Photos: Tas Anastasi
Cypriot Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in the UK
Public Lecture & Academic Symposium
A greatly successful academic symposium took place on Friday, 5th of April at UCL Institute of Archaeology, entitled “Cypriot Archaeology, Pre-Modern Material Culture, and Cultural Heritage in the UK”. The symposium was co-organised by the Cyprus High Commission – Cultural Section, UCL Institute of Archaeology and the British Museum and aimed at bringing together researchers and heritage professionals in the UK with an interest in Cypriot history and archaeology, and cultural heritage.
The symposium was inaugurated on Thursday, 4th of April with a keynote lecture at the Cyprus High Commission by Dr Jennifer M. Webb, entitled “Cyprus in the Middle Bronze Age: New evidence from the Anglo-Cypriot excavations at Lapithos in 1913”. Both the lecture and the symposium were held under the auspices of His Excellency the High Commissioner of Cyprus, Mr Euripides L. Evriviades, who welcomed an enthusiastic audience of museum curators, directors and representatives of cultural organisations, distinguished academics and researchers, and members of the Cypriot and Greek communities of London. Mr Evriviades especially thanked the three convenors of the event Dr Thomas Kiely, curator of Cypriot antiquities at the British Museum, Dr Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou, Marie-Curie postdoctoral researcher at UCL Institute of Archaeology, and Dr Marios Psaras, Cultural Counsellor at the Cyprus High Commission.
The symposium provided a platform for the presentation of cutting-edge research in the field of Cypriot archaeology by researchers and heritage professionals from across the UK, as well as from Cyprus, Greece, Germany and Ireland, but most importantly it served as a useful mapping exercise and prime occasion for networking and the exchange of ideas for future projects and collaborations.