“Interview with the Author: Pyla-Koutsopetria I,” Featuring William Caraher

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Tags: Archaeology, ASOR, Bill Caraher, Brandon Olson, Cyprus, David Pettegrew, Dimitri Nakassis, Maria Andrioti, P. Nick Kardulias, podcast, publications, Pyla-Koutsopetria, Richard Rothaus, Scott Moore, survey
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In this episode of the Friends of ASOR Podcast, we’re excited to bring you an interview with William Caraher, one of the authors of Pyla-Koutsopetri I: Archaeological Survey of a Ancient Coastal Town. The book presents the results of an intensive pedestrian survey documenting the diachronic history of a 100 ha microregion along the southern coast of Cyprus. Caraher co-authored the book with David Pettegrew and R. Scott Moore, with contributions by Maria Andrioti, P. Nick Kardulias, Dimitri Nakassis, and Brandon Olson. In the interview, Caraher answers questions such as why Pyla-Koutsopetria is important, what remains were found, and what technology was used for the survey.” So, take a listen, and we hope you enjoy this episode of the Friends of ASOR Podcast!

This podcast is a little different from our usual style. We’ve partnered with Richard Rothaus and Bill Caraher who produce and host the Caraheard archaeology podcast. This interview is a portion of their podcast, “Caraheard Season 1, Episode 5: Richard and Bill talk about archaeologists and the media,” follow that link to here the full episode. You can also purchase the book online here, through ISD, or on Amazon, here.

Located around 10 km from the ancient city of Kition, the ancient coastal settlements of the Koutsopetria mircoregion featured an Iron Age sanctuary, a Classical settlement, a Hellenistic fortification, a Late Roman town, and a Venetian-Ottoman coastal battery situated adjacent to a now infilled, natural harbor on Larnaka Bay. This publication integrates a comprehensive treatment of methods with a discussion of artifact distribution, a thorough catalogue of finds, and a diachronic history to shed light on one of the few undeveloped stretches of the Cypriot coast.

About the Authors (from the ISD page)
William Caraher is a historian and archaeologist in the Department of History at the University of North Dakota. He specializes in survey archaeology in Greece and Cyprus, the archaeology of the 21st century Bakken oil boom in North Dakota, and punk archaeology worldwide.

David Pettegrew is Associate Professor of History at Messiah College. A scholar of the Roman and Late Antique Mediterranean, his interests lie in histories of landscapes. He co-directs the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project and is involved in research related to the Corinthia, Greece.

R. Scott Moore is Professor of History at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on ceramics and trade in the eastern Mediterranean during the Roman and Late Antique periods. He co-directs the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project and conducts research in Cyprus.


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