Laboratory of
5th  European Meeting on
Ancient Ceramics

Modern Trends in Research
and Applications


EMAC '99

18th – 20th October 1999

Second Circular - Call for Papers

Organised by:

the Laboratory of Archaeometry,
National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos"

Under the auspices of:

Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology (EPET II)
European Union, Directorate General XVI
GEOPRO European TMR Network
National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos"


Organising Committee:

Y. Maniatis V.Kilikoglou
C. Michael G.Vekinis
A. Hein  E.W. Faber 

The 5th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics will be held in Athens, Greece, 18th - 20th October 1999, and is being organised by the Laboratory of Archaeometry, NCSR "Demokritos".

The Meeting will be held in the conference facilities of NCSR "Demokritos", which is located in Aghia Paraskevi, a suburb of Athens, about 11 km from the centre of the city.

Our First Circular received about 150 responses, most of whom intend to submit abstracts.

Subjects of the meeting

The main scope of the Meeting is the presentation and discussion on the recent developments in the field of archaeometric studies of ceramics. Special emphasis will be given to the  integrated approaches of scientific and archaeological/ typological methods. Also papers with a sound archaeological interpretation of scientific data as well as aspects on methodology will be strongly encouraged.

The programme sessions will group together oral and poster presentations on  specific topics. Oral presentations will include invited/review papers on subjects that are likely to generate speculation (debate). Proposed topics include:

Chemical, physical and mineralogical characterisation for provenance and technology
Methodological considerations (comparison of techniques and approaches, etc.)
Study of kiln material and reconstruction of kiln function
Data handling
Developments on dating and authenticity

The Laboratory of Archaeometry is one of the partners of the GEOPRO Research Network, a European Commission TMR Network Programme, which is looking at the integration of geochemical and mineralogical techniques used in the investigation of ancient ceramics. On account of this, we intend to include a GEOPRO session within the conference to both promote and communicate the aims and ideas of the network.

Instructions For Abstracts

Authors wishing to present papers and/or posters are invited to submit abstracts. The abstracts should be one page long, of not less than 200 words, clearly showing the title (in capitals), the name of the author(s) with the name of the speaker underlined, and the affiliation of the author(s). The abstract should clearly describe the objectives and subject of the study; the methodology used (including analytical techniques employed where applicable); and the significance of the results. References and footnotes are strongly discouraged. The abstracts will be reproduced in an ‘as-received’ state, and therefore it is the responsibility of the author to ensure the accuracy of the spelling and English grammar.

Both a hard copy and an electronic version (by email or 3.5" floppy disk) of the abstract should be submitted. Submissions must be made using Microsoft Word. In a covering letter, please indicate the name and address of the corresponding author.

The abstracts will be reviewed by the international scientific committee and recommended for oral or poster presentation. Due to constraints of time during the conference, we request the understanding of the authors if we are unable to accommodate a request for an oral presentation. Poster sessions will be allocated special times and will be displayed for most of the meeting. It is well known at Archaeometric conferences that posters generate a great deal of interest and discussion. Therefore, please indicate your preference for an oral or a poster presentation.



It is intended that the proceedings of the meeting will be published in a volume. Details will be announced later.


To accommodate all participants, there will be three levels of registration for the conference.
Full registration: 45,000 drachmas (approx. 141 Euros)
Student registration: 25,000 drachmas (approx. 79 Euros)
Simple Attendance: 20,000 drachmas (approx. 63 Euros)

Full registration: this will include the conference stationary, book of abstracts, transport from hotels to the conference, the Symposium dinner, buffet lunches, and refreshments.

Student registration: this represents a full registration status, but at a lower cost for students. Proof of student status is required, preferably an official letter from the institution of study.

Simple attendance: This rate will include only the conference stationary, book of abstracts and refreshments, and does not include lunches, the symposium dinner or transportation.

Accompanying persons: Participants are welcome to bring their partners, and for them to attend the Symposium dinner. Details for this are  available on request.

For a limited number of participants, who have financial difficulty, there may be some financial assistance available towards the registration fee and cost of accommodation. Applicants for this support are requested to submit a letter stating the reasons for their application, which must be received by 31st August, 1999.


A full buffet lunch will be provided as part of the registration fee for participants having a full registration status.

Methods of Payment

We request that payments are made in Drachmas by either cash or cheque, and would appreciate payment with registration.
Cheques should be made payable to : YANNIS MANIATIS - EMAC '99
Registration online
download registration form ( MS Word document )
download second cirular ( MS Word document )

Note: people, who answered the first circular, will get the second circular by mail soon.


We recommend two hotels for the accommodation of participants, both of which are situated near the centre of Athens. They are both at a convenient distance from and are near to a direct bus route which goes to "Demokritos". All rooms have a private bathroom and breakfast is included in the price. Special prices have been negotiated for participants of the conference.

1. ALEXANDROS, 8 Timoleontos Vassou Str., 115 21 Athens. Class B hotel.
 Single room:  18,000 drachmas Twin room: 22,000 drachmas
 (11,000 drachmas per person)

2. RIVA, 114 Michalakopoulou Str., Athens. Class A hotel.
 Single room: 19,500 drachmas Twin room: 25,500 drachmas
         (12,750 drachmas per person)

These hotels are run by a company called AIROTEL. We have been advised that the special rates are only available for bookings made before 15th August. You must use the key phrase: for EMAC'99 when booking in order to take advantage of these special prices and for the organisation of the transportation. If you wish to share a room, please specify your preferred partner as part of the booking.
All enquiries concerning the booking of accommodation at these hotels should be made to the company at the following address:

Kalirrois 23
11743 Athens

tel: +30 1 9215 766
fax: +30 1 9215 569

download hotel reservation form (MS Word document )


For the convenience of the participants coaches will provide daily transportation from the above hotels to and from "Demokritos" for all fully registered participants. "Demokritos" can also be easily reached by bus and by taxi both from near the hotels and from the centre of Athens.

Correspondence address:

last update: 15.04.99

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