ΚΑRΑVΟΙ (Κάραβοι): Methodology, Interpretation and Typology of Maritime Graffiti in the Mediterranean

This International Conference, took place on 15 – 16 October 2016, after the completion of the 2014 research project, entitled KARAVOI: The Ship Graffiti on the Medieval and post-Medieval Monuments of Cyprus: Mapping, Documentation, and Digitisation, which was initiated by the University of Cyprus and funded by the Leventis Foundation.
The conference was one of the project's deliverables and brought together for the first time scholars that work in the eastern Mediterranean in order to discuss diverse aspects of ship graffiti, such as:

1. Maritime graffiti other than ships
2. Typology and shipbuilding analysis
3. Spatial distribution
4. Interpretation of the maritime graffiti in their multiple contexts (anthropological, historical, geographical, spatial, symbolic, religious or other)
5. Recording and documentation methodologies
6. Theoretical approaches to graffiti.

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Per terram, Per mare: Production and Transport of Roman Amphorae in the Eastern Mediterranean

This International Conference, took place on 12 – 15 April 2012 and was organized by the programme Roman Amphorae from Cyprus (ROMACY) (a programme co-funded by the European Development Funds and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research Promotion Foundation), and the MA.RE.Lab.

The aim of the conference was to provide an in-depth and multi-faceted approach to amphora studies and to produce a synthesis of the data obtained from recent research in the eastern Mediterranean. The Conference, which addressed issues concerning typology, archaeometry and seaborne trade to statistical analysis and theoretical perspectives brought together specialists from various fields in order to exchange ideas and communicate results on issues relating to the nature of amphora production and trade.


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Sailing from Polis to Empire: maritime scales in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Hellenistic Period (4th - 1st centuries BCE)

The International Workshop, took place on 14 - 15 November 2014 and was organized by the the University of Cyprus (Sailing in Cyprus through the centuries project) and Le Mans University, France, in collaboration with the French Institute of Cyprus (Institut Français de Chypre), CReAAH (Centre de Recherches en Archéologie, Archéosciences, Histoire) and the Scientific Interest Group of Maritime History (Groupement d' Intérêt Scientifique d' Histoire Maritime).

In this international workshop, maritime archaeologists and historians from France and Cyprus  presented new data and discussed important research topics, such as the geography of sailing, seaborne trade patterns and mechanisms, ship types and shipbuilding technology. The focus was on Hellenistic times, a period when sea power was undoubtedly the epicentre of ideological and political developments: naval fleets became of key importance for the kingdoms, and the new seaborne trade networks created different economic trends in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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