Location: Politiko-Troullia, Cyprus
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
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 6 weeks
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.
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