Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Cypriot Studies

Institute of Cypriot Studies

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The search for Cypriot origins progressively led me back in time to investigate the earliest occupants of Cyprus, namely pygmy hippopotami and dwarf elephants, and issues surrounding their sudden disappearance, apparently corresponding to the arrival of the first human colonists. In 1998 the University at Albany hosted a conference on this general topic with the title: The Earliest Prehistory of Cyprus: From Colonization to Exploitation. Since joining the University and becoming director of the Institute of Cypriot Studies, I have organized several field projects on the island, mostly staffed by undergraduate and graduate students from UAlbany. Cypriot studies are enhanced by the availability of the Belcher Collection of Cypriot Antiquities, with representative materials from all periods.