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The Athienou Archaeological Project

Location: Athienou, Larnaca, Cyprus

June 1, 2013 to July 15, 2013

Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

Flyer: PDF icon aap_brochurefinal.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Davidson College

Project Director:

Dr. Michael K. Toumazou, Davidson College

Project Description

Program Information:

This Davidson College sponsored program trains students in archaeological field methods and techniques and introduces them to the rich history and culture of the island of Cyprus, uniquely situated at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Participants in the program in 2013 will join the Athienou Archaeological Project in its 23rd campaign year. The Project involves excavation at the site of Malloura (occupied from the Geometric through Ottoman periods - 8th century B.C. to 19th century A.D.) and field survey of the surrounding valley in south central Cyprus. Participants attend seminars led by faculty and resident or guest specialists, complete an independent research project, and visit archaeological sites (e.g., Amathous, Kition, Idalion, Kourion, Paphos) and museums. Students live in the small town of Athienou and learn about life in modern Cyprus. A three-day break in the program gives students the opportunity, if they wish, to visit Mediterranean destinations close to the island.

Course Description: CLA 344-Practicum in Mediterranean Archaeology
The course includes intensive, on-site training in archaeological field methods and techniques. In addition to daily instruction on excavation and recording, there will be lectures by specialists on a variety of topics such as archaeological reconnaissance, topographical surveying, stratigraphy, dating methods, metallurgy, and conservation. The course will also include a comprehensive survey of Cypriote history, art, and archaeology from the Neolithic period to the Modern era. Visits to archaeological sites and museums give the student a broader perspective on the cultural and historical background of the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Financial Information:Included in the program fee of $4,000 are:  tuition & fees, transportation to and from the site, bus excursions to other sites and museums, room & board, and one Davidson College course credit. Expenses not covered:  Transatlantic air travel estimated at $1,200 - $1,400, personal expenses, passport and expenses incurred during the three-day break.  

Full scholarships, covering the $4,000 program fee, $1400 for air travel, and $3,500 stipend, will be awarded to the top ten applicants thanks to a three-year NSF REU Sites grant. Applicants must be US citizens who are enrolled as undergraduates for the duration of the program.

Davidson and non-Davidson students with a serious interest in archaeology and a strong academic record are invited to apply.

Application Process:
Visit Davidson’s Study Abroad Web site ( and click on the “Getting Started” link, which will walk you through the application process.  Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2013.

Contact Information:
Professor Michael Toumazou
Davidson College
704.894.2281  |

Professor Derek B. Counts
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Coordinator of Study Abroad
Davidson College
704.894.2250  |



Period(s) of Occupation: Geometric - Roman

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Room and Board Arrangements

Students and staff live in houses and the excavation house in the town of Athienou in Cyprus. Room and board includes meals 6 days a week, transportation to and from the site, and field trip excursions.

$4,000 (includes tuition & fees, transportation to and from the site, bus excursions to other sites and museums, room & board, and one Davidson COllege course credit)

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Davidson College
Number of credits offered 3 hours
included in program fee


Contact Information
Dr. Michael Toumazou
PO Box 1342