2013.10.15 - 18th Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology SOMA 2014 Wrocław – POLAND / 24-26 April, 2014

18th Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology

SOMA 2014

WrocławPOLAND / 24-26 April, 2014




The eighteenth annual meeting of the Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology (SOMA) will be held in Wrocław-Poland on 24-26 April 2014. As it has been in the past, this symposium will continue to provide an important opportunity for scholars and researchers to come together and discuss their works in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Our spectrum is growing wider due to the increased importance and knowledge of interdisciplinary works in today’s scientific era.

Since prehistoric times the Mediterranean has been acting as a locale for interaction between groups inhabiting regions that are now studied mainly within the different sub-fields of ancient studies. In recent years, however, the development of research techniques and analytical models of archaeological evidence have identified similar historical paths that are similar if not, in some cases, common to these different areas of the ancient world from the West (Iberian peninsula) to the East (Anatolia and Levant) from the North (Europe, Black Sea Coast) to the South (Maghreb and Egypt).

The 18th SOMA meeting welcomes presentations related to the above-mentioned topics and also arguments like sea, trade, colonization and piracy using archaeological data collected within contexts located within the Mediterranean basin and the Ancient Near Eastern area, chronologically ranging from Prehistoric to Medieval periods.



Deadline for registration of the paper is 1.03.2014





Centre for Late Antique and Early Medieval Studies of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology Polish Academy of Sciences


General Association of Mediterranean Archaeology


Institute of Classical, Mediterranean and Oriental Studies University of Wrocław


The City Museum of Wrocław





Prof. Dr. Ahmet Adil Tırpan

Prof. Dr. Andrzej Buko

Prof. Dr. Asuman Baldıran

Prof. Dr Osman Eravsar

Prof. Dr. Sławomir Moździoch

Prof. Dr. Kadir Pektas

Prof. Dr. Gościwit Malinowski

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ertekin Doksanaltı

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maciej Trzciński

Assist. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Tekocak

Assist. Prof. Dr. Sengul Aydingun

Dr. Sergey Fazlulin

Dr. Lihi Habas

Dr. Michele Stephanile

Dr. Hakan Oniz





Dr. Błażej Stanisławski

Dr. Hakan Oniz

Dr. Michele Stephanile

Ceyda Oztosun

Kamran Kamaei





Papers will be grouped in different sessions dedicated to the different regions of the Mediterranean. Each session will be developed following a chronological sequence, from the Prehistory to the Medieval Age:

1. Western Mediterranean

2. Central Mediterranean

3. Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean

4. Black Sea

5. Near East and Egypt

6. Mediterranean Interactions


Also papers regarding the following themes will be accepted:

- Archaeometry

- Marine / Seamanship History

- Conservation, preservation and archaeological site management

- Restoration and Museology


There are no other limitations regarding the subject and the period, but special consideration will be given to papers adopting an innovative theoretical and methodological approach.


Please note: no papers dealing with unprovenanced artifacts will be accepted.


The conference language will be English in order to maintain the usual organization of SOMA conferences. No translation services will be available during the congress.


All speakers are requested to observe a 20 minute limit for presented papers. Presentations will be given as Power Point presentations.





Abstracts must be written in English and should be approximately 3000 characters in length (Title 200 characters).


Submission of abstracts: From 1 January to 1 March of 2014


Registered participants will be notified about their abstract acceptance within 20 days of the submission date. Information on accepted proposals will be sent, via e-mail, by this date. To submit an abstract, please fill-in the registration form from the official website: www.genama.info or www.arch.pan.wroc.pl submit the abstract to: soma18th@gmail.com  


The Deadline for Symposium registration is 1 March 2014.


The registration fee for speakers and authors is 70 € (for each) until 1 March 2014, rising to 90 € after 1 March 2014.
Students will pay a reduced fee of 55 € until 1 March 2014, rising to 75 € after 1 March 2014.

To register as a student, please send the number and validity period of your Student Card. Please note that student IDs will be checked during registration. The registration fee for the congress covers attendance to all congress sessions, the congress welcome kit (program, abstracts, city plans etc.), symposium proceedings that follow the conference, coffee breaks and welcome drinks.




All amounts are payable in Euro (€). All bank charges must be paid by the participants. Transfers will only be accepted until 1 April 2014.

Registration fees can be paid:

online through PayPal on the bank account of the General Association of Mediterranean Archaeology (please add 2 Euros to the main amount for the transfer expenses)


on the bank account (PKOPPLPW 55124010401111001055400829) of the Centre for Late Antique and Early Medieval Studies of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology Polish Academy of Sciences



Once payment has been made, no refund will be given.





The Organizing Committee cordially invite you to come to Wroclaw – the captivating city in the South-West Poland, the centre of science and culture. More information about the city at www.wroclaw.pl (in English, Russian, Italian, Spanish, German and French).


By car: The highway E 40 (A4)


By train: The connections with Warsaw, Dresden, Berlin, Hamburg, Kiev, Lviv and via Warsaw with Moscow, more international and local connections of Polish railway at www.pkp.pl (in English, Russian and German)


By plane: Air port Wroclaw (www.airport.wroclaw.pl) – the connections (with cheap air lines: Wizzair and Ryanair, and LOT, Lufthansa and Qatar Airlines) with Warsaw and Germany, England, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and charter airlines with Turkey, Greece, Italy and Spain; and many air connections via air ports in Warsaw, Poznan, Katowice and Kraków



Wroclaw is offering the different kinds of accommodation. More information at www.booking.com/city/pl/wroclaw.pl





Dr. Błażej Stanisławski,

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology Polish Academy of Sciences,

Więzienna St. 6, 50-118 Wrocław, Poland

Tel. +48 71 344 16 08, Fax +48 71 344 33 52

e-mail st-wski@wp.pl



www.genama.info  &  www.arch.pan.wroc.pl




Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Ośrodek Badań nad Kulturą Późnego Antyku i Wczesnego Średniowiecza
Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
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