Dr. PAUL WILLIAM CROFT
Freelance archaeozoologist and field archaeologist working mainly in Cyprus and the Middle East. British but resident in Cyprus for the last 14 years following completion of doctoral studies on animal remains from Cypriot prehistoric sites (Ph.D. 1988 University of Cambridge, U.K.). Ongoing participation in numerous projects as excavator and archaeozoologist.
Current excavation work in Cyprus includes investigation of Chalcolithic earthworks and Neolithic (PPNB) water wells at Kissonerga-Mylouthkia (co-director), a Hellenistic rock-cut tomb complex at the Tombs of the Kings (field director for Department of Antiquities) and a Medieval monastic complex at Pyrgos tis Reginas (field director, for Trinity College, Carmarthen).
Cypriot faunal assemblages currently under study include those from Kholetria-Ortos, Kissonerga-Mylouthkia and Paralimni-Nissia (Neolithic), Kissonerga-Mylouthkia and Prastio-Ayios Savvas (Chalcolithic), Marki-Alonia and Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios (Bronze Age), Ayios Kononas & Kalavasos-Kopetra (Roman) and Saranda Kolones (Medieval). Consultant archaeozoologist to Archaeological Research Unit of University of Cyprus, Nicosia, with particular responsibility for establishment of an osteological reference collection to facilitate teaching and research.
Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, and manager of the University's Lemba Archaeological Research Centre and of Lemba Experimental Village. Director of numerous field schools based at Lemba, designed to provide students and other interested persons with field experience.
Current work in the Middle East includes involvement in field projects in Syria (Jerablus Tahtani, with the University of Edinburgh) and Jordan (Wadi Feinan (Ghwair I), with the University of Nevada). Responsible for analysis and publication of faunal remains from Tell Abu al-Kharaz, Tell esh-Shuna North & Ghwair I (Jordan), Tell Jezreel & Tell Lachish (Israel) and Jerablus-Tahtani (Syria).
Contact Address: Archaeological Research Centre, Lemba 8260, Paphos, Cyprus.
Telephone:+357 6 642697
Some recent and forthcoming publications:
"Man and Beast in Chalcolithic Cyprus" Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 282/283, 63-79.
"The Animal Remains" pp73-74 in E.J.Peltenburg Lemba Archaeological Project II.2: A Ceremonial Area at Kissonerga. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology LXX.3.
"Faunal Assemblage" pp324-325 in D.W.Rupp et al. "Preliminary Report of the 1993 Field Season of the Western Cyprus Project at Prastio-Agios Savvas tis Koronis Monastery A' (Paphos District, Cyprus)" Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus.
"Some Preliminary Comments on Animal Remains from the First Three Seasons at Shuna" pp130-131 in D.Baird & G.Philip "Preliminary Report on the Third (1993) Season of Excavations at Tell esh-Shuna North" Levant XXVI, 111-113.
"Faunal Remains from Tomb 302 at Jerablus-Tahtani" p24 in E.J.Peltenburg et al."Jerablus-Tahtani, Syria, 1992-4: Preliminary Report" Levant XXVII, 1-28.
"Bird and Small Mammalian Remains from Upper Zohar" pp87-95 in R.P.Harper Upper Zohar, and Early Byzantine Fort in Palaestina Tertia. Final Report of the Excavations in 1984-1986. British Academy Monographs in Archaeology 9. Oxford.
"Animal Remains from Marki-Alonia" pp217-222 in D.Frankel & J.Webb Marki Alonia: An Early and Middle Bronze Age Town in Cyprus. Excavations 1990-1994.
"Animal Remains: Synopsis" Chapter 10 pp107-114 in E.J.Peltenburg Excavations at Kissonerga-Mosphilia 1979-1992. Lemba Archaeological Project II.1A. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology LXX.2.
"Faunal Materials from Ais Yiorkis" pp5-6 in A.H.Simmons "Test Excavations at two Aceramic Neolithic Sites in the Uplands of Western Cyprus " Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus, 1-16.
(with E.Peltenburg and G.Thomas) Lemba and Kissonerga. Nicosia: Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation (Guide Book Series)
(with E.Peltenburg, S.Colledge, P.Croft, A.Jackson, C.McCartney, M.A.Murray) "Agro-pastoralist colonization of Cyprus in the 10th millennium BP: initial assessments" Antiquity 74, 844-853.
"The Faunal Remains" Ch 14 pp173-194 and "Selected metrical data for Belmont animal bones" Appendix 2 pp 233-250 in R.P.Harper & D.Pringle Belmont Castle British Academy Monographs in Archaeology 10. Council for British Research in the Levant. Oxford.
(with E.Peltenburg, S.Colledge, P.Croft, A.Jackson, C.McCartney, M.A.Murray) "Neolithic dispersals from the Levantine Corridor: a Mediterranean perspective" Levant XXXII
I.A.Todd and P.Croft. Vasilikos Valley Project 8: Excavations at Kalavasos-Ayious. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology LXXI:8.
(with E.Peltenburg, P.Croft, A.Jackson, C.McCartney, M.A.Murray) "Well established colonists: Mylouthkia 1 and the Cypro-Pre-Pottery Neolithic B" ppxx-xx in S.Swiny (ed) The earliest prehistory of Cyprus: from colonization to exploitation New York:University of Albany
Forthcoming. "Mammalian Faunal Remains from Aceramic Kalavasos-Tenta" in Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology LXXI:7
"Animal Remains" in E.J.Peltenburg Excavations at Kissonerga-Mylouthkia 1977-1995. Lemba Archaeological Project III.1. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology LXX.4.
"Animal bones from Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios Northeast Area" and other smaller contributions on the fauna in A.K.South's reports on excavations at Late Bronze Age Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios in Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology LXXI:4-5.
"Animal Remains from Sotira-Kaminoudhia" in S.Swiny (ed)
"Faunal Remains from Kholetria-Ortos" in A.Simmons (ed)