Matthew Harpster, a Senior Fellow in Residence at ANAMED, Koç University, will give a lecture on the Kyrenia Shipwreck Collection Restoration Program, an international effort begun in 2010 to revitalise the care and management of the 4th-century BC shipwreck found off the coast of Kyrenia, Cyprus. He will discuss the tangible and intangible problems affecting the collection, as well as the efforts of the Restoration Program to generate local and international support.
Found by a local sponge diver in 1965 and later surveyed and excavated by a team from the University of Pennsylvania Museum between 1967 and 1969, the Kyrenia shipwreck has become a symbol of the island to the world. It has been displayed on coinage, tourism posters, passports and stamps. Yet, due to military interventions on Cyprus in 1974 and the ongoing circumstances they created, the care, management, and curation of this collection – an irreplaceable representation of ancient seafaring in the Mediterranean Sea – has been inadequate.
To learn more about the archaeology and historical architecture of northern Cyprus, pick up a copy of Allan Langdale’s book In a Contested Realm from the Cornucopia bookshop.