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Human Bioarchaeology Field School, Cyprus

April 2nd to 15th, 2017

Lemba, Cyprus

HARP will be running a two-week human bioarchaeology field school from Sunday 2nd April to Saturday 15th April 2017. The field school is intended for those who have no prior experience with human remains, however we are happy to provide a more bespoke course for those with some previous human osteological experience (i.e. taken an introduction to osteology course) and who would like to expand upon this experience by working with archaeologically derived skeletal material. 

This course aims to provide students with an interest in bioarchaeology with a hands-on experience of working with archaeologically derived human skeletal material and will use Cyprus as a case study to discuss aspects of mortuary practice, taphonomy and excavation and its impact on osteological analyses.

This course will include:
  • Cleaning, processing and recording archaeologically derived human skeletal material
  • Demonstrations and seminars on aging and sexing methods
  • Identifying and learning about palaeopathology on human remains
  • Field skills for the excavation of human skeletal remains with drawing conventions and photography
  • Looking at metric and non-metric traits in human skeletal material
  • An introduction to identification of animal bones
  • Producing a skeletal report based on the material examined
  • An introduction to photographing human skeletal remains in the laboratory
  • Field trips to local sites that will be discussed during the program, and to the district museum

The Lemba Archaeology Research Centre is set in the archaeologically-rich Paphos District and we will explore some of the local sites with guided tours, highlighting and discussing aspects of mortuary archaeology at each site. 

Every participant will receive a check list of skills which will be signed off over the course of the field school and will produce a skeletal report to add to their portfolio of work over the 2 weeks. All meals will be provided on work days 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 Lemba Archaeological Research Centre (LARC), full details can be seen here (alternative accommodation can be arranged on request).  

The cost for the field school is £550 per person and includes accommodation, transport for all site visits, meals on workdays 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 Bioarchaeology field school and the PPNA lithic study week from April 17th- 22nd the cost is £750 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 Michelle at or download an application form below.

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.


"The course was exceptional both in scope and value. The level of detail was extraordinary"

Harp Archaeology,
20 Sep 2016, 06:07