The NARNIA research network announces 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 2014.

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.

The Organizing Committee invites 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, presentations by other research teams or individuals outside of the NARNIA network are encouraged.

Submitted papers and posters should fall under one or more of the following themes, which correspond to 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 [email protected] in MS Word or PDF format. Abstracts should be accompanied by the following information: Surname,  First Name,  Position,  Affiliation,  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 Martinón-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: [email protected]