The NIA is happy to share the Call for Papers for the 5th Annual Meeting of the Necropoleis Research Network (NRN), which it co-organizes and that will take place in Athens, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th of October 2022.
The Necropoleis Research Network brings together people working on any aspect of mortuary archaeology in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East between the Iron Age and the Late Roman periods (all loosely defined). Although mortuary remains – arguably – represent one of the most dominant categories of evidence for this period/region, we feel that its scholars are widely scattered, not only geographically, but also in terms of methodological and theoretical approach. We believe that we can benefit greatly from closer collaboration. Furthermore, advances in study of human remains are opening the field to new questions of relevance to all mortuary archaeologists. This network, thus, is primarily intended to facilitate an exchange of ideas and methodological best practices. An explicit aim of the network is to involve museum personnel, members of Antiquities Services, and scholars in universities and research institutes, and to discuss not only the past, but also contemporary issues revolving around mortuary archaeology (i.e., excavating human remains, storage, lack of funds for publication). We do this (usually) in an annual meeting, as well as in panels organized at international conferences. Previous meetings were held in Groningen (2016), Isparta (2017), Beirut (2018) and Berlin (2019).
On the first day of this year’s event the focus will be on “The Study of Cremations”, while the second day will be open for papers on “New Methods” and “Recent Finds” in mortuary archaeology. As we can only have a limited number of speakers, we invite papers which go beyond the description of individual assemblages and attempt a broader contextual study or adopt an interdisciplinary approach.