The International Cretan Studies Conferences are a large interdisciplinary forum with a decisive, lasting contribution to the production and dissemination of academic knowledge on the archaeology and history of Crete. Over the successful course of six decades, the congresses have served as an open meeting point for researchers in all periods of Cretan prehistory and history. The 3,615 original papers presented by researchers from Greece from 1961 to 2016 bear witness to the congresses’ prestige and acknowledgment as an institution in the academic community – studies made accessible to the public via printed or electronic publication of the Proceedings following the congresses.
The 13th International Congress of Cretan Studies is the seventh such event organised by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies, which founded and established the congresses as an institution, starting from the 1st International Congress of Cretan Studies. That event was held in 1961 in the Basilica of St. Mark, then newly renovated and made available for public use on the initiative and efforts of the Society of Cretan Historical Studies.