Aegean Archaeology Vol. 8

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The editors of Aegean Archaeology are pleased to announce that vol. 8 (2005-2006) is out. For contents, please see below.

For any further details (abstracts of articles, contents of previous volumes, PDFs of selected articles, ordering info) please consult our website at

Contents of Vol 8:

M. Georgiadis, The Prehistoric Finds from the Halasarna Survey Project 2003-2006, Kos: A Preliminary Report, p. 7-19;

M.G. Clinton, S.. Martino, G.H. Myer, D.O. Terry, Jr., and P.P. Betancourt, Rapid Cooling Effects in Early Bronze Age Copper Smelting Slags from Chrysokamino, p.. 21-30;

E. Miller Bonney, A Reconsideration of Depositional Practices in Early Bronze Age Crete, p. 31-50;

L. Tyree, F.W. McCoy, A. Kanta, D. Sphakianakis, A. Stamos, K. Aretaki, and E. Kamilaki, Inferences for Use of Skotino Cave During the Bronze Age and Later Based on a Speleological and Environmental Study at Skotino Cave, Crete, p. 51-63;

M. Devolder, From the Ground Up: Earth in Minoan Construction. The Case of Building 5 at Palaikastro, p. 65-80;

E. Drakaki, The Ownership of Hard Stone Seals with the motif of a Pair of Recumbent Bovines from the Late Bronze Age Greek Mainland: A Contextual Approach, p. 81-93;

R.A.K. Smith, E. Pappi, M.K. Dabney, S. Triantaphyllou, and J.C. Wright, 2006–2007 Excavations of the Mycenaean Cemetery at Ayia Sotira, Ancient Nemea, p. 95-109;

R. Jung and M. Mehofer, A sword of Naue II type from Ugarit and the Historical Significance of Italian-type Weaponry in the Eastern Mediterranean, p. 111-135

Paul Faure 1916 – 2007 (Florence Driessen-Gaignerot), p. 137-139;

R. Koehl, Aegean Bronze Age Rhyta (Carl Knappett), p. 141-144;

C. Davaras and Ph.P. Betancourt, Hagia Photia Cemetery I: The Tomb Groups and Architecture (Krzysztof Nowicki), p. 144-146.

CONF: Fines imperii, imperium sine fine? Osnabrueck 14-18.9.09

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International Congress, Osnabrueck, 14th-18th September 2009:
Fines imperii, imperium sine fine?
Rome – Empire between resistance and integration

In celebration of the 2000th anniversary of the Varus battle of A.D. 9, University and City of Osnabrück, in corporation with the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, are organising an international five-day congress to discuss questions on the interaction between Romans and natives in the frontier regions of the Roman empire in the early Empire.
Based on our archaeological, epigraphic and literary sources it is the aim to analyse both the diverse Roman policies aimed at controlling, pacifying and ‘civilising’ frontier regions as well as the various indigenous strategies to adapt to or resist Roman imperialism. Besides Roman military occupation and demonstrations of Rome’s power, we want to focus on civic aspects, such as the integration of indigenous elites in the socioeconomic structures of the Roman empire, the developments in rural and urban areas, aspects of ethnogenesis and the consequences of cultural interactions and core-periphery relationships. It is the aim of the conference to explore parallels and discrepant experiences in the various frontier regions of the Roman Empire.
There are three thematic sections: (1) Roman and indigenous strategies to consolidate power and secure peace. (2) Pax Romana – Development of civic structures. (3) Instruments to consolidate Roman dominance: military and ideology.

Speakers include: Kurt Raaflaub (Brown University), David Mattingly (Leicester), Michek Reddé (Paris), Angel Morillo Cerdan (Madrid), Moshe Fischer (Tel Aviv), Martina Minas-Nerpel (Swansea), Simon James (Leicester), Helmut Halfmann (Hamburg), William Van Andringa (Lille), Maaike Groot (Amsterdam), Hartmut Wolff (Passau), Francois Favory (Besancon), Ariel Lewin (Potenza), Sandrine Agusta-Boularot (Aix-en-Provence), Miroslava Mirkovic (Beograd), Marjeta Sasel Kos (Ljubliana), Stefanie Martin-Kilcher (Bern), Peter Herz (Regensburg), Ulrike Ehmig (Mainz/Klagenfurt), Günther Schörner (Jena), Yann Le Bohec (Paris), G.A. Lehmann (Göttingen), R. Wolters (Tübingen), and Siegmar von Schurbein (Frankfurt).

Conference fee: 40 euros including excursions to Kalkriese (site of the ‘Varus battle’), Haltern and Detmold
For further information and booking see or contact ralph.haussler AT

This Day in Ancient History: pridie kalendas septembres

pridie kalendas septembres

12 A.D. — birth of the future emperor Gaius (Caligula) at Antium

40 A.D. — Gaius (Caligula) celebrates an ovatio after his attempted military campaigns in Gaul and Britain

161 A.D. — birth of the future emperor Commodus (and his twin, Titus Aurelius Fulvus Antoninus)

Holy Anachronism Batman!

The incipit of a piece in the apparently indicatively-named LocalIQ:

Have you ever imagined Cleopatra, in 26 BC, staring up at the sky at Polaris — the North Star and bright and pointy handle of the constellation called The Little Dipper — and wondered how different it looked to her than it does to you now?

… talk about your captatio malevolentiae

Burial in the Aigai Agora?

Excerpt from an interesting item about a burial from Aigai in the Associated Press:

The find in the ruins of Aigai came a few meters (yards) from last year’s remarkable discovery of what could be the bones of Alexander the Great’s murdered teenage son, according to one expert.

Archaeologists are puzzled because both sets of remains were buried under very unusual circumstances: Although cemeteries existed near the site, the bones were taken from an unknown first resting place and re-interred, against all ancient convention, in the heart of the city.

Excavator Chrysoula Saatsoglou-Paliadeli said in an interview that the bones found this week were inside one of two large silver vessels unearthed in the ancient city’s marketplace, close to the theater where Alexander’s father, King Philip II, was murdered in 336 B.C.

She said they arguably belonged to a Macedonian royal and were buried at the end of the 4th century B.C.

But it is too early to speculate on the dead person’s identity, pending tests to determine the bones’ sex and age, said Saatsoglou-Paliadeli, a professor of classical archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

She said one of the silver vessels is “very, very similar” to another found decades ago at a nearby royal tumulus, where one grave has been identified as belonging to Philip II.

Alexander was one of the most successful generals of all times. In a series of battles against the Persian Empire, he conquered much of the known world, reaching as far as India.

After his death in 323 B.C., at the age of 32, Alexander’s empire broke up in a series of wars by his successors that saw the murder of his mother, half brother, wife and both sons.

Archaeologist Stella Drougou said the new find is “very important, as it follows up on last year’s.”

“It makes things very complex,” she said. “Even small details in the ancient texts can help us solve this riddle. We (now) have more information, but we lack a name.”

Drougou told The Associated Press that the fact the funerary urns were not placed in a proper grave “either indicates some form of punishment, or an illegal act.”

“Either way, it was an exceptional event, and we know the history of the Macedonian kings is full of acts of revenge and violent succession.”

A couple of photos in a slideshow accompany the article.

We should point out that last year at this time — almost to the day — we were reporting on a similar find involving a copper vessel and archaeologists were similarly mystified. Again, I’ll openly speculate whether we’re dealing with some sort of heroon …