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ASU Cyprus Field School: Excavations at Bronze Age Politiko-Troullia, Cyprus

Location: Politiko-Troullia, Cyprus

May 15, 2011 to June 26, 2011

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Arizona State University

Project Director:

Dr. Steven Falconer and Dr. Patricia Fall, Arizona State University

Project Description

The Arizona State University Cyprus Field School at Politiko-Troullia offers hands-on training in archaeological and geographical field research for students ranging from beginning undergraduates to more experienced graduate students. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to develop skills in field methods, analysis and interpretation while working on an ongoing interdisciplinary investigation of agrarian village life during the rise of civilization (ca. 2000-1400 B.C.) on the stunning Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Field work at the ASU Cyprus Field School will focus on the Bronze Age village site of Politiko-Troullia, Republic of Cyprus. Politiko-Troullia lies 25 kilometers southwest of Nicosia, nestled in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains. This buried village offers evidence of agrarian households, decorated pottery, animal husbandry, crop cultivation and metallurgy leading to the advent of cities on Cyprus. Our investigations explore the development of Bronze Age life in the countryside from the picturesque vantage point of Politiko-Troullia. During their excavation of this four thousand year old settlement, students will be trained to keep field notebooks, draw artifacts, and recover and analyze pottery, stone implements, animal bones, plant remains and metallurgical evidence. This research is conducted under permit from the Department of Antiquities, Republic of Cyprus, and in cooperation with the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, Nicosia.

Period(s) of Occupation: Bronze Age

Deeply buried village remains; stone built houses, courtyards and alleyways; surrounded by extensively terraced hillsides; shift from deer hunting in forests to goat herding and orchard cultivation

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 6 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Our field quarters lie in historic Pera village, a two-kilometer walk from Politiko-Troullia. We utilize Pera's 19th century school house for our field laboratory. Field school students and project staff live in a rented house or British army tents adjoining the school house. We eat a light first breakfast before work; second breakfast is eaten picnic-style on site at Politiko-Troullia; our cook prepares lunch and dinner in Pera village.

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Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Arizona State University
Number of credits offered 6 or more
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Contact Information
Steven Falconer
School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Box 872402
Recommended Bibliography: 

Fall, Patricia, et al., Bronze Age Settlement and Landscape of Politiko-Troullia, 2005-2007, Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus, 183-208, 2008
Falconer, Steven, et al., Initial Archaeological Investigations at Politiko Troullia, 2004, Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus, 69-85, 2005,
Durrell, Lawrence, Bitter Lemons of Cyprus, 1957, New York: E. P. Dutton
Steel, Louise, Cyprus Before History: From the Earliest Settlers to the End of the Bronze Age, 2004, London: Duckworth