House purchased for the PCMA UW Research Centre in Cyprus

Late September this year, the purchase of premises in Paphos for the Research Centre in Cyprus of the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw was completed. The establishment of the Research Centre will facilitate the operations of Polish archaeological expeditions that have been working in the city for more than half a century.

The keys were received at the Land Registry Office by Dr. Artur Obłuski, director of the PCMA UW, and Prof. Ewdoksia Papuci-Władyka, head of the PCMA UW Research Centre in Cyprus. The Research Centre was established in October 2021, during the visit of the President of the Republic of Poland to the Polish excavation site in Paphos.

The PCMA UW expedition has been working in Nea Paphos, one of the island’s ancient capitals, since 1965 and has made many spectacular discoveries, including magnificent mosaics and sculptures that contributed to Nea Paphos’ inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. For more than a decade, an expedition from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow has been conducting research at the Paphian Agora. The two expeditions have since been merged into a joint project of the PCMA UW, the Jagiellonian University and the Warsaw University of Technology. Individual grant projects are also underway (funded by the Polish National Science Centre, NCN) by several Polish researchers, including Prof. Monika Rekowska and Prof. Jolanta Młynarczyk from the University of Warsaw.

The purchase of the house was financed with funds from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Poland.