The Ashmolean Museum has a large collection of
archaeological material from Cyprus. The collection is representative
of human history on the island, and is of international importance.
The Ashmolean has been associated with the study of Cypriot archaeology
since the late 19th century, and it has sponsored several excavations
carried out there. Material from these excavations is represented in
the collections and displays. The collection provides an excellent resource
for the study of the archaeology of the island. Far from being a scientific
resource alone, the collections provide surprising and often amusing
insights into the lives of the ancient inhabitants of this Mediterranean
island. By considering the objects made, used and treasured by people
in the past, we can gain vivid impressions of their lifestyles, outlook
and basic humanity.
These pages have been created as part of a documentation
project funded by the Museums, Libraries
and Archives Council (MLA) with the aims of improving access to
the collection and displaying the material to a far wider audience than
is possible in the museum building alone.