Idalion Expedition

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East Acropolis from the Lower City of Idalion
Students visit sites every week and have field tours conducted by their excavators.Students learn to use tools, large and small.
Students learn to record and draw, both on paper and Ipad.Students learn to process and record all finds, especially pottery.

Location: Dhali, Nicosia, Cyprus

Season Dates: June 25, 2012 - August 10, 2012
Session Dates: Any two week period chosen by volunteers up to the full 7 weeks.
Application Deadline: April 16, 2012


Program Type
Field school
Staff position

Affiliation: Lycoming College

Project Director: Pamela Gaber, Lycoming College

Project Description

The Lycoming College Expedition to Idalion has been in the field since 2002. We are excavating two sanctuary sites in the ancient city kingdom of Idalion on Cyprus. One is an outdoor sanctuary, a sacred grove: site with altars and ash pits and working areas for production of offerings dedicated to the god Adonis. The other is a temenos inside the city walls dedicated to deities, a male and female, apparently Master and Mistress of Animals, or Wanax and Wanassa. The Hellenistic levels of the Adonis Temenos are in the process of publication. We are now proceeding to uncover the earlier levels. In the Temenos of the Paired Deities we are attempting to find the spatial limits (currently more than 40m X 20m), and the temporal limits. Our earliest material comes from the Geometric period, ca. 1100 B.C.E., and our latest dates to the Roman period, ca. 200 C.E.  In addition, in 2010 we re-opened a Hellenistic plastered basin previously excavated in teh 1970's. We've now uncovered substantial structures associated with it and continuing into the Roman period. Students will be trained in all aspects of digging, recording, and comparative analysis. Volunteers are welcome and can be trained in the areas of their choice.

Period(s) of Occupation: Cypriote; 1100 B.C.E.-200 C.E.

Project Size: 25-49 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: two weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: none

Room and Board Arrangements

We live in the sports center of the local Lyceum next to the site. This means we have a modern locker room for men and one for women. Very clean and modern. (5 showers and 5 toilets each) We bunk in the gym and outdoors. We have a kitchen and a cook who brings our food each day.

Cost: $500 per week, $2700 for 7 weeks

Academic Credit
Name of institution offering credit: Lycoming College
Number of credits offered: 4 or 6
Tuition: Available from Lycoming College web site

Contact Information
Elizabeth Treptow
Lycoming College, 700 College Place
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: 570-325-4299 OR 011-357-99-077057

Recommended Bibliography

P. Gaber “The History of History: Excavations at Idalion and the Changing History of a City-Kingdom”
Near Eastern Archaeology, Vol. 71, Nos. 1-2, March-June 2008; Encyclopedia Britannica, online
edition 2009. 
P. Gaber, W.G.Dever, Archaeology Odyssey, 1:02, 1998
P. Gaber, M. Morden, Expedition to Idalion, Cyprus 1992, Cahier du centre d'etudes chypriotes, 18, 1992,
D. Hunt, Footprints in Cyprus, 1990,
P. Gaber, Idalion, Cyprus: Conflict and Continuity, Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research, vol 53 pp.85-113, 1995,

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