The Topography of ancient Idalion and its Territory: Workshop Berlin October 18th – 20th, 2018

Workshop from October 18th – 20th, 2018 in the Topoi Building Mitte, Hannoversche Straße 6, 10115 Berlin, Germany



The question how to define the territory of the ancient city-states (city-kingdoms) of Iron Age Cyprus is a fascinating and difficult one. Recent research, including the use of “new” methods of landscape archaeology, but also reconsidering “old” evidence from a new perspective has given a fresh drive to tackle these questions.

Within the frame of a recently started research project, mainly focussing on the study and publication of Max Ohnefalsch-Richter´s activities in and around ancient Idalion, we would like to gather additional information as to the topography of the ancient city of Idalion and its hinterland. Research questions that could possibly be dealt with during the workshop include:

– new information on the location of settlements, necropoleis, sanctuaries etc. in the wider area of Idalion, their date, function etc.;
– continuity vs. discontinuity from the (later) Bronze to the Iron Age in the wider area of Idalion;
– the question of physical control of a territory and of pathways;
– reflections on the economic resources of ancient Idalion and how we can distinguish them from the resources of neighbouring polities;
– general reflections on the organisation and definition of the polity of ancient Idalion;
– historical and textual information on the topography and/or organisation of ancient Idalion;
– the possibility of defining regional specifiers in material culture of the later Bronze and the Iron Age;
– the question of defining the territory in respect to neighbouring territories (mainly, but not exclusively, of Kition and Tamassos);
– reflections on the general rural settlement pattern of ancient Idalion and how we can distinguish it from that of neighbouring polities

The workshop will allow for 30 minutes presentations, followed by a discussion of each paper (10 min.) and time for general discussion. The papers will be published in the series Studia Cyprologica Berolinensia. Contributions for both the workshop and the publication are required in English.

Conference venue

The workshop takes place at Topoi Building Mitte, Hannoversche Straße 6, 10115 Berlin
(see for a map).


(as of September 21st, 2018)

Thursday, October 18th
17:00 Opening and welcome addresses
17:30 Oliver Nakoinz (Kiel):
Iron Age territories and the concept of territoriality
18:30 Reception
(Topoi-Building, Hannoversche Strasse 6, 10115 Berlin)
Friday, October 19th
08:40 Giorgos Georgiou (Nicosia):
Communication networks in central Cyprus during the Cypro-Archaic period
09:20 Vasiliki Kassianidou (Nicosia):
The topography of copper production in the Iron Age city kingdom of Idalion
10:00 Will M. Kennedy (Berlin) – Daniel Knitter (Kiel):
Defining the rural environs of ancient Idalion: a fuzzy landscape archaeological approach for determining Idalion’s resource potential
10:40 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 Christian Körner (Berne):
The polity of Idalion: a constitutional government by king and polis?
11:40 Pamela Gaber (Williamsport):
Idalion in its environment: settlement patterns in the Yialias river valley
12:20 Valery Woelfel (St. Paul):
From survey chains to satellites: combining Idalion excavation maps from Ohnefalsch-Richter through the 21st century excavations
13:00 – 14:20 Lunch break
14:20 Stephan G. Schmid (Berlin):
Max Ohnefalsch-Richter´s contribution to the topography of ancient Idalion
15:00 Sophie G. Horacek (Berlin):
A sanctuary of a female deity excavated by Max Ohnefalsch-Richter on the eastern acropolis of Idalion
15:40 – 16:10 Coffee break
16:10 Angelika Walther (Berlin):
The ‘Temple of Aphrodite’ – a temenos of a female deity near the Gialias river in Idalion
16:50 Caroline Huguenot (Berlin):
The excavations of Max Ohnefalsch-Richter in the necropoleis of Idalion
19:00 Dinner for speakers
Saturday, October 20th
09:00 Matthias Recke (Francfort):
Tamassos – the neighbour in the West
09:40 Patrizia Birchler Emery (Geneva) – Julien Beck (Geneva):
Kataliondas Kourvellos, a rural sanctuary between city-kingdoms
10:20 Julien Beck (Geneva) – Patrizia Birchler Emery (Geneva) – Thea Christoforou (Nicosia):
Organising the territory of a city-kingdom: the Kataliondas Kourvellos rural sanctuary in its local and regional context
11:00 – 11:20 Coffee break
12:00 – 12:30 Final discussion

Looking forward to seeing you in Berlin!

Sophie Horacek
Caroline Huguenot
Will Kennedy
Stephan G. Schmid
Angelika Walther

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