Cyprus Underwater Archaeology Fieldschool

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The Cyprus Underwater Archaeology Fieldschool 2017

8th - 22nd July 2017

Supported by the Honor Frost Foundation (

Applications open on 1st February 2017 – Applications closed on the 28th February 2017.

Open to all (qualifications required below) with applications specifically encouraged from young archaeologists or students of archaeology on Cyprus and from the Eastern Mediterranean Region (including Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Egypt, Turkey) with scholarships (up to 90% of the fees) available to help support their attendance.

The 2017 fieldschool will be held on the Nissia Wreck in 28m of water off the coast of Famagusta Bay.  Participants will be able to contribute to genuine research on this important site, which is being studied by the University of Cyprus Maritime Archaeological Research Laboratory.

The Nissia Wreck

The Nissia Wreck is believed to be a shipwreck of the Ottoman period, located in the Nissia area, at the Famagusta cape, 28 metres below sea level. It is the only known shipwreck of that age in Cyprus, and one of the few that are being excavated in the Eastern Mediterranean. Consequently, its scientific research is important as it could shed light on issues related to shipbuilding techniques and naval activity in the Eastern Mediterranean, during that period.

More on the Nissia Wreck can be found here

The 2017 Fieldschool

Minimum diving qualification: PADI Advanced Openwater and “Enriched Air Diver” (or equivalent) with a minimum of 25 dives. The Enriched Air Diver course can be undertaken at the beginning of the fieldschool for about 60 euro). It would be an advantage to hold the PADI “Deep Diver” specialty but this is not required. All divers attending must have DAN insurance in order to participate.

Cost £1,500 (UK Pounds).  Cost includes all tuition, certification, all internal travel, accommodation, food, diving air, cylinder hire, and excursions.  Price does not include travel to Cyprus or any additional equipment hire.

Students who are awarded scholarships will be expected to pay £200.00 to attend the fieldschool.

Students who are not awarded a scholarship will be expected to pay a deposit of £500.00 (UK Pounds) to secure their place by the 26th March 2017. This will only be refundable if cancellation occurs before the 30th April 2017, but only if the vacant place is taken by another participant. A £50.00 administration charge will be applied to any cancellations.

Final balance payments will be required by the 18th June 2017.


The deadline for applications was the 28th February 2017.

See what happened on the 2015 and 2016 fieldschools on the Facebook page here and you can read the 2016 blog here.