The Mediterranean Mirror. Cultural Contacts in the Mediterranean Sea between 1200 and 750 B.C.
Sponsored by University of Heidelberg - Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung - DataTV - Maney Publishing
Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 5:00pm to Monday, October 8, 2012 - 5:30pm

Heuscheuer Lecture Hall 2 and Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg Conference Hall
Große Mantelgasse 2 and Hauptstrasse 242
Heidelberg, BW

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The main goal of the International Conference is to investigate the different types of cultural interrelationships among several Mediterranean cultures from the collapse of the palatial systems (circa 1200 B.C.) to the dawn of the Greek colonization in the West (circa 750 B.C.).
The conference consists of an introductory theoretical talk, given by professor Panagiotopoulos, and five geographical sections lead by as many experienced professors who also act as keynote-speakers:

· Cyprus and Near East (Dr. Susan Sherratt - Sheffield University);
· North African and Egypt (Prof. Dr. Karl Jansen-Winkeln – Frei Universität Berlin);
· Aegean region (Dr. Eleni Konstantinidi-Syvridi - National Archaeological Museum of Athens);
· Italian Peninsula and Sardinia (Prof. Dr. Marco Bettelli – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Scuola di Specializzazione di Matera);
· Iberian Peninsula and Balearics (Dr. Ana Margarida Arruda - Lisbon University).

For each geographical section there will be two or three lectures that will be held by young researchers involved in this specific regional field of archaeology, who will communicate unpublished data or themes which have been only recently taken into consideration by the scientific community.
On the last day a round-table discussion will take place, to sum up the main points of the general discussion. The above-mentioned professors will regulate this discussion and each speaker will be entitled to take part in it. This final discussion will provide the opportunity on one hand to emphasize the supra-regional trends, on the other hand to sketch out a framework with both a synchronic and diachronic perspective.
The goal is to offer an exhaustive benchmark for future research in this field.

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