Covid-19 update: The CAARI library has reopened to researchers in a limited capacity beginning 1st June 2020. Hours will be 9am–12.30pm Monday–Friday. Please email to book a space if you require use of the library for your research. It is a requirement that face masks are worn in the library and social distancing and hygiene regulations must be followed. As there will be a sterilisation period between book use, we would appreciate it if you are able to let us know which books you require to avoid disappointment.

CAARI statement on social justice and archaeology

CAARI hosts researchers from around the world who come to Cyprus to study the diverse populations of the island and its neighboring regions. It is important to recognize that CAARI is hosted on an island that has historically witnessed colonial and imperialist intervention and its legacy of strife and inequality. 

We acknowledge that our discipline of archaeology has played a disproportionate role in proliferating racist ideologies, including the removal of cultural heritage from its place of origin, cultural and racial misappropriation, and highlighting inter-communal differences. Archaeology must do better, and CAARI is steadfast in its support of building a field that challenges these historical disciplinary practices and acknowledges the need for broader intercultural engagement.

We also acknowledge as an American institution that we bear a particular responsibility to the issues of cultural and racial injustice that harrow our own neighborhoods and universities.

To this end, CAARI wants to publicly affirm our belief and commitment to equality and social justice. We want to be clear that Black Lives Matter and that CAARI supports the fundamental human rights of all groups who face oppression. 

CAARI and its affiliated organizations include in their codes of conduct principles that demand honesty in our professional conduct; a commitment to uphold archaeological heritage as a common good for the benefit of all people, not a commodity to be exploited for personal or ideological profit; and the rejection of discrimination based on categories such a gender, race, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

In accordance with these principles, we urgently invite you to join us in a fuller and more conscious dedication:

  • to continue learning how to contribute to systemic change in archaeology;
  • to continue supporting cultural heritage initiatives that highlight diverse voices and reach diverse audiences; and
  • to make archaeology a discipline that amplifies the voices history has ignored.

Join Us In Our Mission

JOIN US in our mcaariission to promote studies of Cypriot archaeology and related disciplines in the humanities and sciences. Historically, Cyprus has been a meeting place and crossroad of civilizations. The Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) serves a similar role today.

LOCATED IN Nicosia, Cyprus, we provide one of the most important centers for the scholarly study of archaeology, history and culture in the Eastern Mediterranean. Scholars from these and other academic disciplines and all nationalities come together under our roof to share multidisciplinary approaches and research findings. 

AFFILIATED WITH the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), CAARI offers world-class resources through our comprehensive library of materials relating to Cyprus and adjacent geographic regions. Visiting students and scholars can find living quarters as well as technical and logistical support facilities. The Center hosts lectures, seminars and symposia for professional and lay audiences. We also offer fellowship opportunities for students and established senior scholars. 

FOUNDED in 1978, CAARI is an American not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of Massachusetts with 501(C)(3) tax status and registered in Cyprus as an overseas company.