Archaeomythological Events

The Institute of Archaeomythology sponsors and co-sponsors international events — such as CONFERENCES and SYMPOSIA, EXHIBITIONS, WORKSHOPS, LECTURES, and STUDY TOURS — in order to encourage new research and interdisciplinary collaboration between specialists and other interested persons on topics of archaeomythological interest.

See below for a history of IAM activities. Click on underlined text details.

Conferences, Exhibitions & Symposia


April 15-17, 2009: Exhibition and symposium on the Danube Script, focusing on the Tartaria and Turdas collections of the National History Museum of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca.

MAY 18-20, 2008: International symposium, “The Danube script: Neo-Eneolithic ‘writing’ in Southeastern Europe,” co-sponsored by the Brukenthal National Museum and the Institute of Archaeomythology.

May 18-June 5, 2008: Exhibition of photographs of inscribed artifacts from museums throughout Romania (photos by J. Appelbaum, Institute of Archaeomythology) and paintings of artifacts from throughout Southeast Europe (paintings by D. Bulgarelli, F-M.U.S.E.U.M Project) Museum of History, Casa Altemberger, Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania.


June 7-12, 2004:International Symposium, “Female Mysteries of the Substratum
Near Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
Co-sponsored by the New Bulgarian University
Formal Opening at the National Museum of History
Sofia, Bulgaria


May 25-29, 2004
Signs of Civilization: International Symposium on the Neolithic Symbol System of Southeast Europe
Co-sponsored by the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts,
Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro


June 3-7, 2002
International Symposium on the Interdisciplinary Significance of the Black Sea Flood, c. 6700 BC
Liguria Study Center

Bogliasco, Italy
Co-sponsored by the Bogliasco Foundation


July 13-18, 1998:”Deepening the Disciplines.
First International Conference of the Institute of Archaeomythology, held on the island of Madouri, Lefkas, western Greece.



June 17, 2005:
Workshop with Joan Marler “Old Europe from an Archaeomythological Perspective.”
Sponsored by Hagia Akademie, Winzer, Germany.


June 3, 2004:
Workshop on Bulgarian Ritual Dance
With Professors Anna Ilieva and Anna Shtarbanova of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria.



June 7-10, 2005:
Archaeomythological lecture series: Miriam Robbins Dexter, Harald Haarmann, Joan Marler and Adrian Poruciuc.
Co-sponsored by the History of Culture Department, the New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria, and the Institute of Archaeomythology.


MAY 3, 2007: Marija Gimbutas Lecture Grant for 2007
“The Neolithization of Anatolia,”
Prof. Dr. Jak Yakar
University of Tel Aviv.
Co-sponsored by the Art History Department, Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, Calif.), the International Institute of Anthropology (Salt Lake City, Utah), and the Institute of Archaeomythology.

APRIL 6, 2005: Marija Gimbutas Lecture Grant for 2005
“The Semantics of Neolithic Altars,”
Prof. Dr. Vassil Nikolov
Director, Institute of Archaeology with Museum
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria

“The Birth-Giving Pot: Neolithic burials in vessels in Anatolia and in southeast Europe,”
Dr. Krum Bacvarov
Institute of Archaeology with Museum,
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Co-sponsored by the Art History Department, Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, Calif.), the International Institute of Anthropology (Salt Lake City, Utah), and the Institute of Archaeomythology.

Study Tours


May 2-13, 2006:
“Bulgarian Ritual Dance in Traditional Village Contexts”
with Anna Shtarbanova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

This tour included folkloric sessions with Anna Shtarbanova, meetings with traditional folklore ensembles in villages throughout Bulgaria, visits to regional museums and archaeological sites guided by internationally known scholars, and opportunities to dance with local dancers and musicians from Sofia to the Black Sea.

June 4-6, 2004:
Excursion to central Bulgaria for visits to regional museums of Stara Zagora, Nova Zagora, Kazanlak, Pazardzik; Visits to the Neolithic tells of Karanovo and Yunacite; and to Thracian tombs in the Valley of the Kings guided by Prof. Ivan Marazov, New Bulgarian University.


May 30-June 1, 2004: Post-symposium excursion to the eponymous Vinca excavation near Belgrade, and to Lepenski Vir in the Iron Gate region of the Danube.