Topic ID #28634 - posted 5/9/2013 2:23 AM

Chalcolithic Roundhouse Reconstruction, Cyprus




HARP will be running an Experimental Archaeology Field School in the village of Lemba, Cyprus in August 2013.  Only 3 places are available for the field school.

Participants in the Field School will learn experimental building techniques in the maintenance and reconstruction of a Chalcolithic Roundhouse at the Chalcolithic Experimental Village in the village of Lemba.

The Chalcolithic Village

The Lemba Experimental Village was constructed during the mid 1990’s in order to recreate a series of Chalcolithic Roundhouses that were uncovered during excavations by Edgar Peltenburg at Lemba-Lakkous in the 1970’s.  Part of the excavated area now constitutes a fenced tourist attraction, within which a number of the replicated roundhouses are situated. Chalcoltihic dwellings were built with stone footings, a mud superstructure and a wood and brush roof.

The reconstruction programme will be led by Dr. Paul Croft and participants will be taught and apply experimental building techniques including roof construction techniques in order to discover how the buildings were constructed during the Chalcolithic period.

Alongside this participants will also be provided with practical workshops that will teach them archaeological recording techniques, as well as visiting a number of local sites and seminars that will put their work into the context of the local archaeological record and the archaeology of Cyprus as a whole.

The Field School is ideal for all levels of archaeology students, particularly those with an interest in experimental archaeology or the archaeology of the Mediterranean and Near East, as well as anyone with an interest in the subject or looking to become more involved in learning about archaeology.

During the summer temperatures can reach up to 38 degrees and the climate is humid, so be prepared! We are however only a stones throw away from the Mediterranean, a great way to relax with a beer after a day in the sun, heat and mud!


The Field School will be running from Wednesday 31st July to Wednesday 14th August with participants arriving on the 31st and departing on the 14th.


Accommodation for the Field School will be provided in the Kissonerga Village School.  The accommodation will be dormitory style and mattresses will be provided.  Participants will need to bring their own bedding/sleeping bags and can bring tents if greater privacy is required, however open air sleeping is recommended due to the heat. Food will be provided in the form of on site picnic lunches and evening meals on work days. The school has full cooking facilities and there is a local supermarket and a number of nearby tavernas for days off. All transport to and from site and on site visits will be provided, airport transfers can be arranged on request.

Alternative accommodation for both field schools can be arranged on request at an extra cost.


Costs for the Field School are £380 (sterling) per person and participation is required for the full two weeks. Costs include all course fees, transport to and from site and on site visits, accommodation, and food on work days. Transport to and from Cyprus is not included. A non-refundable 50% deposit is required on acceptance to secure your place. Participants will also need to bring spending money for personal expenses, food and transport/activities on days off.  Places are limited and will be given on a first come first serve basis upon receipt of the deposit.

HARP members will receive a 5% discount on the total cost of the field school.

Please contact us to apply or for more information


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