‘Neolithic Meetings’ is a reading group focusing in the promotion of Neolithic Archaeology in Greece. Its main focus is the dialogue, working thought and feedback on issues of current archaeological research, methodology and theory about Neolithic Period in Greece. The discussions of the group aim at a critical understanding of new theories and methodologies applied in Neolithic case or synthetic studies, in order to establish an approach framework for past societies utilizing up-to-date research tools from theoretic and scientific backgrounds. During the meetings, the group members touch upon issues of archaeological theory application through specific methodologies in order to deeply understand the currently produced archaeological knowledge regarding the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean regions. Thematic circles under discussion include: landscape archaeology, archaeology of the household, gender archaeology, neolithisation processes, daily life, economy, natural environment, production circulation or mobility networks etc.
The Neolithic Meetings are held by an interdisciplinary group of Postdoctoral Researchers, specialising in varied fields, such as landscape archaeology, geoarchaeology, zooarchaeology, organic remains, material culture studies like pottery, figurines, architectural remains and tool typologies. The affiliations of the group members include: the University of Crete, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Cyprus, as well as the Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science, the National Hellenic Research Foundation, the Cyprus Institute, the Institute for Aegean Prehistory, and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. The group is supported by the Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS/FORTH) at Rethymno, which provides the digital platform for the meetings (ZOOM). The meetings are held once per month and focus on chosen archaeological papers respective of the thematic circles. In the future, the group aims at holding an open lecture at the end of each thematic circle given by invited international researchers, who work on relevant domains, thus establishing a series of annual lectures about the Neolithic period and the various theoretic or scientific tools for its approach.