Season 2018: Application for Participation


Pictorial motif on a Mycenaean krater (14th/13th c. BCE) excavated in 2016

Participation in the Swedish Excavations at
Hala Sultan Tekke, Cyprus, 2018

The Söderberg Expedition

30 April  – 1 June 2018

Professor Peter M. Fischer from the University of Gothenburg has carried out eight seasons of excavations from 2010 to 2017 at Hala Sultan Tekke in Cyprus. Hala Sultan Tekke is one of the largest Late Cypriot (= Late Bronze Age) cities in the Eastern Mediterranean. Students and archaeologists from Sweden, Austria, Australia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, South Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, 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 new city quarters which date mainly to the 13th and 12th centuries BCE, nevertheless earlier remains were found too. The excavations in 2018 will concentrate on these new city quarters. A number of spectacular finds confirm long-distance trade in the Eastern Mediterranean including Greece and Crete, 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 and installations for the production of copper and purple dyed textiles.

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Approx. 20-25 students will be accepted to participate in NSCE18 from 30 April – 1 June 2018. Also inexperienced students are encouraged  to apply, viz. previous field work is not a precondition. Interested students should contact (attach your CV, preferably as pdf):  (or

Deadline for applications: 31 December 2017.


Time schedule: 29 April (last day of arrival) – 2 June (earliest day of departure) 2018

Preliminary conditions: The participants have to pay their travel expenses to and from Cyprus. (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

General references concerning field work, recording system and results  in Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome 4 (2011), 5 (2012), 6 (2013), 7 (2014), 8 (2015), 9 (2016) and 10 (2017; in press).

2017: minature vessels, tomb c. 15th cent. BCE