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Nemea 100: From Blegen to Berkeley and Beyond


An international conference in celebration of a century of excavation, research, and collaboration in the Nemea Valley, Greece.


Monday, April 15 2024 – 5:30-8:00 pm PDT &
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 – 9:00 am-5:00 pm PDT.


370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley Campus & live-streamed on YouTube!



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The Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology is pleased to present an international conference in honor of the 100th anniversary of the first excavation at Nemea AND the 50th anniversary of UC Berkeley’s involvement at the site: Nemea 100: From Blegen to Berkeley and Beyond! The event brings together speakers from the United States and Greece who have a history of interest and expertise in the archaeology of Nemea and its surrounding region. Presentations will highlight past, present, and future research.

On April 15, 1924, the young American archaeologist Carl Blegen initiated excavations at the Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea, Greece. The work he began 100 years ago was renewed fifty years later, in 1974, by Stephen G. Miller and the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2005, restoration and excavation work at the site continues under the leadership of Dr. Kim Shelton (DAGRS).

On April 15, 2024, our international conference will celebrate much more of Nemea’s unique and multifaceted history in the company of archaeologists, students, colleagues, supporters, friends, and donors. We cannot wait to share all we have in store with you! We will gather in person on the UC Berkeley campus to mark the occasion (370 Dwinelle Hall) together for two days (continuing on Tuesday, April 16). For those of you far and wide who cannot join us in person, however, we invite you to join us virtually! To register in advance for live-stream access, please click here. 



MONDAY, APRIL 15 5:30-8:00pm PDT

5:30pm – Opening Remarks

5:40pm – *Keynote Lecture: The Cincinnati Program at Nemea
                  Jack L. Davis

6:20pm – *Keynote Lecture: Archaeology and Ayiorgitiko: Nemea Through the Ages
                  James C. Wright

7:00pm – *Keynote Lecture: Nemea at 100: Current Research and Future Goals
                  Kim Shelton


TUESDAY, APRIL 16 9:00am – 5:00pm PDT

9:00am – Nemea: A Unique Site Over the Course of Time
                 Panagiota Kassimi

9:30am – Sacred Wealth and Sanctuary Organization at Archaic and Classical Nemea
                 Evan Vance

10:00am – Bronze, Brass, or Copper? The Aesthetics of Alloying at an Ancient Greek Sanctuary
                  Jesse Obert

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00am – Opheltes, Argos, and the Nemean Games
                  Jorge Bravo

11:30am – Sites of Contests / Contested Sites: The Games at Nemea
                  Jon M. Frey

12:00pm – Medieval Deposits and Household Goods: A Case Study from the Nemea Excavations
                  Effie Athanassopoulos

12:30 – 3:00pm Break

3:00pm – If the Nemean Wells Could Talk . . . Sanctuary Deposits Contextualized
                 Stephanie Kimmey

3:30pm – From Nemean Zeus to Lykaion Zeus
                 David Gilman Romano

4:00pm – Late Mycenaean Nemea
                 Mary K. Dabney

4:30pm – Beyond the Aidonia Treasure: The Nemea Center and TAPHOS
                 Lynne Kvapil



*This conference is sponsored by the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology and the Townsend Center for Humanities.