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The MM II/III Mesara Stamps...


New finds/Seals not in the CMS

Several seals from Zominthos, Crete...


New Publications

J. Crowley. 2024. IKON. Art and Meaning in Aegean Seal Images ...


Other News

Problems with the access to the CMS Databases in Arachne...



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July 2019


Seals, Stamps, and Administration. Digitizing Bureaucracy – Preserving Heritage

Two-Day workshop organized by the Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage (HCCH), Heidelberg, 5. – 6. July 2019.


January 2019

Presentation on 'gorgoneia' and 'gorgos' as they appear on Aegean seals and Classical gorgoneia and gorgos (in German).

Dr. Maria Anastasiadou: „Angst: ‚Gorgos’ und ‚Gorgoneia’ als Apotropaia in der antiken Ägäis"

Wednesday, 30.01.2019, 6:00 pm.


Zentrum für Altertumswissenschaften
Marstallhof 4
69117 Heidelberg


Presentation on Seal Engraving in the Bronze Age Aegean

Dr. Maria Anastasiadou: Ägäische Siegel in Heidelberg. Arbeiten im Rahmen eines Corpus-Projekts

The talk is followed by a presentation of Aegean gem engraving tools and techniques by the experienced workman Akis Goumas in cooperation with Dr. Nikoloas Papadimitriou.


University of Heidelberg

Institute of Classical Archaeology 

HS 512

18:00 ct.


Presentation Seal Engraving in the Bronze Age Aegean: Questions of Technique

Thursday, 17 January 2019 at 18:30

Four consecutive presentations in the following order:

Prof. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos: Introduction to the CMS at the Insititute of Classical Archaeology, University of Heidelberg.

Dr. Maria Anastasiadou: History, Work and Aims of the CMS.

Dr. Nikolas Papadimitriou: Introduction to Bronze Age Seal Engraving Techniques.

This is followed by a practical demonstration of Bronze Age tools and basic tecniques by the experienced cratsman and researcher of ancient technologies, Akis Goumas.


Campus Idar-Oberstein

Gemstones and Jewellery Department, 1st Floor,

Vollmersbachstraße 53A,



additional information

December 2018

Paper on seal-use in the context of house societies:

During the international workshop OIKOS Archaeological Approaches zu House Societies in the Ancient Aegean, taking place in Louvain-la-Neuve, 6th–7th December 2018, one of the topics will be on seals:



The House Seal: Examining Seal-Use and Sealing Practices in Proto- and Neopalatial Crete using Lévi-Strauss’ Model of House Societies
by Sarah Finlayson (University of Heidelberg)


7 December 2018, 11:40-12:15
Collège Érasme
Place Blaise Pascal 1

For more information on the conference and the program, see the conference website.


March 2018

Online seminar on seals and sealings in the Summer Semester 2018:


Online Seminar: Understanding Bronze Age Aegean through Seals

Instructor: Dr. Maria Anastasiadou

The University of Heidelberg is offering an online seminar on Aegean glyptic in conjunction with Heidelberg University's initiative ‘Webinars in Specialized Disciplines’, which is sponsored by the Minister for Science, Research and Art in Baden-Württemberg.

With more than 12, 000 seal faces known today, seals represent the richest source of Aegean imagery and provide an image ‘database’ of everyday life and the cognition of the Aegean individual. The sheer number of Aegean seals and ancient seal impressions, which exceeds 10, 000, is a potent piece of evidence for the significance of seals in Aegean societies. Seals were used as a means of preventing unauthorized access, of identification and substantiation, as personal charms, status symbols and ornaments. The diverse roles of these objects underline their importance at multiple societal levels, starting from the personal and reaching state administration, and thus their significance for understanding the societies that produced them.

The online seminar will focus on the significance of seals/sealings for understanding Aegean Bronze Age societies. It will approach seals as potent tools that provide valuable information on various aspects of life in the Bronze Age Aegean and will address topics such as the everyday life, cognition and administration in the Aegean, each of which will be examined in one session using seals and sealings as evidence. Aim of the seminar is to provide the foundation for understanding Aegean glyptic material both from an art historical point of view and as a critical piece of evidence which can help address broader issues pertaining to our understanding of the Aegean Bronze Age.

The online seminar will take place in the Summer Semester 2018. It will be given in English and will take place Wednesdays, 16:15–17:45, Central European Time. The first meeting will be the 18/04 and the last the 25/07. Certificates will be issued upon successful completion of the class.

The seminar is open to participants around the world and is free of charge. Prerequisite for participation is a good internet connection, online attendance for at least 13 of the 15 sessions and active participation in the course by way of, among others, an oral presentation on an appointed topic. 

Those wishing to participate should send a statement of interest and CV to Dr. Maria Anastasiadou: maria.anastasiadou@zaw.uni-heidelberg.de by 26 March 2018.

The number of participants will be kept to a maximum of 13.


January 2018

A three-year post of a postdoctoral fellowship for the study of Aegean seals/sealings is open in Heidelberg. The deadline for submissions is 29 January 2018. For more information, see here.


June 2017

More CMS volumes available online (and for download) from the University Library Heidelberg!

CMS IV; VI-1; VI-2; IX; X.


November 2016

On the occasion of the inauguration of the CMS in Heidelberg you are cordially invited to the lecture of Ingo Pini about the history of the CMS! You can see the program of the event here!



Die Geschichte des CMS: Rückblick eines Insiders

by Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Ingo Pini  (Marburg)

The lecture will be given in German.


18 November 2016, 18:00

Heuscheuer, Hörsaal I

Große Mantelgasse 2



More CMS volumes available online (and for download) from the University Library Heidelberg!

CMS I; II1; II2; II3; II4; II5; II6; II7; II8-1, II8-2; VII; VIII.


October 2016

Aegean lecture on the neopalatial administration system!



Αdministrative Hierarchy and Synergy in the Minoan Neopalatial period

by Dr. Artemis Karnava (I)

The lecture will be given in Greek.


14 October 2016, 19:00

Swedish Institute at Athens

Mitseon 9

11742 Athens


ASCSA lecture in Athens on the Griffin Warrior Tomb! The lecture will be livestreamed here.



Lord of the Gold Rings: The Grave of the Griffin Warrior of Pylos

by Dr. Shari R. Stocker and Prof. Jack L. Davis (University of Cincinnati)


6 October 2016, 19:00

ASCSA Cotsen Hall

9 Anapiron Polemou

106 76 Athens


June 2016

Janice Crowley's IconAegean Database is now available on the web by the CMS Heidelberg. The access to the database is free. For more information, see here.


On Monday 20 June Janice Crowley's IconAegean Database will be launched on the web in collaboration with the Institute of Classical Archaeology in Heidelberg and the CMS Heidelberg. The search criteria in this database, which contains all the seals that have been published in the CMS, focus mainly on the imagery of the seals. The access to the database will be free!

On that occasion, Janice Crowley will give a lecture in Heidelberg on the significance of Aegean glyptic for shaping the artistic language of Aegean arts.


The Primacy of the Seals: Prized Possesion and Seminal Art Form

by Dr. Janice L. Crowley (Australian Archaeological Institute of Athens)

20 June 2016, 18:00

Institute of Classical Archaeology
Marstallhof 4
69117 Heidelberg


CMS II,2 is now available online by the University of Heidelberg!


May 2016

The DBAS Databases (Databases about Aegean Subjects) of the University of Florence are now available online in an updated site. Among the databases there is that of Cretan Hieroglyphic Seals and that of Aegean Cushion Seals!


We are happy to announce that the CMS catalogue volumes are now being scanned by the University Library of Heidelberg and will soon be available online in the Propylaeum e-BOOKS platform! CMS II,1 is already available online here!


May 2015

A new site with some notes on Aegean glyptic:



June 2014

On Friday, 2 May Janice Crowley's IconA Databases will be launched on the Internet in collaboration with the Institute of Classical Archaeology of the University of Heidelberg and the CMS Heidelberg. On that occasion, Janice Crowley will give a lecture on the significance of Aegean glyptic for shaping the artistic vision of the Minoans and a seminar introducing the use of the Databases.


The Eye, the Mind and the Hand. Seals, Signets and the Artistic Vision of the Minoans


IconAegean: Classification and Databases for Aegean Glyptic

by Dr. Janice L. Crowley (Australian Archaeological Institute of Athens)


2 May 2014, 18:00 (Lecture) and 19:30 (Seminar)

Institute of Classical Archaeology
Marstallhof 4
69117 Heidelberg


March 2014

Lecture on the use of  writing and seals in the Aegean:

Production and administration in the 2nd mill. BC in the Aegean: archaeological and epigraphical evidence

by Dr. Artemis Karnava (University of Vienna)

19 March 2014, 15:00-17:00

University of Amsterdam
Bungehuis, Spuistraat 210
Room 401


August 2013

The linking of the seals mentioned in Arthur Evans' The Palace of Minos (1921-1935) with their entry in the CMS Seal Database in ARACHNE is now complete. Next to each seal and seal impression discussed in The Palace of Minos, which is available online in digital form by the University Library of Heidelberg, the reader can find the number of the seal in the CMS. When clicking on the link the user will be redirected to the field the seal occupies in the Seal Database in Arachne!


Palace of Minos I

Palace of Minos II,1

Palace of Minos II,2

Palace of Minos III

Palace of Minos IV,1

Palace of Minos IV,2


April 2013

The entry of data in the new field Type of Living Creature (under the domain Living Creature) in the Seal Database in ARACHNE is now completed. The user can now search the images of the seal corpus for more general terms regarding living creatures. Specifically, one can search for a living creature, a human, a quadruped, a sea animal, a bird, an animal that does not belong to any of the above categories, and an unidentifiable living creature. Apart from these possibilities, the user can also search for images where only parts of living creatures, such as a hand or a leg, are displayed and ones where a combination of whole living creatures or their parts can be seen. The help system for this field is still being edited so the English-speaking user is advised to use the CMS Glossaries for finding the english equivalent to the German terms.


March 2013

The CMS Glossaries which will enable the non-German speaker to use the CMS databases in ARACHNE are now available! The user will find a German-English and an English-German version, each of which contains all terms used in the lists of terms of the CMS Databases.


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