Registration open: Connected Past conference, Networks in the archaeology of the ancient Aegean (31 Aug-2 Sept, 2022)

Dear member of the HNR community,

registration is now open for The Connected Past conference in Heraklion Museum in Crete, 31 August – 2 September. More information below.


Connected Past Heraklion 2022

Networks in the archaeology of the ancient Aegean

August 31 – September 2, 2022


We are excited to welcome you to Heraklion for the 2022 Connected Past conference organized by the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and the University of Toronto. The theme for this year is: Networks in the archaeology of the ancient Aegean. 

The ancient Aegean and Mediterranean have been key testing grounds for the development of network concepts and methods in archaeology. A distinctive feature of network analysis in these areas is its uptake among both prehistorians and ancient historians, with studies ranging from the Neolithic to Late Antique. This two-day conference brings together scholars working on all periods in the Aegean for an exchange of ideas, methods, and results.

Join us in Heraklion, Crete from August 31 through September 2nd at the Heraklion Conference Centre.

Register here *(please note that registration fees will be collected later after registration. Details forthcoming.) Registration fees: €40 (€20 for graduate students)


  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum (Director: Stella Mandalaki; conference contact: Katerina Athanasaki, Head of the Department of Exhibitions, Education and Public Relations)
  • University of Toronto (Carl Knappett, Department of Art History)

The conference will take place at the Heraklion Conference Centre, Heraklion, Crete.



In addition to the talks, we will also host a practical workshop, offered by The Connected Past group, at which interested researchers can learn some of the basics of network science in practice. This will take place two days before the conference (i.e., August 30 & 31, 2022). Details forthcoming.



Registration fee: €40 (€20 for graduate students)

Registration deadline: August 1, 2022

Register here *(please note that registration fees will be collected later after registration. Details forthcoming.) Registration fees: €40 (€20 for graduate students)


Associated activities: 





Opening reception

Introductory remarks: Stella Mandalaki, Director of Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Deputy Mayor of Education, Heraklion

Keynote speakers:       to be confirmed



09:00-09:15     Introduction: Networks in the Aegean

Carl Knappett (University of Toronto) and Katerina Athanasaki (Heraklion Archaeological Museum)

09:15-09:45Times alone Matter: Modelling Terrestrial Mobility on Crete during the Late 

Bronze Age

Paula Gheorghiade (University of Helsinki), Henry Price (Imperial College London), Ray Rivers (Imperial College London)

09:45-10:15    The balance of power in Bronze Age Crete: using network analysis to examine burials with arms from Middle Minoan I to Late Minoan IIIC

Arianna Sacco (Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Josho Brouwers (independent)

10:15-10:45    Linking the dead and the living through craft networks. Exploring the approach in Cretan cemeteries

Borja Legarra Herrero (UCL) and Marcos Martinón-Torres (University of Cambridge)

10:45-11:15    COFFEE BREAK

11:15-11:45    Laconian networks. A preliminary approach to the diffusion and distribution system of Laconian pottery in the South Aegean area (6th-5th century BC)

Adrien Delahaye (Ecole Française d’Athènes)

11:45-12:15    Social Network Analysis and the centrality of Delos: Diachronic trade networks and their correlation with the diffusion of art and architecture

Dermot Grant (Trinity College Dublin)

12:15-12:45    Setting the community table: Measuring social networks’ impact on wine consumption practices on the Datça Peninsula (c. 400–100 BCE)

Sarah T. Wilker (Dept of Classics, Stanford University)

12:45-13:00     DISCUSSION

13:00-15:00     LUNCH

15:00-15:30     Deceiving appearances: Indirect trade in archaeological network analyses 

Daniela Greger (University of Lausanne, Swiss National Research Foundation)

15:30-16:00     Neopalatial administrative networks: the case of the ‘replica’ rings

Artemis Karnava (University of Crete) and Maria Anastasiadou (University of


16:00-16:30    Households and non-palatial networks in southern Aegean craft production: some thoughts

Natalie Abell (University of Michigan)

16:30               COFFEE BREAK

17:00-17:30    Classical Atlas: A Python Package for Classical Open-Source Geospatial 


Annie Lamar (Dept of Classics, Stanford University)

17:30-18:00     Interlinking Exchange: A view from the Hinterland

Johanna Hilpert, Tim Kerig, and Benjamin Serbe (Cluster of Excellence ROOTS, Christian Albrechts University, Kiel)

18:00-18:30    Modeling the Connections Between Material Culture Networks and Social 


Robert Bischoff and Cecilia Padilla-Iglesias (School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University)

18:30-18:45     DISCUSSION

19:00                MUSEUM VISIT + RECEPTION



09:00-09:15     Welcome

09:15-09:45    Micro-Regions and Networks in the Cyclades: A View from Kea

Joanne M. A. Murphy (University of North Carolina Greensboro), Natalie Abell (University of Michigan), Shannon Lafayette Hogue (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Margarita Nazou (National Hellenic Research Foundation), Christina Papoulia (University of Ioannina), Myrto Georgakopoulou (STARC, The Cyprus Institute), and Jami Craig (Florida State University)

09:45-10:15    (Very) Small Islands in the Maritime Networks of the Bronze Age Cyclades

Alex R. Knodell (Carleton)

10:15-10:45     The Iron Age Cyclades and Crete: Different Approaches to Connectivity Speculatively Related to Food Security

Doug Forsyth (University of St. Andrews)

10:45-11:15     COFFEE BREAK

11:15-11:45     Harbours and Hinterlands: Networks of Mobility in Mycenaean Greece

Max MacDonald (University of Southampton)

11:45-12:15    Mycenaean Thessaly in the Late Bronze Age: Using network theory to understand political organization

Samantha Mills (Macquarie University)

12:15-12:45    Regional Networks and Local Recipes for Complexity: Presenting a new project on Central Greek Middle Bronze Age networks

Christopher Mark Hale (Polish Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography)

12:45-13:00     DISCUSSION

13:00                LUNCH

15:00-15:30     Following the oxhide ingots within Linear B texts between Aegean and East Mediterranean

Lavinia Giorgi (Sapienza University of Rome)

15:30-16:00     Mapping Monsters: a spatial analysis of Late Bronze Age griffins

Emily Simons (University of Melbourne)

16:00-16:30     Irene Nikolakopoulou (Heraklion Archaeological Museum)  – title TBC

16:30               COFFEE BREAK

17:00-17:30     Decoding Minoan/Mycenaean Cretan data

Ray Rivers(Imperial College London), Paula Gheorghiade(University of Helsinki), Vaiva Vasiliauskate (ETH Zurich), Henry Price, and Tim Evans (Imperial College London)

17:30-18:00     An integrated spatial and network analysis of settlement patterns and road network dynamics in Central Crete (Late Minoan II – Hellenistic period)

Quentin Drillat (Ghent University)

18:00-18:30    Establishing intra- and extra-regional networks in the Postpalatial period: the case study of Petras, Siteia

Adrianos Psychas (University of Athens)

18:30-18:45      CONCLUDING REMARKS

19:00                 FINAL RECEPTION

Published by Ingeborg van Vugt
June 24, 2022

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