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Grants awarded to support maritime archaeology

File photo: The Mazotos shipwreck

The UK-based Honor Frost Foundation (HFF) has awarded two separate grants to support maritime archaeology projects at the University of Cyprus.

A scholarship of £10,000 sterling will be available every year for one new student in the Master’s programme Field Archaeology on Land and under the Sea, who will write a dissertation on a maritime subject.

The Master’s programme, beginning this month is part of the University of Cyprus’s strategy to introduce maritime archaeology into the curriculum of both its under- and post-graduate archaeological studies.

Also, a grant of €26,360 has been allocated to support the new underwater archaeological investigation of a medieval shipwreck at Nissia, Paralimni, conducted by the Maritime Archaeological Research Lab (MARELab), under the direction of Dr Stella Demesticha.

At the site, remains of a large wooden ship have been exposed for decades to natural disintegration and looting. The aim of the preliminary investigation by MARELab, in collaboration with the department of antiquities, is to make an archaeological assessment and to document the wreck site, so that the proper protection and management actions may be planned.

The Honor Frost Foundation was founded in 2011. Its mission is to promote the advancement and research of maritime archaeology, with particular focus on the eastern Mediterranean.

This was the wish of Honor Frost, a pioneer of underwater archaeology, who left the bulk of her estate to establish the Foundation after her death.

Since 2013, when the HFF initiated its grant awards, three more proposals have been approved for projects that involved the University of Cyprus: (i) digital documentation of the Mazotos Shipwreck excavation (MARELab); (ii) Support of Anna Demetriou’s PhD research on ‘Management of Ancient Shipwrecks in the Mediterranean: the case of Cyprus’; (iii) ‘Training the next generation’ — Cyprus Underwater Archaeology Filed schools, 2015-2019 (Nautical Archaeological Society, MARELab).



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