Season 2011 – Information for participants

Updated 17 May 2011

Updated 30 May 2011

Creature Krater

Information about participation in excavations in Cyprus
The New Swedish Cyprus Expedition 2011 (NSCE11)

After the untimely death of Paul Åström, the former director of the excavations at Hala Sultan Tekke near Larnaka, Cyprus, the undersigned, Peter M. Fischer from the Göteborg University, has received the permission to continue excavations at this Late Bronze Age city.
Hala Sultan Tekke is one of the largest Late Cypriote cities on the island. One excavation season has been carried out in spring 2010 with participants from Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Jordan and Cyprus. The pre-excavation survey with ground-penetrating radar lead to the discovery of a new city quarter dating preliminary to the 13th/12th cent. BCE. Amazing finds were made during subsequent excavations. These include well-preserved architecture, numerous bronze, ceramic and stone objects, weapons and jewellery, sophisticated pottery and tools for the production of textiles. Amongst the finds is the unique “Creature Krater” (see head of page). Further information on objectives, results etc. see It is my intention to provide the possibility for 12-18 students[1] to participate in NSCE11 in spring 2011. The participants will be chosen after an interview and according to their merits and specific research interests. However, I would like to encourage also inexperienced students to apply, viz. previous field work is not a precondition.

Interested students should contact <>. Please attach a CV.
Deadline: 31 December 2010.

Peter M. Fischer
Director of excavations;

26 April – 29 May 2011.

31 December 2010

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.
The field work is tough, the climate is 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, viz. the work in the field starts at 6 AM (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, i.e. “Class 1 Finds” (see refs. below) from the same day and the
cleaned and dried pottery from the day before
– database inputs, viz. all finds/find spots (EDM-total station)/features etc.
– catalogue of digital photographs and digital video-recording
– analogue backup = analogue recording, i.e. diaries, find lists etc.
– general discussion on previous field work and future intentions
4. 7 PM dinner
5. Working days: Monday-Saturday lunch (5.5 days)
6. Outings on Sundays for those who are interested

General references concerning field work and recording system (vade mecum)
Fischer, P.M, Tell Abu al-Kharaz in the Jordan Valley. Volume II: The Middle and Late Bronze Ages, AustrianAcademy of Sciences Press. Vienna 2006; 385 pp; see especially pp. 23-27.
Fischer, P.M. Tell Abu al-Kharaz in the Jordan Valley. Volume I: The Early Bronze Age. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press. Vienna 2008; 415 pp; see especially pp. 23-26.

Updated 17 May 2011

Research / publications
It is the policy of the project director to encourage participants to deal with research on special topics, finds, find groups etc. related to the current excavations. Publication arrangements can be made only directly with the project director. The research/manuscript must be of high quality and accomplished within a strict time frame otherwise it will be rejected. Mere catalogues are to be avoided. References to parallels should be limited to more recent literature and – as regards journals – to peer-reviewed work.

Observe deadline for submission of the manuscript: 31 August 2011.

General information on the layout of the study:
– short introduction on the objective(s) of the study
– material and method
– results (objective results without interpretation)
– discussion (your interpretation, others’ interpretation, theories, future work etc.)
– concise conclusion
– no formatting of the text, viz. plain text
– a native English speaking person should check the text
– maximum 3 pp. single-spaced
– copy rights: relevant photographs/drawings will be provided by the project director.

Remember that all recorded material (drawings, photographs, films, diaries, databases etc.) is the property of the NSCE and must only be used in connection with the publication. The use of recorded material is not allowed during public presentations (public lectures, conferences etc.) if not otherwise agreed upon with the project director.

Update 30 May 2011

The excavations came to an end on 26 of May 2011 when the site was prepared for air photography. Air photographs were taken by the Police Aviation Unit in Larnaka. On the 27 of May all finds were handed over to the Department of Antiquities. The website will be updated as soon as the preminary report for the Department is ready.