March 30, 2015    


Spring has come to CAARI. We invite you to take a look at the rising walls of the new  library extension, to meet our 2015 Fellowship recipients, and to see CAARI in the snow!



Library Extension Construction


Excavation for the underground library extension is complete and the gigantic hole next to our existing building is now filling in. We are now at the stage of building the walls for the lower basement.



CAARI's library is its most important contribution to scholarship - but it also takes the support of our community! Do help CAARI maintain a facility that is so important to researchers, fellows, and CAARI's future. You can give today at




Snow! CAARI hasn't escaped the harsh winter weather that's affected the Northeast US (especially our Boston office).  Construction took a brief hiatus on February 19th when it snowed in Nicosia. CAARI Director Andrew McCarthy filmed this unusual event and CAARI residents playing in the snow.  Even so, construction is on schedule and the underground library extension should be finished by the end of the year.








Postdoctoral Fellows


Even with the construction of the library extension, CAARI is operating normally. Meet our new fellows who are either at CAARI now or will be soon.


CAARI/CAORC Fellowship
Young Kim, Calvin College

Cyprus in Late Antiquity and Early Byzantium


I will conduct preliminary historical and archaeological research for a monograph-length study of Cyprus, from roughly 300-700 CE.  I will situate my work in the midst of two ongoing scholarly conversations, first on recent challenges to the continuity model of Late Antiquity, and second on the nature of Byzantine identity vis-à-vis Roman culture and Christianity.   Though several broad surveys include this chronological span, no work is specifically dedicated to this period and this book will fill an important gap in the historical examinations of the island.  

CAARI/CAORC Fellowship

Lisa Mahoney, DePaul University

The Politics of Icon Painting on Frankish


I will look at the political use of icons within the Latin Kingdom on Cyprus, arguing that the patronage and display of these devo-tional wood panels participated in a larger and urgent agenda of associating the Frankish elite with specific, locally powerful objects and holy figures. As such, the study exposes the geographically specific difficulties faced by a foreign ruling body and the ways in which a visual culture developed to mitigate those difficulties. This will be one chapter of a book on representations of power in the Latin states tentatively titled, The Art of Statecraft in the Latin Kingdom.

Graduate Student Fellows
Swiny Fellowship 
Katelyn DiBenedetto, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Establishing the Background Standards for Strontium, Oxygen, and Carbon Stable Isotopes for Western Cyprus

In mid-May I will gather samples from modern land snails, barley seeds and Pinus brutia cores, and carry out all preparation and analysis. The analyses of the material will be done at two laboratories at Cornell University in late August. The establishment of these background standards is paramount to the success of my dissertation research, which will examine animal management practices using primary data from the early Neolithic site of Kretou Marottou 'Ais Giorkis.

O'Donovan Fellowship
Levi Keach, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Photogrammetric Survey of Kretou Marottou Ais Giorkis, Cyprus

I will conduct field and museum research related to the Early Neolithic site of Kretou Marottou Ais Giorkis, and make high resolution plan-view photographs of the site using multicopter equipped with a camera. These will be processed to produce a composite image of the site, a high resolution Digital Elevation Model, and several plan-view photographs of the major architectural features. These will be used both for communicating the spatial arrangement of the site and for refining the existing GIS model of the site.
Parks Fellowship
Sanja Vucetic, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
Sexuality in Roman Provinces. Creating Identities through Sexual Representations in Colonial Settings

To investigate the ways provincial people experienced and negotiated their sexualities during their life in the Roman Empire, I will examine the nature of pictorial representations of sexuality on mass-manufactured molded lamps and fine tableware from the western and eastern parts of the empire, and trace changes in patterns of consumption and deposition of the objects upon which such imagery occurs. One of the studied sites is Roman Salamis where some of the most interesting sexual representations on lamps have been found.

CAARI's fellowships are among the most important sources of funding for scholarship on Cyprus, drawing scholars to the field and sustaining their work.  Help CAARI maintain them with a contribution at


Thank you for including scholarship on Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean in your philanthropic priorities.  With your gift, you are helping CAARI realize Cyprus' historic role as a mediator of cultures.


Annemarie Weyl Carr

Vice President, CAARI Board

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