Archaeological Research Unit | University of Cyprus,  55th Public Lecture Series

Archaeological Research Unit | University of Cyprus 

55th Public Lecture Series: Celebrating 30 Years of Archaeological Research 

Moderator: Dr Athanasios K. Vionis | Director, Archaeological Research Unit (ARU)

This semester’s Public Lectures Series celebrates 30 years of research at the ARU, since its foundation in 1991. All lectures of the 55th Series will be delivered by the members of the academic staff of the ARU to showcase their ongoing research endeavours. The lectures are held virtually via Zoom at 7:30 pm (EET), they are free and open to the public, but registration is required for access before each event starts. For registration, please, click here:



BLOCK 1: Prehistory and Proto-history  

1 February: Maritime dialogues in the East Aegean Islands and Western Asia Minor during Prehistory

Dr Ourania Kouka | Associate Professor, Archaeology of the Prehistoric Aegean 

8 February: Cypriot copper production, consumption and trade in the 12th century BC

Prof. Vasiliki Kassianidou | Professor, Environmental Archaeology and Archaeometry 

15 February: Prices and values of metals in the Late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean markets

Dr Georgios Papasavvas | Associate Professor, Classical Archaeology 


BLOCK 2: Iron Age – Roman 

22 February: The tumulus of Laona: Αn ‘un-Cypriot’ monument in the landscape of Palaepaphos

Prof. Maria Iacovou | Professor, Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology 

1 March: The Mazotos Shipwreck Project, Cyprus: Challenges and perspectives of a holistic approach to shipwreck archaeology in the 21st century

Dr Stella Demesticha | Associate Professor, Maritime Archaeology 

8 March: Hellenistic and Roman funerary wall painting in Cyprus: An overview

Prof. Demetrios Michaelides | Professor Emeritus in Classical Archaeology, Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts 

BLOCK 3: Medieval – Early Modern

22 March: The Byzantine and Historical Archaeologies of Greece and Cyprus: Artefact and landscape studies

Dr Athanasios Vionis | Associate Professor, Byzantine Archaeology and Art 

29 March: The challenge of depicting cross-dressing female saints in Byzantine art: The case of St Euphrosyne of Alexandria (BHG 625)

Dr Maria Parani | Associate Professor, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Archaeology and History of Art 

5 April: ‘Hybrid’, ‘transcultural’, ‘eclectic’? Some thoughts on conceptualising the art of the Latin East

Dr Michalis Olympios | Associate Professor, History of Western Art 

12 April: Το πλοίο στην Κύπρο: Από την ιστορική πραγματικότητα στη λαϊκή τέχνη

Prof. Euphrosyne Rizopoulou-Egoumenidou | Professor Emerita in Folk Art and Architecture, Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts 

BLOCK 3: Digital Humanities 

19 April: Unfolding the Neolithic landscape of Thessaly: A GeoInformatics perspective

Prof. Apostolos Sarris | Professor, ‘Sylvia Ioannou Foundation’ Chair for Digital Humanities

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