Conference “Poles in the Near East”: thematic panels and 2nd circular

The organizers of the “Poles in the Near East” 2022 archaeological conference, which will take place online on 8–10 June have issued the 2nd circular with further information on the event.

The conference welcomes papers concerning archaeological research, conservation and heritage protection and promotion in the Near East, Cyprus, the Gulf region, and the Caucasus.  This year, the conference will host three special thematic panels (in English).

Panel 1: “Marble use, trade and distribution in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Late Antiquity”
Organizers: Mariusz Gwiazda (PCMA UW) and Dagmara Wielgosz-Rondolino (FA UW)
Geographical scope:
– Levant, Asia Minor, Balkans, Egypt, Cyrenaica, and Cyprus.
Themes of the panel:
– new discoveries, archaeometric provenance studies, social dimension, distribution of marble and marble artefacts.

Paniel 2: “Deciphering ancient stonecutters: archaeology of the masons’ marks”
Organizers: Anna U. Kordas (FCA UW) and Marcin M. Romaniuk (IMOC PAS)
Geographical and chronological scope:
– the Mediterranean Basin in Antiquity
Themes of the panel:
-methodological approaches to studying masons’ marks, new discoveries of the masons’ marks, technical aspect of the research, architectural reconstructions based on masons’ marks.

Panel 3: “The socio-cultural landscape of Urartian and post-Urartian North-East between 8th and 6th century BC”
Organizers: Mateusz Iskra (PCMA UW) and Krzysztof Jakubiak (FA UW)
Geographical scope:
-Armenia, eastern Turkey, Nakhchivan
Themes of the panel:
– new discoveries, cross-cultural analysis, regional studies, pottery analysis, anthropological research

The deadline for submissions has been extended till 15th April 2022. For further details, see the 2nd circular (PDF).

You can see some presentations from last year’s thematic panel “Between courte durée and moyenne durée. Transition in the archaeology of Hellenistic and Roman Cyprus” on the PCMA UW YouTube channel.