Interdisciplinary Studies of Ancient Materials from 
the Mediterranean

Nicosia, 17-19 September 2014
University of Cyprus
First Call for Papers

The  <http://www.narnia-itn.eu> NARNIA research network is pleased 
to announce the organisation of the international conference, 
entitled: "Interdisciplinary Studies of Ancient Materials from the 
Mediterranean", to be held at the main campus of the University of 
Cyprus, in Nicosia, Cyprus, between the 17th and 19th of September 

The conference will provide an opportunity for new and established 
researchers to share research in an international forum and to 
exchange ideas on the latest interdisciplinary approaches, 
analytical techniques and methodologies for the integrated study 
of ancient materials, technologies and the environment. 

The NARNIA network is a collaboration of researchers who are 
engaged in the holistic study of ancient materials to facilitate 
a better understanding of the strategies associated with the 
production and the consumption of material culture and its impact 
on the historic and ancient environment.

We invite oral and poster presentations of research projects that 
cut across disciplines, and combine archaeological and analytical 
data to aid archaeological and historical interpretation. 
Contributions that discuss ancient production techniques, the 
history of technology, cultural transformation at both local and 
regional scales are especially welcome. In addition to the papers 
that will be presented by the twenty NARNIA fellows, we encourage 
presentations by other research teams or individuals outside of the
NARNIA network. 

Submitted papers and posters should fall under one or more of the 
following themes, which correspond to 
<http://www.narnia-itn.eu/narnia-identity/work-areas/> the work 
areas of the NARNIA project:

1.     The interdisciplinary study of ancient ceramics
2.     Ancient and historical glass production and trade
3.     Copper metallurgy across the Mediterranean
4.     Interdisciplinary assessments of architectural decoration 
(mosaics, wall-paintings, stone buildings) 
5.     Dating techniques and the palaeo-environment
6.     pXRF application in Archaeology

Abstract Submission 

Abstracts of a maximum of 250 words should be submitted by the 
31st of March 2014 to narnia@ucy.ac.cy in MS Word or PDF format. 
Abstracts should be accompanied by the following information:

First Name 
Phone number 
Email address 
Paper or Poster presentation (please select one)
Title of paper or poster presentation

The outcome of the abstract submission evaluation will be sent 
to the authors directly, by the 9 May 2014.


The official language of the workshop is English. 
Oral presentations should not exceed 15 minutes. 

Conference Expenses 

Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation 
expenses. There will be registration fee of 75� (50� reduced 
price for students), which will cover the costs of coffee breaks 
during the conference and one conference dinner.


The peer-reviewed papers will be published in the form of an 
edited volume. Acceptance for presentation of a paper does not 
guarantee acceptance for publication. Authors of papers that are 
accepted for publication, will be contacted separately in due time,
 with clear instructions on the publication procedure.

Organising committee

Prof. Vasiliki Kassianidou � NARNIA project coordinator, 
Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus

Dr Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou � NARNIA project manager, 
Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus

Scientific committee

Dr Eleni Aloupi (Thetis Authentics Ltd)

Dr Fadi Balaawi (Hashemite University)

Dr Yannis Bassiakos (N.C.S.R. Demokritos)

Dr Peter Day (University of Sheffield)

Dr Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou (University of Cyprus)

Dr Roger Doonan (University of Sheffield)

Dr Demetrios Eliades (G.M. EuroCy Innovations Ltd)

Prof. Anne-Marie Guimier-Sorbets (Universite Paris-Ouest)

Prof. Vasiliki Kassianidou (University of Cyprus)

Dr Vassilis Kilikoglou (N.C.S.R. Demokritos)

Prof. Marcos MartinΓ³n-Torres (University College London)

Prof. Demetrios Michaelides (University of Cyprus)

Mr George Milis (G.M. EuroCy Innovations Ltd)

Prof. Karin Nys (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Dr Giorgos Papasavvas (University of Cyprus)

Prof. Thilo Rehren (University College London Qatar)


For further information or clarifications, please contact 
Dr Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou, the NARNIA project manager, 
Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus, e-mail: 
 <mailto:m.dikom@ucy.ac.cy> m.dikom@ucy.ac.cy

Provenance and proximity: a technological analysis of Late and Final Neolithic ceramics from Euripides Cave, Salamis, Greece

  • a School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
  • b Ephorate of Palaeoanthropology – Speleology of Southern Greece, 34b Ardittou Street, 116 36 Athens, Greece

Volume 41, January 2014, Pages 79–88


• Most Late–Final Neolithic pottery from Euripides Cave was locally produced.
• Inclusions in the pottery are mainly metamorphic and sedimentary in origin.
• Imported pottery is distinguished by the occurrence of fresh volcanic inclusions.
•  Local altered volcanic rocks were not a significant source for making pottery.
• Sparry calcite and grog temper reflect exchange of technological knowledge.

Reconsidering the role of Thorikos within the Laurion silver mining area (Attica, Greece) through hydrological analyses

Volume 41, January 2014, Pages 272–284

  • a Ghent University, Department of Archaeology, Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 35, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • b Ghent University, Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Management, Coupure Links 653, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • c Ghent University, Department of Geography, Krijgslaan 281 (S8), 9000 Ghent, Belgium


• We examine management strategies for industrial water use in the Laurion.
• An analysis of runoff water accumulation and a water balance model is performed.
• Cistern location is a determining factor in the operation of the workshops.
• Thorikos could have never been the large scale processing site that Soureza was.

PXRF characterisation of obsidian from central Anatolia, the Aegean and central Europe

Volume 41, January 2014, Pages 285–296

  • Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY, United Kingdom


• Successful pXRF discrimination of obsidian from central Anatolia, the Aegean and the Carpathians.
• New questions through the ability to mass sample, potentially entire obsidian assemblages.
• Multi-scalar approach to obsidian distribution, particularly in overlap areas.
• Investigation of directionality and intensity of Neolithic exchange and communication networks.

Sedimentary processes involved in mud brick degradation in temperate environments: a micromorphological approach in an ethnoarchaeological context in northern Greece


•Mud bricks and their degradation products best identified using micromorphology.
•Mud bricks differ from soil by increased homogeneity and having deformation features.
•Degraded mud brick sediments should be viewed as slope deposits.
•Gravity and water degrade mud brick walls through a variety of wet and dry flows.


Sun dried mud bricks are a common building material across the globe, found in many archaeological sites in the Old World since ca. 11,000 years ago. This material is known to disintegrate due to exposure to the elements, mostly affected by rain. Yet, the geomorphic and sedimentological characteristics of this disintegration process have never been studied in detail until recently. Here we report on mud brick degradation processes observed in an abandoned mud brick village in northern Greece. We demonstrate that mud bricks have unique micromorphological characteristics that differentiate them from natural soils. Upon degradation some of these characteristics are lost (e.g., planar voids after fibrous vegetal temper). Rain initiates brick degradation at the upper parts of walls where from brick material is washed down walls and deposited at their feet, forming a conical talus. The talus deposits show micromorphological features indicative of a variety of flows, including wet and dry grain flows, debris, hyperconcentrated and water flows. These flows seem to operate simultaneously across small distances. These talus deposits are different micromorphologically from natural soils thus their characteristics can be used to identify degraded mud brick material in archaeological sites. This, in turn, may help identify the location of long degraded mud brick walls (in the absence of stone foundations) and identify the relationship between house floors and degraded infill that accumulated on floors following wall degradation. A comparison between the current observations with a previous study we conducted in an abandoned mud brick house in arid southern Israel, illustrates the generality of these low energy slope processes in mud brick degradation, which emphasizes the worldwide applicability of the processes identified in this study.




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