Topic ID #33713 - posted 9/25/2014 7:46 AM

Introduction to Field Archaeology, Cyprus


An Introduction to Field Archaeology, Cyprus

April 5th to 18th 2015

HARP will be running an Introduction to Field Archaeology course based near Paphos, Cyprus in Spring 2015. The course will take place in the village of Lemba, located approximately 6km from the historic centre of Paphos.  The village has a rich and varied history and has beautiful views west over the Mediterranean, the perfect place to enjoy a sunset!

The course will run for two weeks from Sunday 5th April to Saturday 18th April (Arrival date 5th; Departure date 18th) and aims to provide an introduction to archaeology as a whole, using Cyprus as a case study. The course will include: 

           Introductory seminars on the study of archaeology

           Seminars and lectures on the prehistory of Cyprus, from the Neolithic up until the Roman period

           The opportunity to study and draw artefacts uncovered from local excavations

           Lessons in how to draw and record archaeological sites with practical workshops carried out at the Chalcolithic site of Lemba-Lakkous

           Lessons in how to conduct basic surveying and standing building recording with practical workshops carried out at a reconstructed Chalcolithic village

           Archaeological photography, and basic photography skills

           Introduction to Experimental Archaeology and reconstruction techniques, with practical workshops in reconstructing a Chalcolithic village, and brewing Bronze Age beer

           Visits to prehistoric sites in the region from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age, including a trip to the World Heritage site of the Tombs of the Kings and the Paphos Museum

Each participant will receive a course book to build and develop their skills throughout the course and all of the workshops will be used to produce a portfolio at the end of the course (an example can be downloaded from our website).  Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day and we'll wind up the course with a traditional BBQ.

Camping accommodation will be provided at the Lemba Archaeological Research Centre (LARC).  The centre is located in the middle of the village of Lemba, next door to the kafeneio (coffee shop) and the Lemba Pottery shop.  LARC is where the course will be held, with practical workshops being carried out at the nearby Chalcolithic site of Lamba-Lakkous.  Facilities include a toilet and shower block with hot running water and a kitchen for preparing meals.  The centre is a short five minute stroll away from a large supermarket and take-away establishments.  It is also only 500m from the local sandy beach and coastal road, which has bars, restaurants and mini-markets.  Camping will be provided on the flat roof of the building beneath the trailing grape vines.  Mattresses will be provided but participants will need to bring their own bedding/sleeping bags.  Due to the cooler spring time weather it is recommended that participants bring a tent (to be pitched on a flat roof, tents that don’t need pegs would be ideal).

The cost for the field school is £420 per person and includes accommodation, transport on all site visits, meals on work days and a final evening BBQ.  A 5% discount is available when two or more places are booked at the same time.  A non-refundable 50% deposit is required within 2 weeks of being offered a place on the field school in order to secure it. 

Airport Transfers by local taxi (to be paid for by participant) can be arranged if required.  For more information or to apply for a place please email Ian at    


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