the International Association for Research on Hellenistic Pottery, Aarhus
- Berlin - Boston - Kopenhagen - Lausanne - Lyon - Würzburg
colleagues and friends,
the conference in Köln/Bonn (23-26 February 2011) a discussion concerning
an umbrella organization for research on Hellenistic pottery took place
once again. Unfortunately, no final conclusion could be reached there.
However, the very positive feedback in general and the expressed interest
of many of you encouraged us to pursue this idea and to offer a concrete
concept of how such an organization might be realized.
the last 25 years, our Greek colleagues have carried out valuable pioneer
work bringing us
together at conferences at different places in Greece (Ioannina 1986, Rhodos
1989, Thessaloniki 1991, Mytilene 1994, Chania 1997, Volos 2000, Aigio
2005, Ioannina 2009), in order to discuss material from "closed" deposits
and in this way create a reliable basis for more intensive studies on Hellenistic
pottery. Since the first conference, the community of researchers has grown
and become more and more international. After the overwhelming response
to the conferences in Köln/Bonn and in 2008 at Sonderborg (DK), it is now
time to broaden the frame of research and share the responsibility of leadership.
The management of a more permanent communication platform for all those
engaged in the study of Hellenistic pottery, as well as planning and funding
issues connected with, it should no longer fall only to scholars from one
country but should be shared among scholars in countries where Hellenistic
pottery is found, as well as those in countries where Hellenistic pottery
is a subject of research.
we would propose the foundation of an international organization
with the following preliminary aims:
establish an internet-based communication platform for easy dissemination
of various types of information of mutual interest (i.e., other conferences,
updating of bibliography, new excavations or finds);
To organize conferences with regular intervals every 2 or max. 3 years,
hosted by changing institutions in different countries (similar to RCRF);
To publish the papers of the conferences within a short span of time;
To represent and advocate for common interests (i.e., establishing Hellenistic
pottery as a subject in the teaching system; exporting of pottery samples
for archaeometric analyses; organizing sample collections of fabrics and
wares in museums and excavations; co-operative research projects)
we all know it mainly takes money to realize such goals! Therefore, we
propose that this foundation include a registered Association, which
will facilitate applications for funding support from different sources.
Since the preparation for such an Association is already in progress in
Germany, we propose that it be organized and maintained here.
preliminary name of this Association is (until someone offers a better
Association for Research on Hellenistic Pottery
soon as the Association is registered, we will send you a membership form.
We hope that we will be able to present a long list of members at the end
of this year!
next steps will be the formulation of statutes for the Association, the
opening of a bank account, and then the creation of a webpage.
voting for the statutes and the board of directors of the Association will
be the matter of all members; it will take place at the first constitutional
meeting of the Association. This will be called during the next conference
on Hellenistic pottery planned for
following conference (2015?) should be then in another country, and it
will be up to all of you to propose a suitable place for it!
we would like to encourage you to let us know your ideas and wishes concerning
the aspired organization. Please, use the following email for your feedback:
emphasize that this circular regards only the preparation of a task in
which a great many researchers might be interested. Therefore, we would
be very grateful if you let this circular circulate! Everyone interested
in Hellenistic ceramics is a potential member of the aspired Association
and may contact us for further questions/information/ideas (other languages
that can be used for communication with us: German, French, English, Italian,
Ackermann M.A. - Prof. Dr. Andrea Berlin - Ass. Prof. Pia Guldager Bilde
Patricia Kögler - Dr. Zoi Kotitsa - Senior Researcher John Lund - Dr. Annette
An online discussion
board for Urnfield Culture (UK) cemeteries in Central Europe (and for cremation
graves in general)
online discussion forum for Urnfield Culture research, called "UK-Forum",
has been set up at the Prehistoric Commission in the Austrian Academy of
Sciences - see www.oeaw.ac.at/praehist/.
The forum focuses on themes relating to cremation cemeteries from this
period. The "UK-Forum" started in December 2010 with a small group of Urnfield
Culture specialists from various European countries (Germany, Czech Republic,
Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria).
idea behind this Forum is the creation of a shared database on Urnfield
culture cemeteries, which can be used by researchers from wherever they
may be based. One aim is to use the "UK-Forum" to discuss and agree on
terminology and classifications. The intention is that this will help to
resolve the old problem of different nomenclature and classificatory systems
being used in publications, making the comparison of cemeteries more difficult.
discussion of terminology and categories naturally leads to a discussion
of more general questions regarding the nature of mortuary evidence, which
we also want to address in our forum. Therefore, we would like to extend
the range of members participating in the forum and invite more researchers
who are interested in mortuary archaeology, cremation graves, databases
and stratigraphy to join us.
current topic is the stratigraphy of cremation graves. The main
question is how to transfer limited stratigraphic information from older
"antiquarian" excavations into databases.
next topic will be the discussion and development of basic terminology
and classifications for the shared database. We will post a first document
with archaeological classifications of Graves - Cremation graves shortly.
you are interested, please write a short email including a few words about
yourself and your research to email@example.com.
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look forward to working with you.
behalf of the Editorial Board
Peska, director of the Archaeological Centre of Olomouc