The Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology of the University of Warsaw (PCMA), in Polish Centrum Archeologii Śródziemnomorskiej im. Kazimierza Michałowskiego UW, is dedicated to the organization and coordination of archaeological research, both excavations and study projects, as well as conservation, reconstruction and restoration projects, in northeastern Africa, the Middle East and Cyprus (this lately concerns Egypt, Sudan, Cyprus, Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Armenia and Georgia).
Projects include sites covering a broad chronological spectrum from the dawn of civilization (prehistoric times) through all the historic periods of the ancient Mediterranean civilizations to Late Antiquity and Early Islam.
The research is carried out by Polish scholars representing different research institutes nationwide, frequently in association with foreign and international institutions. The Polish Centre also organizes and supports the participation of Polish specialists in international salvage projects (in Egypt, Sudan, Syria and Lebanon to date).
The tasks of the Polish Centre include comprehensive documentation of finds, archives management and publication of the results in keeping with international research standards. Separately the Centre undertakes steps to popularize the results of its activities among the Polish public in general.
PCMA manages the Research Centre in Cairo, which acts on behalf of the community of Polish archaeologists, researchers and conservators, and ensures efficient management of the Polish archaeological and conservation effort in Egypt. It represents Polish research interests in relations with the authorities responsible for antiquities in Egypt (SCA). In the other countries of its interest, the PCMA concludes its tasks in direct contact with the local antiquities organizations.
The Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology has been operating as an independent research institute of the University of Warsaw under the present name since 1990.
It draws on the traditions of the pioneering archaeological activities undertaken in Egypt in the 1930s by archaeologists and egyptologist Kazimierz Michałowski, founder and nestor of Polish archaeology in the Mediterranean, whose achievement was the establishment in 1959 of the University of Warsaw Research Station of Mediterranean Archaeology in Cairo [read more].