Cyprus - Investigating an Ancient Urban Landscape in Cyprus

AMNE 395/ AMNE 595 | 3 credits

Program overview

This course is led by Kevin Fisher, Faculty of Arts

    • Course dates: June 1 - June 30, 2024 (Approx tbd)
    • Travel dates: June 1 - June 30, 2024 (Approx tbd)
    • Locations: Cyprus
    • Approximate fee: $3250.00 - $3750.00
    • Funding available (click through to learn more about each award):  

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About the course                                                                                                               

The primary objective of the course is to train students in the principles and methods of field archaeology as practiced in the Mediterranean and Near East today so that they can work as skilled team members or supervisors on other archaeological projects. Students will also gain an understanding of Cypriot material culture and how it is used to illuminate the rise and development of complex societies, as well as an appreciation of the island's modern culture and history. These objectives will be met mainly through intensive, “hands on” student participation in all aspects of archaeological fieldwork as part of the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project. This work will include data collection and recording through archaeological excavation and geophysical survey, the processing and analysis of these data, and their interpretation as a means of understanding past human behaviour. In addition to participating in fieldwork, students will also attend a series of lectures on archaeological methods and Cypriot archaeology by project staff and other visiting scholars. Students will also visit important archaeological and cultural sites and museums throughout the island. In late June, students will attend the annual Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) workshop in Nicosia, during which archaeologists working the island present the results of their work. In addition to learning about the Cypriot past, this is an excellent opportunity for students to network and meet other students from around the world. 

Program eligibility  
General Global Seminar requirements

To participate in a Global Seminar, students must: 

  • Be in good-standing in their faculty (as defined by home faculty) 
  • In the year leading up to the Global Seminar, have full-time student status (as defined by home faculty)  
  • Have completed 2nd year requirements before the start of the program (i.e., eligible for 3rd or 4th year standing)  
  • Have at least a 70% academic average in your last full-time academic session before applying  
  • Maintain a 70% academic average leading up to the program  
  • Meet any program specific requirements listed below including pre-requisites before participating 
Program-specific requirements
  • Students in Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies (now AMNE), Anthropology, Art History, or History can apply. 

Final selection will be done by the lead faculty program directors. Spots in the program may be limited.  

Students who wish to participate in the summer after graduating may be eligible on a case-by-case basis. 

Experience and conditions in the Field

Generally, students will work on the project at least five full days (6:30am – 6:00pm) with breaks, lunch, and late afternoon siesta per week, while another day will be spent on field trips or as a short work day, with the next day off. Much of this time will be spent working on the excavation. Each day, a few students will rotate onto the geophysical survey crew and learn how to lay out a survey grid and run one of the geophysical instruments, while others will assist with the 3D recording or with the collection of geoarchaeological samples as needed.

The archaeological excavation will take place in a hot and dry climate. The physical demands and intensity of the work will be high.


Students will stay in shared accommodations in apartments in the village of Kalavasos (about a 5- minute drive from the site). These are traditional village courtyard houses that have been renovated and updated with modern conveniences. Each has a kitchen and full bathroom with shower and will house 4 or 5 students.

Program fees and costs
Approximate program fees: $3250.00 - $3750.00*

*The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. All Global Seminars only run if there is a minimum number of students enrolled.  

  • Accommodation  
  • Program- related travel in-country; (e.g. buses)  
  • Excursions and entrance fees  
  • Some meals
  • On-site guest lectures
Not Included:  
  • Go Global Fee ($415)
  • Flights  
  • UBC tuition for credits  
  • Visa/country entrance fees  
  • Health or travel insurance  
  • Most meals 
  • Personal spending money*  

Some examples of personal costs included: mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the Program Fee, immunizations, Visas, etc. 

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