During the workshop participants will work with authentic Roman and Late Roman sherds[AB1]  from the collection of NI Stobi.

Dates: 6-20 June, 2015

Academic credits available for students: 6

 

WORKSHOP FOR CONSERVATION, RESTORATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ROMAN POTTERY AND GLASS (Republic of Macedonia) + TOUR OF ANCIENT MACEDONIAN CAPITALS PELLA AND VERGINA (Greece) 

The workshop will enable students and volunteers to gain comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience in Roman and Late Roman pottery and glass conservation and documentation. It will be based on Roman and Late Roman pottery and glassware found in the ancient city of Stobi. During the workshop participants will work with authentic Roman sherds and modern replicas of Roman glassware.

Dates: 6-27 June, 2015

Academic credits available for students: 9

 

WORKSHOP FOR RESTORATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ANCIENT GREEK POTTERY (Bulgaria)

The workshop will guide the participants through the history of ancient Greek pottery, its production and consequent stages of documentation, study, conservation and restoration. It will take place consequently in Emona and Sozopol (ancient Apollonia Pontica) on the Black Sea coast, Bulgaria. Both the theoretical and practical classes will be based on Late Classical Greek and Hellenistic pottery found in the necropolis of Apollonia Pontica. During the workshop participants will work with authentic sherds.

Dates: 1-15 September, 2015

Academic credits available for students: 6

 

 

STUDY AND DOCUMENTATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE

 

“FRESCO-HUNTING” PHOTO RESEARCH EXPEDITION TO MEDIEVAL BALKAN CHURCHES (Bulgaria/Serbia) + OPTIONAL TOUR OF ISTANBUL (Turkey)

The project provides an unique opportunity to students and volunteers to take part in an expedition for documentation of abandoned medieval churches/chapels and their frescoes in Western Bulgaria, to enhance their photography skills, to gain knowledge about Orthodox Christianity and Byzantine and Medieval Balkan civilization as well as to visit many historic sites and museums in Sofia, Western Bulgaria and Eastern Serbia.

Standard Field School Project: 16 – 30 May, 2015

Extended Field School Project: 16 May – 6 June, 2015

Academic credits available for students: up to 9