Moore to Talk about Archaeology in Cyprus

Posted on 3/25/2010 10:08:37 PM

Dr. Scott Moore, Department of History, will give a talk at the Indiana Free Library on Wednesday, March 31, at 7:00 p.m. on his archaeological research in Cyprus.

The talk is entitled “Archaeology in Cyprus: Under Fire and On the Beach.”

For many years, ancient and medieval historians have viewed the island of Cyprus as a sleepy backwater containing a few coastal cities surrounded by an empty countryside. Recent archeological work on the island, however, is painting a different picture of the island and its place in the Roman and Late Antique world.

Since 2003, a team of researchers and students have been conducting an archaeological survey around the modern village of Pyla along the southern coast of Cyprus. By making use of many different techniques (pedestrian survey, excavation, geophysical survey, ground-penetrating radar, and satellite imagery) the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project (PKAP) has been able to recreate a history of the region from the Classical Period through the Late Antique period that portrays a vibrant landscape at odds with its more traditional depiction.