VENUE: The Anastasios G. Leventis Foundation (40 Gladstone Street, 1095 Nicosia).



8:45 – 9:45 Registration
9:45 – 10:15 Welcoming addresses
10:15 – 11:00 Keynote lecture
Jean - Yves Empereur (Centre d' Études Alexandrines, CNRS), Four decades of amphora studies in the Eastern Mediterranean. A reassessment.

Coffee Break 11:00 – 11:30

1st session. Amphora Studies

Chair: Demetrios Michaelides

11:30 – 11:50 John Lund (National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark) and Mark Lawall (Classics Department, University of Manitoba, Canada)
Roman amphora studies in Cyprus. An overview.

11:50 – 12:10 Clive Orton (University College London, UK)
Quantifying the unquantifiable: why amphorae are difficult and what we might do about it.

12:10 – 12:30 Anno Hein (Department of Materials Science, IAMPPNM, N.C.S.R. Demokritos, Greece), Viktoria Georgopoulou (2nd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities IA, Greece) and Vassilis Kilikoglou (Department of Materials Science, IAMPPNM, N.C.S.R. Demokritos, Greece)
The life cycle of transport amphorae: failure prediction and damage interpretation using finite element analysis.

12:30 – 12:50 Stella Demesticha (Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
Gone with the waves: scattered Roman amphorae in shallow waters, around Cape Kiti, Cyprus.

12:50 – 13:10 Stephane Martinez (PhD Candidate, Haifa University, Mt Carmel, Israel)
Hermatypic organisms on archaeological artefacts as indicators for depth, location and paleoclimate.

Lunch Break 13:10 – 14:45

2nd session. Amphora Production I

Chair: Dimitris Kourkoumelis

14:45 – 15:05 Platon Petridis (University of Athens, Greece),
Local Late Roman amphorae in continental Greece: production and distribution.

15:05 – 15:25 Dimitris Grigoropoulos (German Archaeological Institute, Athens, Greece)
The amphora production of Roman Cos in context: a preliminary report on the evidence from Halasarna.

15:25 – 15:45 Charikleia Diamanti (2nd Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Greece) and Calliope Kouzeli (Stone Conservation Centre, Greece)
Late Roman amphora production in the Aegean islands of Kos and Paros: recent archaeological and archaeometrical data.

15:45 – 16:05 Cécile Rocheron (Independent Researcher, Athens, Greece) and Jean-Sébastien Gros (Researcher, Ecole française d'Athènes, Athens, Greece)
Roman amphorae from the excavations at Thasos: from the 1st century BC to the 4th century AD.

Coffee Break 16:05 – 16:35

3rd session. Amphora Production II

Chair: John Lund

16:35 – 16:55 Anthi Kaldeli (Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus), David Williams (University of Southampton, UK) and Demetrios Michaelides (Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus)
Amphorae from Roman Paphos: Cypriot production within an empire framework.

16:55 - 17:15 Paul Reynolds (ICREA/ERAAUB Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
North Lebanese amphorae: suggested forms and distribution.

17:15 – 17:35 Dina Avshalom-Gorni and Anastasia Shapiro (Israel Antiquities Authority, Israel)
The trade of Roman amphorae in the northern Israeli coast.

17:35 – 17:55 Valérie Pichot (Centre d'Etudes Alexandrines /CNRS, Alexandria, Egypt) and Ahmet Kaan Şenol (Ege Üniversitesi, Bornova-Izmir, Turkey)
Alexandria, Akademia Site: first excavation campaign on the amphora workshop of Apol(l)onios.

17:55 – 18:15 Caroline Autret (PhD Candidate; Université Paris-Sorbonne and University of Cyprus)
Late Roman 1 Amphora production at Soli-Pompeiopolis.


1st session. Amphora typologies

Chair: David Williams

09:00 – 09:20 Andrei Opait (The Romanian Academy Institute of Archaeology-Iassy, Romania)
On the origin of Kapitän 2 amphora type.

09:20 – 09:40 Carmela Franco (PhD Candidate, University of Oxford, UK), Loϊc Mazou (PhD Candidate, University of Poitiers, France) and Claudio Capelli (DISTAV, Università degli studi di Genova, Italy)
The Middle Roman 1A amphora. New archaeological and archaeometric data on its origin and diffusion in the eastern Mediterranean.

09:40 – 10:00 Sergey Vnukov (Institute of Archaeology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia)
Late Heraclean narrow-necked amphorae (typology, evolution, chronology).

10:00 – 10:20 Diana Dobreva (University of Padua, Italy)
The so-called 'Dressel 24 Amphora Group': some typological notes.

10:20 – 10:40 Lucie S. Vidličková (Hellenic Institute of Marine Archaeology; PhD Candidate, University of Crete, Greece)
Survey in the southern Euboean Gulf: new evidence concerning the amphorae with funnel-shaped mouth.

Coffee Break 10:40 – 11:10

2nd session. Seaborne trade in the Eastern Mediterranean

Chair: Tamas Bezeczky

11:10 – 11:30 Peter Gendelman (Israel Antiquities Authority, Israel)
Local amphora production and seaborne trade patterns of the province of Judaea/Syria-Palaestina: evidence from Caesarea Maritima and beyond.

11:30 – 11:50 Delphine Dixneuf (Ingénieur de Recherche au CNRS, Centre d' Etudes Alexandrines /CNRS, Alexandria, Egypt)
Typological and chronological classifications of Egyptian amphorae and their trade from the Nile to the Mediterranean during the Roman period and Late Antiquity.

11:50 – 12:10 Scott Gallimore (Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada)
Amphorae and the economy of the eastern Mediterranean in the 3rd century AD: the case of Crete.

12:30- 12:50 Theotokis Theodoulou (Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, Greece), Brendan Foley (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA), Dimitris Kourkoumelis, (Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, Chalandri, Greece) and Kalliopi Preka-Alexandri, (Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, Greece)
Roman cargoes at the seas of Chios: the 2008 mission.

Lunch Break 12:50 – 14:45

3rd session. Amphorae in Eastern Mediterranean Sites

Chair: Jean-Yves Empereur

14:45 – 15:05 Philip Bes (University of Leuven, Belgium) and Michalis Karambinis (23rd Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Greece)
Journey 'through' the Centre of the Earth: amphora evidence from across central Greece.

15:05 – 15:15 Marek Palaczyk (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Quite new in Eretria – not very new in the Aegean. Roman amphorae from the Swiss excavations in Eretria: preliminary observations - Short paper.

15:15 – 15:35 Philip Bes (University of Leuven, Belgium), Jeroen Poblome (University of Leuven, Belgium), Patrick Degryse (University of Leuven, Belgium) and Patrick Monsieur (University of Leuven, Belgium)
The bright side of the mountain... Imported amphorae from Sagalassos, Turkey.

15:35 – 15:55 Henryk Meyza (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland) and Maria Dobiesława Bagińska, (Poznan Archaeological Museum, Poland)
Popular form-types of Early Roman amphorae imported to Nea Paphos, Cyprus, and the diversity of their origin.

Coffee Break 15:55 – 16:25

4th session. The distribution of Adriatic and North African Amphorae to the Eastern Mediterranean

Chair: Lina Kassianidou

16:25 – 16:45 Patrick Monsieur (Ghent University, Belgium)
The production sites and the chronology of central Adriatic amphorae and their export to the eastern Mediterranean.

16:45 – 17:05 Michel Bonifay (Centre Camille Jullian - Aix Marseille Université/CNRS, France), Claudio Capelli (Centre Camille Jullian and Università degli Studi di Genova) and Ahmet Kaan Şenol, (Centre d'Etudes Alexandrines, Egypt and Ege Üniversitesi, Bornova-Izmir, Turkey)
African amphorae: production areas vs distribution in the eastern Mediterranean.

17:05 – 17:25 George Koutsouflakis (Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, Hellenic Institute of Maritime Archaeology, Athens, Greece) and Xanthie Argiris, (Hellenic Institute of Marine Archaeology, Athens, Greece)
Roman North African amphorae in the Aegean: the evidence of shipwrecks.

17:25 – 17:45 Dimitris Kourkoumelis (Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, Greece)
Two Late Roman shipwrecks from the northern Ionian Sea.

20:00 Conference dinner


1st session. Amphora Imports in the Black Sea

Chair: Andrei Opait

9:30 – 9:50 Elena Klenina, (National Preserve "Chersonesos Taurica", Sebastopol, Ukraine)
Amphorae of the 1st century BC – 4th century AD from Chersonesos Taurica.

9:50 – 10:10 Andrei Sazanov (Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia)
Late Roman amphorae of ca. 250-450 AD in northern Black Sea coastal sites: contexts, chronology, typology.

10:10 – 10:30 Anna Smokotina (Institute of Oriental Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Simferopol, Ukraine)
The import of LR1 amphorae into Bosporus.

10:30 – 10:40 Andrzej B. Biernacki (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland)
Amphorae of the 4th–6th centuries AD from Novae (Moesia Inferior): typology and chronology - short paper.

Coffee Break 10:40 – 11:10

2nd session. Eastern Amphorae in the Adriatic Coast

Chair: Clive Orton

11:10 – 11:30 Dino Taras (Department of Underwater Archaeology, Archaeological Museum, Zadar, Croatia)
Amphorae from the Roman port of Aenona.

11:30 – 11:50 Pavle Dugonjić (Independent researcher, Croatia)
Rhodian amphorae in the eastern Adriatic coast – an overview.

11:50 – 12:10 Jeffrey G. Royal (RPM Nautical Foundation, Key West, USA)
Maritime evidence for overseas trade along the Illyrian coast: the eastern Mediterranean connections.

12:10 – 12:30 Luka Bekić and Mladen Pešić (International Centre for Underwater Archaeology, Zadar, Croatia)
Evidence of maritime trade on the eastern Adriatic coast based on the underwater finds from two Roman ports in Croatia.

12:30 – 12:40 Tamas Bezeczky (Institut für Kulturgeschichte der Antike der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna, Austria), Piero Berni Millet (Institut Català d'Arqueologia Clàssica, Spain), Horacio Gonzales (PhD Candidate, Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Germany) and Anna Nagy (MSc student, ELTE, Institute of Archaeological Science, Hungary)
New research on the Castrum villa, on the island of Brijuni (Croatia) - Short paper.

Lunch Break 12:40 – 14:15

3rd session. Eastern Amphorae in Italy

Chair: Claudio Capelli

14:15 – 14:35 Rita Auriemma (University of Salento, Lecce, Italy), Valentina Degrassi (Archeotest s.r.l, Trieste, Italy) and Elena Quiri (Independent Researcher, Turin, Italy)
Eastern amphora imports in the Adriatic Sea: the evidence from terrestrial and underwater contexts of Roman imperial age.

14:35 – 14:55 Elena Quiri (Independent Researcher, Turin, Italy)
Imports of eastern transport amphorae to Turin (Italy).

14:55 – 15:15 Rita Auriemma (University of Salento, Lecce, Italy)
New data on the eastern imports in the late Republican cargo of Torre S. Sabina.

15:15 – 15:25 Elena Quiri (Independent Researcher, Turin, Italy) and Giuseppina Spagnolo Garzoli (Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Piedmont and Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Turin, Italy)
Imports of alum from Milos to Novara (Italy) - Short paper.

Coffee Break 15:25 – 16:00

4th session. Eastern Amphorae in the Western Mediterranean

Chair: Michel Bonifay

16:00 – 16:20 Laura Biccone and Alessandro Vecciu (University of Sassari, Sardinia, Italy)
Eastern amphorae from Bosa, western Sardinia (AD 400-690).

16:20 – 16:40 Federico Ugolini (PhD Candidate, King's College London, UK)
A preliminary note on some aspects of production and circulation of the Ariminum amphorae in the eastern Mediterranean in the Roman imperial age.

16:40 – 17:00 Tamás Bezeczky (Institut für Kulturgeschichte der Antike der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna, Austria)
Distribution of the Ephesus amphorae in the Mediterranean.

17:00 – 17:20 Guillermo Pascual Berlanga (independent researcher) and Albert Ribera i Lacomba, (Valencia City Hall)
Aegean Amphorae in Valencia (1st to the 3rd century AD) and Pompeii (1st century BC to 79 AD).

17:20 – 17:30 Eliana Piccardi (University of Genoa, Italy – University of Aix – Marseille I, France)
Ex Oriente ad Tyrrhenum mare. Data for a preliminary synthesis of eastern Mediterranean amphora circulation in ancient Liguria, in Corsica and Sardinia - Short paper.

Coffee Break 17:30 – 17:45

Chair: Paul Reynolds

17:45 – 18:15 Anthi Kaldeli and Stella Demesticha
Concluding Remarks.

18:15 – 18:45 Final Discussion


VENUE: The Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus (12 Gladstone Street, 1095 Nicosia).

Moderator: David Williams

10:00-13:00. Workshop: Macro - and microscopic examination of Cypriot and other eastern Mediterranean amphora fabrics.


Post Conference excursion to Paphos