Sino-Hellenic Academic Project
Researching Great Civilizations

Conference 2021


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The Organising Committee.

Conference Background
To promote mutual interest in cultural and environmental issues on a global scale, the University of the Aegean, Greece and Henan University, China as part of an MOU agreement since 2017 and 2019, are announcing the  SECOND jointly organized conference on Global issues of Environment & Culture. 
The Sino-Hellenic International Conference is a series of international conferences hosted in Kaifeng and Rhodes alternatively. On 30th June 2019, the 1st Conference was held in Kaifeng, Henan University, to inaugurate the newly established Research Centre for Hellenic Civilisation. The 1st Sino-Hellenic International Conference in Kaifeng was organized by the Collaborative Innovation Center on Yellow River Civilization & Key Research Institute of Yellow River Civilization (Prof. Miao Changhong) and Sustainable Development, and the University of the Aegean (Prof. Ioannis Liritzis).

The 2nd Sino-Hellenic International Conference on Environment & Culture

The 2nd SHIC on Environment & Culture will take place in Greece sometime in the fall of 2021. The conference welcomes contribution on any topics related to the environment and cultures globally.
Proposed themes can be a trade networks across Eurasia, comparative research, including periods from prehistory to the 15th century AD. Mainly we welcome experts on cultures from all over the world.

Proposed Themes
We welcome abstracts from a broad range of subjects. Prospective participants may submit proposals related to any of these themes or other ones too. For any questions please fill out the below.

Archaeology & Archaeometry
Archaeological science – Archaeometry
Disaster Archaeology
Silk road (Maritime & Land): Operational Sequences of artefacts & Diffusion of ideas
Environmental Evidence of Human Migration
Skyscape Impact on Cultural Development

Cultural Geography & Geosciences
Geoarchaeological Issues
Sacred landscapes & religious aspects
Predictive Modelling of archaeological sites
Climate Change & Ancient Culture
Environmental Reconstruction-GIS

New technologies & Sustainability
Cultural Management, Innovation Technologies, Sustainability
3D reconstructions
Remote-sensing applications

Society & Environment
Environmental-Cultural reports from European and Asian ancient sources
Archaeological Parks
Geoarchaeological Parks
Intangible Cultural Heritage inspired by the Environment
Enviro-cultural reports from Ancient Literature Sources

Venue & Registration


CONFERENCE FEES (provisional, subject to change):

300 Euros*, includes conference material, abstract book, accommodation for 3 nights and 2 days, and light lunch, coffee breaks, welcome buffet, museum entrance, local transport.

100 Euro: for those who will only attend (no accommodation and other expenses), it includes conference material, abstract book, coffee breaks, welcome buffet.

50 euros: For those unable wish to be present online, will be able to participate through videoconference. This includes a (digital) abstract book.

*For any unexpected cancelation due to coronavirus the presentation can be given online, the fee will be refunded, retaining only the 50 Euros fee.

The Scientific Committee

Dr. Bassiakos, Yannis (Emer. Research Director, National Center for Scientific Research, N.C.S.R. “Demokritos”)

Dr. Cai Shuhui (IGG-CAS)

Dr. Dimitriadis, George (Instituto Terra e Memoria & CGEO-Centre of Geoscience, Group of Quaternary and Prehistory, University of Coimbra)

Prof. Efstratiou, Nikolas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dept. of History & Archaeology, Greece)

Prof. Evelpidou, Niki (Dept. of Geology and Geoenvironmnent, University of Athens)

Prof. Ganetsos, Theodoros (Department of Industrial Design and Production Engineering, Faculty of Engineering – University of West Attica)

Prof. Guerci, Antonio (Cattedra UNESCO “Antroplogia della Salute e Sistemi di Cura, Università degli Studia di Genova, Italy)

Prof. Hatzopoulos, John (Emeritus Prof. Dept. of Environment, Uni. of Aegean, Greece)

Prof. Hou Weidong (Henan University, College of History & Archaeology)

Prof. Iliopoulos, Ioannis (Uni. of Patras, Dept. of Geology, Greece)

Prof. Kassianidou, Vasiliki (University of Cyprus, Department of History and Archaeology)

Prof. Kidder, Tristam R. (Anthropology and Environmental Studies, Washington University in St. Louis, USA)

Prof. Korka, Eleni (Honorary Ephor of Dept. of Antiquities, Ministry of Culture, Greece, Director of Blue Shield UNESCO Branch, Greece)

Prof. Liritzis, Ioannis (Archaeometry, co-Coordinator of SHAP)

Prof. Miao Changhong (Henan University, School of Enviromnent & Planning)

Prof. Maggidis, Christofilis (Mycenaean Foundation, Greece & Dickinson College, USA)

Prof. Osterbeek, Luiz (Instituto Terra e Memoria, UNESCO Chairholder in Humanities and Cultral Integrated Landscape)
Prof. Papatheodorou, George (Uni. of Patras, Dept. of Geology, Greece)

Prof. Vitsilaki, Chryssi (Rector, University of the Aegean, Greece)

Prof. Sarris, Apostolos (University of Cyprus, Chair “Sylvia Ioannou Foundation” for Digital Humanities

Dr. Sakellariou, Demitris (National Center for Marine Research, Athens, Marine Geologist)

Prof. Seglie, Dario (CeSMAP & Department of Museology, Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy)

Prof. Stefanakis, Manolis (University of the Aegean, Archaeology)

Prof. Sofia Voutsaki (Associate Professor of Greek Prehistory and Theoretical Archaeology (University of Groningen)

Prof. Tsokas, Gregory (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dept. of Geology, Greece)

Prof. Wang Wei (CASS, Henan University, Archaeology)

Prof. Wei Jiyin (Henan University, College of History & Archaeology)

Prof. Zacharias, Nikolaos (Uni. of Peloponnese, Dept. of History, Archaeology & Management of Cultural Resouces, Greece)

Prof. Zerefos, Christos (Academy of Athens, Academician)

Prof. Zhang Lidong (Henan University, College. of History & Archaeology)
Prof. Zouros, Nikos (University of the Aegean, Dept. of Geography)

Accepted Sessions


Organisers: Prof. Gregorios Tsokas (Lab. of Geophysics, Geology dept. Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki) (; Prof. (Emeritus) Chr. Paliadeli Saatsoglou (Dept. of Archaeology, Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki)

Vergina is best known as the site of ancient Aigai (Αἰγαί, Aigaí, Latinized: Aegae), the first capital of Macedon. It was there when in 336 BC Philip II was assassinated in the theatre and Alexander the Great was proclaimed king. The ancient site was discovered in 1976 and excavated under the leadership of archaeologist late prof. Manolis Andronikos. The excavation unearthed the burial sites of many kings of Macedon, including the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, which, unlike so many other tombs, had not been disturbed or looted. It is also the site of an extensive royal palace. The archaeological museum of Vergina was built to house all the artifacts found at the site and is one of the most important museums in Greece. Aigai has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status as “an exceptional testimony to a significant development in European civilization, at the transition from classical city-state to the imperial structure of the Hellenistic and Roman periods”. The royal palace and the area compose an integrated set where archaeology, cultural heritage and environment are combined

Presentations are welcome concerning the research and applications on the archaeological site of Vergina and the associated proximal Macedonian environment on: Archaeology & Archaeometry, Archaeological Prospection, Geoarchaeological Issues, Sacred landscapes & religious aspects, Predictive Modelling of archaeological sites, Cultural Management, Innovation Technologies, Sustainability, 3D reconstructions, Society & Environment.

Keywords: sculptures, environmental archaeology, pigment, painting, tomb, artifacts, monuments, sustainability


Theme Unity: Society & Environment

Sub-theme: Geoarchaeological Parks

Organisers: Dario Seglie (, Georgios Dimitradis, Piero Ricchiardi ( & Nikolaos Zouros (

Organizers are convinced, after the AAI Congress, Genoa 2005 and the two sessions organized jointly at the UISPP-WS19 & WS20, Portugal 2006 and at the IFRAO Congress, Brazil 2009 that museology and museography should be sciences dedicated to the survival of the spiritual heritage of humanity. Today the trend of protection and conservation strategies is decidedly close to a global approach that takes into account all the archaeological evidence (including rock art sites), geological, anthropological and ethnological evidence present in an open-air museum. This is why the promoters of the session have long wanted to explore how the new concept of geoarchaeological global park as a social glue is sustainable in an open socio-environmental system and how it adapts to the era of the digital revolution too.

Our motivations consider geoarcheological global parks as sites where the presence of geological and anthropo-archaeological elements coexist or are integrated between them in the same area. On the other hand, we define the presence of human communities within the park area as an open socio-environmental system. What is the perception of the community of geo-archaeological global problems? What is the relationship between archaeological landscapes like adjacent landscapes, humanized by the local communities and the problems of such interaction? How is the concept of anthropo-geoarchaeology transformed into a digital way?

The Geopark concept was introduced at late 90’s aiming to protect and promote Earth heritage sites through the sustainable local development of territories containing abiotic nature of significant value. The Global Geoparks Network (GGN) established in 2004 operates as an international platform of cooperation among Geoparks around the world The GGN includes 120 Geoparks in 33 countries working to protect Geological heritage and promote local sustainable development. The 38th UNESCO General Conference (November 2015) ratified the statutes of the new International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme and the UNESCO Global Geoparks Operational Guidelines, introducing the brand UNESCO Global Geopark as a label of excellence for areas that meet the criteria set by the above mentioned guidelines. In doing so, it has legally endorsed the new UNESCO label of “UNESCO Global Geopark” and the endorsement of all the existing 120 Global Geoparks to become UNESCO Global Geoparks with immediate effect. The UNESCO Global Geopark branding could strongly contribute to raising Earth Heritage sites visibility in the world and in high-quality public outreach on sustainable development linked to issues on geodiversity, the environment, geohazards, climate change and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Participants should address the issue of inter-institutional cooperation around the world for a search for appropriate ways to document and incite the aesthetic, technical, ecological, cultural, sustainable and touristic interest of local citizens and general visitors, and for the achievement of converging objectives of conservation, education, research, appreciation and socio-economic enhancement. Study-cases will be strongly welcomed.

The purpose of this session is to identify the best procedures for valid identification, management, protection and conservation of geo-archaeological parks; it is necessary to plan monitoring with instruments that record the variability and variation of environmental parameters and the impact on archaeological and contemporary human sites, including rock art monuments. Museums projects and/or anthropo-archaeological institutions outdoors or indoors, as are cultural centers for the interpretation of the real world, are a form of cultural heritage conservation technique.

Keywords: digital museography, geo-archaeology, landscape, open air museum, archaeological and rock art sites, socio-environment theory.


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Theme Unity: Cultural Geography & Geosciences

Sub-theme: Sacred Landscapes & Religious Aspects

Organizers: Georgios Dimitriadis (, Zhang Tongbiao & Yashadatta Alone

The Earth is sprinkled with time capsules, places like monuments, tombstones and archaeological sites as well as cultural landscapes created by human initiative. Although these places are dynamic and complex, culture landscapes are created as scenarios for the reconstruction of myth-historical narratives and reflect the cosmological organizing principles of society. Such narrative structure enduring the social memory and the socio-symbolic aspects of human-environment interaction. Sacred places and landscapes can be found both in nature and in the built environment. What distinguishes such spaces is not the degree of human modification, but the acts that are performed there.

The sacred sites in Greece, India and China somehow presents common characteristics and basically has two dimensions: one related with the sites that are in worship and the other sites that are not. Archaeology becomes key to both the sides. The archeological explorations have led to unearthing the sites that have vanished where as there are couple of sites that are still being worshipped. Sacred geography also becomes part of the religious practices as well as worshipping economy, on the other hand, the idea of sacred site or places of worship gets advocated in Orthodox (Meteora Monasteries) and in the Buddhist (Mahaparinibbansutta of the Digha Nikaya) religion according to its textual tradition. From late nineteenth century Greece, India and China rediscover those places as archeological ruins and reconstructs the history. While some sites become part of world heritage, but the environmental aspects and its relations are an area that have been less explored. Many sites have developed keeping in mind its accessibility and public presence. The present inquiry goes into the concerns of the sites specificities in order to understand the very idea of sacred that gets associated as well as the sites that are otherwise not part of the canonical advocacy. In such scenario, the authors agreeing that Orthodox-Byzantine and Buddhist sacred sites present common elements in the historical-religious conception and function as well as in the cultural heritage management (CRM), understood as “a means of investigating qualities of heritages that focuses on them as material manifestations and particular kinds of places”. Archaeological, anthropological and fine arts study cases are strongly welcome.

Keywords: Byzantine and Buddhist sites, culture landscape, CRM-culture heritage management, sacred places, sino-hellenic academic project


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Lions Gate in Mycenae, Argolis, Greece.