1st International Conference of the Archaeology of Wine in Ancient Greece and Cyprus
Wine Confessions: production, trade and social significance of wine in ancient Greece and Cyprus Ikaria Island: 21-23 of September 2007


Daily Programme

Friday 21st of September

9.30-9.50 Opening Lecture: Dr. Jane Renfrew
"Wine and grapes in the land of Dionysus"

Time of the presentation includes ten minutes of questions

Chair: Prof. Eleni Mantzourani

10.00-10.30 Duska Urem-Kotsou and K. Kotsakis
"Cups of conversion: Drinking sets in their social context in Late Neolithic,
N. Greece"

10.30-11.00 Soultana Valamoti
"The exploitation of the grape-vine in prehistoric and early historic northern Greece: the archaeobotanical evidence"

11.00-11.30 Despina Catapoti
"Thoughts on the analytical potential and limitations of studying prehistoric feasting: examples from the Aegean Bronze Age"

11.30-12.00 Coffee Break

12.00-12.30 Sue Sherrat
" Social and ideological uses of wine in the Aegean, from the 3rd millennium to the early 1st millennium BC"

12.30-13.00 Giorgos Vavouranakis
"Wine, ritual and the social web. Examples from Minoan Crete"

13.00-13.30 Lefteris Platon
"Production and distribution of wine in Minoan Palaces: the case of Zakros."

13.30-14.00 Anayia Sarpaki
"Visibility of the grape, grape products and by-products: evidence from the Prehistoric Aegean."

14.00-17.30 Lunch Break

Chair: Prof. Karali

17.30-18.00 Maria Roumbou
Identification of wine in archaeological material through organic residue analysis: potential and pitfalls.

18.00-18.30 Anne M. Murray
"Ancient Cypriot wine: An archaeobotanical review of the evidence"

18.30- 19.00 Luise Steel
"Production and Consumption of Wine in Bronze Age Cyprus"

19.00-19.30 Lisa Bendall
"Vive la différence? Attitudes to wine in the Aegean Bronze Age"

Saturday, 22nd of September

9.00-9.30 Coffee

Chair: Prof. Themelis
9.30-10.00 Stella Demestixa
"Wine trade in Cyprus and the Aegean during the late Roman period."

10.00-10.30 Bjorn Forsen
"Wine production and consumption in the Asea valley in a diachronic perspective."

10.30-11.00 Evi Margaritis
"Drinking passions: the production of wine in Hellenistic farmhouses: An archaeobotanical case study from Macedonian Pieria."

11.00-11.30 Froso Egoumenidou
"Wine production in Cyprus: 4,000 years of tradition"

11.30-12.00 Coffee Break

12.00-12.30 John Lund
"Evidence for annual variations in the production of Rhodian wine"

12.30-13.00 Panos Valavanis.
"'I am a beautiful drinking-cup': Mixing, pouring and drinking vases in Greek symposium'. "

13.00-13.30 Michalis Petropoulos
"The wine of ancient Achaia"

13.30-14.00 Marek Wecowski.
"The Wedding of Agariste: Herodotus and the Symposion"

14.00-17.00 Lunch Break

17.00-17.30 Elli Hitsiou
"Amphorae, Wine Trade and the ‘Shaping’ of Ancient Greek Economies: petrographic analysis of Mendean type of transport containers from Northern Greece."

17.30-18.00 Effie Poulaki
"Wine making at the farmhouse of Komboloi at the area of southern Pieria."

18.00-18.30 Olga Philaniotou.
'A Roman wine press at the site of Kambos at the island of Ikaria.'

18.30-19.00 Coffee Break

19.00-19.30 Chryssa Bourbou & Dr Alain Touwaide
"A Glass a Day Keeps the Doctor Away. Therapeutic Uses of
Wine in Byzantium"

19.30-20.00 Natalia Poulou.

Title to be announced

20.00-20.30 Closing Remarks of the Conference. Martin Jones and Antony Snodgrass

Sunday 23rd of September

Excursion to local wineries

Organising Commitee

Prof.Elias Nerantzis is an Industrial Microbiologist at the Department of Enology of TEI of Athens . He is interested in the production of wines without preservatives, using ancient greek methods.

Dr. Evi Margaritis is an archaeologist affiliated with the Wiener Laboratory ASCSA

Mr. Nikos Afianes is member of the committee of the Society of Icarian Studies .

Municipality of Raches , Ikaria Island

Scientific Commitee

Prof. Martin Jones, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge
Dr. Jane Renfrew, University of Cambridge
Prof. Themelis, University of Crete
Dr. Evi Margaritis, Wiener Laboratory, ASCSA

Official Sponsors

Municipality of Rahes, Icaria
Society of Icarian Studies
Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus
T.E.I. of Athens , Department of Oenology
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