Symposium Aims and Goals

The twentieth annual meeting of the Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology (SOMA) will be held in Saint-Petersburg, Russia on 12-14 May 2016. As it has been in the past, this symposium will continue to provide an important opportunity for scholars and researchers to come together and discuss their works in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Our spectrum is growing wider due to the increased importance and knowledge of interdisciplinary works in today’s scientific era.

Since prehistoric times the Mediterranean has been acting as a locale for interaction between groups inhabiting regions that are now studied mainly within the different sub-fields of ancient studies. In recent years, however, the development of research techniques and analytical models of archaeological evidence have identified similar historical paths that are similar if not, in some cases, common to these different areas of the ancient world from the West (Iberian peninsula) to the East (Anatolia and Levant) from the North (Europe, Black Sea Coast) to the South (Maghreb and Egypt).

The 20th SOMA meeting welcomes presentations related to the above-mentioned topics and also arguments like sea, trade, colonization and achieve art using archaeological data collected within contexts located within the Mediterranean basin and the Black sea area, chronologically ranging from Prehistoric to Medieval periods.

The main theme of the 2016 meeting will be "Archaeology of the Northern Black sea". The Northern Black sea region is an area rich in archaeological sites, on the one hand, and subject to active industrial development. As in no other area is rapidly growing population. Develop port facilities. Built recreational facilities. The coastal zone has maximum pollution waste of human activity. It is for this reason this area is currently the center of attention of the scientific community.

In addition to traditional issues related to archeological finds in various parts of the Mediterranean, in 2016 the focus will be on new ideas for the conservation and management of sites of historical and cultural heritage. Will be lectures of the leading specialists for students. /p>

Scientific meeting will be held in the form of plenary and poster presentations. On the basis of consideration of received applications, the organizing Committee will select papers and prepare the program. The opening of the Symposium will be published materials of abstracts in English. According to the results of the event will be published scientific papers in English



The Russian Geographical Society
Moscow state University. M. V. Lomonosov
Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO
The Confederation of underwater activities Russia
The Scientific Committee Of The World Confederation Of Underwater Activities (CMAS)