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JU archaeologists publish a book about their research in Paphos

JU archaeologists publish a book about their research in Paphos

The popular science book Paphos - Mystery of the City of Aphrodite. Archaeological heritage versus new technologies has been published by the Archaeologica foundation. The book is a result of archaeological research carried out on Cyprus by the Paphos Agora Project team from the Department of Classical Archeology at the JU Institute of Archaeology. The work is a perfect introduction to the world of modern archaeology.

‘The word “mystery” in the title reflects the character of the book, which unveils the secrets of state-of-the-art technologies in the service of archaeology. It presents how archaeological heritage is discovered, documented, protected, interpreted and promoted with the use of these modern tools. In our book, the experts introduce the readers to the fascinating and diverse world of state-of the art research methods’, says Prof. Ewdoksia Papuci-Władyka, the head of Paphos Agora Project team.

The 237-page book comprises 21 popular science articles, each published in both Polish and English. The authors include researchers from Poland, Cyprus and Germany, actively involved in exploring, preserving and promoting archaeological heritage. The texts and illustrations, addressed both to general readers and specialists, discuss and present the role of modern technology in the preservation and interpretation of archaeological heritage.

The publication also includes addresses from the President of Kraków Prof. Jacek Majchrowski, the Director of the Department of Antiquities of the Republic of Cyprus Dr Marina Solomidou-leronymidou, and the Mayor of Paphos Phedonas Phedonos, information about the relations between Kraków and Cyprus, Kraków and Paphos as UNESCO world heritage sites, the chronology of Paphos Agora Project, and a glossary of specialist terms. 

The publication, co-funded by the Municipality of Kraków, is a result of archaeological research carried out on Cyprus by the Paphos Agora Project team from the Department of Classical Archeology at the Jagiellonian University Institute of Archaeology. The collaborators include the Department of Antiquities of the Republic of Cyprus, the AGH University of Technology in Kraków, the University of Hamburg, the Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce, Warsaw University of Technology, the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, and the Interacademic Institute of Conservation and Restoration of Art. The project is carried out under the honorary auspices of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland on Cyprus. The book can be ordered via e-mail at: wydawnictwo@archaeologica.pl.

To find out more about the results of excavations at the agora of the ancient city of Nea Paphos and the neighbouring archaeological park, read the article ”Thrilling discoveries at Nea Pafos, Cyprus”.

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