Paper and Posters on Cyprus at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research happens this week in Boston. You can check out the schedule and program here.

For your convenience and interest, I’ve compiled a list of the papers and posters with explicit reference to Cyprus in their titles. As you can see there are four panels dedicated this year to Cypriot topics and a number of other papers, posters, and digital demonstrations scattered throughout the three-day conference.

Do check them out if you’re in Boston!

Thursday, November 16

1F Archaeology of the Ancient Near East: Bronze and
Iron Ages 1

9:05 Igor Kreimerman (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Destructions at the End of the Late Bronze Age: A Comparison between the Northern Levant, the Southern Levant, and Cyprus” (15 min.)

Friday, November 17

5A Landscapes of Settlement in the Ancient Near East
Harbor 1

9:25 Georgia Andreou (Cornell University), “The River Valley as a Study Unit and Conceptual Boundary in Settlement Studies: The Case of South-Central Cyprus” (15 min.)

5E Archaeology of Cyprus I

CHAIRS: Nancy Serwint (Arizona State University) and Walter Crist
(Arizona State University)

8:20 Lindy Crewe (Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute), “Excavating Souskiou-Laona Chalcolithic Cemetery” (20 min.)

8:45 Peter Fischer (University of Gothenburg) and Teresa Bürge (OREA, Austrian Academy of Sciences), “Tombs and Offering Pits at the Late Bronze Age Metropolis of Hala Sultan Tekke, Cyprus: Results from the Excavations in 2016” (20 min.)

9:10 Paula Waiman-Barak (University of Haifa), Anna Georgiadou (University of Cyprus), and Ayelet Gilboa (University of Haifa), “Early Iron Age Cypro-Phoenician Interactions: CyproGeometric Ceramics from Tel Dor and Cyprus, a Study of Ceramic Petrography” (20 min.)

9:35 Giorgos Bourogiannis (Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities [Medelhavsmuseet], Stockholm), ”The Ayia Irini Project at the Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm: New Research on an Old Excavation” (20 min.)

10:00 Andrew McCarthy (University of Edinburgh), Kathryn Grossman (North Carolina State University), Tate Paulette (Brown University), Lisa Graham (University of Edinburgh), Christine Markussen (University of Vienna), “A Transriverine Hellenistic Settlement at Prastio-Mesorotsos, Cyprus” (20 min.)

6E Archaeology of Cyprus II

CHAIRS: Nancy Serwint (Arizona State University) and Walter Crist (Arizona State University)

10:40 Thomas Landvatter (Reed College), “Cremation Practice and Social Meaning in the Ptolemaic East Mediterranean” (15 min.)

11:00 Karolina Rosińska-Balik (Jagiellonian University in Kraków), “Architectural Features of the Agora of Paphos (Cyprus)—Some Remarks” (15 min.)

11:20 Nancy Serwint (Arizona State University), “The Workshops of Ancient Arsinoe” (15 min.

11:40 Pamela Gaber (Lycoming College), “The 2017 Season of the Lycoming College Expedition to Idalion, Cyprus” (15 min.)

12:00 R. Scott Moore (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Brandon Olson (Metropolitan State University of Denver), and William Caraher (University of North Dakota), “The Circulation of Imported Fine Wares on Cyprus in the Roman and Late Roman Periods” (15 min.)

12:20 Ann-Marie Knoblauch (Virginia Tech), “Excavating Cesnola: Public Interest in Archaeological Field Techniques in 1880s New York” (15 min.)

7E Archaeology of Cyprus III

CHAIRS: Nancy Serwint (Arizona State University) and Walter Crist
(Arizona State University)


2:00 Katelyn DiBenedetto (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), “The First Permanent Settlers of Cyprus: Pushing the Neolithic Boundaries” (15 min.)

2:20 Walter Crist (Arizona State University), “Changing the Game: Bronze Age Gaming Stones from Cyprus” (15 min.)

2:40 Louise Steel (University of Wales Trinity Saint David), “What Happened in Room 103 at Aredhiou?” (15 min.)

3:00 Kevin Fisher (University of British Columbia), “From Duplex to Courtyard House: Re-assessing Bronze Age Social Change on Cyprus” (15 min.)

3:20 A. Bernard Knapp (University of Glasgow), “Piracy and Pirates in the Prehistoric Mediterranean” (15 min.)

3:40 Joanna S. Smith (University of Pennsylvania), “Facing a Crowd: Dedicatory and Museum Displays of Cypriot Art” (15 min.)

8E Digging “Lustily” into Cypriot Prehistory: Studies in Honor of Stuart Swiny

CHAIRS: Zuzana Chovanec (Tulsa Community College) and Walter Crist (Arizona State University)


4:20 Introduction (5 min.)

4:25 Helena Wylde Swiny (Harvard University), “Why Cyprus?” (15 min.)

4:45 Francesca Chelazzi (University of Glasgow), “Settlement Archaeology in Bronze Age Cyprus: The Pioneering Legacy of Stuart Swiny in the Southwest Forty Years Later” (15 min.)

5:05 Thomas Davis (Tandy Institute for Archaeology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), “The House of the Dancing Bird” (15 min.)

5:25 Laura Swantek (Arizona State University) and William Weir (University of Cincinnati), “A Dig of a ‘Certain Kind’: Stuart Swiny and the Past and Future Potential of Sotira Kaminoudhia” (15 min.)

5:45 Zuzana Chovanec (Tulsa Community College) and Sean M. Rafferty (University at Albany), “A Legacy of Education and Collaboration: Stuart Swiny’s Role in Cypriot Studies at the University at Albany” (15 min.)

6:05 Alan Simmons (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), “Thinking Outside the Hippo: A Personal Tribute to Stuart Swiny” (15 min.)

8A GIS and Remote Sensing in Archaeology 1

5:10 Carrie Fulton (University of Toronto), Andrew Fulton (Independent Scholar), Andrew Viduka (Flinders University), and Sturt Manning (Cornell University), “Using Photogrammetry in Large-area Survey of the Late Bronze Age Anchorage at Maroni-Tsaroukkas, Cyprus” (20 min.)

Saturday, November 18

10D Archaeologists Engaging Global Challenges

11:15 Louise Hitchcock (University of Melbourne), “Aged Tasmanian
Whiskey in Boston Is the New Faience Rhyton in Cyprus: Globalization and Plutocracy, Populism, and Piracy” (25 min.)

10K Maritime Archaeology

11:55 Stella Demesticha (University of Cyprus), “The Cargo of the Mazotos Shipwreck, Cyprus” (20 min.)

12H Archaeology of the Byzantine Near East

5:45 Charles Anthony Stewart (University of St. Thomas), “The Alexander-Heraclius Stele: a Byzantine Sculpture Discovered in Cyprus” (15 min.)


“Evolving Architectural Function in the ‘Earthquake House’ at Kourion, Cyprus” Erin Beatty (Tandy Institute for Archaeology) and Laura Swantek (Arizona State University)

“Against the Grains: The Story of Early Agriculture in Cyprus” Leilani Lucas (University College London; College of Southern Nevada) and Dorian Fuller (University College London)

Digital Archaeology Demos

“The Archaeology of Rural Landscapes: Surface Survey and Magnetic Anomaly Test Excavations at Maroni, Cyprus”

Catherine Kearns (University of Chicago), Peregrine Gerard-Little (Cornell University), Anna Georgiadou (University of Cyprus), and Georgia Andreou (Cornell University)

CAARI at 40: Undergoing Restoration

An early memory of CAARI from Nassos Papalexandrou:

I will always remember very fondly the first time I was resident at CAARI, one unforgettable night of summer 1990. I was a first-year graduate student participating in an intensive session run by Professors William A. P. Childs and Nancy Serwint at Polis tis Chrysochou (Marion/Arsinoe in antiquity). I do not remember now what exactly occasioned a collective trip to Nicosia but the first thing we did upon our arrival, all full of enthusiasm and anticipation, was pay a visit at 11 Andrea Dimitriou Street in order to witness in person the soon-to-be-home of CAARI at Nicosia.

The colonial-era building was undergoing restoration, it was therefore full of scaffolding and building materials. But this did not prevent Dr Swiny, then director, from giving us a detailed tour that stirred our imagination to envisage the exciting future of this promising abode. It was obvious that installation of plumbing was ongoing, paint was fresh on the walls, and one could detect under the protective floor covers colorful tiles, mosaic and wooden floors tinted with the wonderful lasting qualities of older times. In other words, the old mansion shone through as something special and very welcoming already before completion and occupation. Of course there was no electricity but we, the younger ones of the group, felt so at home in this solid, yet incomplete house, that without thinking twice we immediately made the decision to camp out during the overnight stay inside it.

The attractions? Well, there was a working bathroom upstairs, there were several rooms ready to accommodate us (no dirt or dust or any “finds”), and the air-conditioning was functioning very well (aka cross-breezes in openings that had yet to be furnished with glass panes and shutters). On the other hand, we had to step out in the garden to brush our teeth and for the morning wash but we all turned out to be good sports in enduring these minor “hardships.” It was a delight for each of us to be able to unroll our sleeping bags in a private room upstairs—a reprise, to say the least, from the unavoidable collectivity of the excavations’ accommodations. At Polis my sleeping corner was in the so-called “sheep-shed,” so sleeping overnight inside the mansion had a momentary taste of “rags-to-riches.” Why not relish it then?  It was also very pleasant to experience the distinctly suburban feel of the surrounding area, nicely populated with green gardens, cypresses, and little groves of mimozas—I remember well the ambient fragrance of jasmine and agioklima, which might still be there against all odds. It is regrettable that all this is gone now as Nicosia has sprawled out to engulf the mansion and the surrounding quiet suburb has morphed into an open-air commercial mall. Nevertheless, the Andrea Dimitriou CAARI building is still there preserving its classy atmosphere, and, as I had the chance to experience on several occasions ever since that early July night of 1990, it is always welcoming and replete with enduring qualities.

CAARI at 40: Reminiscences

From Nancy Serwint:

It is sobering for me to recall that my personal relationship with CAARI began nearly 35 years ago.  As we stop to remember the institute and all the things we experienced there, I am rather stunned that most of my professional life has been intertwined with the place whose 40th birthday we are soon to celebrate.

For me it all began in the summer of 1983, when, at the conclusion of Princeton University’s first season at ancient Marion, away on the other side of the island at Polis Chrysochous, several of us from the excavation made our way to Nicosia and, of course, visited CAARI.  It was the old CAARI then…the one on King Paul Street…and the first introduction to the institute was the CAARI bird on the front door – a bit of an anomaly, as the building was tucked beside a travel agency. The bird made a statement and we were glad for its boldness that seemed to herald that here was a little gem of a place in an otherwise quiet residential area of Nicosia.  Once entering, you would be swept up in the warm welcome of Vathoulla.  Her downstairs office was quite like the present one, a place of papers and notes and energy, only smaller.  Usually there was a ubiquitous Greek coffee on her desk or her favorite drink, Coca Cola.  The formalities of welcome and embrace over, Vathoulla would lead you up the stairway and once you reached the top, you took in the comfortable sight of an open space with books and shelves and tables.  What I remember most about the upstairs was the presence of traditional Cypriot craft objects, placed beautifully around the room.  The woven pieces were stunning, and I would learn later that the aesthetic of the place was due to Laina Swiny and her careful eye and love of the island’s culture.  Stuart Swiny would come bounding toward you and the earnest hug of hospitality would be shared again.  CAARI was a welcoming place, and all that was cordial, affable, and friendly made an impression on a graduate student who was just beginning to learn about the past and present of Cyprus.  Any return to CAARI during subsequent fieldwork in Cyprus during the summer months would be anticipated with the feeling akin to returning home.  It would always feel good to be back at CAARI.  As I write this, I can see…and nearly feel…the wind wafting in through the open windows with the curtains responding with their gentle sway.  The ambience of wood and books and curtains belied the brutal Nicosia heat.  That would be relieved, too, by the presence of scholars who were busy at work, but never too busy to share an introduction and broach the question of what a student was working on.  Alison South and Ian Todd were the two I remember most distinctly…and most fondly.

I have no idea why, and perhaps it just was luck, but overnight stays at CAARI would find me folded into the little room under the stairway.  Perhaps it was the challenge of having to walk slightly hunched around the room…or maybe it was the freedom from the anxiety of having to sleep under a ceiling fan, but I loved that room.  At the old CAARI, I developed an inordinate fear of the wobbly ceiling fans and was quite sure that with every rotation, one would detach itself from the ceiling, fall on me, and slice me in two.   Sleeping in the hovel room alleviated my fan phobia, at least for the duration of long sweltering nights of intermittent rest.

However powerful those memories of the old CAARI are, new ones were made with the move into the new building on Andreas Demetriou. Those of us who were used to the old place marveled at the guts of Stuart to take on this new project.  Frequent trips to Nicosia during summer months would include a stop to see the building during renovation. Stuart would take great pride in pointing out the original tiles, the wonderful  staircase inside, and the garden area, soon to be lush with greenery.  Dust was everywhere, as were plastic sheets, but the vision that Stuart had of a place that encompassed a hostel, an extensive library, administrative offices, and more room for gatherings and social events was infectious, and all of us were ecstatic with the result.  I was most fortunate in receiving the first NEH CAARI Fellowship in 1992, which allowed me to stay in the new CAARI for an entire year.  Having the library available to me at any hour and living in the Fulbright Suite were both delicious treats, and the amount of work that I was able to get done that year was incredible.  I remember quite distinctly how Stuart would do all he could to facilitate my work on the terracotta sculpture from ancient Marion that we had excavated.  He made innumerable and invaluable introductions for me throughout the Cypriot scholarly community, and he did more than I can possibly express to launch me on a career that focuses on the coroplastic art of the island.  With her insistence on morning coffee (always made better with something chocolate), Vathoulla and I developed a deep friendship, which lasts to this day.  That friendship has turned into a sisterhood that is grounded on respect, kindness, and deep and sincere love for each other.  What a mainstay she has been!

My involvement with CAARI would take a more direct turn a few years later when Stuart Swiny announced his retirement, and I applied for the position.  In 1994, I took a leave of absence from my teaching position at Arizona State University, and I stepped into the role that Stuart had filled so capably for the previous 15 years.  I found that I instinctively wanted to emulate the positive and welcoming atmosphere that Stuart had created, and as my administrative role model, I followed his lead in maintaining the array of programmatic activities that had fueled CAARI’s growing reputation as a scholarly institution.  Along with the very capable Diana Constantinides, who was the librarian and program coordinator, and with Vathoulla’s great help, the three of us continued the tradition of monthly public lectures and site visits and also orchestrated periodic hands-on workshops.  The international conference, “Engendering Aphrodite:  Women and Society in Ancient Cyprus” that I co-organized with Diane Bolger was one of the CAARI events I am most proud of.  The topical issues on gender vis-à-vis the archaeology and study of material remains of the island made the conference groundbreaking for its time.

As heady as it was to design a program that would appeal to students, the scholarly Cypriot community, and the general public, the more everyday activities of running the institute commanded my attention on a more immediate level.  In the process I learned lots of new skills:  how to undertake minor repairs to a beloved building (I had always been an apartment dweller), how to work on budget reports for the CAARI Board and the U.S. government, how to calm Vathoulla while working on budget reports, how to dispatch rats that had invaded the CAARI attic (immersing occupied traps in barrels of water was not outside my job description)…the list goes on.  The process of getting parts of the building rewired was one memory I have that was not high on the fun list.  As much as we take the internet for granted and couldn’t imagine life without it, there was no internet at CAARI in 1994. Getting the institute internet-capable with purchases of new computers and collaborating with the guys over at Spidernet was a necessary accomplishment.  How helpful they were and how they tolerated all my incessant questions!

As I continue thinking about CAARI as I write this, I am warmed by the resurrection of all sorts of memories.  In the days of the severe drought that plagued the island, rather than subject all the CAARI residents to the rigors of water rationing, I purchased industrial-sized water storage tanks for the institute.  All well and good, but the tanks could only be replenished when the water was available, which meant that I would fill the tanks by hose at 4:30 am on the three days a week when we had water.  There was a certain loveliness to being up at that time, and I was determined not to let the beautiful garden suffer and took advantage of the water availability to give the trees and plants a good soaking in the pre-dawn darkness.  Listening to the awakening bird-song and the call to prayer that could be heard from occupied-Nicosia are vivid sounds to me even now.  People are the core of life, and I remember so many with utter tenderness.  Lillian and John Craig…those two were my guardian angels who taught me so much about Nicosia and the sway of life there. Diana Constantinides and her family…what a unit they were sharing with me their home and familial warmth (and Vasilis’ great brandy sours).  Photoulla and Georgia…whose attention to the CAARI residence made all the difference in the world and whose kindness was omni-present.  Joan and George Georghalides…CAARI’s precious next door neighbors whose support for the institute was indefatigable.  Vathoulla and the Moustoukki clan, especially her mother and father…how I was always welcome in the Aglantzia home and treated to delicious food and the loveliness of their well-tended garden.  And then there is the Koupparis family, the family of our excavation foreman up in Polis…when I would return to the village on weekends the children would look for my arriving car, race down the stairs and fly into my arms; they taught me so much about love and they were the daughters and son I never had.

When I had to return to my teaching position in America in 1999, there was such a twist of emotions.  Heart wrenching was more like it.  Cyprus continues to be the place where I feel most at home.  Perhaps it is the foil of how life is lived here in Arizona against what life is like for me in Cyprus.  I see myself more clearly there; the archaeology and scholarship are more immediate; the relationships more precious because of the flux of time and geographic distance.  In many ways, the core of it all was CAARI and its great ability to draw people together, encourage a spirit of academic camaraderie, and cultivate a love for a place half way around the world.  I shall ever be grateful for all that.

An Open Access Contribution to the History of CAARI

This week is Open Access Week, so it make sense to celebrate that a bit with a nice open access contribution to celebrate CAARI’s 40th birthday.

In 2001, to celebrate the American Schools of Oriental Research centennial, they produced a book, An ASOR Mosaic, that interleaved the histories of the various schools to the history of ASOR. Stuart Swiny’s article on the history of CAARI still stands among the finest published contribution to the history of the Institute. Few scholars are better positioned to tell the story of CAARI from its beginnings to the end of the 20th century than Stuart Swiny who served as the institute’s third director from 1980-1995.

Here’s a link to Swiny’s fine article.


A few years ago, ASOR released much of their back catalogue open access, and this included An ASOR Mosaic as well as some of the seminal works to emerge from scholars associated with CAARI, conferences hosted by CAARI over its history, and works published in the CAARI Monograph series. Links for downloading the available books are on our monograph page here.

CAARI at 40: I first came to CAARI…

This post is the first in a series celebrating CAARI’s 40th anniversary in which members of the global CAARI community reflect back on their experiences at the Institute and what it meant to them personally and professional.

From Annemarie Weyl Carr:

I first came to CAARI in the summer of 1990 with a month-long stipend from the Cyprus Research Centre. With expectations formed by a summer at the American Academy in Rome, I was dismayed to find myself deposited in front of a dusty apartment block on King Paul Street. But within minutes, elegant, articulate Stuart Swiny was welcoming me. “You’ll want to see the library,” he said. And section by section, he explained its holdings—the journals, archaeological reports, the publications of the Swedish expeditions, the site-specific sections, those on history both past and current, sections on art, and whole shelves of travelers’ reports. Never had I seen a collection of such magnitude devoted to Cyprus, or heard it introduced with such passionate conversancy. My skepticism evaporated. This was real. One could do serious work here.

Though others must have come and gone, Ken Schaar and Michael Given resided at CAARI throughout the weeks I was there, and we shared many meals and late-night discussions. Both were archaeologists of the distant past, but were volunteering on a bicommunal project on the architecture of Nicosia. Their minds were afire with the intensity of Cyprus’ modern history, and the resonances of its issues in past eras. This was new to me: I had come as a Byzantinist; slowly the question of Byzantium within Cyprus’ own culture opened out before me. Ken introduced me to the northern perspective. With precisely the same artifactual evidence, the same earth and sky, two diametrically different versions of history unfolded before me, one north of the Green Line and the other south of it. History was in this sense intensely alive: shifting, volatile, even dangerous. Encountering this was transformative for me, turning me from a Byzantinist to a Cyprologist. My understanding was significantly deepened by many meetings with historian Costas Kyrris, insatiable intellectual omnivore and passionate advocate of Cyprus’ cultural diversity. But it was the long discussions with Ken and Michael on nights too hot to sleep that allowed me to chew over and slowly digest the domains of discovery that were unfolding before me. And there were all those books to feed the process.

I have almost worn out George Georghallides, Director of the Cyprus Research Centre, with my thanks for that summer stipend. But it was at CAARI that the experiences were hashed over, talked out, and consolidated. This is exactly what I hope CAARI can keep offering its residents: ardent conversations with researchers in other periods, other disciplines, other fields—conversations that open perspectives far beyond one’s own project, and that thus begin to reveal the place of one’s own research within the dense fabric of Cyprus’ long, compelling story.

The 36th Annual CAARI Workshop

The Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute is excited to announce the 36th annual CAARI Workshop in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities Cyprus and the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus. The workshop is on July 1 at the University of Cyprus New Campus, University Senate House, Amphitheater B108 (A.G. Leventis Building, Panepistimiou Avenue, Aglantzia, Nicosia).

Find the program below:

First Session

Welcome and Introductory Remarks:
Dr. Andrew McCarthy and Dr. Lindy Crewe, CAARI Director
Dr. Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou, Director of the Department of Antiquities Cyprus

First Session

So, what’s new with the first Cypriotes?
Alan Simmons

Prasteio-Mesorotsos Archaeological Expedition 2016-2017: looters and landscapes
Andrew McCarthy

Polis Region Archaeological Project (PRAP)
Kate Grossman

PRAP ceramic analysis: Stroumbi-Pigi-Agios Andronikos reconsidered and a multi-period site at Makounta-Voulles
Lisa Graham

Excavations at Chlorakas-Palloures
Bleda Düring

Kissonerga-Skalia Excavations
Lindy Crewe

Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project
Sturt Manning


Second Session

The mine of Skouriotissa
Vasiliki Kassianidou

Lycoming College Expedition to Idalion
Pamela Gaber

The first ’Ruler’s Dwelling’ on Cyprus: a pre-Palatial building on the acropolis of Amathus
Thierry Petit

Yeronisos Island Expedition
Joan Connelly

Settled and Sacred Landscapes of Cyprus (SeSaLaC): Intensive surface survey results 2015- 2016
Athanasios K. Vionis

Discussion and Final remarks


All attendees are warmly invited to attend the reception held in CAARI’s courtyard
11 Andreas Dimitriou Street, Nicosia 10

Melusine of Cyprus: Studies in Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture in Honor of Annemarie Weyl Carr

CAARI is very happy to announce the program for next weekend’s conference in honor of the work of Annemarie Weyl Carr on Cyprus:

Melusine of Cyprus:
Studies in Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture in Honor of Annemarie Weyl Carr

Friday 19 May 2017

Dr. Andrew McCarthy, CAARI Director

Paintings, Murals and Illumination 

Charles Anthony Stewart
(University of St. Thomas)
Cyprus and the Development of Early Byzantine Fresco Painting

Maria G. Parani
(University of Cyprus)
On the Fringe: The Painted Ornament of the Holy Trinity Parekklesion at the Monastery of St. John Chrysostom, Koutsovendis 

Andreas Nicolaïdès
(Aix Marseille Université)
Le cycle sanctoral de la Panagia Phorbiotissa à Asinou en 1105-1106 

Athanasios Semoglou
(Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Sainte Thècle dans l’église de la Panagia Phorviotissa d’Asinou


Coffee break

Rebecca W. Corrie
(Bates College)
Coppo, Chrysography, and Cyprus: “Networks and Interconnection”

Maria Paschali
(Independent Scholar)
The Late Medieval Wall Paintings of the Armenian Church in Famagusta and Cultural Identity in its Urban Setting

Ioannis Eliades
(Byzantine Museum, Archbishop Makarios III Foundation)
Panagia Podithou: An Important Monument for dating ‘Cypro-Renaissance’ Art 

Barbara McNulty
(Lebanon Valley College)
Ambiguous Identities: The Portrait of Maria and Her Family in the Church of Panagia Theotokos, Kakopetria 


Lunch break

Maria Constantoudaki-Kitromilides  
(National and Kapodistrian University of  Athens)
The Wall Paintings in the Katholikon of St. Neophytos Monastery: Iconography, Taste and Artistic Identity 

Lina Fakhoury
(University of Balamand, Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts) and Anne-Marie Guérin (Queen’s University, Canada)
Le Site Médiéval de Sainte Marina d’El Qalamoun, Liban Nord: Recherche pluridisciplinaire

Ioanna Rapti
(École Pratique des Hautes Études)
Cilicia and the Decorative Style: A 12th– Century Armenian Gospel Book at Venice San Lazzaro 



Archaeology, Landscape and Architecture

Andrew McCarthy
(CAARI and University of Edinburgh)
The ‘Prehistory’ of a Cypriot Monastery: Prasteio-Mesorotsos Archaeological Expedition and the Agios Savvas tis Karonos Monastery

Michalis Olympios
(University of Cyprus)
L’art roman en Chypre: Some Thoughts on Romanesque Sculpture in Early Lusignan Cyprus

Thomas Kaffenberger 
(Université de Fribourg)
Appropriation of New Habits and Architectural Fashion: Belfries and Bell Cotes in Late Medieval Cypriot Church Architecture 

Panos Leventis
(Drury University)
Revisiting Multiplicity: Famagusta and Late Medieval Urban Models in the Eastern Mediterranean

Nicholas Coureas
(Cyprus Research Centre)
The Churches of Famagusta and their Secular Congregations (1448-1474)


Open Reception at CAARI


Saturday 20 May 2017

Icons and Objects

David Jacoby
(Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Textile Production in Cyprus in the Lusignan Period

James Rodriguez
(Yale University)
Bilateral Icons of Cyprus: Their Chronology, Functions, and Origins 

Ourania Perdiki
(Holy Bishopric of Tamassos and Oreini)
Δύο άγνωστες φορητές εικόνες της Παναγίας από τις συλλογές του Μουσείου της Ιεράς Μονής Κύκκου 

Stylianos Perdikis
(Museum of the Holy Monastery of Kykkos)
Εικόνα Βρεφοκρατούσας Παναγίας «Κυκκώτισσας» από τον ναό της Παναγίας Γαλόκτιστης

Sophia Kalopissi-Verti
(National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Palaiologan Trends in Icon Painting in Fourteenth-Century Cyprus: Style and Context 


Coffee break

Geoffrey Meyer-Fernandez (Aix Marseille Université)
Between Byzantium and the Mamluk Middle East: The funerary icon of Maria Xeros (1356)

Jenny Albani (Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and Hellenic Open University)
Grace and Punishment in a Sixteenth-Century Cypriot Icon

Stella Frigerio-Zeniou (Independent Scholar)
Iconostases à Chypre: de part et d’autre de la barrière

Tassos Papacostas (King’s College London)
Suspended in Time and Space: A Carved Heraldic Panel from Nicosia  


Lunch Break

Amy Papalexandrou
(Stockton University)
Charon’s Bowls: Burial and Ritual in Late Medieval Polis-Chrysochou 

Cristina Stancioiu
(College of William and Mary)
The Pleasures of Sight, Taste, and Touch in Byzantium: A Case Study in Cypriot Ceramics           



Historical Approaches to Art

Marina Toumpouri
(Independent Scholar)
The Scribe and his Stuff: On the Potential of Iconographic Evidence as a Source for the Technological Reconstruction of Byzantine Manuscript Production  

Anthi Andronikou
(University of Saint Andrews)
Thomas Aquinas, the Dominicans and Artistic Patronage in Trecento Cyprus 

Nassa Patapiou
(Cyprus Research Centre)
Οι φεουδάρχες της Αθηένου και τα οικόσημά τους στο ναό της Παναγίας της Ελεούσας και στην εικόνα του Τιμίου Προδρόμου.

Georgios E. Markou (University of Cambridge)
The Franciscan with the Turban: Works and Days of a Renegade in Venetian Cyprus

Hadjichristodoulou (Historical Archive of the Bank of Cyprus)
Η τιμή της Ισαποστόλου και Πρωτομάρτυρος Θέκλας στην Κύπρο: Ναοδομία και εικονογραφία

Justine Andrews
(University of New Mexico) and Ioanna Christoforaki (Academy of Athens)
Concluding Remarks

Remarks from Annemarie Weyl Carr

Optional Dinner (‘Dutch Treat’) at Restaurant (TBA)


Sunday 21 May 2017

Excursion to Old Nicosia

Farewell Lunch


CAARI Appoints a New Director

With great pleasure, CAARI announces the appointment of Dr. LINDY CREWE as its new Director. A leading scholar of Bronze Age Cyprus, Dr. Crewe comes to CAARI from the University of Manchester, England, where she is a Lecturer in Archaeology. Like Dr. McCarthy, whom she has known since graduate school, Dr. Crewe studied under Professor Edgar (“Eddie”) Peltenburg at the University of Edinburgh, and excavates in western Cyprus.

The author of two books and 35 articles, she is currently working with Dr. Diane Bolger on the publication of the remarkable Chalcolithic cemetery and settlement at Souskiou-Laona. “It is the site Eddie was most passionate about,” she says, and its publication was left unfinished at his recent death.

Dr. Crewe grew up in Sydney, Australia. Art and ancient history were her two greatest fascinations for as long as she can remember. Success as a graphic designer in Melbourne left her unsatisfied, and she enrolled instead at La Trobe University. Here she found archaeology, the perfect conjunction of her two main interests. Eight muddy, winter weeks of excavation at her Professors David Frankel and Jenny Webb’s site at Marki-Alonia introduced her to Cyprus. Those who dig in Cyprus’ summer heat will chuckle at her recollection of coming in to CAARI to get warm. She stayed on afterward at CAARI to pursue her undergrad Honors thesis on spindle whorls, and speaks warmly of the wonderful support she received from then-Director, Dr. Nancy Serwint.

After publishing her thesis as her first book, she went on to a Ph.D. in Europe under Professor Peltenburg. He introduced her to western Cyprus, and to summertime excavation, at Souskiou-Laona, where she served as Field Director from 2001 to 2006. In 2005-2006 she served as the Cyprus Curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum, and in 2007 her second book, on Enkomi, was published. This allowed her to extend onto a far larger canvas her interest in the way pottery and its changing technology reveal patterns of social interactions and trade relations.

In 2007 Dr. Crewe assumed the directorship of the excavations of Kissonerga-Skalia, a post she still holds. A powerful Bronze Age site that also offers rich insights into the relation of Chalcolithic to Early Bronze Age developments, Kissonerga has given ample scope to her keen interest in archaeology as a record of social change, and to her expertise in the technologies and transmission of ceramic forms both within and outside of Cyprus. It also yielded a remarkably well-preserved Bronze Age brewery for producing beer, depicted here, a discovery gleefully reported all around globe. Continuing relations as a visiting academic with the British Museum also allowed her to unite her archaeological expertise with her interest in public dissemination of finds through the creation of on-line presentations on Kissonerga, and she has plans for a far larger digital project ahead.

Dr. Crewe looks forward to bringing her expertise and her many ideas for archaeology to life at CAARI. At home with information technology, she expects to make it a far stronger aspect of CAARI. She looks forward, too, to seeing vigorous use of the petrological laboratory that Dr. McCarthy developed at CAARI. In terms of CAARI’s programs, she believes that a broader interdisciplinary scope can serve both CAARI itself, and archaeology as a discipline. “The ‘material turn’ occurring in many disciplines (e.g., history, art history, anthropology, sociology, law) provides an opportunity for them to come to us as ‘material culture’ people,” she says. She hopes, too, to find ways to make CAARI the incubator of projects that help young professionals in the eastern Mediterranean come together, build professional relationships, and do significant work together. And she regards outreach projects, especially outreach to children, as particularly important. “It is they who will need to care for things in the future.”

Dr. Crewe and her husband, Dr. Manolis Melissaris, Associate Professor in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics, will arrive in Nicosia in June. We welcome them to CAARI with warmth!

Upcoming Events in Cypriot Archaeology

CAARI is pleased to announce the following conferences, sessions, and workshops on Cypriot archaeology.

We look forward to seeing you at any or all of these events!

19th-21st May 2017

Conference “Melusine of Cyprus: Studies in Art, Architecture and Visual Culture” in honor of CAARI Vice-president Annemarie Weyl Carr. At CAARI.

7th-10th June 2017

Archaeozoology of South-West Asia and adjacent areas (ASWA) biennial conference. At the Cyprus University.

1st July 2017

CAARI annual workshop on results of recent archaeological fieldwork. At the Cyprus University (new campus at Aglandjia)

21st-23rd September 2017

Classical Cyprus conference. At University of Graz, Austria.


22nd-24th September 2017

Concealment and Revelation in the Art of the Middle Ages. University of Cyprus.

11th October 2017

Conference on the archaeology of Paphos and Western Cyprus, organised by the Department of Antiquities. At Palia Ilektriki, Paphos.

20th-24th October 2017

Conference on Mediterranean Maritime Archaeology (on the centenary of Honor Frost’s birth), organised by the Honor Frost Foundation in collaboration with the Cyprus University. At the Cyprus University.

15-18th November 2017

ASOR Annual Meeting in Boston (includes sessions on Cyprus).