Excavations in Ancient Idalion – Introduction 2022

2022 season of the Berlin-Idalion-Project’s excavations on the Eastern Acropolis (Mouti tou Avrili) of Idalion




2022 saw the third excavation season on the eastern acropolis (Mouti tou Avrili) of ancient Idalion by a team composed of members from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the University of Cyprus. The 2022 campaign was carried out in collaboration between Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the University of Cyprus, co-directed by prof. Stephan G. Schmid and prof. Giorgos Papasavvas and it lasted from 29 August to 24 September 2022 (fieldwork). The following persons did participate in the campaign: Dr. Raphael Eser, Angelika Walther (PhD-student), Patty Jablonsky (PhD-student), Steven Goetz (PhD-student), Tosca Negelmann (BA), Christina Spetsiotaki (BA) and David Israel (BA), all from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Christina Kontou (BA) from the University of Thessaloniki; as well as Nikoletta Antoniou, Kyriaki Tsangara, Freideriki Boutzona, Giorgos Kalanidis, Andria Lavithi, Aimili Christofi, Eftychia Malami, Andriani Carletti, Elena Loizou, Euangelos Safralis from the University of Cyprus; and Dimitris Petrikkos (Dali). Prof. Athos Agapiou and Dr. Vasiliki Lysandrou from the Cyprus University of Technology (Limassol) kindly took over the surveying of trenches and structures.



We would like to thank the Department of Antiquities, especially its director, Dr. Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou and the Curator of Antiquities, Dr. Giorgos Georgiou, for their support and for granting the working permit, as well as the archaeological officer responsible for Idalion, Dr. Anna Satraki, for the fruitful cooperation. Financial support for the actual fieldwork was granted by Studia Cyprologica Berolinensia and by the Erasmus mobility program of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Important support in kind came from the Photos Photiades Global Group (Dali). We are especially thankful to the Municipality of Dali and its mayor Leontios Kallenos for providing the site with a temporary shelter that was a great relief during the hot days.