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Camperdown, NSW 2006

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Join us at the Nicholson Museum for a free public lecture by Dr Craig Barker.

The University of Sydney’s Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project has been excavating, analysing and interpreting the remains of the World Heritage listed ancient theatre of Paphos since 1995. Working with the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus, over 500 Australian archaeologists, students and contributing volunteers to date have helped reveal a structure that was used as a venue for performance and spectacle for over six and a half centuries from its construction c. 300 BC through to its destruction by earthquake c. 365 AD. Despite the subsequent stripping of stone from the building, clear archaeological and architectural evidence indicates that theatre could hold up to 8500 spectators.

The project has also been investigating the surrounding theatrical precinct; including a Roman fountain house and a colonnaded street. These important excavations are slowly revealing clues about the urban layout of the capital city of ancient Cyprus. In this presentation, project director Dr Craig Barker will present on what is known about the site and the project’s adoption of new technologies and work with visual artists. Through these activities the creative spirit of the ancient actors live on in contemporary artistic expression.


Dr Craig Barker is Manager of Education and Public Programs at Sydney University Museums. He has extensive experience in K-12 and adult museum education, and has published and presented on museum education in teacher and academic conferences and publications. Craig has a PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Sydney and has undertaken archaeological fieldwork in Australia, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus.


Image Credit: Aerial photograph of the Paphos theatre site; 2017.

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