Guidelines for participants


12 May  – 15 June 2013

Professor Peter M. Fischer from the Universities of Gothenburg and Vienna has carried out three seasons of excavations between 2010 and 2012 at Hala Sultan Tekke in Cyprus. Hala Sultan Tekke is one of the largest Late Cypriote (= Late Bronze Age) cities, maybe the largest. Students and archaeologists from Sweden, Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Jordan, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Syria and Switzerland have participated in the excavations so far.   Pre-excavation surveys with ground-penetrating radar in 2010, and recently in June 2012, lead to the discovery of new city quarters dating mainly to the 13th/12th cent. BCE, nevertheless earlier remains were found too. Amazing finds were made during the last three years. These include well-built architecture, bronze, ceramic and stone objects, weapons and jewellery, sophisticated pottery and tools for the production of textiles, and numerous imports. Some of the finds are unique: one is the s.c. “Creature Krater” (see head of page), others are a cylinder seal of haematite (see end of page) and a figurine of stone. Further information concerning objectives, results etc. see It is my intention to provide the opportunity for approx. 20 students to participate in NSCE13 in spring 2013, viz. 12 May – 15 June 2013. I would like to encourage also inexperienced students to apply, viz. previous field work is not a precondition.  Interested students should contact (attach CV):

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Deadline for applications: 14 December 2012. 

Time schedule: 12 May (day of arrival) – 15 June (day of departure) 2013

Preliminary conditions: The participants have to pay their travel expenses, (simple) accommodation and (basic) meals will be provided by the expedition. Expenditures during leisure time have to be paid by the participants. Excursions are planned during the weekends.  Although exciting, the field work is tough, the climate is fairly harsh, and the participants should be prepared to spend long days in the field and during processing of the excavated material which will be treated immediately after its discovery – and not during a separate season.

General information
1. Field work 6 AM to 1:30 PM, 30 min. brunch at 9:30
2. Lunch/rest until 3:30 PM
3. 3:30 PM until necessary work is finished. This work includes:
– processing of the finds- database inputs, viz. all finds/find spots (total station)/features etc.
– catalogue of digital photographs and digital video-recording
– analogue backup = analogue recording, i.e. diaries (see examples below), find lists etc.
– general discussion on previous field work and future tasks
4. Dinner 7 PM.

Research/publications: It is the policy of the project director to encourage participants to deal with research on special topics, finds, find groups etc. and publication. Arrangements can be made only directly with the project director who will act as supervisor. The research/manuscript must be accomplished within a strict time frame. Further information on the website (see 2011).

General references concerning field work, recording system and results
Fischer, P.M., ‘The New Swedish Cyprus Expedition 2010: Excavations at Dromolaxia Vizatzia / Hala Sultan Tekke. Preliminary results’. Opuscula 4 (2011), 69-98.
Also as pdf:

Fischer, P.M., ‘The New Swedish Cyprus Expedition 2012: Excavations at Hala Sultan Tekke. Preliminary results’. Opuscula 5 (2012), 89–112.

Lectures about NSCE10-13
by Peter M. Fischer
Thursday 15 November, 17:00, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm
Monday, 19 November, 10:00, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Monday, 26 November, 13:00, Humanisten, University of Gothenburg


Complementary information
In addition to several databases “old-fashioned” diaries will be used. Each trench master is responsible for her/his diary which should be used according to detailed instructions (these will be given at the begin of the field season). Diaries are important tools in connection with reports/publications and therefore should be written that any reader is able to understand (good English is not that important in comparison with the accuracy of the observations and the description of the actions taken). Below you can see two diaries from previous seasons: one can be accepted by the director of excavations/Dept. of Antiquities but the other does not fulfil the necessary requirements. Guess which? (Observe that the one to the right is written by a native Arabic speaking person).