Topic ID #27643 - posted 3/14/2013 2:04 AM

Prastio-Mesorotsos Archaeological Expedition: Introduction to Pottery Analysis Fieldschool

Jennifer Palmer


The Prastio-Mesorotsos Archaeological Expedition 2013: Introduction to Pottery Analysis Fieldschool, 24th June – 4th July 2013

University of Edinburgh and Lemba Archaeological Research Centre, Cyprus


The Prastio-Mesorotsos Archaeological Expedition will be running an Introduction to Pottery Analysis Field School based in the historic village of Kouklia (ancient Palaepaphos) near Paphos, Cyprus.

The course provides an introduction to the study of ancient pottery using ceramics previously excavated by the Prastio-Mesorotsos Expedition and is an excellent opportunity for those interested in ancient pottery to learn the techniques used in archaeology to identify, classify, record and analyse pottery; valuable skills that can be transferred to the study of archaeological ceramics from any time or place. There is also an experimental archaeological component to this fieldschool.

Previous excavations at Prastio have produced significant amounts of pottery from the Neolithic, Early-Middle Bronze Age, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Medieval periods and students will be have the opportunity to study these ceramics in detail. The project will be run as a Field School, and no prior experience is required of participants. Students of any discipline are encouraged to apply, especially those from Archaeology, Classics and History, but also those interested in ancient pottery or one (or all) of the several represented periods of Mediterranean history.


The course will include:

  • Introductory lectures on the archaeology of Cyprus and Prastio-Mesorotsos in particular

  • Seminars on pottery technology, manufacture and uses in archaeology

  • Practical tuition in how to recognize different wares and identify time periods

  • Practical tuition in pottery recording

  • Practical tuition in pottery illustration

  • Visits to archaeological sites in the region, including Prastio-Mesorotsos, Palaepaphos, Nea Paphos and the Paphos Museum.

  • The opportunity to manufacture a pot using prehistoric techniques, from clay collection through forming, decoration and firing.

The field school will run for 10 days from Monday the 24th of June to Thursday the 4th of July with one day off (Saturday) and a half-day Friday. Accommodation is provided in a house in the centre of Kouklia village. A breakfast and lunch will be provided in the dig house and dinner will also be provided in Gabriel’s Taverna, Kouklia, every night (excepting the nights off – Friday and Saturday).


The cost for the field school, including lectures, training, materials, accommodation, field trips and meals as described is £350

Travel to and from Cyprus and meals on day off are not included.

There may also be scope for participants who wish to join the field school on an ad hoc basis (no accommodation or meals will be provided). Please contact us directly for further information.

Intending participants are asked to complete the online application form. Upon acceptance to the project, participants are required to make a non-refundable deposit of £100 by no later than 31 March, and details of how this should be done will be supplied. The remaining £250 should be paid by no later than 30 April.

*Places are extremely limited, therefore early application is essential to guarantee a place*

For further details on the 2013 Prastio-Mesorotsos Excavation Field School and further information on the expedition in general, please visit the corresponding website:

If you have any further questions or comments or would like more information regarding any aspect of the two Prastio projects please contact us at:

Andrew McCarthy (Director):

Lisa Graham (Field Director/Ceramicist):


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