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Teaching in the Sun: A Scavenger Hunt in Cyprus

(Crossposted to Pyla-Koutsopetria Staff Blog and Teaching Thursday)

Classroom teaching hardly prepares you for the adventures and eventualities of teaching (in the broadest sense) while on site in a foreign country.  My colleagues, R. Scott Moore (IUP) and David K. Pettegrew (Messiah College, Pa.), conduct archaeological research each summer in Cyprus and over the past few years have gradually increased the pedagogical and student components to this work.  This has forced us to balance our research goals — extracting good quality archaeological data from a site called Pyla-Koutsopetria — with teaching goals — giving the students not only an education in the history and culture of Cyprus but also in archaeological method and practice.  At the same time, we have to deal with the very real challenges of managing a group of students through the various stages of travel and culture shock.  Since many of our students come from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Dakota, schools that tend to produce students who do not have extensive experience outside the country, this can be as big a challenge as actually teaching historical, archaeological, or cultural content. 

Many of our students have a tendency to be nervous about venturing out into the city of Larnaka where we live.  Some of this comes from the somewhat disorienting local street “grid” where everything seems slightly off parallel so streets are ever converging and diverging, and some comes from the words in the Greek alphabet (even though most important signs are translated into English).  Scott Moore proposed that we encourage the students to engage their surroundings through a scavenger hunt.  The students will take their digital cameras and crisscross the city taking photos of both practical features (like banks, pharmacies, and mailboxes) and various historical monuments and places across the city.  The goal of the latter is to form the foundation for discussion of religious and cultural pluralism on the island as well as make the students familiar with significant the local monuments and how history is inscribed in the local landscape.

PKAP 2009 Scavenger Hunt

Practical
1) ___ 1 point each, and worth up to 5 points – find a pharmacy
2) ___ 1 point each, and worth up to 5 points – find a ATM machine
3) ___ 1 point each, and worth up to 5 points – find a public mail box
4) ___ 1 point each, and worth up to 5 points – find a periptero or mini-market
5) ___ 1 point each, and worth up to 5 points – find an American restaurant
6) ___ 1 point each, and worth up to 3 points – find a bookstore
7) ___ 1 point each, and worth up to 3 points – find a Greek Orthodox church
8) ___ 1 point each up to 3 points – find a bakery
9) ___ 2 points – find a Swiss restaurant
10) ___ 2 points – find an Irish restaurant
11) ___ 2 points – find a Chinese restaurant
12) ___ 2 points – find a Cypriot restaurant
13) ___ 2 points – find a Lebanese restaurant
14) ___ 3 points – find the post office
15) ___ 3 points – find the police station

Cultural
16) ___ 2 points – find Ayios Lazarus
17) ___ 2 points – find a mosque
18) ___ 2 points – find the castle/fort
19) ___ 2 points – find the statue of Cimon/Kimon
20) ___ 2 points – find the image of a chalcolithic figurine
21) ___ 2 points – find a coppersmith/metalworking shop
22) ___ 2 points – find the municipal market
23) ___ 1 point each up to 3 points – find a street without a Cypriot Greek name
24) ___ 1 point each up to 3 points – find a non Greek Orthodox church
25) ___ 1 point each up to 2 points – find a mudbrick building
26) ___ 2 points – find a shark fishing boat
27) ___ 2 points – find a large airplane
28) ___ 1 point each up to 2 points – find a sign in Russian
29) ___ 2 points – find a store selling Lefkara lace
30) ___ 2 points – find the Black Turtle restaurant
31) ___ 2 points – find a school
32) ___ 2 points – find an example of Gothic architecture
33) ___ 2 points – find an example of Ottoman architecture
34) ___ 2 points – find an example of Byzantine architecture
35) ___ 2 points – find an example of British Colonial architecture
36) ___ 2 points – find an ancient ship-shed
37) ___ 2 points – find a Greek flag
38) ___ 2 points – find a Cypriot flag
39) ___ 2 points – find an EU flag

Bonuses
40) ___ 5 points – find a Cypriot wedding or procession
41) ___ 5 points – find an American car make and model

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  1. Kostis Kourelis
    May 24, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Now that’s a brilliant list!!!

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