Topic ID #33714 - posted 9/25/2014 7:49 AM

Introduction to Field Archaeology, Cyprus 2017


An Introduction to Field Archaeology, Cyprus 2017

April 2nd to 15th, 2017

HARP will be running a two-week Introduction to Field Archaeology field school from Sunday 2nd April to Saturday 15th April. 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!

This course provides an introduction to archaeology as a whole, using Cyprus as a case study, with a focus on archaeological methodology and field recording, followed by specialist lectures and artefact processing. 

This is a practical field school where the participants not only learn how to record archaeology but also have the unique opportunity to practice these skills. It is ideal for those who have no experience of archaeological excavation at all or for those who would like to practice and improve their archaeological field methods from previous excavations.

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 Bioarchaeology, with seminars and introduction to faunal and human remains

•    Introduction to excavation at a reconstructed Bronze Age kiln

•    Visits to prehistoric sites in the region from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age, including a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nea Paphos, including the Tombs of the Kings and the Mosaics as well as, 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.  Meals will be provided on workdays and we'll wind up the course with a traditional BBQ.

The course is based around the historic village of Lemba, which is located 6km from the centre of Paphos. It is beautifully situated at the top of a green valley over-looking the sea and is perfect for watching a glorious Cypriot sunset. 

Camping accommodation will be provided at the picturesque Lemba Archaeological Research Centre (LARC). The centre is where the course will be held and is centrally located in the middle of the village of Lemba, next door to the kafeneio (coffee shop) and the Lemba Pottery shop. 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. 

We will be sleeping 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). A full list of suggested items to bring will be sent out upon an offer of a place on the course.

The cost for the field school is £450 per person and includes accommodation, transport on all site visits, meals on work days and a final evening BBQ.  Flights are not included. A 5% discount is available when two or more places are booked at the same time.  A non-refundable 50% deposit is required within two weeks of being offered a place on the field school in order to secure it. 

An optional third week is available to take part in the lithic study week of material recovered from the PPNA site of Ayia Varvara-Asprokremnos (see below). If you would like to book a place on both the Introduction to Field Archaeology field school and the PPNA lithic study week from April 17th- 22nd the cost is £650 per person.

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

Lithic Study Week - Ayia Varvara-Asprokremnos

This year we have the incredible opportunity to partner with Dr Carole McCartney, Director of Excavations at Ayia Varvara-Asprokremnos (AVA), to participate in the post-excavation processing of this unique PPNA site (located near Dhali, south of Nicosia, Cyprus). 

During this third week – April 17th- 22nd you will:

•    Learn how to identify, clean, and record lithic artefacts

•    Learn about environmental sampling in archaeology and how to process archaeological soil samples, with the opportunity to wet sieve archaeological samples from AVA.

•    Learn how to identify and record archaeological material from a 10,000 year old site.

•    Be provided with lectures and hands-on training for the identification, processing, recording and drawing of lithics from Dr McCartney, a world expert in lithics analysis.

Post ID#20706 - replied 10/20/2015 3:14 PM


Places for the 2016 field school are now open

Post ID#20798 - replied 9/20/2016 10:44 AM


Now taking applications for the 2017 season!


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