To be held on the Anniversary of the Centenary of Honor Frost’s Birth on the island of Cyprus (28 October 1917).
Nicosia, 20-24 October 2017
Stella Demesticha (University of Cyprus, Maritime Archaeological Research Laboratory)
Lucy Blue (Maritime Archaeological Director HFF/ University of Southampton, Centre for Maritime Archaeology)
The world of maritime archaeology has undoubtedly changed significantly since Honor Frost wrote her seminal volume, Under the Mediterranean (1963). A further milestone in the development of the subject in the Mediterranean was when in 1985 a symposium series began in Greece, the theme: TROPIS, International Symposium on Ship Construction in Antiquity. TROPIS soon became a meeting point for maritime archaeologists working mainly (but not exclusively) in the Mediterranean, who presented on diverse research themes, including shipbuilding, ships and boats, ports and harbours, navigation and seafaring.
The last TROPIS conference took place on Hydra, in 2008. Since then TROPIS has not been succeeded by another Mediterranean maritime archaeological forum, and yet the discipline has continued to develop as more and more papers with maritime themes are presented in more general interest archaeological conferences. In other words, it seems that maritime archaeology has come of age and the 21st century sees it much better integrated into the world of Archaeology than ever before. However, we believe it is now time to provide a forum for maritime archaeologists working in the Mediterranean to regroup and to re-engage with the early TROPIS principles. To communicate more widely with others working in the region underwater, on the coasts, and on the land, and to share new finds, methodologies and ideas, including landscapes, trade, connectivity, scientific analysis, cultural management and new technological developments.
Honor Frost, one of the pioneers of Mediterranean maritime archaeology, is sadly no longer with us. However, her legacy lives on, not only in terms of the significant contributions she made to the field in terms of her research, but also in her creation of the another milestone in the history of the maritime archaeology, the Honor Frost Foundation (HFF).
On 28th October 2017, 100 years will have passed since Honor Frost was born in Cyprus. To mark this event has been decided to celebrate the centenary of Honor Frost’s birth, honour her work and that of her Foundation, by organising an international conference on Cyprus. It will be held over three days and will be hosted in the University of Cyprus, Nicosia. A fourth day will be dedicated to visiting some of the important coastal archaeological sites of Cyprus particularly the pre-Classical harbours the main focus of Honor’s research. Participants will also be invited to sail on the replica Kyrenia Liberty. The conference is largely supported by the HFF.
English will be the official language of the conference and each paper should last no longer than 20 minutes.
Session titles and call for papers will be announced shortly.
Contact Dr Lucy Blue for more details