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KARAVOI: Methodology, Interpretation and Typology of Maritime Graffiti in the Mediterranean – 15-16/

Pictorial and textual graffiti have attracted the attention of archaeologists, anthropologists, epigraphists, historians and philologists since the very early stages in the development of humanities as academic disciplines. Such graffiti have been considered as unique testimonies of everyday life in antiquity, otherwise very hard to detect. Moreover, the practice of writing messages and making drawings on any surface available for scratching has been diachronic and surprisingly perennial; if the thousands of graffiti documented in Pompeii can be considered as indicative, then it seems probable that the graffiti phenomenon was as widespread in antiquity as it is in modern times.

In 2014, a new research programme was initiated in the University of Cyprus, funded by the Leventis Foundation, entitled KARAVOI: The Ship Graffiti on the Medieval and post-Medieval Monuments of Cyprus: Mapping, Documentation, and Digitisation. One of the main objectives of the project is to create a corpus of the island's ship graffiti, thus allowing for a holistic approach to their study which could involve not only standard aspects of it, such as ship's types and provenance, seafaring, trade connections and maritime activities, but also human behavior and identity, religious practices, ritual, ideology and social identity in Medieval Cyprus. This conference is one of the project's deliverables and aspires to bring together for the first time scholars that work in the eastern Mediterranean in order to discuss diverse aspects of ship graffiti, such as:

1. Maritime graffiti other than ships 2. Typology and shipbuilding analysis 3. Spatial distribution 4. Interpretation of the maritime graffiti in their multiple contexts (anthropological, historical, geographical, spatial, symbolic, religious or other) 5. Recording and documentation methodologies 6. Theoretical approaches to graffiti.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 15-16/10/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Cyprus

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Archaeological Research Unit (ARU), University of Cyprus

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Saturday October 15 9:00 – 9:15 Welcoming addresses

1st Session 9:15 – 9:35 Damianidis, Kostas. Preliminary Study on the Depiction of Hulls on Medieval Ship Graffiti in the Mediterranean. 9:35- 9:55 Langdon, Merle K.; Van de Moortel, Aleydis Archaic Ship Graffiti from Southern Attica: Typology and Contextual Analysis. 9:55 – 10: 15 Katunarić Kirjakov, J. Tea. Ship Graffiti on Tegulae from Roman Villa Maritima in San Giovanni, Istria, Croatia. 10:15-10:35 Friedman, Zaraza. Roman and Byzantine Ship Graffiti in Israel. 10:35 – 11:00 Coffee Break 2nd Session 11:00 – 11: 20 Demesticha, Stella. Seamen on Land: a Preliminary Analysis of Ship Graffiti on Cyprus. 11:20 – 11: 40 Delouca, Katerina. Identifying Western Ship Graffiti on the Walls of Cypriot Medieval Monuments. 11:40 – 12:00 Bakirtzis, Nikolas Ship Graffiti and their Setting: The case of St. George Teratsiotis near Avgorou, Cyprus. 12:00 – 12: 20. Trentin, Mia Gaia. Tracing Sea and Land Routes through Travellers: Graffiti and Written Sources. 12:20-12:40 12:40 – 14:30 Lunch 3rd Session 14: 30 – 14: 50 Dellaporta, Katerina. Ship graffiti from the Cyclades. 14:50 – 15:10 Nakas, Yannis; Krapf, Tobias. Medieval Ship Graffiti from Amarynthos, Euboea. 15: 10 – 15: 30 Abd el-Maguid, Mohamed; Lotfy, Ahmad. Islamic ship graffiti from Cairo. 15:30 – 15:50 Cvikel, Deborah; Kahanov, Yaacov. Maritime Activity in 19th century Akko as Reflected in Ship Graffiti. 15:50 – 16:10. González, Elvira. Nautical Graffiti of Majorca. A summary. 16:10 – 16:40 Coffee Break 4th Session 16:40 – 17: 00 Sorokin, Petr. The Russian Medieval Ship Graffiti and Contacts with the Mediterranea 17:00 – 17:20 Springmann, Maik-Jens. The Northern Cog and the Mediterranean Cocha, as reflected in ship iconography 17: 20 – 17:40 Georgiou, Ropertos; Papakosta, Lefki A Digital Imaging Methodology for Maritime Graffiti in Cyprus. 17:40: 18:00 Neophytou, Andonis. Documenting Ship Graffiti on Cyprus: Lessons Learnt and Future Directions Sunday October 16

09:00- 10:30 Concluding remarks, Discussion

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