Participation in the Swedish excavations at Hala Sultan Tekke, Cyprus
9 May – 10 June 2016

Professor Peter M. Fischer from the University of Gothenburg has carried out six seasons of excavations between 2010 and 2015 at Hala Sultan Tekke in Cyprus. Hala Sultan Tekke is one of the largest Late Cypriote (= Late Bronze Age) cities in the Eastern Mediterranean – by its size of 25-50 hectare maybe the largest. Students and archaeologists from Sweden, Austria, Australia, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Jordan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Syria, Switzerland and the USA have so far participated in the excavations. The average annual team consists of 20–25 persons.

Pre-excavation surveys with ground-penetrating radar and magnetometer resulted in the discovery of a new city quarter which dates mainly to the 13th and 12th centuries BCE, nevertheless earlier remains were found too. The excavations in 2016 will concentrate on this new city quarter but also on an area where tombs have been found. A number of spectacular finds confirm long-distance trade in the Eastern Mediterranean including Egypt, Anatolia, Syria, Lebanon and the Southern Levant, but also Italy and central and northern Europe. Finds include stone architecture, objects of sophisticated pottery, stone and metals, including bronze weapons and tools, and gold and silver jewellery, and tools for the production of purple dye and textiles.

The project director offers the opportunity for approx. 20 students to participate in NSCE16 from 9 May – 10 June 2016. I would also like to encourage inexperienced students to apply, viz. previous field work is not a precondition. Interested students should contact (attach your CV) (or

Deadline for applications: 22 December 2015.

Time schedule: 8 May (last day for arrival) – 11 June (day of departure) 2016

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. Free excursions are planned for 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.

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 (EDM-total station)/features etc.
- catalogue of digital photographs and digital video-recording
- analogue backup = diaries, 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.

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) – 8 (2015).
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