Cypriot Center for Copper Trade

The city kingdom of Idalion flourished as the most prominent of the ten city kingdoms on Cyprus during the sixth and seventh centuries B.C. The island of Cyprus was an important trade center and cultural “crossroad” in antiquity, controlled and influenced in different periods by the Mycenaean civilization, the sea-faring Phoenicians and the Philistines of the Bible, Archaic Greece, the Persians in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Roman Empire and even Christian Byzantium. Cyprus also influenced other cultures as well, as evidenced by the presence of Cypriot copper and pottery all over the Mediterranean world—including important sites like Bronze Age Biblical Megiddo.

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The site of Idalion has been continuously inhabited since the Bronze/Iron Age; the village of Dhali sits in the same location today. The city was a center for the copper trade as well as the Cult of the Mother Goddess and her consort—who later became Aphrodite and Adonis. The Lycoming College Expedition has recently reached Bronze Age levels in a few units. Current excavation is being conducted at Bronze/Iron Age through Roman-era levels in three areas of the site, two sanctuaries and an industrial area.
On site, students learn to excavate as well as all aspects of the recording system, including detailed note-taking and top-plan drawing. Outside of the field, students also learn how to process and record finds. There are lectures two evenings a week and field trips to other sites and museums. These provide context for Idalion within Cyprus and for Cyprus within the Ancient Near East as well as expand students’ knowledge of Idalion, Cyprus and Near Eastern archaeology.

Pamela Gaber

Pamela GaberPamela Gaber is professor of archaeology and Judaic studies at Lycoming College.

Dig Directors

Pamela Gaber

Geographic Location

Dali, Nicosia, Cyprus

Periods of Occupation

Bronze, Iron, Hellenistic, Roman

Dates of the Dig

June 20 - August 5, 2016

Minimum Stay

Two weeks

Application Due

May 1, 2016


$2,700 per season - airfare not included. The cost for volunteers staying less than the full season is $575 per week.

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

1, 4 or 6 credits - $726/credit - Lycoming College


Students and volunteers live in a local school within walking distance of the site and town. Sleeping accommodations are either in the gymnasium or outdoors based on personal preference; cots are provided. There are men's and women's locker-room style facilities. Work day meals are provided as are access to basic kitchen appliances.


Elizabeth Treptow
PO Box 2277
Astoria, NY 11102
Phone: 609-672-4466

Open for tours

Yes - by appointment