Writing by senior team members on the various papers due and for the excavation report is continuing well this month!  Although writer's block is an ongoing problem.....

In the meantime, this is our poster from the April GPR conference!  Enjoy!
 
 
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Although it has been some time since we have added an entry to the Paphos Theatre excavations education blog, and that there will be no excavations at the site in 2013 (don't panic - 2014 plans are under way!), it doesn't mean we haven't been working on the project.


No, if anything the more important work is under way now in library and research institutions around the world.  Professor Richard Green is currently working at the Institute of Classical Studies in London, and among his research is architectural parallels with the Paphos theatre. Dr Smadar Gabrieli has been compiling catalogues from Israel, Dr Craig Barker has been focusing on trench descriptions in Sydney, and the team architect Geoff Stennett has been doing some exciting CAD models of the architectural phases.  Other specialists have been fine-tuning their catalogue descriptions, and writing interpretations of the finds.

It is essential that all archaeological projects publish and publish regularly and cohesively.  It is one of our obligations to the Department of Antiquities that we publish.  We are currently seeing the final report on the first decade of excavations as a three-volume report and are working towards that aim as soon as we can. 

In the meantime, many senior team members have been contribution some of their research work towards smaller articles and book chapters.  One other way that we focus our research is to present papers or posters at conferences. One such example is the poster explaining the work on the 2010 season Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) research project.  In April of 2103 a poster was presented at 'Remote Sensing in Archaeology' theme of the First International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment' held in Paphos in Cyprus.  The poster was written by Guy Hazell, Amanda Dusting (pictured above with the poster in Paphos), Sam Moody and Craig Barker, and we were so very honoured to win an award at the conference for the poster!

It is one of the way that archaeologists can share their results with their peers, while the final reports are completed.  Throughout 2013 other team members have also contributed to conferences, and papers from these presentations will appear in print in due course.

 
 
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One of the joys of archaeological research is sharing one's research and museums are a great place for members of the public to be exposed to the work done by archaeologists.

Our excavation is supported by the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney and throughout 2013 the exhibition 'Aphrodite's Island: Australian Archaeologists in Cyprus' will explore the Sydney connection with Cypriot archaeology, including our own dig in Paphos!
If you are in Sydney, feel free to drop by the Nicholson Museum to see it, or else the catalogue is available online too!

 
 
The Paphos Theatre project has been covered in today's media in Cyprus:

http://www.cyprus-mail.com/archaeological/archaeological-digs-reveal-evolution-paphos-theatre/20121127

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Now that the 2012 season of excavations have finished at the site many of the team have returned to Australia to their studies or work while other team members have continued to travel to other excavation projects or to have a holiday.

Others have also travelled to Avignon, where tomorrow an international conference sponsored by the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus will begin.  Amongst the papers will be discussions on the architecture, glass and coins found at the site, as well as broader discussions about working more closely with the other foreign missions excavating in Paphos.  It promises to be an interesting conference....

The end of the excavation season doesn't represent the end of work, merely the beginning of the process of interpretation, investigation and research.

Stay tuned for much more to come....
 
 
 
 
Seek and ye will find!
Everyone has a small story to tell about their time here in Paphos. Please let me share mine. This is fortunately my second season here and I sincerely hope not my last.
Exactly one year ago, Paphos study season 2011, we were packing away and storing all the essentials to be kept for the following season. Not my favourite task but a necessity of any dig. Not until the last of many many boxes had been stored high above the shelves did I realise that my reading glasses had fallen amongst the goods.  Shortly after, I reported to Craig that I would need to return in the 2012 season to retrieve them. Surprisingly, Craig accepted my reasoning and here I am.
5 weeks have passed so quickly and though all the previous years boxes had been unpacked and sorted there was no site of my glasses. Hiding in the back corner of the Apollo stood a lone box. On our last day of cleaning, sifting through the items in order to discard of unnecessary pieces, there, at the very bottom of the very last box sat my very expensive reading glasses staring right back at me. Needless to say, I danced my way back in great delight. Keep the faith I say!  Even more delightful is the fact that I can still see quite clearly through them. 
The dig has been even better this year. New friends and old sharing in small trivia and great finds. 
Like the maker's mark that's embedded into the fabric of few sherds or stone blocks, Paphos is engraved into me.

Many many thanks to the staff who, with great patience, selflessly shared all their knowledge with us.

Lea x
 
 
A holiday with a difference!!

As “dig” 2012 comes to a close I look back on what has been a fantastic “holiday”, yes holiday.

6:30am starts on site, second breakfast at 9:30am sitting  on a block of limestone looking at the cavea, hot days, warm nights, dusty trenches, trowel RSI and not to forget – pot washing!. And that was all before 3pm. But yes a holiday.

As a novice to archaeology I have had the most amazing time in Trench 12A, uncoverering the history, the phases of use and through pottery, coins,marble etc the lifestyles of those who had walked the way of the Roman Road, or enjoyed a performance at the Paphos Theatre on Fabrika Hill. On any day we trowel away pottery from the Hellenistic, Roman, and Medieval periods. Glass fragments, Marble pieces and bone. Parts of the Roman road, huge limestone blocks and terracotta drains all tell part of the story that is the Paphos Theatre.
I am now also reasonably confident I can tell the difference between a piece of amphorae and a piece of medieval cooking ware. Thanks to Holly and Smadar.

As a team we have enjoyed the “down” time as well with Harbour swims in cool but clear waters, Trivia nights, tours led by the team specialists to the Tombs of the Kings, the mosaics in the Archaeology Park and the Saranta Kolones.
And not to forget the topic on most people’s mind “food”, we have enjoyed the very best of the local taverna’s and not to forget Zorba’s, a favourite of all team members.

So to conclude yes a fantastic holiday shared with a diverse but great bunch of students, archaeologists, and field specialists all led by Craig our dig Director, along with Kerry, Rhian and Ronan our trench leaders.

If given the opportunity I would love to return to Paphos and join the team in revealing more of this theatres fascinating story.

- Annette

 
 
The 2012 season is down to the home stretch - most boxes are stored; the bulk of the pottery sorted; and few songs remain unsung at Boogie’s karaoke lounge. With a half day today, most of the team took the opportunity to recline, relax (and reflect). It has been a wholesome week in a busy season - a week of digging up final contexts outside and mouldy boxes inside. 

Those of us new to the on-site experience can now appreciate that archaeology isn’t just about finding an intricately carved marble foot in a wall fill - that is but a small part of a much larger process. An hour of digging usually equates to two hours of washing/sorting/packing boxes. For the specialist areas the ratio is much more disproportionate.

One can also appreciate the multidisciplinary nature of an archaeological project. Some of these disciplines are acquired through further specialisation in the archaeology field. Others are randomly available as vocations that complement the common interest in archaeology. A day job so to speak. Along with qualified archaeologists, we could not lift 200 kg stone blocks without our resident engineer. Nor could we comprehensively plot different phases of the threatre complex without an architect. These two examples are only the tip of the iceberg.* I have certainly enjoyed witnessing all of these skill sets working together to piece together the Paphos puzzle.

Next week there will be more shifting soil and dumping spoil - but with a day of rest, the team will be firing for the final sprint...and the other marble foot.

*All masseuses with a passion for archaeology are encouraged to apply immediately for 2013

- Harry M

You can get it digging a trench, you can get it sorting a pot, you can get it any old how...matter of fact I got it now.