Held to Commemorate the Anniversary of the Centenary of Honor Frost’s Birth on the Island of Cyprus
The Honor Frost Foundation conference ‘Under the Mediterranean’ on the maritime archaeology in the Mediterranean was held in Nicosia on the anniversary of the Centenary of Honor Frost’s birth. This first International Conference in Mediterranean Maritime Archaeology took place in Nicosia from 19 to 24 October 2017. Its title, ‘Under the Mediterranean’, was inspired by the book of the same name by Honor Frost. The conference commemorated her birth on Cyprus, a hundred years ago, on 27 October 1917.
The response of the archaeological community to the call for papers for this conference was unprecedented: 233 abstracts for posters and oral presentations had been received of which 102 papers and 56 posters were finally presented at the conference, all very carefully selected by 24 session experts, based on their scholarly quality and originality.
Thanks to the high quality of the programme, the conference attracted more than 300 scholars from diverse countries and institutions, involved in important activities in maritime archaeology throughout the Mediterranean. The organisers wanted to enhance the aspect of networking and interaction between senior and younger scholars; thus 20 young scholars have been supported by the HFF to participate and be able to discuss their work with many key people of the discipline. The first day was devoted to sessions that celebrated Honor Frost’s life and career success, entitled ‘In the Footsteps of Honor’, thus paying tribute to the founder of the Honor Frost Foundation. The Foundation covered the cost of the entire event.
The unique momentum that the Honor Frost Foundation has created behind the development of maritime archaeology in the eastern Mediterranean, is reflected by the more than 40 HFF funded projects presented at the conference. This conference aspired to build on this momentum and create a dynamic platform of scholarly communication.