Swedish Cyprus Expedition - 90th anniversary

Swedish Cyprus Expedition - 90th anniversary!

90 years ago, Swedish archaeologists began to explore the ancient history of Cyprus. Between 1927-1931 its members excavated some 20 different places on the island, laying the foundation for a understanding of development of the Stone Age through the Roman empire. In conjunction with the expedition's 90th anniversary in 2017, the museum will highlight the efforts of the Swedish archaeologists in various ways. We will highlight new research and invite audiences to interact with the expedition both on site at the museum and here online.


The Cyprus Collections

3D-scanning the collections!

Between June 7-16 of 2017, researcher Valentina Vassallo from Lund University visited the museum to scan figurines from the open air sanctuary at Aiya Irini, which are in the collections of the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities.

Interview with Giorgos Bourogiannis

PhD in classical archaeology

3D-scanning the Cyprus collections

Interview with research student Valentina Vassallo

Photography exhibition

On view at the museum through fall 2017

Stories from the collections

On the blog of the National Museums of World Culture, Sweden, our staff tells tales and secrets behind our collections - some of which is on view and some of which is hidden deep within the archives. Read a blog post on the ongoing research about the Cyprus collections, written by Antiquarian Anna Fahlén, and an interview with the daughter of the expedition's architect and photographer:

Archeology 2.0

A personal look inside the Swedish Cyprus Expedition

Play with history - with today's technology

The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities has initiated an exciting collaboration with KTH Royal Institute of Technology with the aim of using today's technology to contextualize the excavation and its findings. The project will premier in the late fall/early winter of 2017.

More information coming soon!

Follow us on a journey back in time to the Cyprus that was

During his time on Cyprus, one of the expedition leaders, Alfred Westholm, wrote letters home to his family in Sweden. We'll be publishing photographs and quotations from these letters on the museum's Facebook pages.

To Facebook

2015 Conference: Ancient Cyprus Today

Museum collections and new research approaches to the archaeology of Cyprus