Archaeological Excavations at the Prehistoric Bronze Age site of Alampra - Results from the 2012-2016 field seasons
A team of archaeologists from the University of Queensland has excavated the Prehistoric Bronze Age site of Alampra in Cyprus since 2012. In 2015 and 2016 this was also the venue for the School of Social Science’s international Archaeological Field School (ARCS 2060), hosting 26 undergraduate students of archaeology and yielding three honours students to date. Andrew Sneddon will present the results of the last four seasons of fieldwork at Alampra, a small agrarian village dating to a single period of occupation between 1900 and 1750BC. He will explore the reasons for the settlement’s unusual spatial configuration and possible explanations for its abandonment, including a catastrophic fire at the end of its period of occupation. How did a person in the Prehistoric Bronze Age live in Cyprus? How did they work, form relationships, worship and die? The excavations at the little village of Alampra have yielded fascinating new data to shed light on these questions.
About the Presenter
Andrew Sneddon is Director of UQ Culture and Heritage Unit and Director of the UQ-Alampra Archaeological Mission. He has worked in the field of cultural heritage management for 16 years, providing specialist conservation advice in relation to a range of iconic heritage places, including a number on the World Heritage List. His PhD dealt with Prehistoric Bronze Age mortuary practice on Cyprus, and was published in 2002 as a monograph. He has worked on Cyprus since 1995.