First Circular

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The Round-Table PATABS I on the production and trade of transport amphorae in the Black Sea was initiated in 2006 with the first meeting in both Georgia (Batumi) and Turkey (Trabzon). Two other meetings, PATABS II and III, organized in Bulgaria in 2007 and in Romania in 2009, delivered important contributions on diffusion and trade, production centers and workshops, typology and chronology, updating regularly the new results on this matter.

It is a great pleasure to inform you that we are planning to organize the fourth edition of PATABS in 2021, aiming to preserve the continuity of this specific meeting by inviting you to participate with new contributions.

The main goal of the conference is to bring together researchers working all around the Black Sea and adjacent areas of contacts as well as experts from other countries, in order to discuss the development of the research on Black Sea amphorae. It intends to provide scholars with an overall picture of the recent results and studies obtained during the last decade after the third edition in 2009, as an anchorage to carry on PATABS’ tradition.

Planned sessions:

  • Major site discoveries since 2009 (last PATABS III) on land and underwater
  • Trade in Black Sea, Mediterranean and Western countries
  • Contents, metrology and standardization
  • Clay analyses
  • Epigraphy
  • “Free session” for discussing and sharing any unsolved questions encountered during our sessions (could be related to identification, type, chronology, provenance…), in order to have some feedback from peers.

Dates and Place: 

PATABS IV will be held on June 13, 14 and 15, 2021. The Zoom information will be sent by mail after registration to

The presentations will be held in English (duration ca 15 minutes).

We are planning to publish in 2022 the Proceedings of the Round-Table in the collection of Archaeopress.

We would be honored if you accept to participate to PATABS IV.

Stay safe!

The organizing committee,

Vasilica Lungu
Institute for South-Eastern European Studies of the Romanian Academy in Bucharest

Nino Inaishvili
Niko Berdzenishvili Institute of Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Department of Archaeology and History

Dominique Kassab Tezgör
Bilkent University, Department of Archaeology, Ankara