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*Davidson College - Cyprus (Summer)
Athienou, Cyprus (Outgoing )
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This 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.
CLA 344 - PRACTICUM IN MEDITERRANEAN ARCHAEOLOGY
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.
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
Students 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!).
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.*
Professor Michael Toumazou, Program Director
Department of Classics
"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."
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