Olwen Tudor Jones Scholarship awarded
Congratulations to Amir Zaribaf, the 2019 recipient of the OTJ Scholarship. Amir will be joining the collaborative University of Sydney and Hohn Hopkins University project "Archaeological Water Histories of Oman" part of the ARC research project Strategic Resource and himan cooperation in the rise of social complexity in southeastern Arabia.
The scholarship was high competitive and we commend the all our applicants for the award this year.
Amir will submitt a full report on his work in Oman and on the regions connection with the archaeology of the Mediterranean for the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens upon his return from the field.
You can find out more about this scholarship and all of our past recipients on the webpage OTJ Scholarship
Applications are open for the 2019 Olwen Tudor Jones Scholarship.
The Olwen Tudor Jones Scholarship offered by the Society of Mediterranean Archaeology aims to provide the opportunity for a University of Sydney archaeology student to gain experience in the practical application of archaeology through participation in a Mediterranean based archaeology field project with a focus on the broad Hellenic world.
How to Apply
Eligible students are asked to submit an application including:
1. Covering letter, stating the project the applicant wishes to attend, the extent of previous archaeological experience, and the reasons why the applicant is applying for this scholarship
2. Provisional letter of acceptance from the director of the project the applicant wishes to attend
3. One-page CV
4. Academic record
5. Two letters of reference
Applications for the 2019 OTJ scholarship are to be received in triplicate on or before Wednesday 1 May and are to be delivered (post or hand) to:
C/O Candace Richards (SoMAPresident)
Nicholson Museum (A14), The University of Sydney, NSW 2006
More information can be found in the attached flyer and get the complete guidelines from our website.
Apologies for the absence of any new content for a while. The SoMA is run voluntarily by archaeologists and museum professionals who have not been able to gove the love and attention to the SoMA website that it deserves. However, we are back for 2019! Thanks to everyone who made it along to our Welcome to Semester Party. WE love to start the year off with a casual wine and cheese to get to know the new students, different teaching staff and to touch base with old friends. Those of you who were there know that we are launching the 2019 Olwen Turdor Jones Scholarship very soon (This afternoon in fact) with the lucky recipient being awarded $2000 for travel to the Mediterranean (and adjacent) for archaeological field work. Details will follow.
Also you all might already be in the know, but the PAphos Theatre Archaerological Project is currently accepting applications for their 2019 field season scheduled for October. Find out more about the project and how to apply on paphostheatre.org
This year we will continue to support archaeology and archaeological students through our promotion of the Australian Archaeological Instititue at Athens, our engagement with like minded groups such as the Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies and ARCSOC and present our own research projects at various forums including the archaeological seminar series for Near Eastern Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, both held in CCANESA.
The Australian Paliochora-Kythera Archaeological Survey (APKAS) has positions for a
maximum of 6 student volunteers for its 2018 field season. This project is conducted under
the auspices of the Australian Archaeological Institute in Athens and the University of
Sydney, and it has the approval of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Western Attica and the
Islands of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.
All of the details are in the attached form!
Background and Plans for 2018: The primary objective of the project is to produce
information to help us understand the settlement history of northern Kythera, from remote
antiquity to the present. In its early years of exploration (1999-2003) the survey identified
significant numbers of places of special interest in many periods of the past, from prehistoric
(especially Minoan), Classical, Medieval (especially Byzantine and Venetian), and modern.
Since 2016, APKAS has returned to the field in order to answer certain questions that remain
unanswered and to complete the recording of several “sites” that have the potential of
providing us with further information about activity in various periods in the past. While, in
the past, APKAS made use of intensive and systematic pedestrian survey techniques, the
forthcoming fieldwork will focus on a more targeted approach involving remote sensing,
aerial reconnaissance, and quick means to record artifact locations and densities.
Location: The project will take place in the northern part of the island of Kythera, which lies
just south of the Greek mainland on the sea-lanes toward Crete. Kythera has a fascinating
history, impacted significantly by its strategic location that all great powers in the
Mediterranean have sought to control for their own purposes. It was also important in
antiquity as the supposed “birthplace” of Aphrodite. The survey area is located in the
northern half of Kythera, which has always had close connections with Lakonia and the
Peloponnese. Our “headquarters” are in the village of Karavas, known for its springs and
flowing water, but only a 5-minute drive from the sea (20 minute hike), looking out to Cape
Malea and the mountains of the Greek mainland.
Volunteer Requirements: We are encouraging applications from students (post-graduates and
advanced undergraduates) in Classical Archaeology. Applicants should normally have some
experience in archaeological fieldwork and experience or interest in one or more of the
following specialties: archaeological survey, GIS and/or archaeological drawing, architecture
of the eastern Mediterranean area, and one or more of the following periods (preferably in the
eastern Mediterranean): Neolithic, Early Helladic, Minoan, Classical-Hellenistic, Byzantine,
Venetian, and early Modern. Knowledge of Modern Greek is helpful and First Aid
certification is highly desirable, however, neither of these is considered a requirement. Just
let us know in your application if you possess either of these.
Gain excavation experience and credit towards your Archaeology major at the University of Sydney by participating in this three week field school in Athens.
Click on the flyer to find out more and apply
a 16 day tour of Cyprus with Helen Nicholson
24 September - 9 October 2017
This sixteen day tour explores the rich cultural heritage of Cyprus that spans from Neolithic settlements to UNESCO World Heritage listed churches in the Troodos Mountains, and from ancient Phoenician, Greek and Roman sites to more recent medieval and Ottoman monuments and museums.
After two days exploring Larnaca and its environs we travel west to Limassol and Paphos both home to spectacular Greek, Roman, medieval and Ottoman sites, museums and monuments. The tour then leaves the coast and heads inland to the forested Troodos Mountains where picturesque villages and architecture awaits. We then travel to the capital Nicosia and spend six nights. While here there are day trips to Northern Cyprus visiting Salamis, Famagusta and Kyrenia and three days exploring sites, monuments and museums within the Venetian walls of Nicosia itself.
Late summer is a good time to visit Cyprus and the tour has been designed to introduce and explore this fascinating past as well as providing opportunities to discover the vibrant contemporary society that awaits travellers to the island today.
Please contact Alumni Travel 1300 799 887 or (02) 9290 3856 to book a place on this tour.
Download the detailed itinerary and booking details here: