The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces a two-day series of events on the 23-24 September 2016, organized within the framework of the research program Saving Prehistoric Antiquities Under Threat.
On the 23rd September 2016 at the Ethnological Museum (The Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios Mansion, Lefkosia) at 18:30 a lecture titled “Insights into the new challenges in protecting cultural property” will be delivered by Professor Jean-Robert Gisler (University of Fribourg and Berne, Switzerland). At 19:30, at the same location, the periodical exhibition “Archaeology and Memory: Excavations in the Districts of Keryneia and Ammochostos” will be inaugurated. The exhibition will be presenting for the first time to the public, antiquities that were excavated before 1974 at prehistoric sites in the areas that are currently not under the effective control of the government of the Republic of Cyprus. The ‘return’ to the archaeology of inaccessible areas, such as those of Keryneia and Ammochostos (Famagusta) aims to highlight their cultural and historical particularities and to underline the fact that the archaeological research that has developed in Cyprus over the last four decades remains incomplete, since it is only based on research conducted in the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.
Within the same framework, on 24th September 2016, from 08:45 – 18:30, at the Medieval Hall Kastelliotissa in Lefkosia, the Department of Antiquities is organising a workshop titled “Four Decades of Hiatus in Archaeological Research in Cyprus: Towards Restoring the Balance”. The workshop will be in English and it is dedicated to the memory of the late Professor Edgar Peltenburg. The research programme Saving Prehistoric Antiquities Under Threat is co-funded by the Republic of Cyprus and the Swiss Federal Office of Culture and is conducted under the aegis of the Department of Antiquities. The duration of the programme is three years and it is expected to be completed by August 2017. The ultimate objective of the research undertaken is the safeguarding through digital recording of the finds stored in the Cyprus Museum, that come from prehistoric sites excavated before 1974 in areas that today are not under the effective control of the Republic of Cyprus.