Our woman in Cyprus: developing international partnerships

In June Epiacum’s heritage advisor, Yvonne Conchie travelled to Cyprus to share lessons from the Epiacum Research Framework with Gabriel Farrugia’s Archaeology students searching for the lost village of Pano Drys. She also spent time with other tutors from across the former Roman Empire, and learnt about the UN’s Intangible Cultural Heritage designation through Lefkaritika with Panayiota Demetriou, and brushed up her knowledge about natural building with adobe with Maria Pantas and her colleagues from Canterbury University. 
Lefkaritika - embroidered lace protected by the UN as Intangible Cultural Heritage

Lefkaritika – embroidered lace protected by the UN as Intangible Cultural Heritage

Visiting Choirokoitia neolithic World Heritage Site

Visiting Choirokoitia neolithic World Heritage Site

Architecture students learning how to make adobe bricks from the soil they stood on to build a new classroom build a new

Architecture students learning how to make adobe bricks from the soil they stood on to build a new classroom build a new

Cyprus Gold hair tress jewelry, very similar to that found at Kirkhaugh Cairn on the hillside opposite Epiacum

Cyprus Gold hair tress jewelry, very similar to that found at Kirkhaugh Cairn on the hillside opposite Epiacum

All this is pouring inspiration and collaboration into the future plans for Epiacum – basing our provision around Grampus Heritage Green Village curriculum. This could engage our own volunteers (now known as the Second Nervians) and recruit new Alston Moor area trainees to develop skills and their own cultural identity through conserving and interpreting the heritage of Epiacum’s historic landscape. We will hopefully (EU funding depending…) be able to bring EU trainees here, and also send ours on four week international learning experiences. We have more in common than divides us.
Many individuals and organisations are involved with the management of Epiacum. We would particularly like to thank the following: Heritage Lottery Fund, North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, Historic England, and Natural England
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