PEATS Cyprus – Capturing the past through Archaeology linked to Art and Crafts (16th June – 7th July 2024)

Status: Full
Dates: 16th June 2024 to
7th July 2024
Duration: 3 Weeks
UK Participants: 7
Location: Cyprus – Capturing the past through Archaeology linked to Art and Crafts
Panayiota Demetriou
Rio Stakis Str, 1, Kato Drys, Larnaca, 7714, Cyprus
Host website

Accommodation: Accommodation is in a courtyarded traditional house in shared rooms

Meals: Self catering. Students will be given money each week to buy groceries

Communication: internet is available, mobile networks readily available (you will need to check with your provider)

Transport: Vehicles available to get to site, public transport available

Flights: Grampus will email students with a flight option that fits within the travel grant and which arrives at a time that suits the host. Students are welcome to look for alternative flights, but the arrival times must match those of the offered flight and be within the travel grant. Students have to fund their own way to the UK airport

Weather: Hotter than UK summer, can be 30-35 degrees C

GHIC: Students must apply for a Global Health Insurance Card before the placement, and carry it on them at all times


The host is Kato Drys Community Council. Based in the mountainous region of Larnaca District, KDCC has worked closely with Grampus Heritage from Cumbria in the UK since 2011. The partner regions were both ‘Romanized’. Cumbria has important Roman sites in the Lake District, Carlisle, Maryport and Workington, as well as Ravenglass. Cyprus has 8 ruined Roman cities and most villages are laid out using Hellenistic, then Roman principles. Cumbria, North Lancashire and Cyprus also share some symbolic sculpture, especially related to the ‘Green Man’ and mermaids. Mostly found in churches, especially in West Cumbria and Carlisle (the cathedral has around 40 Green men). Grampus and partners have studied these symbolic features for a number of years….for example, doing an EU project ‘In Search of the Green Man’.  In Cyprus, the Neolithic period was very important and the island has a history of copper production, which dates from the mid-5th millennium BC, with the Chalcolithic period ushering in the early Bronze Age.


Arrival in Paphos or Larnaca, transfer to Pano Lefkara. You have shared use of a car, although drivers must normally be over 23.

Some tips…..

Accommodation in a large village house, with self catering kitchen. You prepare your own food.

Driving is on the left, as in the UK.

We use 3-pin plugs, like the UK.

Currency is the EURO, the village has an ATM.

You receive 90 EURO per week to buy food.

The training day is 09.00 to 16.30 with 1 hour for lunch.

After work, swimming in the sea is sometimes possible


Week One:

Focus on the Neolithic and Chalcaolithic periods through clay figurines –  The week starts with a visit to Nicosia, and especially the National Archaeological museum, to see some famous painted pottery and artifacts (including pre-pottery). What we see inspires us to model a clay idol/ figurine, which will later be fired. As part of the process, we consider what the figure was wearing and for the rest of the week we use basic textile processing techniques to produce a dress or skirt, which will feature in a photoshoot.

Week Two:

The week starts with a day of considering…”what the Romans did for Cyprus’ – we look at house design and Roman legacy. On day two we visit Roman Kourion and the Temple of Apollo Hylates; they are important for mosaics, the transition from Roman to Byzantine and the origin of the ‘Green Man’. We then do a 3 day mosaic project with a Roman theme, working in the Old Olive Mill workshops.

Week Three:

On our discussions and visits, we will discuss the “Cyprus problem”, a friction that led to open conflict between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. The village of Pano Lefkara was ethnically cleansed in 1963-64, with the Turkish Cypriots moving to Kofinou, 12 kilometres away. Since then the Muslim graveyard has been abandoned and has become very overgrown with crumbling memorial stones, etc. We will spend a week refurbishing the graveyard and recording the people who are buried there.


The Turing grant will cover accommodation, food (3 meals a day), return, flights, insurance, transport to site and supervision. Participants will have to make sure they have their EHI or GHI card and budget for personal purchases and excursions.

This project has been funded with support from the Turing scheme, funded by the UK government.

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