Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Prehistoric conference 2015: “Settlements, culture and population dynamics in Balkan prehistory”, March 13-14, 2015 Skopje, Macedonia

The prehistoric period in the Balkans undoubtedly attracts attention related to the questions about the spatial and temporal boundaries of the ancient societies, showing the common patterns, or maybe interweaving cultures. The conference theme “Settlements, culture and population dynamics in Balkan prehistory” is designed to encourage and inspire different ways of thinking about the past in the prehistory of the Balkan peninsula.

The main aim of the conference is to gather the experts from the Balkans and wider, and to discuss the latest achievements in the field of archaeology. The topics will be focused on main aspects of Balkan prehistory: methodological and theoretical frameworks for interpreting the archaeological record, artifact analyses and related disciplines. The conference offers the opportunity to get up close to Balkan prehistory and to discover some of the mysteries or challenges about this enigmatic period.

The main topics of the conference are:

• Landscape, settlements and human interaction
• Social relation and cultural dynamics of societies
• Interpretation of cults, rites and symbols
• Technological achievements • Art and material culture
• Bio-archaeological perspectives
• Managing archaeological heritage
• Current research

The ‘Settlements, culture and population dynamics in Balkan prehistory’ conference allows both undergraduate and postgraduate students of archaeology and related disciplines an unprecedented opportunity to share innovative research and views on the past.

Important dates:

October 15, 2014   -   Deadline for the submission of Round Tables
October 16, 2014   -   Announcement for thematic Round Table/s
October 17, 2014   -   Applying for participation in thematic Round Table/s
January 15, 2015   -   Deadline for the submission of paper and poster abstracts and participation in Round Table
January 01, 2015   -   Early Registration
February 01, 2015  -   Late Registration
February 15, 2015  -   Registration closed

Further information about the conference please find at the official site http://balkanprehistory2015.com/

The conference is being organized by HAEMUS – Center for scientific research and promotion of culture.

Monday, April 28, 2014

HAEMUS published Haemus journal Vol.2 (2013)

HAEMUS has privilege and great pleasure to announce the second issue of Haemus journal, entitled HAEMUS Journal Vol.2 (2013), an electronic journal for the history and archaeology of the Balkan peninsula, but also covering a wide range of related interdisciplinary topics. The aim of the journal, which is based on the principles of open educational resources and Creative Commons licenses – is to gather and present the latest developments in the historiography and archaeological research of the Balkans, both in terms of methodology and in terms of content. The content of the journal is based on purely academic research, with an editorial board consisting of scholars from highly prestigious international institutions (check here and here)

Haemus Journal is a publication of ‘HAEMUS‘ – Center for scientific research and promotion of culture. As a publishers they hope that the serious and thorough approach, as well as the quality of the content, will cause interest in the academic community, thus helping to establish a longstanding, effective scholar co-operation.

The Journal can be downloaded via a direct link to the official website.
Link: http://haemus.mk/haemus-journal-vol-2-2013/

Front Matter
A Prefatory Note
Ruslan I. KOSTOV
Nephrite-yielding Prehistoric Cultures and Nephrite Occurrences in Europe: Archaeomineralogical Review
Retouching Tools from Osseous Raw Materials in the Starčevo Culture
Faunal Remains from Pigi Athinas, a Late Neolithic Settlement in Aegean (Thessaly, Greece)
Miniature Objects from the Archaic Tombs of Macedonia
Jordan ILIEV
Oracles of Dionysos in Ancient Thrace
The Participation of the Bishops from the Macedonian Provinces at the Fifth Ecumenical Council
Origins of the Albanian National Awakening
Damjan DONEV
Campus Argestaeus: The Chronology, Extent and Organization of Settlement in the Survey Area
Through the Dead-ends of the Legends About Krk-kardaš and Beyond
Comparative Approach to International Tourism in the 19th Century: the Case of Macedonia
The First Archaeological Park in Macedonia “Arheo Park Brazda”
Book review:
Prehistoric Bone Industries in Southeast Europe

Friday, March 07, 2014

HAEMUS as a part of the UNESCO application to protect the martinki as an intangible world heritage

Martinki - Republic of Macedonia3
On March 01, 2014, at 11:00 am, UNESCO Club HAEMUS hosted a public event at Skopje City Mall entitled “Grandma March” Day. Happy First of March! (mk. Среќна Баба Марта) is an annual event held by HAEMUS on 01.03. celebrating both, the beginning of the spring and ancient tradition connected with wearing of martinki (mk. мартинки). The event was supported by Cultural Heritage Protection Office and Institute of folklore "Marko Cepenkov".

Official Announcement submitted to UNESCO headquarter
‘Happy First of March’ is an annual event held by HAEMUS - Centre for scientific research and promotion of culture from Skopje on 01.03. This tradition celebrates both the beginning of the spring and ancient custom connected with wearing martinki .
The martinki are hand-made and given as present to one’s closest friends and family, a custom practiced for hundreds of years. On this day, red and white tassels, pom-poms and knit (braided) bracelets, all known as martinki, are given to the loved ones who pin them on clothing or tie them on wrist. The red and white woven threads symbolize the wishes for good health and prosperity. They are heralds of the coming spring. People wear them until the nature starts to bloom and afterwards, hang them on trees.
HAEMUS respect the martinki as an intangible cultural heritage and takes care about the spirit of the tradition, in all its shapes and ways, which will contribute to their wider promotion. Alongside the public audience, the promotion of the martinki is especially focused on children of pre-school and school age, for which the workshops with help to visualise and create knowledge on tradition and multiculturalism.
This statement is to provide support for multinational application to UNESCO about the martinki, in which the Republic of Macedonia also takes part.
Vasilka Dimitrovska
president of HAEMUS
Martinki-Haemus-Republic of Macedonia2


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