This class is an introduction to the history and archaeology of Cyprus through archaeological fieldwork and extended stays in three Greek settlements: the village of Ancient Corinth (Greece), the village of Polis Chrysochous (Cyprus), and the coastal town of Larnaca (Cyprus). We will begin our course with a week of archaeological work in Corinth, Greece in order for students to appreciate similarities and differences from the Republic of Cyprus. We will then spend three weeks studying and participating in two archaeological projects in Cyprus: the Princeton Polis-Chryochous Project and the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project. The course will introduce students to the various methods that are important to archaeological research today and the process of generating historical interpretations from archaeological evidence; provide a survey of the history of Cyprus, including its relationship to Greece, through field trips, site visits, and common reading; immerse students in aspects of modern Cypriot culture; and address a fundamental cultural question: how does archaeology both contribute to the craft of modern history and serve to produce (often conflicting) interpretations of the past by increasingly diverse national, ethnic, and religious communities? The class is open to students of all majors and qualifies for a cross-cultural waiver.For past courses, see PKAP Blog and PKAP Student Blog. Estimated Course Fee: $4,300
David Pettegrew is an ancient historian and archaeologist who teaches courses in Latin, Roman History, Late Antiquity, and Mediterranean Archaeology. He is involved in ongoing archaeological and historical work in Corinth, Greece, and Larnaca, Cyprus. He co-directs the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project, an investigation of Hellenistic and Late Roman coastal sites near Larnaka, Cyprus. For more information about David, visit his department page, the history department blog, or his Corinthian Matters website.