Introduction to Field Archaeology, Cyprus

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7th to 20th April 2024

Safe working practices will be maintained and all local regulations and restrictions regarding Covid-19 will be followed. It is essential that all participants follow all requirements that are in place at the time of the field school regarding travel and testing (at both departure and destination points). Full terms and conditions for our field schools, including our Covid-19 policies are available here.

HARP’s Introduction to Field Archaeology field school is returning in 2024! This two week course will run from Sunday 7th to Saturday 20th April. Participants will be provided with ten days of specialist skills training, based in the historic (and prehistoric) village of Lemba. Located approximately 6km from Paphos, Lemba boasts 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 participants not only learn how to record archaeological sites, including learning specialist, post-excavation techniques, but also have the unique opportunity to practice these skills. It is ideal for those who have no experience of archaeological fieldwork at all or for those who would like to practice and improve their archaeological field methods from previous excavations.

Preserved remains of Lemba Lakkous showing foundations of Chalcolithic round houses

The course will include:

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 UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nea Paphos/Tombs of the Kings, and the Paphos Museum, which will help to put what is learnt on the course into perspective.

Students drawing and recording the remains of a Chalcolithic round house during a Field School
Students learning how to draw and records archaeological objects and artefacts including stone axes

Each participant will receive a course book to build and develop their skills throughout the course with all workshops helping to build a portfolio by the end of the course, with participants able to keep all of the documents and photographs that they produce  (see example below).  

The course is based at the Edgar Peltenburg Archaeological Research Centre (EPARC) in the picturesque and historic village of Lemba, next door to the kafeneio (coffee shop) and the Lemba Pottery shop. The research centre is beautifully situated at the top of a green valley over-looking the sea, perfect for watching a glorious Cypriot sunset. Lemba is located 6km from the centre of Paphos and is easily accessible by bus or taxi from Paphos and Paphos Airport.

Costs and Accommodation

There are two options available for this course:

£675 (GBP) per person: includes full training as outlined above; camping accommodation at the Edgar Peltenburg Archaeological Research Centre (see below); transport for all site visits; all meals on workdays (not including the weekend); and a final evening dinner/traditional BBQ.  NB: Food preparation will take place at the accommodation by the participants, and dietary requirements can be accommodated.

£495 (GBP) per person: includes full training as outlined above; transport for all site visits; lunch on workdays; and a final evening dinner/traditional BBQ. Suggestions for local accommodation can be provided upon request, but HARP takes no responsibility for any aspect of the accommodation or general subsistence.

Flights are not included in either option. A non-refundable 25% deposit is required within two weeks of being offered a place on the field school in order to secure it. A full list of suggested items to bring will be sent out upon acceptance of a place on the course. Details of a local taxi company for Airport Transfers (to be paid for by participant) can be arranged if required.

For more information or to return an application form via email (available to download below) please contact Ian.


"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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Portfolio Example_1.pdf
Intro to Field Arch 2024_Application Form.docx