Participation in excavations at Hala Sultan Tekke, Cyprus
Professor Peter M. Fischer from the Universities of Gothenburg and Vienna has carried out five seasons of excavations (2010 – 2014) at Hala Sultan Tekke, Cyprus, which is one of the largest Late Cypriote (=Late Bronze Age) cities, maybe the largest. In the past, archaeologists and students from Sweden, Austria, Australia, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Jordan, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Syria, Switzerland and USA have participated. Pre-excavation surveys with ground-penetrating radar and a magnetometer lead to the discovery of new city quarters dating mainly to the 13th/12th cent. BCE, nevertheless earlier remains were found too. Remarkable finds were made during these four years: well-built architecture, a copper production workshop, evidence of large-scale textile production, bronze/ceramic/stone objects, weapons and jewellery, sophisticated pottery, and numerous imports. Some of the finds are outstanding: one is a bull figurine (see head of page), others are gold and silver jewellery, cylinder seals (see the one of haematite on next page), pictorial vessels and numerous imports. For further information concerning objectives, results etc. see
The project director will provide the opportunity for approx. 20 students to participate in NSCE15. Preliminary dates are 3 May – 6 June 2015. Previous field work is not a precondition. Interested students should contact (please attach your CV):
Deadline for applications: 21 December 2014
Time schedule: 3 May – 6 June 2014 (preliminary).
Conditions: The participants have to pay their travel expenses. Accommodation in low-class apartment hotel 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 (transportation is free). 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.
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, programming of database (finds, features etc.)
- catalogue of digital photographs and digital video-recording
- analogue backup, i.e. hand-written diaries, and digital backup (word files of diaries)
- general discussion concerning the day’s events and intentions for the next day
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 general “guidelines” Cyprus season 2012 in website http://www.fischerarchaeology.se).
General references concerning field work, recording system and results
Fischer, P.M., ‘The New Swedish Cyprus Expedition 2010-2014: Excavations at Hala Sultan Tekke. Preliminary results’. Opuscula 4 (2011) – 7 (2014).
Also as pdf: http://ecsi.bokorder.se/Opuscula.aspx
Selected lectures about NSCE related topics (by Peter M. Fischer)
Monday, 1 December 2014, 13:15–1500 at AKS, Institute for Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Monday, 9 March 2015, 18:00: Arkeologi i naturvetenskapens och teknikens tecken: Exempel från 25 år av svenska utgrävningar på Cypern och i Främre Orienten.
The Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg (only for members or by invitation).