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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Cyprus - The Prastio-Mesorotsos Archaeological Expedition, Introduction to Pottery Analysis - 2013

Europe - Cyprus - The Prastio-Mesorotsos Archaeological Expedition, Introduction to Pottery Analysis - 2013

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2013-06-24
End Date 2013-07-04

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 350 GBP, 400 EUR or 520 USD in total.

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

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

Archaeology Field School Travel
Not included

Archaeology Field School Description

Previous excavations at Prastio have produced significant amounts of pottery from the Neolithic, Early-Middle Bronze Age, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Medieval periods and students will be have the opportunity to study these ceramics in detail. The project will be 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 ancient pottery or one (or all) of the several represented periods of Mediterranean history.The course will include:

- Introductory lectures on the archaeology of Cyprus and Prastio-Mesorotsos in particular
- Seminars on pottery technology, manufacture and uses in archaeology
- Practical training in how to recognize different wares and identify time periods
- Practical training in pottery recording
- Practical training in pottery illustration
- Visits to archaeological sites in the region, including Prastio-Mesorotsos, Palaepaphos, Nea Paphos and the Paphos Museum.
- The opportunity to manufacture a pot using prehistoric techniques, from clay collection through forming, decoration and firing.

The field school will run for 10 days from Monday the 24th of June to Thursday the 4th of July with one day off (Saturday) and a half-day Friday. Accommodation is provided in a house in the centre of Kouklia village. A breakfast and lunch will be provided in the dig house and dinner will also be provided in Gabriel’s Taverna, Kouklia, every night (excepting the nights off – Friday and Saturday).

*Places are extremely limited, therefore early application is essential to guarantee a place*

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Artifact analysis

Time Period

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

Field School Setting/Conditions

The seminars and lectures will take place on the terrace of the dig house. Whilst this is a shady workplace, participants should be aware that Cyprus is very hot and dry at this time of year.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Morning session 1am - 9.30am
10am - 12.30pm
Afternoon session 1.30 - 4pm
The days will be split between lectures/seminars, practical training and occasional excursions.
Dinner in a taverna at 7.30pm

Is there a professional certification for this field school


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)
Instructor: Lisa Kennan (University of Edinburgh)

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Students will gain practical experience in ceramic analysis, including recording, sorting and classification techniques, as well as illustration; all of which are transferable skills relevant to any site/period/location. They will also gain specific knowledge of the prehistory and history of Cyprus and the Mediterranean and be able to identify relative dates based on ceramic analysis. There will also be an experimental component where students will get the opportunity to make their own pots from scratch (time permitting).

Will there be additional organized activities?

There will be an excursion to the site of Prastio-Mesorotsos and a clay collection excursion for the experimental component.

Other resources students will find useful

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website:

Field School Contact Information

Lisa Graham
1 Konstantinou Satha
Agiou Omologites
Nicosia 1082

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