Migrations in Iron Age Western Anatolia


W O R K S H O P am 16. September 2022

Institut für Klassische Archäologie, University of Vienna, Austria

9:00 – 17:00, 16.09.2022

Organiser: Jana Mokrisova and Naoise Mac Sweeney

A one-day workshop on reconsidering migrations in Iron Age western Anatolia, structured as series of formal debates and open discussion. 

Greek migrations – Ionian, Aeolian, and Dorian – into Anatolia at the beginning of the Early Iron Age have been a topic of immense interest to scholars since the 19th century. For over a hundred years, excavation and survey projects in western Anatolia have provided archaeological data that inform on the topic. There is a global community of us still interested in this subject, and we would like to have the opportunity to get together to discuss questions related to mobility during the Iron Age in a constructive yet informal workshop setting.
In a structured debate, this workshop aims to scrutinise the ways in which our notions about migrations have been constructed. Participants will debate arguments in favour and against the paradigm of the 'Ionian migration' and of the concept of 'Greek identity' of the early first millennium BCE western Anatolian communities, followed by open discussion with the audience. While the focus is on the Iron Age and Archaic Ionia, we invite insights on parallel processes from the neighbouring regions of Caria, Lydia, Aeolis, Troad, and Phrygia for a more robust assessment of the question whether Ionia experienced different historical processes (i.e., migrations) than its Anatolian neighbours.

We are pleased to welcome the following panellists:

  • Gül Gürtekin Demir (Ege University, Izmir)
  • Winfried Held (Philipps-Universität Marburg)
  • Jan-Marc Henke (German Archaeological Institute, Athens)
  • Michael Kerschner (Austrian Academy of Sciences/Austrian Archaeological Institute)
  • Elif Koparal (Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul)
  • Michael Loy (British School at Athens)
  • Naoíse Mac Sweeney (University of Vienna)
  • Olivier Mariaud (University of Grenoble Alps)
  • Jana Mokrišová (University of Cambridge)
  • Christopher Ratté (University of Michigan)
  • Marek Verčík (Charles University, Prague)


Further informations about the MIGMAG-Project


09.00 – 9.15am

Arrival and coffee
09.15 – 9.30amIntroduction
09.30 – 11.00amDebate and discussion
11.00 – 11.15amCoffee break
11.15am – 12.30pmTour of the Archäologische Sammlung and presentation of EIA pottery in its collection by Hadwiga Schörner

12.30 – 01.30pm


01.30 – 3.00pmDebate and discussion
03.00 – 3.15pmCoffee break

03.15 – 04.30pm

West Samos and Ephesos: presentations on ­IKA and OEAW-affiliated field projects by Michael Loy a­nd Martin Steskal
04.30 – 05.00pmFinal discussion
05.00 – 06.00pmWine reception