Cyprus Archaeological Field School



Students will join the University of Arkansas field school and an international team of archaeologists working on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus as part of the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project. This collaborative project between Cornell University, Ithaca College and the University of Arkansas’s Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) is investigating the relationship between the island’s first cities and the revolutionary social changes that took place during the Late Bronze Age (1700-1100 BCE). Living in restored traditional houses in the village of Kalavasos, you’ll work at the sites of Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios and Maroni, where you’ll use geophysical survey, excavation, and the latest spatial technologies, including 3D scanning, to help reconstruct the urban fabric of these Bronze Age centers. Through participation in this work, as well as a series of lectures and field trips to some of the island’s famous archaeological and historic landmarks, you’ll gain a hands-on understanding of current archaeological research and field methods as well as Cyprus’s fascinating cultural legacy.


ANTH 4256 Archaeology Field Session (6 hours of undergraduate or graduate credit)

Instructors: Dr. Kevin Fisher and Dr. Jesse Casana

This program is an archaeological field school, designed to offer students the opportunity to learn field methods while participating in a scientific research project on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Students will be hands-on participants in archaeological survey and excavation work, including the use of the latest technologies, and develop skills that they can take to other projects anywhere in the world. Field schools are an essential training opportunity for students of archaeology and related disciplines, and thus the program will be of interest to students of anthropology, classical or Near Eastern studies, history, and other areas. The technical focus of our project will also be of interest to students in geography, planning, computer science, or similar fields. The field school will operate in conjunction with the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project, directed by Dr. Kevin Fisher (Postdoctoral Fellow, CAST/Anthropology, University of Arkansas), Prof. Sturt Manning (Dept. of Classics, Cornell University) and Prof. Michael Rogers (Dept. of Physics, Ithaca College). This project is undertaken with the permission of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus and is affiliated with the American Schools of Oriental Research (

With the collaboration of Prof. Jesse Casana (Dept. of Anthropology) and staff members from the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) students will receive specialized training in the use of advanced technologies that are rapidly changing archaeological research. Rotating among several tasks, students will learn data collection and processing methods for sub-surface geophysical survey, digital photogrammetry, low-altitude aerial thermography, GPS-based mapping, and 3D laser scanning. Students will use the collected data to produce 3D models of the architecture at both Kalavasos and Maroni. They will also participate in the excavation of both sites, uncovering buildings and infrastructure that were documented using geophysical surveys over the past three seasons. Through additional lectures and trips to other important archaeological and historical sites on the island, students will gain an understanding of the rise and development of civilization on Cyprus and its rich cultural heritage. We’ll also attend the annual Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) workshop in Nicosia, during which active field projects on the island present the results of their current work.

Generally, you will work five full days per week, while another day will be spent on field trips or as a short work day, with the next day off. Given that we’ll be approaching the hottest time of the year on the island, it will be necessary to start work at 6:30 am, working in the field until around 1pm or so, with a “second breakfast” in the field at around 9:30. After lunch and a siesta, students will be involved in lab work such as processing and cleaning finds, data processing, and updating notebooks, or attending lectures and informal workshops. You may be assigned certain other tasks depending on your skills and interests. Archaeological fieldwork in the Mediterranean summer is physically demanding and students are expected to be in reasonably good physical condition.

For the duration of the project students will live with other KAMBE Project members in the village of Kalavasos, located about a 5-minute drive away from the archaeological site of Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios. This scenic village is nestled in the Vasilikos River valley, in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains. Accommodations will be in restored tradtional houses converted into tourist apartment, with a few students to each room. These apartments will have basic kitchen facilities for breakfasts and snacks. All food will be provided for students on work days or field trips. Our evening meals will be in one of the village’s traditional Cypriot tavernas, although we will occasionally take the vehicles to a neighbouring village or one of the major cities of Nicosia (the capital), Larnaca, or Limmasol for dinner.


The field school will run from June 25 through July 25, 2012.

· This program is open to Undergraduate and Graduate applicants from the U of A, as well as students from outside universities.
· Students will be selected based on academic progress (order of preference will be graduate students, seniors, juniors), the merits of their application, and GPA.
· Applicants must also be in possession of a current, valid passport at time of application.
· Experience in the field is helpful, but not required.


Estimated Costs
2012 Estimated Program Fee: $3,200 + Airfare (est. $1,800) + off-campus University of Arkansas Tuition charges
Program fee includes:
lodging in Kalavasos
most meals
administrative fees
international health insurance
cultural excursions to various archeological sites

Estimated Expenses not included in fees:
off-campus UA tuition charges (no tuition discounts allowed)
round trip airfare
passport fees
remaining meals (very few) & snacks
personal travel and incidentals (e.g., if you decide to travel on your own on your days off)

Upon acceptance to the program, students should be prepared to place a deposit down and sign a payment agreement. After the deposit has been paid, the balance of the program fee will be put on the participant’s student account.


U of A Students: financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students. In most cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. U of A Honors students should consult the Honors College for funding options. The Department of Anthropology has some fellowships to support participation in this program, and the Office of Study Abroad also has funding opportunities.

Visiting students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Outside funding sources:

Because our project is affiliated with the American Schools of Oriental Research, students are eligile to apply for ASOR excavation fellowships: *Deadline is Feb. 20.

The Archaeological Institute of America offers the Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship for first-time field school students. *Deadline is Mar. 4, 2012

The Biblical Archaeology Society offers fellowships in support of participation in field schools. *Deadline is Mar. 15, 2012



Registration is through the University of Arkansas's Office of Study Abroad. The deadline is April 1, 2012.

US Dept. of State, Bureau of Consular Services information on Cyprus:

The KAMBE Project is a member of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute ( in Nicosia, which serves a base for most of the foreign projects on the island. We will have occasional access to its facilities, which include internet and an excellent research library. Students can also have mail directed here.

For further information contact Kevin Fisher (Turn on JavaScript!) or Jesse Casana (Turn on JavaScript!)