Moving Seaside An International Workshop on seafaring in the Mediterranean of the Neolithic period

March 13th 2020

British School at Athens

This project is co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey


Europe’s Neolithic Bridge

The event is part of the larger project “Europe’s Neolithic Bridge: Documenting and Disseminating the Neolithic Heritage of Anatolia”. This project aims to highlight the Anatolian archaeological heritage by means of a documentary film and a series of related conferences and gatherings in Turkey as well as in Greece and in Bulgaria. The documentary film Moving Stones will illustrate the adoption and transfer from the Near East to Europe of some of the most significant changes of the Human lifestyle: the domestication of plants and animals as well as sedentism. By the actions of this project, the Anatolian archaeological heritage will be put forward as the proof of the continuous ongoing dialogue, collaboration and cross-border exchanges of all periods. It is funded by the Grant Scheme for EU-Turkey Intercultural Dialogue Programme (ICD), which is co-financed by the European Union and republic of Turkey and implemented by the Yunus Emre Institute.

Moving Seaside

This Workshop will focus on seafaring in the Mediterranean of the Neolithic period, and will stimulate discussion on the topic for featuring in the international documentary film Moving Stones. We aim to discuss how throughout the Neolithic period the seas, far from being obstacles, were major vectors of transportation and communication.

Moving Stones

The documentary film Moving Stones (directed by Nalân and Enis Sakızlı, VTR YAPIM) will show how innovations characteristic of the Neolithic period moved from Western Asia to Southern Europe, via Anatolia. The documentary film project is being carried on with a core team of 8 people. During the filming of the documentary, 35 Neolithic sites and 22 museums have been shot on location. Interviews of a total of 43 scientists both from Turkey and abroad had been filmed. Also, 15 students and 23 people, who are members of the local community had been filmed. It is set for release in July 2020. The workshop in Athens will help the film makers to shape the academic content of the documentary in line with the most recent research on the Neolithic Mediterranean. Clips from session discussions will feature in the final film.

French Institute for Anatolian Studies (IFEA)

Founded in 1930 as the French Archaeological Institute in Istanbul, and again in 1975 by Georges Dumézil as the French Anatolian Research Institute (USR 3131-CNRS), IFEA conducts research that covers a wide geographical area stretching from the Central Asia from Europe’s eastern border. It is an international institution that supports social and human sciences such as anthropology, demography, geography, history, sociology, political science, economics, musicology and archaeology.

The British School at Athens (BSA)

The British School at Athens, founded in 1886, is a non-profit organisation with UK charitable status (no. 208673). The principal aim of the BSA is to promote the study of Greece in all its aspects. Specifically, it provides facilities for research into anthropology, archaeology, archaeometry, architecture, art, environment, geography, history, language, literature, religion and topography pertaining to Greek lands in all periods including modern times.


VTR YAPIM is a production company specializing in the field of documentary film under the direction of director Enis Rıza and production director Nalân Sakızlı. Its work in the field of archaeology dates back 40 years, while its focus in the Neolithic dates since 15 years. Enis Rıza and Nalân Sakızlı are the first two founding members of the Association of Documentary Filmmakers in Turkey and are still active members.


With an aim to conduct research and realise social, cultural, artistic and scientific projects, BABİL (Society Culture Art Studies and Documentary Cinema Association) was founded in 2008 in Istanbul by members from various disciplines. The organisation’s main objectives are for the support, development, and promotion of documentary films, as well as their public outreach. BABİL’s activities include screening and film reading workshops, workshops on the relationship between literature and cinema, and archiving workshops. Furthermore, BABİL has been responsible for the projects “Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture ‛Our School is Cinema’”; “Overcoming Prejudices about the Greeks and Building Trust”; and “Meeting with my Neighbour”.


As a newly-founded NGO, İMEÇE works at the interface of communities, spaces and environments, and seeks to contribute to a just, inclusive and sustainable future. Comprising professionals and academics in the fields of city and regional planning, urban design, engineering, social sciences and humanities, İMEÇE has so far taken part in projects that aim to benefit local communities, environmental sustainability and cultural heritage.



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OREA (Austria)
Seafarers and Farming Pioneers Around 9000 Years Ago
11.00 − 11.40 Özlem Aytek
Pamukkale Univ. (Turkey)
The Role of Anatolia, Mediterranean Relations During the Neolithic
11.40 − 12.20 Duncan Howitt-Marshall
BSA (Greece)
Seafaring, Maritimity, and the Neolithisation of Cyprus
14.00 − 14.40 Nikos Efstratiou
Univ. of Thessaloniki (Greece)
First farmers on Cyprus
Shaping the brave ‘new world’: archaeological stories of transition
14.40 − 15.20 Peter Tomkins
Univ. of Nottingham (UK)
The Social Sea. Divergent lifeways, brief encounters and intertwined
histories across the southern Aegean during the seventh millennium BC
15.20 − 16.00 Catherine Perlès
CNRS (France)
Some Methodological Problems About Aegean Connectivity and Interaction Networks
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