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Idalion Expedition

Location: Dhali, Nicosia, Cyprus

June 26, 2012 to August 4, 2017

Session dates: 
Any two week period chosen by volunteers up to the full 6 weeks. There is a preliminary one week period available to experienced diggers, as well, at no extra charge.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 14, 2017

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school
Staff position

RPA certified



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, who appear to be guardians of the main Cypriot deity, the Wanassa, or Queen of Heaven. The Hellenistic levels of the Adonis Temenos are in the process of publication. We are now proceeding to uncover the earlier levels. In the CIty Sanctuary we are attempting to find the spatial limits (currently more than 42m X 36m), and the temporal limits. Our earliest material comes from the Late Bronze Age,  ca. 1200 B.C.E., and our latest dates to the Late Roman period, ca. 700 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 that continue 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: Cypriot; 1200 B.C.E.-700 C.E.

Sanctuary of Adonis and City Sanctuary have altars, standing stones, and sacrificial ash pits. The "Lower City East" appears to be an industrial area devoted to textile working.

Project size: 
25-49 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: two weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

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. We have wifi and a classroom where students may have a desk with their own computer and equipment.

$575 per week, $2700 for 6 (or 7) weeks. This does not count credit costs from Lycoming College

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Lycoming College
Number of credits offered 4, 6, or 1 audit credit
Available from Lycoming College web site


Contact Information
Pamela Gaber
Photi Pitta #6,
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,