Cyprus digitisation project

Project team

Department of Greece and Rome 

Supported by

  • The A. G. Leventis Foundation

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The British Museum holds an exceptionally large and varied collection of objects from Cyprus, covering all periods of antiquity and deriving from sites all over the island. Particularly important holdings come from the Museum’s own excavations in the late nineteenth century, at sites including Enkomi, Amathus, Kourion, Klavdhia and Hala Sultan Tekke.

Publication of this material has been extensive but uneven. The original excavation reports are in general unsatisfactory, and while some sites have been re-published, and some classes of material have been the subject of specialist study, others remain relatively neglected.

To address this, the Cyprus Digitisation Project is creating a growing online resource for scholars, students and the general public, which ultimately will give access to all the material from the major sites represented in the Museum collection. Both exhibited and reserve material will be included, with up-to-date catalogue entries and bibliography.

The island of Cyprus was important throughout antiquity because of its natural resources, including copper and because of its position, which allowed extensive contacts with both east and west. This projects aims for wider dissemination of information about our collections, and to demonstrate the richness and importance of Cypriot culture.

digitising objects from Kourion in the Cyprus basement

Thomas Kiely digitising objects from Kourion in the Cyprus basement, assisted by Sara Cambeta (a Da Vinci Programme intern from Portugal).