Dr. Andrew McCarthy has BA degrees in History and Classics from Loyola University New Orleans (1995) and a PhD in Archaeology (2003) from the University of Edinburgh. His PhD was on the subject of early state formation with a particular emphasis on seals and seal impressions. He has held positions in museums and for several years worked for developer-funded archaeological (CRM) companies in Europe and America. He served as an Honorary Research Fellow and part-time Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh from 2003 until his appointment as Director of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) in 2011. He continues to be affiliated with the University of Edinburgh as a Fellow of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. Andrew is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA), a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot) and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).
Andrew’s research interests are wide-ranging and span many periods of history and prehistory. Andrew has conducted excavation and survey fieldwork and museum research across the world, and has been involved in Cypriot studies for more than a dozen years. He has worked on several sites in Cyprus as excavator, surveyor, illustrator and field school supervisor. In 2008 he began directing the Prastio-Mesorotsos Archaeological Expedition, a multi-disciplinary study of an exceptionally long-lived site in the west of Cyprus. The project runs as a field school, which has trained scores of students from around the world. He is also an artifacts specialist and continues to consult on research projects throughout Western Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean. He has published extensively on excavations, artifacts, chronology and archaeological theory.
The Executive Assistant is Vathoulla Moustoukki, a Cypriot who has been with CAARI for over twenty-five years and who provides important continuity, personal commitment, and institutional memory.
Katerina Mavromichalou has been the CAARI Librarian since February 2013. Katerina has a BA in history and archaeology from the University of Cyprus and completed an MA in Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton in the UK.