Mediterranean Harbour Cities I

Mediterranean Harbour Cities I

Mediterranean Harbour Cities I

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1st International Conference of Mediterranean

Harbour and Coastal Archaeology 2022

Mediterranean Harbour Cities I

27th September – 1st October

Aix Marseille University – Aix-en-Provence –  Le Cube (Schuman Campus)

The Master of Maritime and Coastal Archaeology (MoMArch – Aix-Marseille University) with the support of the  Mediterranean Archaeology Institute – ARKAIA | Aix-Marseille Université  and H2020 NEANIAS Project are organising the 1st International Conference of Mediterranean Harbour and Coastal Archaeology under the auspices of the UNESCO Chair in Maritime and Coastal Archaeology of Aix-Marseille University.

The Conference will be held in presence at (THE CUBE | Aix-Marseille Université) in Aix-en-Provence from the 27th  September to the 1st of October 2022. Livestreaming will be available on our dedicated website.

The second day of the Conference, we will host the H2020 NEANIAS Project workshop, where all participants will have the opportunity to test interactively three Innovative Underwater Services now developed for the EOSC (European Open Science Cloud) (Bathymetric processing, Underwater Photomosacking and Sea-bed Classification).

The Conference aspires to be the follow up of the Conferences on Harbour Archaeology initiated in 1982 by the pioneers of harbour archaeological research in the Mediterranean. In 2022, the key theme will focus on Ancient Mediterranean Harbour-cities diachronically from prehistory to Mediaeval times and it will be organised under the framework of the Aigina Harbour-city project (2019-2023)now running in the Aegean Sea ( However, as recent research and several important Int. conferences and workshops have focused on the roman and mediaeval periods, recent research in the pre-roman period will be prioritised.

Besides the key theme, the conference welcomes papers covering subjects on current underwater and coastal fieldwork research and documentation in the Mediterranean from harbour construction techniques and archaeoengineering to cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on underwater and coastal geoarchaeology, as well as issues of climate change impacts on Mediterranean coastal sites and of the integrated management of the coastal zone.

More specifically we are welcoming papers for the following subjects:

Key themes:

Ancient Mediterranean Harbour-cities: New discoveries, documentation and interpretation through recent underwater and coastal archaeological research and the study of iconographic and written sources: diachronic evolution, harbour topography and fortification, economic and naval networks, administration, legislation, socio-economic framework, daily life, among others.

Recent archaeological fieldwork, documentation and interpretation in harbour and coastal archaeology, on issues, but not exclusively:

  • Harbour infrastructure and facilities; harbour construction techniques
  • Harbour archaeo engineering
  • Innovative methodologies in shallow-water geoarchaeological prospections
  • Issues of climate change impacts on Mediterranean coastal sites and integrated management of the coastal zone

Abstract submission for papers and posters should consist of 300 words with the applicant’s name, address, institutional affiliation and abstract title.  Please send your abstracts and a short CV to the email provided below by the 31st of May 2022.

English will be the official language of the Conference.



Further information about Registration fees and Grants to attend will be available soon at our dedicated website.

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27-09-22 to

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