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Introduction to Field Archaeology, Cyprus

Sunday 3rd to Saturday 16th April


HARP will be running an Introduction to Field Archaeology course based near Paphos, Cyprus in Spring2016. The course will take place in the idyllic 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!

The course will run for two weeks and aims to provide an introduction to archaeology as a whole, using Cyprus as a case study. 

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 Experimental Archaeology and reconstruction techniques, with practical workshops at a Chalcolithic village and reconstructed Bronze Age kiln

•       Introduction to excavation at a reconstructed Bronze Age kiln

           Introduction to Bioarchaeology with analysis and identification of human bones, and an introduction to identifying animal bones      

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.

Every participant will receive a course book to build and develop their skills over the course of the field school and will produce a portfolio of work over the 2 weeks (see below for an example of portfolio work).  All meals will be provided on work days and we'll wind up the course with a traditional BBQ.

Camping accommodation will be provided, please click here for more details (other accommodation can be arranged on request).

                         'Lemba Prehistoric Village'

The cost for the field school is £430 per person and includes accommodation, transport on all site visits, meals on work days and a final evening BBQ.  A 5% discount is available when two or more places are booked at the same time.  If you would like to book a place on both the Introduction to Field Archaeology Field School and the Bioarchaeology Field School (which runs at LARC from 20th March to 2nd April 2016) the total cost for both field schools are offered at a discounted price of £900.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 contact us or download an application form below and return to us via email

"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"

Participants Reconstructing 
a Bronze Age Kiln
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