Platt Fellow Sean McGrath Describes his Summer with Lycoming College’s Expedition to Idalion, Cyprus

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Thanks to a generous Platt Fellowship from ASOR, I was able to participate this summer as a square supervisor in Lycoming College’s Expedition to Idalion, Cyprus. Since the late 1980s, Dr. Pamela Gaber has directed the excavations and field school at Idalion, which has gained a reputation for excellence in providing students with a solid foundation in archaeological field methods. This season brought one of the largest crews seen in recent years, with students from Lycoming, Virginia Tech, and SUNY Albany, enabling excavation to take place in three separate areas of the site.

The field in which I worked is known as the Lower City East–an area originally dug by Lawrence Stager and Anita Walker in 1971. Findings there included a large basin with ashlar masonry and a plaster facing, in addition to a number of stone walls. These finds were interpreted as being part of a Roman villa and bath complex; however, last year this area of the site was reopened for the first time in over three decades, and findings were made that challenged the original identification of these features. Dr. Gaber believes this area to have, in fact, been part of an industrial installation.
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