The ACOR Video Lecture Series provides accessible discussions of new research into the past and present of Jordan and the broader Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean worlds. This fifth video in the series, adapted from the February 2016 ACOR public lecture delivered by Dr. Andrew McCarthy, has two parts. The first relates how the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) in Nicosia expanded their library in a creative way, while the second part narrates a successful public archaeology initiative to explore and to revive ancient cooking and feasting methods in Cyprus.
About the Lecture
This lecture explores some of the ways that the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) is working to help people in the 21st century engage with the past. Heritage is an important and finite resource that appeals to many people. Archaeologists and historians, however, do not tend to be specialists in public outreach, which means that there are opportunities to engage the public with heritage that are sometimes missed. With increasing competition for both public and private funding, heritage workers must explore innovative ways to make research, protection, and presentation of past cultures relevant and appealing in today’s world.
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About the Lecturer
Andrew McCarthy is an archaeologist and art historian with a specialization in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. He is involved in excavation, analysis, and publication of several archaeological projects and also has interests in artifacts, archaeological theory, and public archaeology. He has a Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh where he is now a Fellow of the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology. He is the Director of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) in Nicosia and the Director of the University of Edinburgh’s Prastio-Mesorotsos Archaeological Expedition.