Cyprus in the Long Late Antiquity

Keynote lecture: Marcus Rautman ‘Archaeology and the making of a Cypriot Late Antiquity’ (13 January, 5 pm)

Poster Background Photo: Remains of the aqueduct of Salamis-Constantia, 1st half of the 7th century ©️ Department of Antiquities, Cyprus (neg. no. D2608); Graphic Design: Katerina Vavaliou

The TORCH Heritage Programme is very happy to promote this conference, which is organised by Prof Ine Jacobs (, Faculty of Classics, Faculty of History, School of Archaeology) and Dr Panayiotis Panayides (, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Classics, Corpus Christi College). The conference will be hosted virtually on Zoom by the Ioannou Centre for Classical. It is held under the auspices of His Excellency the High Commissioner of Cyprus in the UK, Mr Andreas S. Kakouris, and was made possible through the generous support of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Cyprus in Late Antiquity was a thriving and densely populated province. During the sixth and seventh centuries, the growing affluence of the island is conspicuous in comparison to other regions of the Eastern Roman Empire. In the traditional historical view, the late antique period on Cyprus ended abruptly as a result of the Arab raids of the mid-seventh century. The original focus of urban archaeology on monumental structures and Christian basilicas tended to stress the impact of these raids further; layers of destruction were often uncritically associated with the Arabs, overshadowing archaeological evidence that hinted at continuities beyond the mid-seventh century.

In recent decades, archaeological research on late antique Cyprus has shifted its focus away from urban centres and single monuments in favour of a more contextual perspective. Building on well-established traditions of field prospection, diachronic survey projects and small-scale excavations are revealing a complex web of settlement patterns. They have shown that economic, political and cultural contacts between the island and the wider eastern Mediterranean were continued. Moreover, they also suggest that the end or transformation of occupation on individual sites cannot always be explained by catastrophic events, but should be interpreted in terms of local adaptation to changing needs and contacts.

This symposium brings together archaeologists and historians engaged in the study of Cyprus between the sixth and eighth centuries. They will collate the results of recent and past research to arrive at a comprehensive, interdisciplinary reconstruction of life on the island in the Long Late Antiquity. 

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Keynote lecture: Marcus Rautman ‘Archaeology and the making of a Cypriot Late Antiquity’ (13 January, 5 pm)