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Director of Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute to Speak at Creighton

The Lincoln/Omaha Society of The Archeological Institute of America presents “Traditions and Transitions: 10,000 Years of Life on the Island of Cyprus,” at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23, in room 3028 of the Mike and Josie Harper Center on the Creighton University campus.

The lecture, presented by Andrew McCarthy, Ph.D., is free and open to the public. A reception will be held prior to the lecture at 6 p.m.

McCarthy is the director of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute on Cypriot Archaeology and his research interests are wide-ranging. He has conducted excavation and survey fieldwork and museum research across the world, and has been involved in Cypriot studies for more than a decade.

He has worked on several sites in western Cyprus as an excavator, surveyor, illustrator and field school supervisor. In 2008 McCarthy began directing the Prastio-Mesorotsos Archaeological Expedition, a multi-disciplinary study of an exceptionally long-lived site in the west of Cyprus. The project is run as a field school and has trained more than 60 students from around the world.

McCarthy is also an artifacts specialist and continues to consult on research projects throughout Western Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean. He has published extensively on excavations, artifacts, chronology and archaeological theory.

McCarthy graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 1995 with bachelor’s degrees in history and classics. He earned his doctorate in Archeology from the University of Edinburgh in 2003.

He has held positions in museums and for several years worked for developer-funded archaeology companies in Europe and America, and served as an Honorary Research Fellow and part-time lecturer at the University of Edinburgh from 2003 until his appointment as director of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute in 2011. He continues to be affiliated with the University of Edinburgh as a Fellow of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.

McCarthy is a registered professional archaeologist, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

The lecture is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, Creighton University Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society.

For more information contact AIA Lincoln/Omaha Society chapter president Erin Walcek Averett, at (402) 280-2261 or email

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