AIA Lecture – “Exploring Late Bronze Age Urban Landscapes on Cyprus: Excavations at Kalavasos and Maroni, 2015-2019” (Dr. Kevin Fisher, UBC)

This lecture discusses the results of the last few seasons of investigations by the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project. This collaboration among UBC, Cornell University and the University of Chicago is investigating the relationship between urbanism and social change on Late Bronze Age Cyprus (c. 1650-1100 BCE). We’ll focus mainly on the UBC excavations at Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios, where a combination of geophysics, excavation and cutting-edge digital methods is providing new insights into the emergence and development of this Late Bronze Age urban landscape. Our work has focused on two areas: a monumental court-centred building (Building XVI) with possible evidence for feasting and the approach to the city’s administrative core, which was monumentalized through a series of construction phases. Comparison with the nearby and largely contemporaneous Maroni complex reveals that the first cities on Cyprus took rather divergent paths to becoming urban.

​Location: TBA.