SoMA is the Society of Mediterranean Archaeology; a University of Sydney-based organisation which supports and promotes the activities of archaeologists and historians working on ancient cultures across the Mediterranean. The SoMA website covers the variety of activities SoMA engages with.
The SoMA podcast has recently been launched. Hosted by president of SoMA and Paphos Theatre team member Candace Richards, episode one sees a discussion on the Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project with excavation director Dr Craig Barker. Future episodes will see interviews with archaeologists, classicists and scientists who have made the Mediterranean region their work, their life, their passion.
Listen to the SoMA podcast here and enjoy future episodes discussing archaeology from around the Mediterranean!
The Archaeology of Cyprus, a guided tour with Helen Nicholson
24 September - 9 October 2017
This sixteen day tour explores the rich cultural heritage of Cyprus that spaces 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.
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 on 1300 799 887 or (02) 9290 3856 to book a place on this tour.
Download the detailed itinerary and booking details here.
Have you ever wanted to work on an archaeological excavation? Join us for our 2017 season!
The Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project will conduct its eighteenth season of excavations at the site of the theatre on behalf of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus between 8 October and 5 November 2017. A limited number of student and volunteer positions are available for the four week seasons. This season will see significant work conducted in the area of the Roman road behind the theatre and of a medieval structure.
Learn more about being a student team member or a contributing volunteer team member and formally apply to join the team by following the links. The experience will give you life-long friendships and experiences with archaeological excavation, finds processing and recording techniques as well as the chance to explore the rich heritage of the island nation of Cyprus. Applications are open until 31 May 2017.
Project Director Dr Craig Barker recently spoke about ancient theatre and the team's work at Paphos with Michael Lueger for the Theatre History Podcast. They talked about the changing nature of performance in the Hellenistic and Roman world and why the theatre at Paphos is such significant building.
Theatre History Podcast # 28: Digging up Nea Paphos with Dr. Craig Barker can be downloaded now or listened to online here:
A 360 degree panorama of the site of the ancient theatre of Nea Paphos has been created by project surveyor and team member Guy Hazell. It can be viewed online here:
In 2016 our work at the Paphos Theatre included five trenches at the top of Fabrika Hill, and at the base of the theatre along the Roman road. Each one was designed to illuminate more about the theatrical precinct. In December the official Press Release was issued by the Department of Antiquities, and reported on along with the work by our friends from the Polish Mission in the Cyprus Mail.
The 2016 Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project team posed for the field season team photograph recently!
Project Director, Dr Craig Barker will present a lecture on 21 years of research at the ancient theatre Monday 24 October 2016 at the University of Cyprus.
"Nea Paphos in the 2nd Century AD: new evidence from the theatre precinct"