Maritime Archaeology and Ancient Trade in the Mediterranean

Madrid, Spain, 18-20 September 2008

Organised by the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology

The purpose of the conference is to explore the contribution of archaeology to the
understanding of maritime trade and exchange in the region of the ancient Mediterranean.
Papers are invited which discuss the results of recent research in sessions on:
• Conceptual issues in maritime trade
• Ships and shipping
• Ports and connectivity
• Landscapes of maritime trade.

We welcome papers that deal with either material from maritime contexts or those which
integrate land-based evidence into wider patterns of maritime trade. More theoretical
papers that deal with issues such as the scale and organisation of maritime trade are also
welcome. The conference is part of an Oxford-based series of lectures and seminars on
ancient trade in the Mediterranean and will lead to the publication of a monograph on this

Financial support will be given to those presenting papers.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is the 30th of June.

For further information:
Or alternatively, please contact Damian Robinson (damian.robinson AT at the
Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford, 36
Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PG, UK