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Another Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project Update

The Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project is pleased to announce that we received permission from the Cyprus Department of Antiquities to conduct limited soundings at the site of Pyla-Kokkinokremos and Pyla-Vigla in collaboration with Dr. Maria Hadjicosti.  While we still will need to work out the details with the authorities at the British Bases, this is an important first step in making plans for the 2008 PKAP season.

Our proposed soundings will serve to ground truth the results of 3 seasons of intensive survey and last years geophysical work.  At present, we anticipate four small (2 x 2 m) trenches focused on specific research questions: namely determining whether the apsidal building with an east-west orientation on Pyla-Vigla is an Early Christian basilica and whether several linear bed rock cuttings on Pyla-Kokkinokremos are man-made foundations for monumental architecture.  Such limited excavations continue PKAP’s commitment to low impact archaeology.  Moreover, the location of the two sites, within the British Dhekelia Cantonment‘s firing ranges, restricts our access to the areas and the time we can spend each day working there. 

The small scale excavations will make for an exciting conclusion to the “first phase” of archaeological fieldwork at Pyla-Koutsopetria.  At present we have received some of the required financial support for the excavations at Pyla-Kokkinokremos, we have submitted several other grant proposal for the work on Vigla and Kokkinokremos, and anticipate submitting several more.  As usual we hope to receive some support from private donors.

With this news, the next few months will be flurry of preparations.  We are planning to have our largest field team to date in Cyprus with more than 10 senior (i.e. funded) staff and another dozen undergraduate and graduate volunteers.  The field school component of the project — which involves not only teaching basic archaeological method and procedure, but also travel to sites across Cyprus — will be the most robust to date as well. 

Part of this blogs original goal was to provide a window into all aspects of archaeological project — from the preparation for the season, to fieldwork, to the dissemination of our results.  Keep tuned here over the next 6 months to see how the 2008 PKAP field season unfolds.

Toward Kokkinokremos from the West

  1. susie
    January 14, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Congratulations on getting the go ahead everyone. That’s great news.

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