Aphrodite's Island:
Australian archaeologists in Cyprus

Tankards from the exhibition

Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean, has a rich archaeological and cultural tradition dating back more than ten thousand years. Legend has it that Aphrodite, the mythical goddess of love and beauty, was born in the waters off the coast of Cyprus.

2013 marks the centenary of the birth of Professor James Stewart, who excavated on the island before and after the Second World War and developed the Nicholson Museum’s collection of more than 1500 Cypriot items.

The legacy of Australian archaeological investigations on the island continues today. Fieldwork projects by Australian universities are ongoing, including the Nicholson Museum sponsored excavations at Nea Paphos; the Hellenistic-Roman capital of the island.

This exhibition celebrates the Cypriot archaeological collections of the Nicholson Museum, and explore the stories of the Australian researchers who have investigated the island’s history.

This exhibition is proudly supported by the Cyprus Community of NSW and Cyprus Hellenic Club Ltd.

Principal exhibition sponsor
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