Archaeology of the Sea

21-22 March 2014

Royal Museums of Art and History

Brussels (Belgium)

The aim of this conference is to explore to what degree the sea served both as a barrier and as an enabler of interactions between Mediterranean communities since the earliest prehistory till the end of the Hellenistic period. We also aim to stress how, at different times, the sea and coastal places were at the origin of meaningful traditions through which individuals and communities constructed multiple relationships

The conference accompanies the ‘Nautilus. Navigating Greece’, at BOZAR

Preliminary Program

Friday March 21st

09:30-10:00: registration

10:00-10:15: welcome addresses by Dr. L. Mendoni, Prof. A. Tsingarida

1st Session: Travelling the Prehistoric Mediterranean: chair J. Driessen

10:15-10:45: Nena Galanidou, The Quaternary sea: a linking thread in early human travels in the Aegean Basin

10:45-11:15: Colin Renfrew, Cycladic seafaring from the palaeolithic to the world’s first maritime sanctuary

11:15-11:30: Coffee Break

11:30-12:00: Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki, Minoan Thallasocracy: Myths and Finds

12:00-12:30: Diamanthis Panagiotopoulos, Maritime Entanglements. Bronze Age Crete in its Mediterranean Context

12:30-13:00: Tom Tartaron, Recovering the Maritime Coastal Communities of Mycenaean Greece

13:0-14:30: Lunch Break

2nd Session: Travelling in the Dark Ages: chair A. Tsingarida

14:30-15:00: Shelley Wachsmann, The Gurob Ship-Cart Model

15:00-15:30: Nikos Stambolidis, Touches on the canvas of the Homeric Wine Dark Sea

15:30-16:00: Jan Paul Crielaard, Towards an archaeology of the sea. Making sense of the Aegean seascape in the Early Iron Age

16:00-16:15: Coffee Break

16:15-16:45: Anastasia Gadolou, Shedding further light on the sea route from the northern Peloponnese to “Magna Grecia” during the 8th c. BC.

3rd Session: Masters of the Mediterranean: chair A. Tsingarida

16:45-17:15: Bjorn Löven, The Athenian naval bases in the Piraeus – the backbone of the first European Democracy

17:15-17:45: David Blackman, Emblems of naval power

17:45-18:15: Vassilios Lambrinoudakis, The element of the sea in the cult and the myths of Classical Athens

Saturday March 22nd

4th Session : Travelling throughout the Oikoumène : chair Dr. N. Valakou

10:00-10:15 : registration

10:15-10:45 : Roland Etienne, La politique portuaire de Délos sous Nicias

10:45-11:15 Sebastiano Tusa, The First Punic war revisited after the recent underwater discoveries in Sicily

11:15-11:30: Coffee Break

11:30-12:00: Pavlos Triantafyllidis, The Radiance of Hellenistic Rhodes in the Mediterranean

12:00-12:30: Giorgos Koutsouflakis, “The Unharvested Sea”: a century of underwater exploration in the Hellenic archipelago

12:30-13:00: Cyprian Broodbank, Makings of a Middle Sea: A comparative Perspective?

13:00-13:15: closing words: Prof. J. Driessen

13:15-14:30: lunch break