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Tom Brogan introducing a lecture by Prof. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos at the Customs Building in Pacheia Ammos in 2017.
Since 1997 the Study Center has hosted a diverse series of lectures by local and visiting archaeologists. These events bring together the wider community working on Crete and offer a chance for colleagues to discuss new finds and ideas. The lectures are held in the central court of the Study Center or in the refurbished Customs Building at the harbor of Pacheia Ammos. Several events have also been cross-listed as part of the Minoan Seminar.

Lecture in the Customs Building of Pacheia Ammos in 2019. (left) Lecture in the central court of the Study Center in 2014. (right)

Experimental archaeology: Jad Alyounis (left) prepares a “Minoan meal” at Papadiokampos as part of the summer festival in Siteia in 2011. Jerolyn Morrison (right) serves a “Minoan Meal” at the Study Center in 2009. Similar events have been held on several occasions at the Study Center, in the town of Ierapetra, in the village of Anatoli, and at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens under Jerolyn Morrison’s careful leadership. The events are extremely popular and have given new meaning to the term “paleodiet.”

Upcoming Lectures

Please note that some lectures are held in person while others are delivered online.


“Beyond Food: An Archaeobotanical Investigation into the Role of Plants within the Ritual Landscape of Bronze Age Crete,” Carly Henkel

Minoan scholars have attributed several ritual roles to plants (i.e. acting as focal points of worship, inducing ecstatic behavior, serving as sacrificial offerings, and facilitating ritual feasts) based on the study of archaeological artifacts, such as glyptic imagery, ceramic remains and faunal material.  Actual plant remains, however, have rarely been considered. This paper addresses the role of plants in Minoan cult practice from an archaeobotanical perspective, examining plant material recovered from key sites/contexts within the ritual landscape of Bronze Age Crete, namely peak sanctuaries, shrines, and cemeteries. The results provide new insights into the use of plants in Minoan ritual activity and, at the same time, indirectly test the already conceived ritual role of plants as inferred from other material evidence.

Wednesday, April 24, 12:00 pm ET (noon),7 pm in Greece, Zoom format
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Past Lectures

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“Towards a Post-cultural Archaeology of Late Bronze Age Greece,” Dimitri Nakassis

“Ahhiyawa and Mycenaean Greece. A View from the Southeast Aegean-Southwest Coastal Anatolian Region,” Salvatore Vitale, University of Pisa, (not recorded at the request of the speaker)

“Fabulous Fragments: Excavations of the Early Iron Age Cemeteries at Kavousi, Crete,” Leslie Day and Maria Liston (Second Annual Malcolm H. Wiener Symposium, hosted by the Friends of the INSTAP Study Center)


“After 1177 BC: The Survival of Civilizations in the Aegean,” Eric Cline

A Timeless Guide to Architecture: 101 Tips for Archaeologists,” Clairy Palyvou, Three-day Online Seminar

“A Sacred but Illegal Couple on Crete: The Sanctuary of Hermes and Aphrodite at Syme Viannou from the Minoan to the Roman Period ,” George Papasavvas

“Aegean Haute Couture and its Interconnections in the Near East and Egypt: Deciphering the Dress Codes,” Bernice Jones

“The EM II Settlement at Sissi: Architectural Remains and Ceramic Deposits,” Ilaria Caloi and Quentin Letesson

“Building Beta at Akrotiri, Thera: New Evidence on Architecture and Function,” Fragoula Georma,  Irene Nikolakopoulou, and Ioannis Bitis

“A Preliminary Report on Recent Rescue Excavations at Chalepa, Pacheia Ammos,” Melissa Eaby and Chrysa Sofianou


“Life and Death at Mochlos: A Review of Prepalatial Research at Mochlos from 1908 to 2022,” Luke Kaiser

“The Neopalatial Pottery of Gournia:  New Evidence from the Gournia Excavation Project,” Prof. R. Angus K. Smith

“New Prospects for a Tree-ring 14C Based Chronology for Crete?” Prof. Charlotte Pearson

“Life and Death on Chryssi Island in the Early Byzantine Period,” Prof. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith

“Opening a New Window onto the Western Mirabello: Archaeological Investigations at the Minoan Harbor of Khavania,” Dr. D. Matthew Buell and Prof. Rodney D. Fitzsimons

“The Minoan-Type Peak Sanctuary at Stelida, Naxos: Preliminary Insights from the 2019/21 Seasons,” Prof. Tristan Carter

“Potters in Transition: Evolutions and Changes in Mochlos Ceramics from Middle Minoan IIIA to Late Minoan IA,” Dr. Georgios Doudalis

“Narratives of Youth and Aging at Minoan Peak Sanctuaries,” Dr. Céline Murphy


“Trying to Understand Social Change in Iron Age Crete,” Prof. David B. Small

“Sealing with Images in Kato Zakros: New Research on the Impressed Nodules from the Neopalatial Town,” Dr. Maria Anastasiadou

“Consuming Goddesses: an Analytical Project on LM IIIC Ceramics from Kephala Vasilikis with Reference to Contemporary Sites on the Isthmus of Ierapetra,” Dr. Eleni Nodarou

“Emulation, Competition, and Conflict in Aegean ‘Art’ of the 15th Century BCE”, Robert B. Koehl

“A New Look at Legacy Data: Settlement and Society in the Archaic and Classical Mirabello,“ Grace K. Erny

“Interpretation of the Natural World in Bronze Age Cretan Glyptic,” Sydney R. Sarasin

“The Return of the Collective:  Prepalatial and Protopalatial Larnakes on Crete,” Laura Ursprung Nerling

“From Excavation to Archaeological Site: Building a Paradigm for Preservation,” Dr. Stephania Chlouveraki


“Investing in Identity: Taphonomic and Osteological Evidence for the Formation of Collective Memories in the EBA-MBA Petras Cemetery,” Sotiria Kiorpi


“Precious Metal Objects from the Cemetery of Petras: Luxury and Magic,” Dr. Susan Ferrence and Dr. Alessandra Giumlia-Mair

“Regional Pottery Practices in Neolithic Greece: Technology, Chronology, and Interaction. Northern Greece: Pottery Technology and Mobility in Northern Greece,” Dr. Niki Saridaki

“Regional Pottery Practices in Neolithic Greece: Technology, Chronology, and Interaction. Southern Greece: Observations on Pottery Characteristics and Chronology,” Dr. Lily Bonga

“Before the Polis: Surveying and Digging Anavlochos,” Dr. Florence Gaignerot-Driessen

“The LM IA Decorated Lustral Basin from Chania,” Dr. Elizabeth Shank

“Δρήρος, πόλις κρητική,” Vaso Zographaki and Prof. Alexandre Farnoux


“The Archaeology of Iran,” Prof. Leslie Day and Prof. Joe Day

“The Wall Paintings of Xeste 3 at Akrotiri,” Prof. Andreas Vlachopoulos

“Public, Private and Sacred Spaces in the Archaic Settlement of the Patela near Prinias,” Prof. Dario Palermo

“The Necropolis of Siderospilia at Prinias. A General Overview with a Focus on the Geometric Period,” Dr. Antonello Pautasso

“Neanderthals on Naxos: Survey and Excavation at Stelida, 2013-2018,” Prof. Tristan Carter


“Minoan Koumasa: A Liminal South Cretan Site as an Archaeological Challenge,” Prof. Dr. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos

“South by Southeast: The History and Archaeology of Southeast Crete, from Myrtos to Kato Zakros,” conference organized by Dr. Konstantinos Chalikias and Prof. Emilia Oddo

“Mochlos ‘άνω-κάτω’: The Ups and Downs of Life in East Crete from the Seventh to First Centuries B.C.,” Dr. Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan

“A Mountain View of Ierapetra from Prehistory to the Roman Period: New Evidence from the Nearby Uplands,” Dr. Yiannis Papadatos and Chryssa Sofianou



“Revisiting the Forgotten Kingdom of Mukish: Preliminary Results from the Recent Excavations at Tell Atchana/Ancient Alalakh (Hatay, Turkey),” Prof. Murat Akar

“Now and Then: Uncertainties and Inconsistencies in the Later Middle Bronze Age of Knossos and the Wider Region,” Dr. Colin Macdonald

“‘Game(s) of Thrones:’ Trying to Identify Heterarchies in the Petras Cemetery,” Dr. Metaxia Tsipopoulou



“Mycenaean Crete: Religion, State Authority, and Royal Symbolism: New Evidence from Crete,” Dr. Athanasia Kanta

“Archaeological Work at Gournia, 2008–2014,” Prof. L. Vance Watrous

“A Voyage to the Island: Prehistoric Telos,” Dr. Irene Nikolakopoulou and “Building Beta at Akrotiri, Thera,” Fragoula Georma, Dr. Irene Nikolakopoulou, and Ioannis Bitis

“Zakros VI: The Reoccupation of the Minoan Settlement of Kato Zakros after the Destruction at the End of the Late Minoan IB Period,” Michalis Zoitopoulos



“Material Strategies: Textile Production and Social Dynamics in Palatial Crete,” Dr. Joanne Cutler

“The Excavation at Mesolithic Damnoni: New Evidence for Early Holocene Trade,” Prof. Thomas Strasser

“Mesolithic Crete in Context: Early Holocene Maritime Activity of the Eastern Mediterranean,” Prof. Tristan Carter



“Craft Production at Phaistos and Hagia Triada during the Palatial Periods: The Archaeological Evidence and the Written Record,” Prof. Pietro Militello

“Tracing the Rulers of Mycenaean Laconia: New Insights from the Excavations at Hagios Vasileios (Xerokambi) near Sparta,” Dr. Adamantia Vasilogamvrou

“New Applications of Photogrammetry,” Dr. Konstantinos Papadopoulos

“New Applications of Bar Coding for Databases,” W. Flint Dibble

“Mavropigi-Filotsairi. An Early Neolithic Site in Western Macedonia, Greece,” Dr. Lily Bonga

“Early Byzantine Pottery on Crete,” symposium organized by Dr. Eleni Nodarou and Prof. Natalia Poulou



“Archaeological and Archaeometric Approaches to the Study of Prepalatial Pottery, Metals, and Obsidian from Central and East Crete,” Dr. Eleni Nodarou, Prof. James Muhly, and Prof. Tristan Carter

“Aerial Photography,” Dr. Gianluca Cantoro

“Archaic State Formation on Crete,” Prof. David Small

“Crete in 1912 through Postcards,” Prof. Philip Betancourt

“Early British Travelers to Crete,” Dr. Dudley Moore

“Interpreting Minoan Architecture on Site,” Dr. Evi Tsakanika and Prof. Clairy Palyvou

“Experimenting with the Minoan Kitchen—A Minoan Seminar in the Garden of the ASCSA,” Dr. Jerolyn Morrison, Jad Alyounis, Prof. Stephi Chlouveraki, and Dr. Thomas Brogan



Edible Landscapes of Bronze Age Crete,” Prof. Oliver Rackham, Prof. Jennifer Moody, Dr. Jerolyn Morrison, and Jad Alyounis

“Some Preliminary Thoughts on a New Building Excavated at Gournia,” Dr. D. Matthew Buell

“Feasting on Minoan Culture: The Northeast Bastion at Ayia Irini, Kea and Its Significance for Understanding Minoanization in the Aegean,” Prof. Rodney Fitzsimons

“Cultural Approaches to the Island of Gavdos: A Long-term Dialogue with Minoan Complexity,” Prof. Katerina Kopaka

“Site Tour and Minoan Feast at Papadiokampos,” Dr. Thomas Brogan and Chryssa Sofianou



“Choiromandres, Zakros: Occupation and Land-use at a Small Valley in East Crete from the Protopalatial to the Third Palace Period,” Dr. Stella Chrysoulaki and Dr. Leonidas Vokotopoulos

“Crete before the Cretans,” Prof. Thomas Strasser

“Cooking up New Perspectives in LM Domestic Assemblages,” Dr. Jerolyn Morrison

“The Rise and Decline of Roman Ierapetra: A View from the Ceramic Evidence,” Dr. Scott Gallimore

“New Directions in IT at the ASCSA,” Prof. John Younger



“The Date of the Mycenaean Administrative Documents at Knossos?,” Prof. Erik Hallager

“An Archaeology of the Senses,” Dr. Thomas Brogan



“From the Stone Age to the Stoned Age: Opium Consumption in Bronze Age Ritual,” Dr. David Collard

“Secondary State Formation in Crete: The Mirabello Region during the Bronze Age,” Prof. L. Vance Watrous



“Did the Minoans Belong to an Ancestor-worshipping Society? New Evidence from Building B.2, the Ceremonial Building at Mochlos,” Prof. Jeffrey Soles

“Settlement Patterns in the Ierapetra Region: A Bronze Age Perspective,” Dr. Konstantinos Chalikias

“Early Iron Age Cretan Tholoi,” Dr. Melissa Eaby



“The Temple Tomb within the Context of Palatial and Postpalatial Knossos and Crete,” Prof. Eleni Hatzaki

“Settlement, Economy, and Society on the Northern Edge of the Prehistoric Aegean during the 2nd Millennium BC,” Prof. Stelios Andreou

“New Light on the Chronology and History of the Zakros Settlement,” Prof. Lefteris Platon and Dr. Kaiti Archontaki



“Izmir Region Excavations and Research Project,” Prof. Vasif Şahoğlu

“STEGA: The Archaeology of Houses and Households in Ancient Crete from the Neolithic Period through the Roman Era,” conference organized by Prof. Kevin Glowacki and Dr. Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan

“Filling the Gaps: Recent Excavations at Petras Siteia (A Celebration of 20 Years of Work at the Site),” Dr. Metaxia Tsipopoulou

“Excavations at Mochlos in 2004–2005” Prof. Jeffrey Soles and Dr. Thomas Brogan

“Two Years of Ceramics Petrography at the Study Center: Preliminary Results and Prospects,” Dr. Eleni Nodarou



“The Neolithic–Early Bronze Age Transition: New Evidence from the Excavation at Kephala Petras, Siteia,” Prof. Yiannis Papadatos

“Evidence of New Architectural Features and Interpretations in Quartier Mu, the Crypt, and the Palace at Mallia,” Dr. Martin Schmid



“Geometric and Archaic Klazomenai: Recent Excavations in Northern Ionia,” Prof. Yasar Ersoy

“Recent Excavations at Azoria and the Evidence for Urbanization in Archaic Crete,” Prof. Donald Haggis and Prof. Margaret Mook



“Καμάρα, Νεκροταφεία και Ταφές. Η Ανασκαφική Έρευνα στον Άγιο Νικόλαο,” Vili Apostolakou

“Monastiraki Katalimata: Excavation of a Cretan Refuge Site,” Dr. Krzysztof Nowicki (Special Lecture in Honor of W.D.E. Coulson for the Dedication of the Coulson Conservation Laboratory)

“Διμήνι: Το Πρώτο Μυκηναϊκό Ανακτορικό Κέντρο της Θεσσαλίας,” Dr. Vaso Adrimi-Sismani



“Crete in the Age of ‘Tauros’,” Dr. J. Alexander MacGillivray

“The Morning after… Minoan Responses to the End of the World,” Prof. Jan Driessen

“Remote Sensing and GIS in Archaeological Research: A Digital Archaeological Heritage,” Dr. Apostolos Sarris



“Crete 2000: A Centennial Celebration of American Archaeological Work on Crete (1900–2000),” conference held at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and a three-day tour of sites, hosted by the INSTAP Study Center for East Crete, where American and Greek-American excavation teams have worked on Crete

“Recent Excavations at Akrotiri,” Prof. Christos Doumas



“The Late Bronze Age Theran Eruption,” Prof. Floyd McCoy

“Mochlos in the Late Minoan III Period,” Prof. Jeffrey Soles

“The Dark Age Temple at Kephala Vasiliki,” Dr. Theodoros Iliopoulos

“Excavations at Naukratis,” Prof. William Coulson



“The Life of the Shepards on Psiloritis,” Sabina Ivanova

“Burial and Society in Early Iron Age Crete,” Prof. Leslie Day

“Excavations at Miletus,” Prof. Wolf-Dietrich Niemeier

“Petras Siteia: From an Early Minoan II Settlement to a Palatial Center,” Dr. Metaxia Tsipopoulou



“Excavation of the Chrysokamino Metallugy Workshop,” Prof. Philip Betancourt

“The Hellenistic Settlement at Mochlos,” Dr. Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan

“The Tel el Dab’a Frescoes—an Epigrapher’s Perspective,” Lyla Pinch Brock

“King Tut’s Rag Top,” Dr. Edwin Brock

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