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*Davidson College - Cyprus (Summer)
Athienou, Cyprus (Outgoing )
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*Please Note*
The Davidson in Cyprus program is not available for Summer 2021. Please contact an Education Abroad Adviser to explore alternate options.

Program Overview
Cyprus DigThis Davidson College sponsored program, known as the Athienou Archaeological Project, trains students in archaeological field methods and techniques and introduces them to the rich history and culture of the island of Cyprus, uniquely situated at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Participants in the program in 2018 will join the Athienou Archaeological Project in its 29th campaign year. The Project involves excavation at the site of Malloura (occupied from the Geometric through Ottoman periods - 8th century B.C. to 19th century A.D.) and field survey of the surrounding valley in south central Cyprus. Participants attend seminars led by faculty and resident or guest specialists, complete an independent research project, and visit archaeological sites (e.g., Amathus, Kition, Idalion, Kourion, Paphos) and museums. Students live in the small town of Athienou and learn about life in modern Cyprus. A four-day break in the program gives students the opportunity to travel independently or in small groups.

Course Description: Intensive, on-site training in archaeological field methods and techniques. In addition to daily instruction on excavation and recording there will be lectures by specialists on a variety of topics such as archaeological reconnaissance, topographical surveying, stratigraphy, dating methods, metallurgy, and conservation. The course will also include a comprehensive survey of Cypriote history, art, and archaeology from the Neolithic period to the Modern era. Visits to archaeological sites and museums give students a broader perspective on the cultural and historical background of the Eastern Mediterranean region.AAP Logo

Textbooks: C. Renfrew & P. Bahn. Archaeology Essentials (2nd edt.), Thames & Hudson, 2011.
D. Hunt, ed., Footprints in Cyprus (2nd edt.), Trigraph: London, 1990; students may purchase this book in Cyprus or simply use copies in the AAP library.

Books on Reserve: AAP possesses a small research library with academic titles as well as guides to the major archaeological sites and museums of the island; these are available to students for further reading and research. Most substantial research, however, is to be undertaken at the Library of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) in Nicosia on your 'off-days'.

Housing and Meals
AAP Residence - The PalaceStudents stay at various houses and/or apartments provided by the Project. Meals are provided at the place of residence, in the field, and, at local restaurants (and weddings!).

Admission Requirements
Davidson and non-Davidson students with a serious interest in archaeology and a strong academic record are invited to apply.

*Students must comply with the Davidson College Honor Code in all matters pertaining to this field school.*

Contact Information
Professor Michael Toumazou, Program Director
Department of Classics

Access Statement

The college welcomes requests for accommodations related to disability and will grant those that are determined to be reasonable and maintain the integrity of a program or curriculum. To make such a request or to begin a conversation about a possible request, please contact the Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources, which is located in the Center for Teaching and Learning in the E.H. Little Library. It is best to submit accommodation requests as early as possible.

Beth Bleil, Director
Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources

Alysen Beaty, Assistant Director
Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources

Past ParticipantsDavidson in Cyprus
"This program was challenging both mentally and physically. If you are willing to work long hours and get dirty, you will be rewarded with a lot of knowledge about excavation techniques and about your research topic. I made a lot of amazing friends, and I loved visiting all of the archaeological sites around the island. It was an educational, fun, and worthwhile experience."

"Athienou Archaeological Project (AAP) hosts some of the best directors I have had the pleasure of studying with. This program is not easy and a lot is required of the students, both physically and mentally. Once the program was completed, I realized I had learned more than I really thought was possible. The directors chose an exceptional group of students to staff the program and to attend the field school. I made some lifelong friends. I would recommend this program to anyone who is willing to work harder than they have before, but also wants to receive a lot in return."

Visa Warning: U.S. citizens do not require a visa for this program. Passports must be valid for at least six months after a student's return date to the United States. Any student who also plans to study abroad in the fall in a country that requires a visa should consider the timing of that visa application process and consult with an Education Abroad Adviser. Passports often must be surrendered as part of the visa application process. Since it may take up to 90 days to receive a visa and have your passport returned to you, participating in consecutive study abroad programs in different countries, particularly between summer and fall, may be problematic or impossible.

International students should check the embassy website and/or ask the program director if they will need to obtain a visa for this program. They should also meet with International Student Programs to discuss their U.S. visa status.

Davidson College and consulate staffers cannot guarantee that a visa will be granted by a foreign government in any circumstance or in any time frame.

Davidson College reserves the right to cancel or modify part or all of a study abroad program should changing circumstances make it necessary to do so. In cases where the college has security concerns, the Director of Education Abroad and the program director will gather information and make a recommendation to the Dean of Faculty. The dean will take a decision to the president, who retains ultimate authority to decide whether or not a particular Davidson-sponsored program should proceed.

Davidson admits qualified students without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, handicap, gender, or sexual preference.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Program is contingent upon having a minimum number of participants.

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