Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Venue: Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia.

Non-members are welcome. A donation of $10 per person includes entry in the lucky door prize and afternoon tea.

Metallurgy and pottery production in Middle Bronze Age Cyprus

In 1942, when the Hellenic Mines Corporation began mining a small copper ore-body at Ambelikou in northwest Cyprus, they found Middle Bronze Age pottery and ancient stone hammers in their underground shafts. This remains the earliest direct evidence for copper mining on the island, which has some of the most substantial copper deposits in the world. These discoveries led to several months of excavations at Ambelikou by the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus, which unfortunately were never published. This lecture tells the story of recent efforts to document and interpret the architecture and finds, some 70 years after the event, and reports on the discovery of evidence for mining, smelting and casting and of the earliest pottery production workshop yet known on Cyprus.

Followed by

The 2013 Betty Fletcher Scholarship Award Presentation. Tim Hamlyn, winner of the 2012 scholarship, will present a report on his project, and the 2013 winner will be announced.