The Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project (PKAP) began its annual fieldwork on Monday, May 25, 2009, outside of Larnaka, Cyprus.
The project is a collaboration between Dr. Scott Moore of the Department of History at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and scholars from the University of North Dakota and Messiah College (Pa.). The PKAP team includes undergraduates and graduate students from these institutions and numerous others in the U.S. and Europe.
This season, the PKAP team will excavate three sites on the south coast of Cyprus dating to the Late Bronze Age (1200 B.C.), Classical period (480 B.C.–330 B.C.), and Late Roman period (A.D. 330–A.D. 650). Together, these sites shed light on the history of a two-kilometer stretch of the Cypriot coastline and place this part of the island in larger economic, political, and cultural relationships with sites elsewhere across the ancient Mediterranean.
As in previous years, PKAP will take full advantage of new and emerging media tools. In collaboration with the Working Group in Digital and New Media at the University of North Dakota, PKAP will produce a digital documentary and will host photographer Ryan Stander, a UND Masters in Fine Arts student, as their annual artist in residence. PKAP will also document their ongoing fieldwork with a series of frequently updated weblogs. The blogs capture the daily experiences of archaeological fieldwork from the perspectives of project staff, graduate students, and undergraduate volunteers. As one of the first Mediterranean archaeological projects to blog from the field, thousands of readers from around the world have read this unique perspective on the inner workings of Mediterranean archaeology.
For more on PKAP’s work, visit the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project website.