Archaeological fieldwork throughout Leicestershire

Next Fieldworkers Talk

September 1, 2020

Leicestershire Fieldworkers


Archaeology in a colonial maritime landscape: Roman and Byzantine Akrotiri, Cyprus

A digital talk by Professor Simon James

School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester

Thursday 19th November, 7.30pm


The University of Leicester has been leading an international team investigating some fascinating archaeology at the very southern tip of Cyprus, inside RAF Akrotiri airbase. This collaboration with UK MOD, the RAF station, the local community and other stakeholders began with investigation of ancient buildings washing into the sea at Dreamer’s Bay on the cliff-bound southern coast of the peninsula. A combined land and marine research project, this has explored what proves to be a forgotten Roman and Byzantine port, which stood at one of the most important crossroads in the network of seaways linking the ancient Mediterranean world together. Now extending our research to the peninsula as a whole, we are piecing together how the port fitted into this rugged maritime landscape, dotted with ancient villages, and how it connected with Egypt, Palestine and the Aegean World. It is a tale of cooking pots and columns, shipwrecks and earthquakes…

The talk will be delivered via Zoom. The talk is FREE but booking is essential. A link will be sent to attendees on the day of the talk.

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