Vision and Mission
The Center for Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Conservation was established in 2009 in
order to present Cyprus’s rich archaeological, natural and multicultural built heritage
through research, conservation, capacity building and public awareness raising.
The center is committed to serving our community as stewardship of cultural resources ensuring they will be available for future generations, thus our objective is:
• To protect and conserve the archaeological and residential heritage of Cyprus.
• To promote the study of the prehistory and history of Cyprus through its archaeological and residential heritage.
• To increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of our cultural heritage by facilitating public access to the heritage;
• To encourage and promote public participation in heritage preservation;
• To foster a sense of belonging and identity, through cultural heritage, that represents the unique multicultural society;
• To enhance co-operation with local and overseas institutions to promote heritage preservation, education and training;
• To promote tourism through innovative heritage projects, restoration and conservation as well as museum and site presentation works.
Multidisciplinary internationally trained staff
The center,has collaboration agreements with many national and international professionals such as archaeologists, conservators, architects, cultural heritage specialists, art historians and geologists forming a multidisciplinary team.
Cypriot driven, the center's international collaborative team aims to provide services such as education and cultural heritage to prevent the destruction and abuse of archaeological materials.
Research Center and Accommodation House
The Center has a field station located in Tatlısu/Akanthou village providing accommodation space and a research lab and offices.
The Center is well equipped with necessary equipment, vehicles to carry out various fieldwork, research and conservation projects.
The Center is involved in multidisciplinary projects carrying out rescue excavations, field survey, underwater heritage documentation, as well as the conservation of movable archaeological objects, stone, wood and building restoration. The center also specialises in experimental archaeology and traditional building (mud brick, masonry and carpentry) and other handcrafts of Cypriot traditions.
The Center is dedicated to and provides advisory services to heritage conservation concerns and issues. It carries out projects with municipalities and government agencies and private companies that run conservation projects for UNDP in Cyprus.