EUROPEAN PROJECT ‘DISCOVERING THE ARCHAEOLOGISTS OF EUROPE (2012-2014)’
Cyprus (Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Communications and Works) is also a partner to the second cycle of the European project: ‘DISCOVERING THE ARCHAEOLOGISTS OF EUROPE (2012-2014)’, among 22 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain. The project is funded by the European Union under the Lifelong Learning Programme Leonardo da Vinci (PROJECT NUMBER - 528091-LLP-1-2012-1-UK-LEONARDO-LNW). Τhe findings will be compared with the results of the first data collection period ‘Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe (2006 – 2008)’ in the context of the transnational collection and data analysis.
The European project ‘Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe’ (2006 – 2008) http://discovering-archaeologists.eu/ aims towards investigating the current situation of the archaeological profession and to detect any barriers related to the profession’s mobility among 9 European Union countries (Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Netherlands, Slovenia and the Czech Republic). The project is funded by the European Union under Leonardo da Vinci II.
The project ‘Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe’ has a number of objectives at both European and individual state levels. The project attempts to:
● identify barriers to entry to the profession of archaeology and to transnational mobility
● identify difficulties and trends in the profession including training investment, recruitment and career progression difficulties
● establish the number of archaeologists working in each state
● identify training needs and skills shortages
●provide archaeological employers with information to aid business planning and improve organizational performance
These objectives will be achieved with the identification, the collection and the dissemination of the information concerning archaeologists and archaeological employment across Europe (labor market intelligence), in order for employees, professional associations, the European Association of Archaeologists, training providers and other bodies to:
● develop knowledge of practices and conditions in order to facilitate transnational mobility of labor
● define specific criteria and methodologies to identify training needs across Europe
● improve analysis and anticipation of skills requirements
● enable comparisons between skills requirements in states
Currently this kind of information is more or less unavailable in most individual states and has never been collected or applied on a transnational basis before.
With regards to Cyprus, the body participating in the project is the Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Communications and Works, which will identify, collect, manage and disseminate the data. Every organization that employs or commissions archaeologists or conservators in Cyprus and any self-employed archaeologist or conservator is invited to contribute to this project.
Archaeologists conducting rescue excavations in Lefkosia
(New Supreme court building site)