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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Cyprus - The Prastio-Mesorotsos Archaeological Expedition: Excavation Season - 2013

Europe - Cyprus - The Prastio-Mesorotsos Archaeological Expedition: Excavation Season - 2013

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2013-07-07
End Date 2013-08-11

Archaeology Field School Location

Kouklia, Paphos District, Cyprus

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

The University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Archaeology Field School Tuition

Participation costs 2000 USD in total.

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Room and board is included in the fee, breakfast and lunch on site and dinner in a local taverna on working days.

Archaeology Field School Travel
Not included

Archaeology Field School Description

The main activities this season will be excavation of archaeological remains (artefacts and architecture), and post-excavation processing of the finds, although some systematic surface collection and GIS work will also be undertaken. Prospective applicants are advised that days will be long and hot, and the work physically arduous. Working days will start early, since the site is a long drive (over half an hour) away from Kato Paphos, where we will be based. Participants will be expected to undertake not only on-site work, but also finds processing as required. It is envisaged that each week will consist of five and a half working days and with an occasional day or half-day involving some combination of trips to sites, museums and other places of interest, as well as free time to explore Paphos or greater Cyprus.

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

The naturally and artificially terraced terrain is grassy, scrubby and thorny with some olive and carob trees. By July, most of the surface vegetation will be dried up and dormant or eaten by the grazing sheep and goats that are common in the countryside, allowing better visibility and making walking easier. While the Dhiarizos River is controlled by a dam well upstream from our site, there is still a trickle of water allowed to flow into the valley throughout the year. The rocky outcrop around which the site is situated is steep and treacherous, but there may be an opportunity for some students to safely investigate the Byzantine/Medieval remains located on this outcrop.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Excavation of prehistoric and historic remains.

Time Period

Ceramic Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Early and Middle Bronze Age, Iron Age, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Medieval.

Field School Setting/Conditions

The setting is idyllic, and while the rural charms of the Dhiarizos valley make the site a nice place to work, we will never be far away from built-up areas. A fairly major A-road leading from the coast to the Troodos mountains runs just adjacent to the site, and a nice café called ‘Xtreme View’ is situated just on the edge of the archaeological remains.

Kouklia, where we will be living, is a popular village with several tavernas and a supermarket. It is also only 12 km from the city of Paphos.

How is the project area accessed each day

Participants will be driven to site every day.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

We work Sunday to Friday, with a half day on Friday and Saturday as the day off.
Typically we are in the cars at 5am, with breakfast at 9am on site. Lunch at 12.30 also on site. Post-excavation work taks place at home from 2-4. Dinner in a taverna at 7.30.

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Directors and Instructors

Director: Dr Andrew McCarthy (Director of the Cyprus American Institute and Fellow of the University of Edinburgh)
Field Director/Ceramicist: Lisa Graham (University of Edinburgh;
Supervisors: Dr Sarah Kielt Costello (University of Houston); Dr Vasiliki Koutrafouri (University of Edinburgh); Lisa Kennan (University of Edinburgh); Alison McCaig (University of Edinburgh); Tina Winkelmann (University of Munster)

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Excavation techniques
Artefact analysis

Will there be additional organized activities?

There will be a programme of lectures, field trips and outings, and hands-on activities, in addition to the archaeological excavation and survey itself. These will include lectures on identification and interpretation of chipped stone, pottery, ground stone, bones and special types of artefacts. Additionally, there will be lectures on Cypriot prehistory, geology and ecology, the surrounding 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.

Other resources students will find useful

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website:

Field School Contact Information

Dr Andrew McCarthy
11 Andreas Demetriou Street
Nicosia 1066

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