Decolonizing the Study of Material Culture in the Hellenistic Far East

Dr. Richard Wenghofer (Nipissing University, Canada) discussed interpretations of the material culture in the Hellenistic Far East and more specifically the kingdoms of Bactria, the Indo-Greek and Indo-Scythian kingdoms.

Тhe library of the Monastery of St. Catherine's, Sinai

Dr. Nikolas Sarris (National Library of Greece) takes us on a journey through the archaeology of bookbinding and one of the largest collections of early and undisturbed book bindings on manuscripts at the library in St. Catherine's monastery in Sinai, established in the 6th century.

Phoenicians and Cypriots in the Northern Aegean?

Dr. Petya Ilieva (Institute of Balkan Studies and Center for Thracology, Bulgaria) explores the evidence for the presence of Phoenicians and Cypriots in the Northern Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean - objects, people and networks in the Geometric (9th-7th century BCE) and Archaic (7th-5th century BCE) Periods.
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Urban Interactions in the Theater at Philippopolis

Dr. Matthew Shueller (University of North Carolina, US) presents on the topic of ancient entertainment venues such as the 1st century CE theater in Philippopolis (present-day Plovdiv, Bulgaria) - a thriving metropolis in Roman Thrace.

Past and Present Studies of the Submerged Mesambria

Dr. Nayden Prahov (Center for Underwater Archaeology in Sozopol, Bulgaria) talks about the submerged ancient Mesambria (present-day Nessebar, Bulgaria) - a Greek colony founded in the 6th century BCE on the Black Sea Coast. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983.
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Early Byzantine Monastery near Odessos (Varna)

Dr. Vassil Tenekedjiev (Varna Regional Museum of History, Bulgaria) introduces the monastery on Djanavara Hill - one of the biggest and most impressive Early Christian sites not only in the Varna region but also in the northeastern Balkans from the middle of the 5th to the first half of the 7th century CE.
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Evidence of modern Homo sapiens from Bacho Kiro Cave

Dr. Tsenka Tsanova (Max Planck Institute, Germany) presents the results from the recent research in the Bacho Kiro Cave in Bulgaria and how they are helping to understand the beginning of Homo sapiens’ appearance in Europe and their interaction with the Neanderthals.

Trypillia megasites from the 4th millennium BCE

Dr. Bisserka Gaydarska (Durham University, UK and New Bulgarian University) discusses the Trypillia megasites in the steppes of Ukraine and Moldova - the largest known settlements in 4th millennium BCE Europe and possibly the world.