The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, within the framework of Pafos, European Capital of Culture 2017, announces the organization of an international colloquium entitled: Nea Paphos and Western Cyprus, New Archaeological and Historical Perspectives.

The main aim of this scientific meeting, besides the presentation of new discoveries made by the archaeological missions currently working on the site of Nea Paphos, is to study the evolution of the city, as well as that of other sites in Western Cyprus, from the Hellenistic period to Early Medieval times.

Seventy distinguished scientists, archaeologists and historians working in the Pafos District from international and local universities and institutes will participate in the Colloquium. The presentations will cover the following topics: The beginnings of Nea Paphos, the urban development of Nea Paphos, relations of Nea Paphos with peripheral centres of Western Cyprus, Palaepaphos, Arsinoe and other sites, the Necropoleis of Western Cyprus, Art and architecture, Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages.

The opening ceremony of the Colloquium will take place on Wednesday the 11th of October 2017, at 18:00 in Kouklia, at the Local Archaeological Museum of Palaipafos, and will continue on the following day, October 12th until October 15th in the Palaia Elektriki conference room, in Pafos from 8:00–19:00.

The languages of the colloquium are Greek and English.

The Scientific Committee

Dr Claire Balandier, Maître de conf. Hab. Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse

Dr Demetrios Michaelides, Professor Emeritus, University of Cyprus

Dr Jolanta Młynarczyk, Professor, University of Warsaw

Dr Eustathios Raptou, Department of Antiquities of Cyprus

Dr Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou, Director of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus