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Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project Reader for 2008

Each season we put together a short(ish) reader for the participants on Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project.  We include our publications on the site with some of the earlier work (generally in English because this reader is designed primarily for our undergraduate volunteers — the best overview of work on our site prior to Maria Hadjicosti’s excavations (reported in BCH 1994 and BCH 2000) is O. Masson, “Kypriaka II: Recherches sur les antiquités de la région de Pyla”, BCH 90 (1966), 1-21.).

The reports from the Director of Antiquities (entries 1 and 2) provide short summaries of fieldwork at Pyla-Koutsopetria and are basically English versions of what appears in the BCH. Entries 3-5 represent our contributions to the study of our area (a similar sample of material can be found on the project’s webpage).  Entry 6, Rautman’s “Busy Countryside” is the best single source overview of non-urban sites on Cyprus during the Late Roman Period. The phrase, “Busy Countryside” has become a bit of a rallying cry among scholars (for “scholars” read: David Pettegrew) interested in the complex phenomena taking place in the Late Antique countryside across the Eastern Mediterranean (see, for example, D. Pettegrew, “The Busy Countryside of Late Roman Corinth: Interpreting Ceramic Data Produced by Regional Archaeological Survey,” Hesperia 76: 743-84). Entries 7-9 contextualize the prehistoric work at Pyla-Kokkinokremos.  (And more on the prehistoric components of the project soon, I promise!)

In addition to the selection listed at the end of this post we include a Further Readings bibliography (which I have linked here) and recommend that our students pick up Tim Boatswain, A Traveller’s History of Cyprus (Northampton, Mass 2005), which is not a perfect book, but does provide the most accessible (price wise and availability wise) short history of the island.


2008 Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project Reader

1. D. Christou, “Excavations at Pyla-Koutsopetria,” ARDA (1993).

2. P. Flourentzos, “Excavations at Pyla-Koutsopetria,” ARDA (1999)

3. W. Caraher, R.S. Moore, D.K. Pettegrew, “Koutsopetria: Surveying a Harbor Town,” NEA. Forthcoming.

4. W. Caraher, R. S. Moore, J.S. Noller, D. K. Pettegrew, “The Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project: First Preliminary Report (2003-2004 Seasons),” RDAC (2005).

5. W. Caraher, R. S. Moore, J.S. Noller, D. K. Pettegrew, “The Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project: Second Preliminary Report (2005-2006 Seasons),” RDAC (2007).

6. M. Rautman, “The busy countryside of late Roman Cyprus,” RDAC (2000)

7. V. Karageorghis and M. Demas, Pyla-Kokkinokremos : a late 13th-century B.C. fortified settlement in Cyprus. (Nicosia 1984), excerpts.

8. M. Yon, & A.P. Childs, “Kition in the Tenth to Fourth  Centuries B.C.” BASOR 308 (1997).

9. S. Sherratt, “Sea Peoples and the Economic Structure of the   Late Second Millennium in the Eastern Mediterranean,” in Seymour Gitin,  Amihai Mazar, and Ephraim Stern, eds. Mediterranean Peoples in Transition: Thirteenth to Early Tenth Centuries BCE. In Honor of  Professor Trude Dothan. (Jerusalem 1998).  

10. Further Reading

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