2008, 2011, & 2016 Grant Recipient
Lapithos Vrysi tou Barba, Cyprus. Early and Middle Bronze Age Tombs Excavated by J.L. Myres and M. Markides
Jennifer Webb is Adjunct Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cyprus. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and of the Society of Antiquaries of London and co-Editor-in-Chief, with David Frankel, of the Swedish monograph series Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology. She has devoted many years to archaeological research on the Bronze Age in Cyprus, co-directing three major excavation projects and publishing full reports on these, as well as on a number of older, unpublished excavations on the island. She has also written extensively on material culture (pottery, metal, stone artefacts), as well as on identity, migration and community interaction, household archaeology, ritual, and gender and published six volumes on Cypriot antiquities in museums in Australia and Europe.
This grant is for the publication of a full report on excavations undertaken at Lapithos Vrysi tou Barba on the central north coast of Cyprus in 1913 and 1917 by John Myres of the University of Oxford and Menelaos Markides of the Cyprus Museum. Lapithos Vrysi tou Barba is one of the largest cemeteries of Early and Middle Bronze Age date on the island and must have been associated with a major coastal settlement, which has not been located. Fieldwork in the area is currently not possible because the site is in the occupied part of the island and not under the effective control of the Republic of Cyprus. Myres and Markides excavated 75 tombs and recovered over 2500 artefacts. These are housed in the Cyprus Museum, together with the archival records relating to the excavations. The publication will include detailed documentation of the tombs and finds, archaeometric analyses of the pottery and metal artifacts, and a discussion of the significance of Lapithos in an island-wide context.
Dr. Webb is the recipient of two other grants from the White Levy Program:
Ambelikou Aletri. Metallurgy and Pottery Production in Middle Bronze Age Cyprus (2013)
and The Bronze Age Cemeteries at Karmi Palealona and Lapatsa in Cyprus (Excavations by J.R.B. Stewart) from 2009