2017 Grant Recipient
A Sanctuary and the Necropoleis Excavated by Max Ohnefalsch-Richter at Ancient Idalion (Cyprus)
Ancient Idalion was one of the city kingdoms of Iron Age Cyprus, its capital bearing the same name and located in the immediate neighbourhood of the modern village of Dali in the Republic of Cyprus. Especially the rich necropoleis did attract antiquity searchers such as Luigi Palma di Cesnola from the mid-19th century onwards. The earliest systematic excavations at Idalion were carried out by Max Ohnefalsch-Richter in the 80s and 90s of the 19th century, but they were never properly published. The present project is based on a series of unpublished documents issued from Max Ohnefalsch-Richters activities there, mainly a large part of an unpublished manuscript, photographs and drawings relating to his excavations and preserved at the Antikensammlung in Berlin (Germany) as well as an album of corresponding photographs preserved at the National Archaeological Museum in Saint-Germain-en-Laye (France). The project aims at studying and publishing two aspects of these activities, a sanctuary of Aphrodite on the Eastern acropolis of Idalion and various tombs excavated in the necropoleis around Idalion.
Stephan G. Schmid has been Professor of Classical Archaeology at Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin since 2008. Previously he held a position as Professor of Classical Archaeology at the Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier III and earlier he was the deputy director of the Swiss School of Archaeology in Greece. He holds a PhD from Basel University (Switzerland) and a habilitation from the Université de Paris I – Sorbonne (France). His research interests are on the one hand related to his long-term excavation activities in Petra (Jordan), Eretria (Greece) and in Southern France. On the other hand, he is working on the relationship between sedentary and non-sedentary populations, luxury architecture in the Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean and, since a couple of years, on the excavations of Max Ohnefalsch-Richter (1850-1917) in Cyprus.