Prastio Mesorotsos Archaeological Expedition

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Location: Cyprus

Season: July 1, 2020 to August 5, 2020

Application Deadline: May 20, 2020

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

The University of Edinburgh

Project Director:
Dr. Andrew Mccarthy and Dr. Lisa Graham

Project Description:

In the summer of 2020, a team of archaeologists, specialists and students conducted the twelfth fieldwork season of the Prastio-Mesorotsos Archaeological Expedition. Located inland, nestled in the Dhiarizos Valley of western Cyprus, the site is a multi-period settlement spanning much of the island’s history, from the Neolithic to the 1950s AD. The project is run as a Field School, and no prior experience is required of participants. Students of any discipline are encouraged to apply, especially those from Archaeology, Classics and History, but also those interested in surveying, geography, ethnology, as well as anyone with an interest in Mediterranean history of any period.

The Prastio-Mesorotsos Archaeological Excavation has recently been named an ASOR-Affiliated Project. As such, accepted students are eligible to apply for ASOR funding to participate in this project.

The field school aims to familiarize students with the methods and ethics of modern archaeological excavation and analysis. All team members will be expected to excavate in the trenches, but conditions will vary. Participants will take part in all aspects of excavation, and there will be opportunities for students to partake in the recording of excavated features. Furthermore, as excavated materials accumulate, there will be various post-excavation tasks required, and opportunities will be available to become more familiar with particular aspects of post-excavation logging and analysis.

There will be a program of lectures, field trips and outings, and hands-on activities, in addition to the archaeological excavation itself. These will include lectures on identification and interpretation of artifacts and lectures on Cypriot history, its landscape and the ancient cultural relations between Cyprus and the Mediterranean world. Trips to museums, archaeological sites, and places of historical interest will also be arranged.

Participants must be reasonably fit and very enthusiastic. Please ensure you have a current Anti-tetanus vaccination and travel insurance. Further information will be supplied upon acceptance to the project. Expedition members should familiarize themselves with the Field Safety Guidelines, available on the website.

Period(s) of Occupation: Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Medieval

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full season

Minimum Age: 17

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
We will be based in Kouklia, a charming village with several small tavernas, shops and cafes, which is situated on the remains of ancient Palaeopaphos, a UNESCO World Heritage site containing the famous sanctuary and temple to Aphrodite. Accommodation will be dormitory style in a typical village house in Kouklia. A packed breakfast and lunch is provided on site and participants will share basic domestic duties. Evening meals will take place Sunday-Thursday in a local taverna (with occasional BBQ or pizza nights). Friday afternoons and all day Saturdays are free (meals not provided on days off). There is a frequent bus service to the beaches and shops of Paphos. Finally, Kouklia now has free wifi throughout the village. Cost: $1600

Contact Information:

Andrew Mccarthy

The University of Edinburgh




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