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Introduction to Field Archaeology, Cyprus



Sunday 2nd to Saturday 15th April

Cyprus

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.

'Lemba Prehistoric Village'

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

The course will also include a series of 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, which will help to put what is learnt on the course into perspective.

                                             










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 (see example below).  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, please click here for more details (other accommodation can be arranged on request).

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.

For more information or to apply for a place please contact us or download an application form below and return to us via email


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.

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"The field school offered a fantastic balance of in field work and seminar style teaching. The care and attention from instructors was incredible, from meals to personal instruction they really cared about the quality of the time here spent by the participants"

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